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Dengue is a viral disease that is spread by mosquitoes! Yes, it is as simple as that. A mosquito carrying the virus can pass it on to you just by a bite from it. This virus usually spread in tropical and sub-tropical areas. This virus can be deadly when not treated in the right time.

History

Dengue, previously called as Dengue haemorrhagic fever, was first identified in the 1950’s in Thailand and Philippines. Slowly this virus has spread all the world and affects Asian and Latin Americans the most. This virus has become the cause for many deaths (both children and adults) in the recent times.

Aedes aegypti, is the mosquito that transmits this deadly virus among humans, just by biting once.

Symptoms of Dengue

The main symptoms of Dengue are mentioned below. One person might have all or few of the mentioned symptoms.

  • Sudden rise in temperature
  • Headache
  • Rashes all over the body
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Bleeding
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pain behind the eyes

 

Diagnosis

Once you seem to have any or all of the above mentioned symptoms, your doctor will ask you to take a blood test to diagnose the virus. As there is no vaccine or prevention method, you need to be careful once diagnosis is done. There are no antibiotics too.

The practitioner will advise you to consume plenty of fluids and stay away from other people just to ensure that the virus is not spread. Though there are no over the counter medicine, there are many natural remedies that help you treat and cure dengue.

Home remedies to treat dengue

There are many natural remedies that help to treat and cure dengue fever effectively. Below mentioned are remedies that can be easily prepared at home by anyone.

Night Jasmine leaves

Night jasmine is a flower which is popular for its fragrance. This commonly found plant has many medicinal properties in it. It is a natural analgesic, anesthetic and anti-allergic. The extract of the leaves have the properties to increase platelets in human. When a person is affected by dengue, platelets counts decreases a lot which does not help to recover quickly. The anti-inflammatory property in night jasmine helps reduce joint pain and inflammation in the muscles.

Night jasmine has the below mentioned medicinal properties that are beneficial to treat health issues.

  • Treats fever
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Treats diabetes
  • Reduces gas bloating
  • Treats indigestion
  • Treats cough
  • Treats joints pain
  • Treats malaria

When applied externally on the scalp, it can reduce dandruff. There is a recipe which explains how to use night jasmine to treat dengue click here and follow the instructions.

Papaya leaves

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Papaya is a healthy fruits that has many nutrients in it. When a person is affected by dengue, they are advised to consume papaya leaves extract that help to boost the platelet count, which goes down when affected by dengue. When platelets count decreases, the immunity of the person becomes very weak, which make the recovery process very difficult.

The leaves of papaya tree is naturally an anti-microbial agent. Papain and chymopapin are two important compounds in papaya that help to treat dengue. Papaya also helps to treat the below mentioned issues.

  • Zeaxanthin is a compound found in papaya that protects eye from damages
  • Beta-carotene helps to reduce the risk of asthma
  • Papaya pulp and leaf extract helps to reduce the risk of colon cancer
  • Aids in digestion
  • Improves the bowel movement and reduces constipation
  • Vitamin C, Vitamin A and anti-oxidants helps to protect skin from free radicals

There is a recipe that explains how to use papaya leaves to treat dengue. Click here to see the step by step recipe which can be prepared at home.

Kiwi and Flax seed

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Kiwi is a fruit that helps to boost platelet count and immunity when consumed regularly when affected by dengue. Flax seed contains essential fatty acids that helps to improve immunity. When kiwi and flax seeds are combined together, it helps to fight dengue effectively.

The Vitamin C rich fruit helps to boost lymphocytes and helps to strengthen the immunity. Regular consumption of the drink also helps to reduce body pain.

Kiwi and flax seed to treat dengue” is a recipe that explains how to use both to treat dengue effectively.

These are the natural remedies that helps to treat dengue at home. Along with these remedies, you can also drink plenty of fluids like tender coconut water, water, Vitamin C rich fruit juices without sugar. You also need to ensure that there is no stagnant water around your house, as mosquitoes can breed easily on stagnant water. If you have store water in your house, make sure that you cover the containers. Dengue mosquitoes are found to breed in good water. You can also read this recipe, which explains how to use nochi leaves as mosquito repellent.

Also read best liquids to drink during dengue fever and kiwi fruits to treat dengue – details and facts.

 

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.