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Causes and Symptoms:Pneumonia is caused by inflammation of the lung; if both the lungs are affected, a more troublesome situation is created and is known in common parlance as 'double pneumonia'. It is caused by an organism, penumococcus, which has an incubation period of two to six days. It usually begins with shivering: in the case of infants and children convulsions are the first symptom. Fever rises from normal to 101oF. or even to 103oF. The process of breathing is painful, the pain being felt in the inside of the ribs. Coughing produces sticky phlegm which is, sometimes, flacked with blood. The pain is generally on the left side, but sometimes travels to the abdomen and confuses the attending physician unless he is very careful. The patient is unable to sleep and the affected side of the chest remains stationary while he breathes. If pneumonia is not cured in time, it may affect the pleura where fluid collects and a disease known as pleurisy is born. It is more intractable than pneumonia. The most critical period in the course of the malady is the crisis that occurs on the tenth day when his temperature falls suddenly to normal leading to profuse sweating and a feeling of extreme weakness.

Remedies: Calx of Stag Horn (2 to 4 rattis) mixed with Honey (one tola) licked in the morning and evening is a wonderful remedy both for pneumonia and pleurisy. Stag Horn rubbed in water and a few grains of Pepper ground in it should be applied to the ribs cage to relieve the pain. Six mashas of the root of Castor Tree and three mashas of Sonth should be boiled in about 100 ml. of water, sweetened with two tolas of Honey and drunk to get relief.

Oil of Turpentine should be rubbed over the rib cage and warmed cotton wool wrapped over it to get relief from pain of pneumonia.


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