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Can TB be cured by Fruits?

05/30/2007

Question:

Hello Doctor, my wife recently diagnosed Pulmonary TB. I was wondering can TB be cured by having fruits and balance diet etc.? If yes what kind of fruits my wife should take as part of her diet?

I will be really grateful if you could answer this question.

Answer:

Tuberculosis is a disease caused by infection with a special kind of bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The only way to cure tuberculosis is by taking the antibiotics prescribe by your physician. These typically include: isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol and pyrazinamide. The minimum duration of treatment is 6 months.

Diet changes alone CANNOT cure tuberculosis. Consuming specific fruits CANNOT cure tuberculosis. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet in addition to taking the prescribed antibiotics can help the immune system to fight the tuberculosis infection.

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Response by:

Catherine A Curley, MD, MS Catherine A Curley, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University