Did you know that 3.9 billion people across the world are estimated to be at risk of catching dengue? The dengue virus is spread mostly by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Dengue is usually prevalent in warm and wet parts of the world and outbreaks generally occur during the rainy season.
Dengue causes a high fever and other symptoms like an intense headache, joint pain, pain behind your eyes, swollen glands, a rash, and vomiting. These symptoms usually only last for 2 to 7 days. But sometimes this disease can turn into a severe form known as dengue hemorrhagic fever, where you see intense abdominal pain, rapid breathing, bleeding beneath your skin or from your gums and nose, blood in your vomit etc. So are there any ways to tackle it naturally? Here’s a look at some measures that can help.
Home Remedies For Dengue
Currently, there is no prescribed medicine for dengue. But some simple measures like taking sufficient rest and drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration can be helpful. The natural remedies suggested below are also considered useful in dealing with dengue. But do keep your doctor posted before adopting any herbal or natural treatments. If you have symptoms of dengue hemorrhagic fever, seek urgent medical attention as this form of dengue can be fatal.
Use Papaya Leaves
Dengue can cause the destruction of your blood platelets and result in a condition called thrombocytopenia where you have an abnormally low number of platelets. And a drop in your blood platelets can cause external as well as internal bleeding. According to research, papaya leaves can prevent platelet destruction due to cell membrane rupture and treat the thrombocytopenia associated with dengue.
How to use: Juice around 50g of papaya leaves and consume the juice 15 minutes after breakfast for 3 days. Do note, however, that papaya leaves are not recommended if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying for a baby.
Neem has been traditionally used in Southeast Asian communities to treat fevers. As it turns out, it can be helpful if you have dengue too. In one study, neem leaf extract was found to be effective in inhibiting the dengue virus type-2.
How to use: Drink the juice of neem leaves twice a day. Or eat around 5 to 8 neem leaves in the morning.
Have Tawa Tawa
A herb called Tawa Tawa is commonly used to treat dengue in the Philippines. According to research, Tawa Tawa extract promotes the development of blood platelets, stops hemorrhaging, and prevents further bleeding. People who were treated with this herb in one study showed an improvement in their platelet count as well as a marked reduction of fever and flu-like symptoms.
How to use: Drinking a glass of Tawa Tawa tea 3 to 4 times in a day can be helpful. To prepare Tawa Tawa tea, take 5 whole Tawa Tawa plants and cut off their roots. Wash the plants properly and boil them in clean water. Strain and allow the tea to cool. Drink up!