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How to take care of Dengue Patients – 8 Best Home Remedies for Dengue Fever

Dengue has become the most important arboviral infection worldwide with more than 30 million of dengue fever estimated each year. Dengue viruses are arthropod born viruses. It is spread by the bite of infected Aedes mosquito. It causes a wide spectrum of illness from mild asymptomatic illness to severe fatal dengue haemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome. But the good news that dengue fever can be cured by the number herbs which can be easily obtained by nature and are also low cost and free from any side effects. Dengue fever can be cured by various home remedies.

What are the symptoms of dengue fever?

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Pain in the back of eyes
  • Pain in bones, muscles or joints
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Red spots or rashes
  • Headache
  • Fever that goes around 104°C
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Sore throat

Home Remedies for Dengue Fever

Home Remedies for Dengue Fever

Neem (Azadirachta indica)

Its root, bark, gum, flower, stem and seed oil are used for various medicinal purposes. It decreases Pitta because it contains potent anti-microbial phyto-chemicals hence useful in fever. It is considered a natural detoxifier. Boil neem leaves in water and then drink this water twice a day which helps in increasing blood platelet count and white blood cell count. Neem oil is also a purifying agent. 50-60 ml of neem oil can be applied on warm damp cloth and kept on the forehead for 2-3 times daily. Neem powder can also be taken in the dosages between 5-6 grams 2-3 times daily.

Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)

  • Tulsi is commonly known as holy basil. Tulsi has pungent and astringent properties. Tulsi plant when kept in homes help to keep the dengue fever mosquito at bay because mosquito fly away by the fragrance of tulsi leaves. Take herbal tulsi tea prepared from tulsi leaves twice a day. For preparing tulsi tea, take tulsi leaves, wash them and dry them under the shade. Mix 1 teaspoon of Tulsi leaf powder in water and boil it.  Take this tulsi tea twice a day but do not add milk to it. It is digestive and immune-boosting.

Pomegranate Juice

  • To increase the blood count, pomegranate juice or black grape juice should be given. Orange juice can also be taken as it helps in digestion, increases urinary output, promotes anti-bodies and promotes fast healing and recovery.

Fenugreek Seeds

  • Herbal tea prepared from fenugreek seeds can be taken twice a day as this drink acts as soothing also acts as cleansing tea.
  • Ginger water – Boiled ginger water can also be given to the patients suffering from dengue fever ginger water acts as reinforcement of the body and reduces the effects of nausea that is often experienced in dengue fever.

Coconut Water

  • Coconut water contains minerals and electrolytes which is necessary to maintain ion balance in dengue patients.

Papaya leaves

  • Squeeze and make juice of 2 pieces of raw papaya leaves with a filter cloth. Cook this juice with hot water. Take 2 tablespoons of this juice daily. It is a natural remedy for dengue fever.

Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)

  • Giloy is known by the name ‘Amrita’. It means nectar. It protects and guards body from diseases. It is useful in fevers like dengue fever. Its main activity is immuno-modulation. It helps in increasing natural immune system by increasing white blood corpuscles (WBCs) in the body. The bitter properties of giloy not only cure dengue but also prevent regular recurrence of infections. For dengue, the juice extracted from approx. 1 feet long branch of giloy and 7 leaves of holy basil boiled and taken to enhance the immunity power. This remedy also increases platelet count which decreases considerably in dengue fever.

Diet:

  • Fruits like guava, watermelon, kiwi, papaya and citrus fruits should be included in the diet as these fruits help in the production of lymphocytes and strengthen immune system of the body. Include vegetables like – carrots, cucumber, green leafy vegetables. Take light and easily digestible food like – porridge and take plenty of fluids. Avoid the consumption of tea/coffee as they cause dehydration and take plenty of fluids as well.

How to Prevent Swine Flu (H1N1) Virus – Natural Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Swine Flu

Recent deaths due to swine flu and its complications created a major havoc amongst health professionals all over the world. Earlier in 2009, the similar condition was faced and in 2010, WHO declared the pandemic over. The only vaccine and medicine available for the treatment of swine flu is Tamiflu whose inconclusive results and reports by British Medical Journal has put the use of Tamiflu in pandemic under question.

Swine flu is not mentioned in classical texts of Ayurveda but the science explains the factors to be understood and followed to treat such a viral disease. The concept of Vata-Kaphaj jwara and Asthigata Jwara helps in understanding the prevention, diagnosis and management of this condition. Ayurvedic herbs for swine flu relieves throat, chest discomfort, headache, malaise, cough – which are all the H1N1 symptoms. Most of the herbs used in Ayurvedic treatment for swine flu are anti-pyretic and improve leucocyte count thus improving immunity.

HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS TO FIGHT SWINE FLU

What are the signs and symptoms of Swine Flu?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore-throat
  • Body ache
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting

The most common cause of death is respiratory failure. Other leading causes of death are pneumonia (leading to sepsis), high fever (leading to neurological problems), dehydration (from excessive vomiting and diarrhoea), electrolyte imbalance and kidney failure. Fatalities are more likely in young children and the elderly.

Diagnosis.

  • The CDC recommends real-time PCR as method of choice for diagnosing H1N1.  Diagnosis is done by the oral or nasal fluid collection and RNA virus preserving filter paper card is commercially available. This method allows a specific diagnosis of novel influenza (H1N1) as opposed to seasonal influenza.

Natural Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Swine flu

Drink plenty of liquids

  • Choose water, juice and warm soups to prevent dehydration.

Tulsi-(Ocimum sanctum)

  • Tulsi is a very common herb found in all homes in India. It has a large number of therapeutic uses. It keeps throat and lungs clear and helps in fighting infections by strengthening the immune system. Take 3-4 leaves of Tulsi every day in the morning.

Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)

  • Giloy is a wonderful herb known by the name “Amrita” in Ayurvedic texts. It is commonly found in all parts of India. Take one-foot long branch of giloy, add 5-6 leaves of Tulsi and boil in water for 15-20 minutes to allow the water to extract its properties. Take this 1 cup warm water twice a day. This mixture will enhance the immunity of an individual.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

  • Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, anti-antioxidant and anti-biotic in nature. Take a warm glass of milk with some turmeric added to it.

Ginger and Amla

  • Ginger and Amla are powerful herbs with many health benefits mainly targeting respiratory system. Take 1 teaspoon amla powder, 1 teaspoon long pepper powder (pippali), 1 teaspoon ginger powder and 1 teaspoon sugar powder. Make a uniform mixture of amla, long pepper and ginger powder. This powder must be taken with a little sugar or with honey. This remedy is quite useful in chronic cough associated with swine flu. The dosage can be ½-1 gram and can be repeated upto 3 to 4 times a day depending on the condition.

Pippali (Long Pepper)

  • It is the herb of choice for all respiratory tract infections. It acts as a mucolytic which breaks down the mucous inside the lungs and widens the constricted small long pipes. Mixture of a pinch of black pepper powder with ½-1 teaspoon of honey twice a day is recommended.

Ginger

  • Ginger is a good broncho-dilator. Ginger juice mixed with honey is a good combination useful for improving lung functions. It also possesses powerful anti-oxidant activity.

Amla (Indian gooseberry)

  • Amla is rich in Vitamin C which is quite useful in boosting the body’s defence against infections. Take gooseberry’s juice with sugar or honey twice a day.

Preventive Measures

  • Stay home if you are sick – If you are suffering from Swine Flu (H1N1 flu), others can get infection from you. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
  • Avoid Contact – Stay away from crowds if possible.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly – Use soap and water or if they are unavailable, use an alcohol based sanitiser.