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Friday, May 24, 2013
Can TB be cured by Fruits?
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.
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.
Catherine A Curley, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University