How to Treat Pneumonia Naturally

Two Methods:Using Herbs and SupplementsUsing Diet

Pneumonia is a serious illness that requires medical treatment, so make sure that you see your doctor if you think that you have pneumonia. Your doctor may prescribe medicines to treat your pneumonia and it is important to take these medications as directed. If your doctor approves, then you can try some herbal remedies and make changes to your diet to support your recovery.

Method 1
Using Herbs and Supplements

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    Use elderberry tea or syrup. Elderberry is often used to treat respiratory infections, so it might be helpful for pneumonia.[1] You can take elderberry as a tea or as a syrup. Make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use.
    • To make a cup of elderberry tea, you will need about three to five grams of dried elderberry flowers. Place the dried elderberry in a mug and then pour boiling water over it. Steep the tea for about 10 to 15 minutes and then strain the tea. You can drink up to three cups of elderberry tea per day.[2]
    • If you purchase an elderberry syrup, then make sure that you read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. A typical dose is four tablespoons taken three times per day.[3]
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    Try Echinacea. Echinacea is often used for colds because it has both antibacterial and antiviral properties.[4] Keep in mind that you should not use Echinacea for more than seven days at a time.
    • Try taking 300 mg of powdered Echinacea three times daily for about one week. Do not take Echinacea for more than 10 days.[5]
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    Add garlic to your food. Garlic has antimicrobial and immune-boosting properties, so it may also help with pneumonia.[6] Fresh garlic is best, so try adding a few cloves of minced garlic to your chicken soup and other foods.
    • You can also try making a garlic tea if you like the taste of garlic. Mince a few cloves of garlic and place the garlic in a mug, then pour eight ounces of boiling water over the mug and steep for about 10 to 15 minutes before drinking the tea.
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    Sip on some ginger tea. Ginger is a warming herb, so it may help to loosen up mucus and speed your recovery. Ginger also has antiviral properties.[7] Try making a ginger tea by peeling and chopping a one inch piece of fresh ginger. Then, add the ginger to a mug and pour boiling water over the ginger. Let the ginger steep for about 10 to 15 minutes and then sip the tea slowly.
    • You can drink a few cups of ginger tea every day until you are fully recovered. Ginger is also safe for pregnant women and children when taken as a tea.
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    Take a multivitamin. Taking a daily multivitamin can provide you with some extra nutritional insurance while you recover from pneumonia. Try to find a supplement that provides no more than 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals. Vitamins that exceed 100% are not necessary and large doses of some vitamins may even be dangerous.
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    Ask your doctor about Mucomyst. Your doctor can prescribe n-acetyl cysteine for you to use in a nebulizer. N-acetyl cysteine is a natural anti-oxidant that can help to break up mucus. However, Mucomyst requires a prescription, so you will have to talk to your doctor.[8][9]

Method 2
Using Diet

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    Drink plenty of water. Staying well-hydrated is one of the best things you can do when you have pneumonia. The water will help to loosen up mucus and flush out toxins from your system. Try to drink about 8 to 10 eight ounce glasses of water every day.
    • You can also drink warm water with a bit of honey and/or lemon added to it. Drinking warm liquids can help to break up mucus and speed your recovery.[10]
    • You should drink water for the most part, but you can also have a cup or two of green tea or fruit juice each day. These liquids contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can help to fight your pneumonia.
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    Stick with easy-to-digest foods such as soups. Chicken soup is great for viral infections, such as the common cold and viral pneumonia. By eating foods that are easy for your body to digest, you will also ensure that your body has plenty of energy to devote to fighting off the infection. Nutritious soups can provide your immune system with all the nutrition that it needs to fight the bacteria or viruses in your lungs.[11]
    • Eat small, frequent meals. By eating small, frequent meals, you can ensure that your body has a constant supply of energy. Try eating a small meal once every three hours instead of eating three large meals per day.
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    Include some quality protein in your diet. Quality proteins such as fish and skinless poultry will also help to provide your body with the nutritional energy it needs. Some other good protein choices include:
    • Egg and mushroom omelet. Eggs contain zinc and zinc can help to boost your immune system. Eggs also contain a form of protein that tends to be easy for most people to digest. Mushrooms also contain glucans that may help to boost the immune system.
    • Yogurt. Try having yogurt as a snack or for lunch. Yogurt is a great source of protein. The active cultures can also boost your gut bacteria and may help to boost your immune system at the same time.[12]
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    Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. It is important to make sure that your diet also includes some fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables provide your body with important vitamins and minerals that may help to support your body’s recovery. Some good foods to include are:[13]
    • red peppers
    • oranges
    • berries
    • leafy green vegetables such as kale, collard greens, and spinach
    • carrots
    • squash
    • sweet potatoes


  • Rest as much as possible. Resting allows your body to spend its energy fighting off the infection rather than on various activities.[14]
  • Take a hot, steamy shower or use a humidifier in your room. Steam can help you to cough up mucus and clear out your lungs.


  • Make sure that you see your doctor as soon as possible. Pneumonia can get worse and it may become life-threatening if left untreated.

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