Inflammation of the pleura (membrane covering the lungs).


Usually accompanied by fever, painful and difficult respiration, cough, and mucoid exudation into the pleural cavity. [SNH p.40]


The cause of pleurisy is mucus forming in a weak area caused by the failure to breath deeply. It is common where there is general debility of the body, especially in the lung area. [SNH p.40]

Herbal Aids:

General Instructions: Use of pleurisy root (a specific), slippery elm, comfrey root, hyssop, and vervain. [SNH p.40]

Pleurisy Root: Pleurisy root was considered by the North American Indians to be one of the "Great White Father's best gifts to the children of nature" because of its specific action for the lungs. And for all chest complaints, including "pleural bronchitis," etc., it is most valuable in assisting expectoration, subduing inflammation rapidly, reabsorbing exudation from the tissues and serious cavities, and exerting a general and mild tonic effect upon the whole system. It is one of Nature's very best therapeutic agents for pulmonary catarrh and difficult or suppressed expectoration, through its beneficial influence on the mucous membranes and serious tissues. Pleurisy root influences the skin and circulation by relaxing the capillaries, thereby relieving the heart and arteries of undue tension, and stimulating a slow and steady perspiration of the sudoriferous glands, wherein the excessive heat due to congestion in the skin is gradually eased. [SNH p.221] Pleurisy root is quite harmless in correct doses, but is not recommended for children because of its powerful action. Do not use this agent when the skin is cold and the pulse is weak, but use a more stimulating diaphoretic. [SNH p.222]

Pleurisy Root: Give hot infusion while the patient is closely-covered in bed; repeat the dosage every 30 minutes until free perspiration is produced; apply hot cloths externally, wrung out in the infusion. [SNH p.222]

See formula using pleurisy root, hyssop, comfrey root, vervain and cayenne. [SNH p.223]

Mullein: Rub mullein oil in well, or apply on saturated cotton and cover. [SNH p.317]

Lobelia: Add lobelia to a catnip enema. [SNH p.362]

Lobelia: Give lobelia and pleurisy root in an infusion. [SNH p.362]

Plaster: Make a compress or plaster of lobelia, of hops, bran, or lard. [SNH p.363]

Myrrh: After a vapor bath, when the patient is rubbed dry, washing the surface with a partially diluted tincture of Myrrh protects him against cold, and strengthens and improves the condition of the skin. This is especially useful in cases where the skin is relaxed and the patient feeble, such as chronic bronchitis, chronic pleurisy, asthma, chronic rheumatism, etc. (Cly:99). [UW-Myrrh]

Juices: Carrot & cucumber, carrot & spinach. [NL 3-5]

Slippery Elm: Slippery elm was used in cases of typhoid fever. The bark is also wonderful for any type of bronchial disorders. Maude Grieve gives a remedy for pleurisy: 2 oz. each of pleurisy root, marshmallow root, licorice root, and slippery elm bark. Simmer in three pints of water down to 1/2 the volume. Take 1/2 teaspoonful every half hour. The mixture should be ingested warm. Slippery elm is one of the herbs which should be stored for times of need. It is a concentrated food which can be handy for survival. [NL 4-7]

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