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Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus.
In a small proportion of cases, the disease develops into the life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs.
Dengue is a type of Viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF), which is characterized by fever and bleeding disorders. This can result in high fever, shock or death. Other VHF viruses include Yellow fever, Ebola and Marburg virus and Zika,
The key to treating dengue is to build your immune system quickly to fight and eliminate the virus from your body in a short time.
The symptoms of dengue fever also known as “breakbone fever”, are typically a sudden onset fever, decreased platelet count, fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, skin rash, sudden, high, fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, fatigue and exhaustion, nausea and vomiting, skin rash, or low blood pressure.
These symptoms may be confused with flu. If you experience them over a few days, consult a doctor.
Dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock are the two more serious forms that dengue fever can take. The hemorrhagic fever results in bleeding and severe platelet loss, whereas dengue shock results in dangerous plunge in blood pressure. If you survive one type of dengue fever, you become immune to that type, and you can contract a second type later on which can cause serious complications.
Dengue fever virus (DENV) is an RNA virus of the family Flaviviridae; genus Flavivirus. Other members of the same genus include yellow fever virus, West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, tick-borne encephalitis virus, Kyasanur forest disease virus, and Omsk hemorrhagic fever virus. Gould EA, Solomon T (February 2008). "Pathogenic flaviviruses". The Lancet 371 (9611): 500–9.doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(08)60238-X. PMID 18262042.
Dengue virus is primarily transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, particularly A. aegypti. The dengue mosquito typically attacks during the day and some experts say the favourite spots are below the elbow and below the knee. They are generally active during hot periods of the year.
Remove all flesh foods and their byproducts from the diet.
Remove all forms of sugar, dairy, processed foods and oils
Go on an all plant-based diet.
Avoid eating solid foods until the fever is gone. A combination of herbal teas, fruit and vegetable juices and use of water will form the treatment protocol to follow. Click on the link to learn about our blood booster juices.
Fruits rich in vitamin C are advised as vitamin C helps in better absorption of iron. The orange juice helps with digestion, increased urinary output, promotes antibodies for faster healing and recovery. Lemon is also useful.
Drink copious amounts of water in order to replace fluid loss. It will also help to bring down body temperature.
Use pink Himalayan sea salt to restore the electrolytes in your body. This can be added to your drinking water.
Coconut water contains a similar electrolyte profile to human blood, making it an ideal beverage to replace fluids and help remove toxins from the body.
To increase the blood count pomegranate juice/ black grape juice should be given.
Brisk walking will be beneficial to exercise the body. If you don’t feel strong enough, just take your time and walk, it will improve blood circulation and removal help to fight the viral infection.
Fever is a symptom and not an enemy but a friend. In many infections fever enhances the body’s defense mechanisms. In viral infections, interferon production is either reduced or increased as the temperature goes up on down. therefore, the use of drugs in infections to reduce a fever is disadvantageous as the body is prevented from increasing the white blood cells to fight the infection.
Get a thermometer and check the temperature regularly to ensure that the fever does not escalate beyond 104 degrees. keeping a cool rag to the forehead will keep the brain cool. Have a few so you can interchange them.
High temperature with perspiration will actually increase blood circulation and aid in the removal of the virus. Drink lots of water to keep hydrated and stimulate perspiration.
Short cold bath. Do not use if patient is weak, has cardiovascular disease or poor kidney function. Alternate bath treatment increases hemoglobin and white blood cells. Apply water to the whole body, 3 minutes hot followed by 30 seconds cold, a friction rub to the body during the cold will make it more manageable. Do this repeatedly three times; end with cold and dry the body properly. Rest in bed, covered with a sheet and blanket. If perspiration begins, apply a cool rag to the head.
Sitting in the sunlight during the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm for an hour or two will help in fighting the viral infection. If you cover with a sheet at the same time, it will induce perspiration, which is a good thing. Remember to keep cool rags to the forehead and sip water to keep hydrated.
Some people shiver when they have a fever. In such cases, immerse them in a tub of warm water. This will also lower temperature.
If very hot, remove more covers and clothes; if chilly, add them.
When signs of fever are gone, be sure to prevent chilling.
Keep the room aired and sunny to supply a large dose of oxygen and to remove germs.
Dengue doesn't spread from person to person. You can prevent the risk of the disease by keeping your surroundings clean and wearing protective clothing.
Reduce the mosquito habitat by removing stagnant water around your house.
Go away mosquito - apply to skin as needed. Alternatively, use natural repellents oils like lemon, eucalyptus, lavender, neem and cinnamon to protect yourself against mosquito bites. There are a number of plants that have mosquito repellent properties like feverfew, citronella, catnip, garlic, lemongrass, basil, peppermint, rosemary and lavender.
