Malaria is an infectious disease caused by plasmodium parasite, which spreads through a mosquito bite. In India, about 0.7-1.6 million malaria cases are confirmed and 400-1000 deaths annually due to malaria.
Transmission of Malaria
- It can transmit from mother to unborn child.
- During blood transfusion.
- Sharing needles or using unsterilised needles.
Signs and Symptoms of Malaria
- High fever with chills and sweating.
- Nausea, vomiting and loose stools.
- Body pain and headache.
- Enlargement of the spleen.
- Complications like cerebral oedema, pulmonary oedema and coma.
Ayurvedic Management of Malaria
- Guduchi, Saptaparna, Sudarshana churna, Amrutarista, Shadangadi churna, Tribhuvana keeri rasa are beneficial.
- Eat light and easily digestible food like gruel, soups, softly cooked rice, khichdi, etc.
- Drink lukewarm water to keep yourself hydrated.
- Avoid pickles, spicy food, alcohol, carbonated beverages, coffee and tea intake.
Prevention of Malaria
- Grow tulsi plants in your home vicinity, which keeps mosquitoes away.
- Spray insecticide in and around your home – it’s important to follow safety precautions.
- Wear full sleeves and full-length dress.
- Avoid moving out in dark.
- Clear mosquito breeding places like stagnant water, garbage, etc.
- Use a mosquito net while sleeping.
- Drink fresh tulsi juice with honey or Tulsi green tea.
- Fumigate your home with guggulu, turmeric root, and neem.