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Are there alternative treatments for pleurisy?

Some people believe that alternative treatments can help treat pleurisy. Acupuncture and herbal treatments have been suggested as treatments for pain, inflammation, breathing trouble, mucus buildup, and infection. Herbs that some people believe to be effective include pleurisy root, mullein, elecampane, licorice, ribwort, boneset, catnip, feverfew, goldenrod, and echinacea. Chinese herbs, aromatherapy, diet, nutritional supplements, and hydrotherapy have also been suggested as alternative treatments. Homeopathic treatments may include belladonna, arnica, arsenicum, or sulphur. You should talk to your doctor about any alternative pleurisy treatment you are considering.

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