An infectious disease caused by the tubercle bacillus, Mycobacterium
tuberculosis, and characterized pathologically by inflammatory infiltrations,
formation of tubercles, caseation, necrosis, abscesses, fibrosis,
and calcification. It most commonly affects the respiratory system
but other parts of the body such as gastrointestinal and genitourinary
tracts, bones, joints, nervous system, lymph nodes, and skin may become
infected. Fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals (esp. cattle) are subject
to the disease. Three types of tubercle bacillus exist, namely, human,
bovine, and avian. Man may become infected by any of the three types
but in the U.S.A., the human type predominates. Infection
usually is acquired from contact with an infected person or an infected
cow or trough drinking contaminated milk.
Tuberculosis may occur in an acute generalized form (miliary tuberculosis)
or in a chronic localized form. In man, the primary infection usually
consists of a localized lesion and regional adenitis, these constituting
the primary complex. From this state, lesions may heal by fibrosis
and calcification and the disease exist in an arrested or inactive
stage. Reactivation or exacerbation of the disease or reinfection
gives rise to the chronic progressive form.
Many varieties of Mycobacteria that previously were thought to be
nonpathogenic for man have been found to cause chronic progressive
pulmonary disease closely resembling pulmonary tuberculosis. These
organisms have been termed anonymous or atypical Mycobacteria. They
have been classified into four groups: photochromogens, scotochromogens,
nonphotochromagens, and rapid growers.
The basic cause is the Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The risk of contracting
TB increases with unsanitary conditions, close contact with someone
infected, impaired immune system function from chronic illnesses such
as AIDS, an unbalanced diet, and a sedentary
Early symptoms are slow in developing and initially resemble influenza.
Tuberculosis often begins with a cough, may be accompanied by bloody
sputum. As it worsens, there is fever, severe
night sweats, chronic fatigue, weight loss, chest pain, shortness
of breath, and infected urine. Sometimes the lymph
nodes in one or both sides of the neck are enlarged (scrofula).
These may get very large and rupture if not treated properly. Advanced
cases show TB of the larynx, making the patient unable to speak above
Coenzyme Q10, 75 mg. per day, helps carry oxygen to
tissues for healing. Garlic tablets, 2 tablets with meals,
helps keep infection in check and stimulates immune function. L-Cysteine
and L-Methionine (amino acids), 500 mg.
2 times per day, protects the lungs and liver by detoxifying
harmful toxins. Protein (free form amino acids), taken as directed
on the label, are needed for tissue repair. Selenium, 200 mcg.
per day, protects against free radicals and promotes a healthy immune
system. Vitamin A emulsion, 20,000 IU per
day, or vitamin A capsules, 25,000 in capsule form, is
vital for healing of lung tissue. Vitamin B complex,
or injectable vitamin B (check with the doctor). Vitamin
D capsules, 400 IU per day, is essential for utilization
of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin E capsules, 400
IU per day, increase slowly to 1,500 IU per day,
helps protect the lung tissues and provides oxygen to the cells. Germanium,
200 mg. per day, absorbs excess hydrogen ions and removes
them from the body, making oxygen more available to the tissues. Multimineral
supplement, taken with meals (do NOT take sustained release formula),
for strength and healing. Calcium, 1,000 mg. per day.
Magnesium 750 mg. per day. Kelp, 10 tablets
per day, for a natural supply of minerals, rich in iodine. Proteolytic
enzymes, taken between meals, is needed to keep the inflammation check,
digest essential nutrients, and improve absorption. Multidigestive
enzymes, taken with meals. Zinc, 50-80 mg. per day, promotes
immune function and healing.
- Asparagus, root
- Bayberry, bark
- Betony, wood
- Burdock, root
- Cabbage, skunk
- Cedar, northern white
- Cherry, wild, bark
- Clover, red
- Cohosh, black
- Cohosh, blue
- Couch grass
- Cranberry, high
- Cubeb, berries
- Dock, yellow
- Elecampane, root
- Elm, slippery
- Fenugreek, seeds
- Ginger, wild
- Ginkgo, nut
- Ginseng, dwarf
- Herb Robert
- Honeysuckle, Japanese
- Horsetail, field
- Hound's tongue
- Huckleberry (Bilberry)
- Indigo, wild
- Irish moss
- Jalap, wild
- Juniper berries
- Kidney bean
- Labrador tea
- Lad's love
- Lily, tiger
- Liver leaf
- Lycium, berries
- Mallow, common
- Marshmallow, root
- Moss, Iceland
- Moss, Irish
- Myrtle, wax
- Nettle, dwarf
- Nettle, hemp
- Pau d'arco
- Pennyroyal, both
- Pine, white
- Plantain, all
- Pleurisy root
- Red root
- Rehmannia (raw)
- Rue, goat's
- Sagebrush, western
- St. John's wort
- Sanicle, American
- Sedge, red
- Shave grass
- Shepherd's purse
- Solomon's seal
- Sweet gum
- Thistle, Canada
- Vervain, blue
- Walnut, black
- Witch grass
- Witch hazel
- Yerba santa
See the doctor if you suspect you have TB.
