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Remedies For Malaria Fever

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Malaria is caused when a female Anopheles mosquito bites a person. This mosquito carries malarial parasites, which then get inside the body of the person and multiplies and spread all over the body. This disease generally happens to those who stay in unhealthy surroundings and that too mainly to those who have weaker immune system. High fever, chills, headache and shivering are the common symptoms of malaria. There are some very effective home remedies for malaria.

Some common home remedies for malaria are :

1. In a glass of water, add a tsp of cinnamon powder, a tsp of honey and a dash of pepper powder. Boil this concoction and have it after it cools down a bit. This is beneficial in treating malaria.

2. In malaria fever is natural and hence applying cold packs on the forehead will be really helpful in bringing the fever down.

3. In 60ml of water, dissolve 3 gram of lime and the juice of 1 lemon. Start consuming this, once in a day, right from the time of the onset of fever.

4. Roast alum over a hot plate and then powder it. Take a tsp of it when you still have fever. It is a useful remedy for curing malaria.

5. Holy basil leaves can be either chewed as it is or had in the form of a decoction, as it is very effective in the treatment of malaria.

Remedies for Malaria

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

1. You can boil one glassful of water with one tsp of Cinnamon powder. Drink this after adding pinch of pepper powder and honey. This gives relief in malarial fever up to certain extent.

2. Grapefruit is another one of the good home remedies for malaria. It can be taken on daily basis. Grapefruit contains some natural quinine like material. To gain this benefit, boil quarter of a grapefruit and strain its pulp. Take an extract and consume it.

3. Fever nut plant’s seeds are very beneficial in the treatment of malaria. They are readily available in the herbal store. You can go for either any of the fever nut preparation or can purchase raw and make powder of it. Take this under medical supervision. This is one of the well liked home remedies for malaria.

4. Indian Ayurvedic herb called Dhatura is also beneficial in treating malaria. For this, take two and a half freshly sprouted leaves and make them into pill form by rubbing them with jaggery and take it two hours before the onset of paroxysm. This is one of the easiest home remedies for malaria.

5. Cinnamon is another good natural remedy for malaria. Take a tsp of coarsely powdered cinnamon and boil it in glassful of water with pinch of pepper powder and honey. This will not only help in curing malaria but will also boost up your immunity system.

6. Another proven natural cure for malaria is including fenugreek seeds to your diet. These seeds have capacity to increase the immunity power and to fight against the parasites. This is one of the simple home remedies for malaria.

7. Lime and lemon are also time tested and trusted home remedy for malaria. Take 3 gm of lime dissolved in about 60 ml of water and the juice of 1 lemon adding into it. This water is to be taken the moment one starts feeling feverish.

8. Alum is powerful anti-malarial drug in Ayurveda. It should be roasted over a hot plate and then powdered. ½ tsp of this is to be taken when one feels feverish. This is one of the useful home remedies for malaria.

9. Holy basil is the best drug as antibacterial and disinfectant. This is property of killing parasites and other microorganisms. For this, you can chew raw leaves of holy basil or can go for the decoction made out of it. There are many companies that produce basil pills or capsules as an alternative to raw basil.

10. For the initial stage of malaria, be on the orange juice and water diet. This will enhance the body’s immunity system and so will help in reducing the malarial attack. This is one of the popular home remedies for malaria.

Treatment For Malaria

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Usually, people get malaria by being bitten by an infective female Anopheles mosquito. Only Anopheles mosquitoes can transmit malaria and they must have been infected through a previous blood meal taken on an infected person. When a mosquito bites an infected person, a small amount of blood is taken in which contains microscopic malaria parasites.

