Dengue, due to its extensive outbreak, has become one of the most widespread diseases, especially in tropical and sub-tropical areas. It is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes. There is no specific medication or vaccine to cure dengue.
Dengue should be suspected when a high fever (104°F) is accompanied by 2 of the following symptoms: severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands or rash. Physicians prescribe medication to treat the symptoms of the disease. But herbal remedies have been claimed to be the best alternative.
Here are a few home remedies that must be used to prevent as well as cure dengue fever-
- Basil or Tulsi- For naturally boosting immunity, add tulsi while boiling water or brew it with tea. Chewing basil leaves is even more effective, though not very pleasant in taste. Follow this technique on a daily basis to prevent dengue and other diseases.
- Camphor- Burning a piece of camphor in room with all the doors and windows closed, is quite effective in repelling mosquitoes. For better results, neem oil can also be added to camphor.
- Fenugreek (Methi)- Soaking fenugreek leaves or mixing its powder in water, and consuming it, are the most commonly used methods to reducing body temperature. It soothes the pain and induces peaceful sleep. Regular consumption of this herb helps against all types of ailments.
- Giloy- Giloy or Guduchi is a perennial climbing herb, used for ages to cure chronic fevers. It is equally effective against dengue fever which is far more acute. It also makes our immune system strong and protects our body from infections. Boiling the inner bark of giloy in water and consuming it daily is a strong remedy against infections.
- Goldenseal- Goldenseal, an age-old herb, is well accepted for relieving all symptoms of dengue fever. Its antiviral properties help in curing dengue and speedy recovery. You can either have it as juice or chew it directly. Goldenseal is also recommended by doctors for treating dengue.
- Neem Leaves- Neem leaves are widely used for healing a number of diseases. It naturally purifies the body and boosts our immune system. Boiling neem leaves in water is the best way of consuming them. Neem leaves help proliferate blood platelet count and white blood cell count – both drop substantially in dengue fever.
- Papaya Leaves- Considerable decline in platelet count is a major concern in dengue fever. Consuming papaya leaves helps in removing excess toxins from the body, and eradicating the disease, thereby increasing the platelet count. Also, the high level of vitamin C keeps a check on our immune system and the antioxidants reduces oxidative stress. You can either crush the leaves or prepare a juice.
- Water- Plenty of water is essential to keep the body hydrated. Sweating and exertion dehydrate the patient in dengue fever. Excessive fluids also relieve headaches and muscle cramps. Also, sufficient water helps in lowering the body temperature.
Do not disregard the symptoms indicating towards dengue. If you are diagnosed with dengue, consult the physician immediately for medications or opt for natural remedies to prevent the worst. The dengue mosquito typically attacks during the day. Some of the preventive steps include keeping your surroundings clean, using natural repellents like neem oil and cinnamon oil, and wear clothes that leave minimum possible skin exposed.