Dengue is a viral, mosquito-borne disease that is widespread in tropical regions of the world. Vector-borne diseases are reported in India during the rainy season, and dengue cases often peak between July and November. The disease, transmitted by a virus of the Flaviviridae family, can also cause death.
According to the World Health Organization, there is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue. Early detection of disease progression associated with severe dengue fever can reduce the mortality rate.
However, Ayurveda has defined various remedies for dealing with dengue fever. Take a look at five of the herbal remedies recommended by this ancient Indian medical system to treat this deadly disease.
Kalmegha, also known as Andrographis paniculata, is a bitter-tasting herb with multiple medicinal uses. According to a study published in Science Direct, it has been scientifically proven to be highly effective against the dengue virus.
Commonly known as Giloy, Guduchi or Tinospora Cordifolia, is very helpful in reducing the effect of the causative factors of dengue. Guduchi can be taken diluted in a glass of water by patients with dengue fever.
Neem is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have also proven that this drug is also effective against dengue fever. Extracts from the leaves of its plants inhibit the growth of one of the four dengue virus types.
Papaya leaves are traditionally used to prevent malaria, but are also helpful in treating dengue fever. A study published in Science Direct talks about the use of papaya leaf juice in siddha medicine, a traditional form of medicine in India to increase platelet counts.
Application of cooling pastes
according to dr Archana Sukumaran, Ayurvedic Practitioner (BAMS) at Kerala Ayurveda, a simple paste of sandalwood and rose water can be applied to provide temporary relief from dengue fever rashes.
While the above remedies can prove to be very useful remedies for treating dengue, it is advisable that you consult a nearby Ayurvedic doctor (or other) as soon as you encounter any serious symptoms.
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