About the Illness

Tuberculosis (TB) is a lung disease that is highly contagious and easily spread by those infected with the
bacteria. Many believe TB is a sign of HIV infection but this is not necessarily true. Those most vulnerable to TB infection include infants and small children and people between the ages of 15-35, especially if weak, poorly nourished, HIV+ or living with someone who is infected with TB. It can be cured but should be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Treatment is long-term and should be strictly adhered to in order to ensure complete recovery and to avoid drug resistance.


Common Symptoms

Cough lasting for longer than 3 weeks (yellow sputum); pain in chest or upper back; chronic weight loss and loss of appetite; general weakness increasing with time; high fever; night sweats; swollen lymph nodes.

Children’s Issues

Children often display no obvious signs of TB infection, such as coughing. Instead look out for gradual weight loss, frequent fever, lighter skin colour and swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
Children are not usually as contagious as adults because they have smaller lung lesions and cough less.
Discuss with a health worker the possibilities of vaccinating children against TB with the BCG vaccination.

HIV+ children or children exposed to HIV should NOT receive this vaccine.


Important Information

As soon as you suspect someone is suffering from TB, take them for testing and treatment.
All treatments described here should be undertaken as support and supplement to
TB treatment provided through a health care centre.


Herbal Therapy

Albizia coriaria & Ficus vallis-choudae Solution good for all

Mix the stems of the 2 plants together, burn like charcoal and grind to a powder.
Mix 1/2 kg of powder with 1/4 tsp of magadi.
Dissolve 1/2 tsp of the solution in 2 glasses water.
Take 1 glass 2x daily for 3 months.
(6-10 yrs: 1/2 glass 2x daily; 2-6 yrs: 1/4 glass 2x daily;   up to 2 yrs: don’t use.)

Soot Solution good for all

Scrape and collect soot from kitchen chimney.
Grind it and dissolve 1/2 tsp in 1 glass water with honey to taste, or mix with salt and dip your finger in it.
Drink 1 glass 2x daily for 3 months.
Helps with sputum and cough (10-16 yrs: 1 glass 2x daily; 6-10 yrs: 1/2 glass 2x daily; 2-6 yrs: 3 tbsp 2x daily; up to 2 yrs: 1 tbsp 2x daily).

Warburgia ugandensis Infusion good for adults only

Take 3 leaves, dry them, then crush and soak in a glass of boiling water.
Leave to cool completely.
Drink 2x daily for 2 months.
Do not take on empty stomach.


Food and Nutrition Advice

Good nutrition is crucial to the recovery process.

  • Eat high energy foods.

  • Eat high protein foods (non-animal protein is best).

  • Eat foods rich in vitamins.

Body Work and General Advice

  • Someone suffering from TB should sleep in a separate room from other family members.

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and do not spit on the ground.

  • If someone in your household is infected with TB, monitor all family members for signs such as weight loss.

  • Get plenty of rest.

  • Avoid smoke, dust and other irritants.

  • Avoid eating and drinking cold things.

  • Keep your chest warm.


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