Camu Camu – take 2 capsules twice daily to increase vitamin C
Bio-kult – to replenish gut flora
Use a rotation of herbs: goldenseal, Echinacea, oregano
Goldenseal (1 tablespoon or 2 capsules) is a herb whose dried root is used to make medicine. It has the ability to clear up the symptoms of dengue fever very quickly and eliminate the virus from the body. Use for 7 days. (week 1, 5)
Echinacea – 4 tablespoons to 4 cups of hot water – draw for 40 minutes to 3 hours, strain and drink daily for 7 days (week 2, 4, 6)
Oregano oil - 8 drops in 1 8oz glass of water, once daily for 7 days (week 3, 7)
The leaves of the coriander (2 tablespoons or 2 capsules twice daily) can be taken in the form of a tonic to reduce the fevers in dengue.
Hogweed (2 tablespoons or 2 capsules twice daily) is used to bring down temperatures. Hogweed produces plenty of perspiration which flushes the toxins and brings the fever down.
Fenugreek (2 tablespoons or 2 capsules twice daily) leaves are taken as herbal tea in order to reduce fevers. This drink acts as a sedative to ease pain and promote more restful sleep for patients.
Bloodwort (2 tablespoons or 2 capsules twice daily) when used in the form of a hot infusion brings out sweat, which expels the toxins from the body and reduces the fever.
Papaya helps in increasing the platelet count and reduces the symptoms of fever like body ache, chills, feeling low, getting tired easily and nausea. Take two raw papaya leaves, pound and squeeze with a cloth to strain and filter the juice. Aim to get 2 tablespoons of raw papaya juice for a day. To preserve its strength, the juice should be taken raw, without altering, boiling or any additions. No saps nor stems of the papaya leaf should be included-only the leaf should be crushed.
Barley grass (2 tablespoons) has the unique ability to significantly increase the body’s blood platelet count by stimulating the production of more blood cells. You can drink barley tea or eat barley grass directly and see a rapid increase in platelet count, which is one of the more serious side effects of dengue fever that can prolong weakness and increase the susceptibility of the body to dengue hemorrhagic fever and more serious complications.
Neem leaves (2 tablespoons or 2 capsules twice daily) Steeping neem leaves and then drinking the subsequent brew has been shown to increase both blood platelet count and white blood cell count, two of the most dangerous side effects of the virus. Properly brewed neem leaves can improve the immune system and return your strength much faster than many other home remedies.
10-15 basil leaves should be chewed twice a day or these can be boiled in 200ml water on low heat. When half the quantity is left it can be taken 2-3 times a day. This strengthens the body’s defence mechanism.
Turmeric (2 tablespoons or 2 capsules twice daily) is also known to boost metabolism and helps in making the healing process faster.
Seaweed Cure (2 capsules twice daily)
Other helpful herbs: Chicory root, Chlorella, Spirulina, Kelp, Sheep Sorrel, Cats Claw (2 tablespoons or 2 capsules twice daily)
Licorice root powder – useful for hypotension in this case, it is anti-viral and a natural corticosteroid. Take 1 tablespoon to 4 cups of hot water. Boil for 15 minutes and draw for 40 minutes to 4 hours. Use for 7 days.
Cayenne – 1/4 teaspoon three times a day in water, white oak bark (bleeding of lung, stomach, bowels and reduce pain) – 2 tablespoons to 4 cups water
Hard parts of the plant such as: roots, seeds, rhizome or bark: BOIL for 15 minutes, and then draw for 40 minutes to 4 hours.
Delicate parts of the plant such as: leaves, flowers, buds, stems or clusters: bring water to a boil then DRAW/STEEP for 40 minutes to 3 hours.
For combinations: boil hard parts first for 15 minutes then add delicate parts and draw/steep for 40 minutes to 4 hours.
Drink as water through the day.
Do not add sweeteners to teas.
While licorice promotes the healing of the stomach, it should not be used for more than 7 days at a time.
In large amounts, licorice-containing glycyrrhizin can cause high blood pressure, salt and water retention, and low potassium levels, which could lead to heart problems.
People with heart disease or high blood pressure should be cautious about using licorice.
The safety of using licorice as a supplement for more than 4 to 6 weeks has not been thoroughly studied.
Taking licorice together with diuretics (water pills), corticosteroids, or other medicines that reduce the body's potassium levels could cause dangerously low potassium levels.
When taken in large amounts, licorice can affect the body's levels of a hormone called cortisol and related steroid drugs, such as prednisone.
Pregnant women should avoid using licorice as a supplement or consuming large amounts of licorice as food, as some research suggests it could increase the risk of preterm labor.
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