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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Also known as the Devil's fingers, pleurisy is a painful condition that you feel whenever you breathe in or out. Usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection of the pleural membranes, they become inflamed and rub or lose their ...

lubricating capacity. Treatment may consist of anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, and even restriction of lungs by binding the outside of the chest to prevent deep breathing and consequent pain.

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