January 29, 2018

Dengue seems to be getting a lot of coverage lately maybe because of the recall recently by the Philippine government of the world’s first dengue vaccine from the country. But the manufacturer of that vaccine, Sanofi, is still in the spotlight because they have not informed the public that the vaccine can only be taken “by those who have had dengue before”.

So all these negative flak to Sanofi by both the government and Filipino citizens again emphasizes the need for well-established, all-natural, home remedies and treatments for dengue.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Firstly, symptoms of dengue are a sudden burst of fever, muscle pain, headaches, body aches and skin rashes that may look like measles. Although 80% of dengue cases do not show any symptoms or are mild, about 5% of cases may show some serious symptoms, and another 1% may also be fatal. Dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock are the 2 more serious types of dengue fever that can be fatal, with the former resulting in severe platelet decline and bleeding, while the latter can induce a dangerous dive in blood pressure.

Because there is no formal cure or solution for dengue, various home remedies using herbs and plants are used to great effect. Here are some of them we recommend:

Papaya leaves

How papaya leaves were discovered as a cure for dengue is still mired in mystery, this method is being used widely here in the Philippines in rural areas and also in Ayurvedic medicine in India. The mix of nutrients and organic compounds of papaya triggers a rise in a person’s platelet count, the high levels of Vitamin C helps to stimulate the immune system, and the antioxidants help to lower oxidative stress and remove excess toxins in the blood. The leaves are crushed and then strained using a cloth to drink the juice.

Barley Grass

The good thing about Barley grass is it can greatly increase the body’s blood platelet count by triggering the production of more blood cells. It is taken in as barley tea or you can eat barley grass directly and witness the fast increase of the platelet count, which is one of the really serious results of dengue fever because it prolongs weakness and increases the body’s susceptibility to dengue hemorrhagic fever, etc.

Tawa-tawa

Otherwise known locally as “gatas gatas”, Tawa tawa is scientifically known as Euphorbia hirta and commonly known in folkloric medicine as a cure for dengue due to its ability to raise one’s blood platelet count. In preparing tawa tawa leaves, 100 grams of a fresh whole plant or about 5 of these plants are washed in water, cut off the roots, and boiled in half a liter (500 ml) of water for 15 minutes. After cooling and straining, pour the liquid into a glass and drink every hour until the fever goes down.

Water

Because of the excessive sweating, bodily exertions, and internal too that dengue fever usually takes on the body, severe dehydration is pretty common among dengue patients. Therefore drinking as much water as possible to keep the body hydrated is recommended. This removes the muscle cramps and headaches that are usually aggravated by dehydration. Drinking water will help flush out the toxins from the body exacerbated by the viral effect of the pathogen.

Basil

Do you know that chewing on basil leaves may look silly to some but this is an important immune-boosting technique and has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of dengue fever? Alternatively, basil essential oil has natural insecticidal properties that can also protect you from mosquitoes, making basil both as a treatment and a preventative strategy.

Neem leaves

Neem has been commonly prescribed for many ailments in Ayurvedic medicine of which dengue is one of them. Its leaves are usually steeped in hot water, then drunk as a brew. It has shown to increase both blood platelet count and white blood cell count – two of the most dangerous effects of dengue fever. If properly brewed, the neem leaves can improve one’s immune system and return one’s strength.

Orange juice

The rich mixture of vitamins and antioxidants found in orange juice make it ideal for treating secondary symptoms of dengue fever and eradicating the virus. Orange juice helps to strengthen the antibodies in our immune system, elevate urination and the release of toxins, and stimulate cellular repair due to the Vitamin C’s very important role in the creation of collagen.

Goldenseal

Goldenseal has been proven as one of those herbal remedies in Ayurvedic medicine that can eliminate the symptoms of dengue fever. It helps to ease the chills and fever that goes with dengue as well as headaches, vomiting, and nausea.

Also, do not go near standing water and make sure that any standing water in your area is fumigated. As much as possible, use mosquito repellant on yourself and use a mosquito netting while sleeping.

So there go our natural herbal remedies for dengue fever. If you know of any other natural remedies for dengue, share in the comments section below.

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