As long as humans have been on the planet, there has been a constant contest with the parasites.
In our everyday life, there are umpteen illnesses caused by such microbes.
For instance, effects of dengue on the mental and physical health are so immense that it needs serious consideration.
Mosquito bites are the cause behind this viral infection.
It is common in tropical countries leading to the death of millions of people every year.
Luckily, dengue can be treated.
As per your preference you could go for allopathic or Ayurvedic stream of treatment.
Once you know the benefits of the Ayurvedic line of treatment, surely you would never return to the former.
How to Discern: Symptoms of Dengue
Fever: One of the classic signs of Dengue, fever may soar up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It afflicts in a duration of 6-8 hours depending on the level of infection.
Gut Troubles: Stomach ache, occasional vomiting and loss of appetite may happen along with severe nausea.
Inflammation: Muscles, throat or lungs may get inflamed. After severe internal swelling, you may notice eye socket pain, breathlessness or brain fog. Muscles cramps along with physical exhaustion and swollen glands may happen.
Skin changes: In dengue fever, red coloured small rashes may appear which later appear bruised or squished.
Bleeding: This may be fatal if not immediately attended to. You may bleed through urine, vomit, gums or stool.
What Causes Dengue?
Aedes mosquito and Ae. albopictus contains a certain microbe that is responsible for causing dengue.
The reasons for Dengue spread can be two fold.
In the first instance, an infected mosquito’s bite may cause it.
Secondly, if bitten by a mosquito who has already fed on a Dengue-infected person, might cause Dengue in you as well.
The symptoms may take 14 days to show up.
If you have previously suffered from Dengue or have recently visited a tropical country, your risk of contracting it doubles.
How to Heal: Treatment of Dengue
Dengue, even if severe, is curable.
Allopathic medicines are to be taken orally.
Fever and body aches are generally treated by Acetaminophen.
For body ache, over-the-counter pain-killers could also be prescribed. Care should be taken to avoid ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin.
Medical supervision for 3-4 days is needed for severe cases.
The loss of blood platelets and electrolytes is covered up by blood transfusion or intravenous fluids.
Those of you not comfortable with injections or pills, the Ayurvedic treatment for Dengue is designed just for you!
Respite from Dengue is brought through antipyretic herbs, yoga and some dietary changes.
Complications related to Dengue can be averted by multi-faceted Ayurvedic formulations.
Ayurvedic medicines, when followed to the ‘T’ can put you back on your feet within a week.
How to Prevent Dengue?
Mosquito Repellant: The best prevention for Dengue is a mosquito repellant. When visiting a tropical country never be without it. They come in the form of oils, gels or creams. At night, use bed nets. Herbal fumes are also good to repel mosquitoes, the best among them being neem leaves.
Immunity is Supreme: Immunity is your weapon against dengue. Keep your plate full of food rich in antioxidants like ginger, garlic, fruits and nuts.
Don’t be Shy of Vaccines: Vaccines, although don't protect you 100%, still imparts a strong shield. It is certainly better than having dengue medication later. One shot gives a protection lasting months which would be great if you are on a holiday in dengue prone countries.
Not always Filth breeds Dengue: Surprisingly, clear water is the breeding hot spot of Aedes mosquito. Don’t let water collect in and around your house or the usual places like gardens etc. that you visit. Clean your air conditioners or water coolers frequently.
Citrus Fruits: Citrus fruits help the body. Eat them often whether you have or don't have dengue.
Kitchen Treasures: What you can do at Home for Dengue
Turmeric Milk: The golden drink! Turmeric contains curcumin which is anti-inflammatory, thus reduces fever and bulbs up immunity against infections. It is recommended to have a glass of Turmeric milk daily.
Barley Tea: You must have not heard it before, but barley tea maintains healthy platelet levels. It doesn’t taste grand but provides you with the required antiviral compounds that puts you back on the path of recovery.
Beat Dehydration: Dehydration is the worst side effect of Dengue that needs to be avoided at all costs. Drink water, juices, herbal teas, basically anything and everything that stands a chance to keep you hydrated.
Fenugreek Seed Water: Boil the overnight soaked fenugreek seeds in the morning and drink the concoction. It provides you with much needed nutrients like Vitamin K, which prevent fever-induced damage to muscles.
Papaya Leaves Drink: One of the absolute home remedies to treat dengue, be patient and it will surely show results. Crush papaya leaves to get 2 tbsp of juice and drink it. It will help in the exhaustion, muscle cramps and chills.
Ayurvedic Storehouse for Dengue
Guduchi: Uncontested herb for dengue, it is a strong antipyretic. Also known as Giloy it controls the growth of microbial infections.
Holy Basil: The antioxidants in Holy Basil helps in breaking the Dengue fever cycles and is an effective supplement for dengue treatment at home. Chew the leaves directly with honey or make a Tulsi Powder drink daily.
Neem Tea: Known to protect platelets and increase the WBC count, it is the most trusted ways to treat dengue. If consumed regularly, it significantly increases the body’s ability to resist the Dengue virus.
Shunthi: Common name being Ginger, it is both antipyretic and anti-inflammatory. It clears all toxins from your gut and stimulates the digestive fire.
Punarnava: It has a deep cleansing effect regulating the body heat, hitting at your fever points. It also helps in detoxification of blood, lungs and other vital organs.
Pose it Right - Yoga for Dengue Recovery
Because of its lethal attack, treatment of Dengue is tricky.
It makes the body’s healing process difficult by attacking brain functions, joints and metabolism all at the same time.
Thus the natural ways to treat dengue may not be enough.
It has to be complemented with Yoga. Together, they will eliminate the toxins and relax the body.
The not to miss Yoga asanas every Dengue patient should do when his fever is under control are:
Anuloma Viloma: The deep intake and expulsion of breath helps clear the lungs while strengthening the muscles of gut and heart. Any inflammation in neural tissues is also relieved.
Sarvangasana: Relieves anxiety and stress, it enhances digestion and builds up stamina.
Matsyasana: This “destroyer of diseases” asana eliminates toxins by opening the pores of the body. The musculoskeletal strength of the body is also increased.
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