Dengue or Dengue fever is a form of viral infection. It is transmitted from body to body by an infected mosquito, named Aedes Aegypti. Dengue virus is categorized under the Flavivirus family. First case of Dengue was reported by Benjamin Rush in 1789 and was termed as Breakbone Fever. It is prominent in the tropical and subtropical climates worldwide. Being an arboviral, it affects nearly 50 million people and claims approximately 25,000 lives in a year. There are 4 serotypes of the Dengue virus (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, DEN-4). A body may develop immunity against a particular serotype upon recovery. However, the body may still get infected from the other 3 types of Dengue virus. Dengue fever can affect anybody but it is more likely to affect people with weak immnue system.
Symptoms of Dengue may appear in 3 to 10 days from the day of mosquito bite. Symptoms may vary from person to person, they maybe mild or severe. At times symptoms are so mild, they get easily confused with those of Flu or other viral infections. Symptoms may also go away and return back for another period of 2 to 3 days. Dengue symptoms include severe Joint and Muscle pain, sudden high Fever, severe Headache, extreme Tiredness, swollen Lymph nodes,
pain behind Eyes, Exhaustion, Nausea, Vomiting and Skin Rashes. In rare cases dengue may develop into Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) or Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS). DHF may result into bleeding from the mouth and nose, low levels of blood platelets, blood plasma leakage, damage to the lymph vessels, bruises under the skin caused by bleeding. DSS is the most life threatening forms of Dengue. It may lead to leakage of fluid or plasma from the blood vessels, severe pain in the abdominal area, frequent Vomiting, Heavy Bleeding, Disorientation, shock that results by a sudden drop in Blood pressure. Both DHF and DSS are extremely dangerous and may require immediate hospitalization.
Dealing with Dengue: Prevention of Dengue is easier than its cure.
Protect yourself from mosquito bite with a full sleeves shirt
Keep the windows of your home or office shut to avoid entry of mosquitoes
Use Mosquito repellents
Keep your surroundings clean, do not let water to accumulate in any container where mosquitoes can breed.
Dengue mosquito is most active in daylight, cover yourself with a mosquito netting if sleeping outside in the afternoon.
Herbs are beneficial in preventing and treating Dengue. The key lies in building the immunity of the body.
Echinacea, Astragalus are great immunity boosters and help body fight against Dengue.
How to treat Dengue?
Dengue is not only the Fever. It occurs in three steps.
First, it will deteriorate the Platelets. The platelet count begins to fall.
In Second step, It will cause internal or external bleeding.
Third is the Fever, which is the consequence Damaged Platelets and Bleeding.
In Allopathy, there is only one treatment, that is replacement of platelets. However, in Ayurveda and Homeopathy, Dengue is treated in three steps.
When the Dengue virus attacks the body, the first thing that gets deteriorate is Platelets. Platelets are the coagulation system of the body, that stops bleeding. When they get damaged, the body's coagulation system gets failed. As a result there may be The blood becomes thin. Even in a minor cut that blood fails to coagulate and may cause fatal consequences. It can even cause death in some cases.
To Combat this condition, the best solution is Night Jasmine. It will manufacture the platelets and soon the platelets count will rise.
This is the first step.
Now second thing is to stop bleeding. For that, the best remedy is Yarrow. It will stops bleeding and make the things in control.
The Third step is to take care of inflammation. For that Giloy is the key. Giloy will take care of the whole body and organs that gets deteriorated.
In Dengue the problem occurs when the Platelets count deteriorate. So the treatment should be done that will rejuvenate the Platelets. Here is a list of Herbs that will rejuvenate the Platelets and are beneficial in curing the symptoms of Dengue.
Papaya Leaf Juice: Papaya leaves are also known for its beneficial effects for Dengue. It will clear the toxins, cure the fever and support the immune system.
Boerhavia Diffusa : It is used for lowering the body temperature and eliminates the toxins from the body.
Barley Grass: Barley tea and grass is very effective in increasing the Platelet count within seconds. It stimulates the blood cells that will build up the platelets.
Pomegranate Juice: It is beneficial in building the Platelet count and blood cells.
Neem Leaves: Neem leaves are beneficial in increasing the Platelet count.
Basil Leaves: Basil is an immunity booster. It is used as home remedy for fever. Its oil is known as natural mosquitoes repellent. You may chew the leaves or can boil them in water and drink that water.
Coriander Leaves: They are also known for reducing the body temperature.
Orange Juice: It is rich in Vitamin C and is an antioxidant. This helps in supporting the immune system and eliminates the toxins from the body. It also helps in rejuvenating the damaged cells and gives relief from the symptoms of Dengue.
Goldenseal: The fever is the consequence of low Platelets in Dengue. Goldenseal has pyretic and antiviral properties. To get rid of Dengue Virus and its symptoms, Goldeseal is the answer. It will help in curing Dengue Symptoms and also through the virus from the body.
Chirata : It is a beneficial remedy for fever.
Fenugreek: Fenugreek leaves sedative in nature that helps in giving a sound sleep to the Patient. It will also help in curing the Fever.
Blood Root : It reduces the body temperature and increases perspiration. This will help in flushing the toxins from the body.
Take fresh leaves of Papaya and remove its mid rib. Grind them to make paste and boil it in water. Filter. Drink 10 ml of it 3 times a day.
Prepare a decoction of Betel ( Pan ) leaves. Take 4 to 5 teaspoons thrice a day.
Boil 10 Guava ( Amrood ) leaves in 3 glasses of water til the water reduces to half. Strain and drink it, 2 times a day.
Add 30 g leaves of Chinese Gynura in 300 ml water. Boil until it gets half. Filter and drink 50 ml thrice a day.
Herbal Treatment For Dengue 1
Macerate some leaves of Night Jasmine ( Harshingar). Grind some Black Pepper, ( Kali Mirch ). Boil it in 3 Glasses of Water. Boil till water becomes half. Cool and store.
Administer one ( 1 ) Sip every half hour, for the next 12 Hours.
Platelets count will start to rise almost immediately.
Herbal Treatment For Dengue and Chikungunya. A Trio
Although Dengue and Chikungunya are fevers, their attack should be considered an emergency. Platelet count falls very rapidly and if remedial measures are not as swift as the drop in platelet count, the patient will deteriorate. Herbs taken in the crude form as a powder or as a decoction, become bio available to the body very slowly. When rapid action is required a tincture is the best. Fortunately, these tinctures are available at Homeopathy dispensaries. In Homeopathy these tinctures are known by their botanical names.
Night Jasmine (Harshingar in India) is known as Nyctanthes Arbortristis.
Tinospora Cordifolia (Giloy In India) is known as Tinospora Cordifolia.
Yarrow (Gandrain in India) is known as Achillea Millefolium.
Buy tincture of all the three above from a Homeopathic shop. Give 10 drops of Night Jasmine (in some water) to start the treatment. After three hours give ten drops of Yarrow. After three hours give 10 drops of Tinospora Cordifolia. Keep repeating for the next three days. The fever should become normal within one day. However, the drop in fever must not be considered as a cure. The remedies should be continued for at least 3 days.
Note. All three remedies are required. Night Jasmine to control the destruction of platelets and rebuild them. Yarrow to ensure that there is no hemorrhage. Tinospora Cordifolia to bring down the fever. Do not change the order. The primary aim is to stop the drop of platelet count. The next important thing is to ensure that there is no bleeding. Fever is the least important aspect.