Type of Malaria infection:

Treatment obviously depends on the type of infection. Patients with P. falciparum malaria should be evaluated thoroughly in view of potential seriousness of the disease and possibility of resistance to anti malarial drugs.
P. vivax: Only Chloroquine 25 mg/kg + Primaquine for 14 days.
P. falciparum: Treat depending on severity & sensitivity. Primaquine as gametocytocidal is a must to prevent spread.
Mixed infections: Blood schizonticides as for P. falciparum and Primaquine as for P. vivax

Malaria Symptoms

Symptoms of malaria include fever and flu-like illness, including shaking chills, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. Malaria may cause anemia and jaundice (yellow coloring of the skin and eyes) because of the loss of red blood cells. Symptoms usually appear between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. If not treated, malaria can quickly become life-threatening by disrupting the blood supply to vital organs. Infection with one type of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum, if not promptly treated, may cause kidney failure, seizures, mental confusion, coma, and death. In many parts of the world, the parasites have developed resistance to a number of malaria medicines.

Home Treatment For malaria

Lime and lemon play a vital role in the treatment of quartan type of malarial fever. About three grams of lime and a juice of 1 lemon should be dissolved in about 60 ml of water. This mixture can be taken before you suspect the attack to take place.
The herb chirayata, botanically known as Swertia chirata, is also beneficial in the treatment of intermittent type of malarial fevers. It helps in lowering the temperature. An infusion of the herb, prepared by immersing 15 gm of chirayata in 250 ml of hot water with aromatics like cloves and cinnamon, should be given in doses of 15 to 30 ml.
Alum is also useful in malaria – First take a small amount of alum and then roast it over a hot plate. Now powder it. Half a teaspoon of this powder 0should be taken about four hours before the expected attack and half a teaspoon every two hours after it. This may help you in giving relief.
The leaves of holy basil are also considered beneficial in the prevention of malaria. 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.

Malaria During Pregnancy

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Epidemiology

Malaria infection during pregnancy can have adverse effects on both mother and fetus, including maternal anemia, fetal loss, premature delivery, intrauterine growth retardation, and delivery of low birth-weight infants (<2500 g or <5.5 pounds).

It is a particular problem for women in their first and second pregnancies and for women who are HIV-positive.

The problems that malaria infection causes differ somewhat by the type of malaria transmission area: stable (high) or unstable (low) transmission.

  • In high transmission areas, women have gained a level of immunity to malaria that wanes somewhat during pregnancy. Malaria infection is more likely to result in severe maternal anemia and delivery of low birth-weight infants.
  • In low transmission areas, women generally have developed no immunity to malaria. Malaria infection is more likely to result in severe malaria disease, maternal anemia, premature delivery, or fetal loss.

Causes of Malaria

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Malaria is a parasitic disease that involves infection of the red blood cells. Malaria is transmitted to people by mosquitos. The scientific name of the particular type of mosquito is Anopheles. An infected Anopheles mosquito bites a person and injects the malaria parasites into the blood.

After a bite from an infected mosquito, the parasite enters the person’s bloodstream and travels to the liver where it grows and multiplies. During this time when the parasite is in the liver, there are no visible symptoms and the victim doesn’t feel sick.

The parasite may stay in the liver for a period as short as 8 days or as long as several months to years. After it leaves the liver, it enters red blood cells and continues to grow and multiply. The red blood cells burst, freeing the parasites to attack other red blood cells. It is during this time that symptoms of malaria may begin to surface.

Of the four types of malaria, the most serious type is falciparum malaria, which can be life-threatening. The other three types of malaria (vivax, malariae, and ovale) are generally less serious and are not life-threatening.

Diagnosis of Malaria

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Methods of diagnosis are:

# complete medical history of symptoms and travel

# physical examination

# blood tests, including thick and thin blood films, to identify the plasmodium species responsible for infection

Symptoms of Malaria

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Malarial attacks present over 4 to 6 hours with shaking chills, high fever, and sweating, and are often associated with fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, dry cough, muscle or joint pain, and back ache. The attacks may occur every other day or every third day.

Cerebral malaria and death can occur, sometimes within 24 hours, if the infection is caused by plasmodium falciparum.

Fever or other symptoms can develop in malaria as early as 8 days or as late as 60 days after exposure or stopping prophylaxis. For plasmodium vivax in temperate areas, the delay may be up to one year.