11 Surprising Home Remedies for Tuberculosis

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The most effective home remedies for tuberculosis include the use of milk, pineapples, oranges, bananas, garlic, mint, walnuts, Indian gooseberry, green tea, black pepper, celery, gourds, sunshine, linseed, and winter cherry.

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It usually attacks the lungs, but may also affect other parts of the body. It is easily transferred through the air when the patient sneezes, coughs, or through other means that germs spread. The disease historically called consumption due to the weight loss that accompanies it.

Today, alternative research has shown that there are many different ways to treat tuberculosis, or at least counteract the symptoms and allow your immune system to regain control. The medical treatment for tuberculosis is a long and difficult process with antibiotics and a high risk of complications. Therefore, if you want to complement your treatment with some of these natural remedies, you can significantly improve your recovery time. Furthermore, by maintaining a diet or lifestyle that includes these home remedies, you can greatly lower your chance of ever contracting tuberculosis.

A 2D illustration of a human lung suffering from tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is an infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Home Remedies for Tuberculosis

There are many effective remedies available for tuberculosis which are mentioned below:

Vitamin D

A research study titled “The effect of vitamin D as supplementary treatment in patients with moderately advanced pulmonary tuberculous lesion” revealed that vitamin D tablets helped improve the health of the patients. Vitamin D can be found in dietary sources such as eggs, fortified milk, fish, and cod liver oil. It is also called the sunshine vitamin as you can get it bu basking in the early morning sunshine.


These delicious fruits have been relied on for hundreds of years to effectively treat tuberculosis in various regions of the world. The high concentration of vitamins and organic compounds in bananas can rapidly reduce inflammation, coughing, high fever, and excessive mucus production, which are all severe symptoms of the condition. Eating a few bananas a day has even been known to cure the condition entirely!


Pineapples are also very good at breaking up mucus in the respiratory tracts and eliminating congestion of the lungs and nasal cavities. This can give your immune system a chance to get in there and begin combating the bacteria, so slice up a pineapple or drink pineapple juice to naturally fight off TB.


Though garlic’s allicin content is usually what gets the attention, in the case of tuberculosis, it is the sulfuric acid found in garlic that is particularly potent for the tuberculosis bacteria. By steeping garlic in water and drinking it, or adding fresh garlic to your meals, you can effectively clear out your system of TB or you can simply use garlic to boost your immune system and prevent contracting TB in the first place.


Various types of gourds, including bottle gourds, act as a very effective immune system stimulators. This is important for those suffering from tuberculosis, as the immune system is compromised when you are infected.


Aside from flavoring your favorite cocktails or freshening your breath, mint is able to break up mucus buildup in the respiratory tracts, allowing for clear passage of air. It also has immune-stimulating properties and antioxidants that can directly impact any infection in the body. Crushed mint leaves can be steeped in a very potent tea that anyone suffering from TB should add to their daily dietary intake.

Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry has been shown to effectively lessen the symptoms of tuberculosis, especially when pure gooseberry juice is mixed with honey and consumed. This coats the stomach and the respiratory tract and can offer relief from inflammation and discomfort, while also stimulating your immune system with its proven antibacterial qualities.


The high concentrations of vitamin C and other beneficial vitamins and antioxidants make oranges a very effective home remedy for tuberculosis. The saline action of orange juice can break up congestion in the lungs and respiratory tract and can lessen the amount of expectoration, coughing, and blood in the sputum. Also, the antioxidants in oranges effectively seek out and eliminate the bacteria causing the infection.

Black Pepper

Although many people associate black pepper with sneezing, it is actually an anti-inflammatory substance, and it can also help to cleanse the lungs, reduce coughing, and eliminate pain and discomfort. If you fry black peppercorns in butter, crush them up and consume them a few times a day, you can get quick results and relief from tuberculosis conditions.


As your immune system has been compromised by the infection, you need the wide range of minerals and vitamins in walnuts to speed up healing and protect your body from secondary infections while the immune system handles the main TB infection.

Green Tea

In terms of tuberculosis, green tea has high polyphenol content to seek out the bacteria and keep it from spreading to other parts of the body, where it is much more difficult to treat. A simple cup or two of green tea each day is a wonderful home remedy for tuberculosis.

Word of Caution: While all of these home remedies have shown significant effects on the symptoms and progress of tuberculosis in humans, TB is still a very serious and fast-acting disease, so if you are suffering from extreme symptoms, you should see a medical professional. Discuss the options for alternative treatments and design an effective treatment approach. You want to stay natural, obviously, but you also want to ensure your long-term health!

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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