Of late we get to hear more about dengue, a viral infection caused by mosquito bites. No, all mosquitoes do not spread dengue, but thankfully it is limited only to female Aedes mosquito. Although dengue is a flu-like ailment, many a time it can lead to life threatening situation due to its severe manifestation to hemorrhagic fever. Ayurveda describes dengue as Dandaka Jwara and further elaborates that the fever caused by dengue would subside in a week’s time, explains the best Ayurvedic doctor in Pune. So, what are the symptoms and does ayurveda has any remedies available for the treatment of Dengue? Let’s find it out:
Dengue fever develops only after 3 to 14 days after the mosquito bite. It is very much easy to confuse flu with dengue as it has more or less similar symptoms.
- High fever
- Severe headaches with joint and muscle pain
- More importantly, a sudden drop in platelet count is a characteristic feature and sign of Dengue, as it severely impacts its production rate. The usual platelet count of 1.5 lakhs per micro liter plummets to less than a lakh.
Is it curable through Ayurveda?
As mentioned earlier, the impact of Dengue comes down within a timeframe of one week. But having said that care should be taken to boost the production rate of blood platelets and rejuvenate body by flushing out the toxins. There are around 30 plus drugs available in Ayurveda to treat Dengue and needless to say, they all are highly effective. In fact, the exact quantum of drug, composition and other details are specifically mentioned in ayurveda literature. As Ayurveda practices holistic approach towards treatment of ailments, the entire wellness of body is taken into account while prescribing the drugs.
What are the remedies?
- Amrita Satva (Giloy): During an attack of Dengue, it is very important to strengthen the immunity system and maintain good metabolism. An herbal drink made out of boiling the stems of Giloy and Tulsi leaves precisely provides the same.
- Tulsi water: Drinking a glass of water boiled with 15 leaves of holy basil (Tulsi) and black pepper at an interval of two hours would prove to be beneficial in building up the immune system.
- Papaya leaves: As the need of the hour is to increase the blood platelet count, ayurveda strongly prescribes papaya leaves. The leaves of papaya can be directly consumed after crushing them or making a juice out of them. Either way, it results in rendering good results not only for increasing platelet count but also relieves the symptoms of tiredness and nausea.
- Goldenseal: Akin to Papaya, the dried roots of Goldenseal also have the special ability of relieving the symptoms of Dengue. It can be taken by making a concoction make out of it.
- Dhatura: Dhatura is again a powerful herb which has huge potential to reduce most of the symptoms of Dengue. As a word of caution, Dhatura should be consumed only after consulting with an Ayurvedic physician, says a reputed doctor of an Ayurvedic hospital In Pune
- Vitamin C: In general, eatables that are rich in Vitamin C such as Amla can be taken to enhance the absorption rate of Iron.
- Punarnava: Punarnava herb or botanically known as Boerhavia diffusa is an excellent choice to flush out the toxins through perspiration.
- Herbal Tea: Herbal tea made out of Fenugreek or coriander leaves can be taken to reduce the body temperature. Remember, during Dengue, the body temperature can go as high as 1040F.
The list is quite exhaustive and we have just presented the ones which can be prepared with items that are commonly available. That being said it should be borne in the mind that all these medications may not necessarily suit every individual, especially pregnant woman. Hence it is always advisable to consult your ayurvedic physician before consuming these herbs.
If you wish to know more about the other treatment options for Dengue, you can always contact our Ayurvedic treatment centre in Pune and avail the best possible advice and treatment.