The diet should consist of mainly raw vegetables and fruits. Eat
yogurt, buttermilk, all soured forms of milk, fish, fowl, raw cheeses,
raw seeds and nuts, whole grains, garlic, and eggs.
Drink pineapple juice and fresh carrot juice every day. Kefir milk
and fresh sugar-free yogurt taken daily into the diet. Soybean milk
can be taken freely. Soybean milk with whole wheat flakes is very
Good foods for the diet: very ripe bananas, oatmeal with malt honey,
whole wheat or soybean bread, zwieback, potassium broth, tender fresh
peas, steamed figs, dates, graham crackers, all kinds of vegetables
(seasoned with soybean milk or soybean butter), natural brown rice,
and baked Irish potatoes.
Get plenty of fresh air. Exercise outdoors every day. Walking a little
further each day, uphill will cause deep breathing.
A chest x-ray or a tuberculosis skin test can detect this disease.
See a doctor.
Avoid stress! Get plenty of rest, sunshine, and fresh air. A dry
climate is recommended.
Anti-tuberculosis medications are available, but beware of side effects.
Steep 1 tsp. of powdered goldenseal, 1 tsp.
cubeb berries, and 1/4 tsp. lobelia in a pint of boiling
water for 1/2 hr. Take a swallow every hour.
Mix 2 tbsp. of powdered bugleweed with a pinch of cayenne and use
a level tsp. of this mixture to a cup of boiling water. Take a swallow
every 2 hours. A cupful of this tea is also useful to
check bleeding from the lungs. Powdered bayberry bark or shepherd's
purse is also very good to check hemorrhage from the lungs. Use 1/2
tsp. to a cup of boiling water; let steep, strain, and drink
Drink at least 1 quart of slippery elm tea each day,
drinking 1 cup per hour before each meal and 1 at bedtime.
This will strengthen, heal, and nourish. If the digestion is not good
take 1/4 tsp. powdered goldenseal in a glass of water
an hour before each meal.
Teas to relieve congestion and inflammation:
Lance-leaf Plantain (1 part)
Mullein flowers (1 part)
Lungwort (1 part)
Speedwell (2 parts)
Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1 to
1 1/2 cups per day, sweetened with raw sugar or honey,
in mouthful doses.
Milfoil (1 part)
Coltsfoot leaves and flowers (1 part)
Lungwort (2 parts)
Nettle leaves (2 parts)
Lance-leaf Plantain leaves (4 parts)
Steep 2 level tsp. mixture in 1/2 cup boiling water.
Take 1 to 1 1/2 cups per day, sweetened
with 2 tsp. honey per cup, in mouthful doses.
Boil equal parts of knotgrass and shave grass lightly, then steep
equal parts of hemp nettle and primrose flowers in the decoction for
5 minutes. Add 1 tsp. honey per cup. Take
1 to 1 1/2 cups per day, in mouthful doses.
Mix in equal parts. Add 1 heaping tsp. to 1/2 cup
cold water. Bring to a boil, boil for 1 minute, then
steep for 1 minute and strain. Take 1 to
1 1/2 cups per day, in mouthful doses, sweetened with
2 tsp. honey per cup if desired.
Shave grass (1 part)
Nettle leaves (1 part)
Lance-leaf plantain leaves (2 parts)
Lungwort (2 parts)
Steep 3 heaping tsp. in 1 1/2 cups boiling water. Strain
and add 3 tsp. honey. Take 1 1/2 cups per
day, in mouthful doses.
(Minor Bupleurum Combination or Hsiao Chai Hu Tang)
Harmonizes half chronic and half acute symptoms, half deficient and
Bupleurum (chief herb)
Jujube date (supporting)
Skullcap root (assisting)
This is a formula for treating prolonged symptoms of cold,
headaches, nasal congestion, shoulder
stiffness, tuberculosis, and pleurisy. It is also good for hypoglycemia
and hepatitis, and for diseases that are both acute and chronic, weak
and strong, internal and external, yin and yang. It is one of the
most commonly indicated formulas and may be taken over a long period
for promoting general health.
Simmer 4 cups of tea until it has reduced to 2 cups in
volume. Drink 2 cups per day.
(Bu Zhong Yin Chi Wan)
Ginseng (chief herb)
Astragalus (chief and assisting)
Atractylodes (chief and assisting)
Dong quai (assisting)
Black Cohosh (assisting)
Citrus peel (assisting)
This is the formula for maximum tonification. Take it for chronic
weakness, tuberculosis, gastroptosis, anorexia, abdominal distention,
loss of weight during the summer, neurasthenia, impotence,
uterine prolapse, hemorrhoids, rectal
prolapse, monoplegia, ephidrosis (abnormally heavy sweating), hernia,
chronic gonorrhea, diarrhea,
malaria, suppuration and hemorrhage. The
individual needing this formula will have a weak pulse, general fatigue,
mild fever, night sweats, headache, weak digestion and palpitations
at the naval.
Dosage: 1/2 to 1 tsp. 2-3 times per day. As a milder tonic, take 1/4
to 1/2 tsp. twice per day.