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|Home Remedies for Malaria. (Mosquito Byte Fever)
Malaria is one of the most widespread diseases in the world, especially in tropical and subtropical regions.
There are three main types of malaria, depending upon the parasites which cause it They are tertian fever, quartan fever
and malignant tertian malaria. The most common symptom of all types of malaria is high fever, which may occur every day,
on alternate days, or every fourth day. The fever is accompanied by chills, headache, shivering, and pain in the limbs. The
temperature comes down after some time with profuse sweating. The main complications of malaria are anaemia, kidney
failure, and dysentery.
|Malaria is caused by a tiny parasite called Plasmodium. The parasite grows in the liver of a person for a few days and then
enters the bloodstream where it invades the red blood cells. The disease spreads from a sick person to a healthy one by the bite
of an infected female anopheles mosquito. She draws a small quantity of blood containing the parasites when she bites a person
who has malaria. These parasites then pass through several stages of development within the mosquito's body, and finally find
their way to its salivary glands. There they lie in wait for an opportunity to enter the bloodstream of the next person the
mosquito bites. The malaria-carrying mosquito breeds in stagnant water.
According to naturopathy, however, the real causes of malaria are wrong feeding habits and a faulty style of living, which result
in the system being clogged with accumulated systemic refuse and morbid matter. It is on this soil that the malaria germ breeds.
The liberal intake of flesh foods, tinned and other denatured foods, and alcoholic beverages lowers the vitality of the system and
paves the way for the development of malaria.
Home Remedies for Malaria using Grapefruit:
Grapefruit is one of the most effective home remedies for malaria. It should be taken daily. It contains a natural quinine-like
substance which can be extracted from the fruit by boiling a quarter of a grapefruit and straining its pulp..
Home Remedies for Malaria using Fever Nut:
The seeds of the fever nut plant are another effective remedy for malaria. They can be obtained from a herbal store and
preserved in a phial for use when required. About six grams of these seeds should be given with a cup of water two hours
before the expected onset of the paroxysm of fever, and a second dose should be given one hour after the attack. The
paroxysm can thus be avoided but even if it occurs, the same procedure should be resorted to on that day and it will cut short
Malaria Home Remedies with Lime and Lemon:
Lime and lemon are valuable in the quartan type of malarial fever. About three grams of lime should be dissolved in about 60 ml
of water and the juice of one lemon added to it This water should be taken before the onset of the fever.
Home Remedies for Malaria using Cinnamon:
Cinnamon is regarded as a valuable remedy in malaria. One teaspoon should be coarsely powdered and boiled in a glass of
water with a pinch of pepper powder and honey. This can be used beneficially as a medicine in malaria.
Home Remedy for Malaria with Alum:
Alum is also useful in malaria. It should be roasted over a hot plate and powdered. Half a teaspoon should be taken about four
hours before the expected attack and half a teaspoon every two hours after it This will give relief.
Home Remedies for Malaria with Holy Basil:
The leaves of holy basil are considered beneficial in the prevention of malaria. An infusion of a few leaves can be taken daily for
this purpose. The juice of about eleven grams of leaves of holy basil mixed with three grams of powder of black pepper can be
taken beneficially in the cold stage of the malarial fever. This will check the severity of the disease.
Other Remedies for Malaria:
The best way to reduce temperature naturally during the course of the fever is by means of a cold pack, which can be applied to
the whole body. This pack is made by wringing out a sheet or any other large square piece of linen material in cold water,
wrapping it right round the body and legs of the patient (twice round would be best), and then covering it completely with a small
blanket or similar warm material. This pack should be applied every three hours during the day while the temperature is high
and kept on for an hour or so. Hot-water bottles may be kept on the feet and against the sides of the body.
Malaria can be prevented by protection against mosquito bites, cleanliness of surrounding areas, and ensuring that there is no
pool of stagnant water lying around.
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