Tips to Combat Dengue

The prevailing weather condition is ideal for the breeding of the infected female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that brings in the dreadful disease called dengue. There have been reports sighting sporadic cases of dengue from the hospitals around India but an outbreak has been ruled out as of now. Dengue hemorrhagic fever begins suddenly, with body temperatures going up to often as high as 104 – 105°F.A. A red rash may appear over most of the body 2-5 days after the fever starts. A second rash, which looks like measles may appear later. Infected people often complain of increased skin sensitiveness.

The challenge faced by the entire healthcare sector is that there is no specific globally accepted treatment for dengue fever. Ayurveda, however, has a list of herbs which are used to strengthen the immune system of the body. This process, in turn, helps to fight the dengue virus.

Some of the medicinal herbs that are used in India to fight the dengue virus are:

Kantkari (Solanum virginianum ) It is commonly known as wild eggplant or nightshade plant, used by the local people of West Bengal as folk medicines in treating throat infections and other inflammatory problems. This herb is also used in an Ayurvedic compound Arkadhi, to treat the fever, bronchitis, and fevers accompanied by chest-infections.

Tulsi  (holy basil)The tulsi leaves are used to soothe the nervous system. They also strengthen the stomach and build up the immune system.10-15 basil leaves should be chewed twice a day.

Branolia Chemical Works have formulated two ayurvedic medicinal tonics, Branolia’s Honey Guard and Bitocough that embraces the anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties of Tulsi. These two ayurvedic tonics are safe and effective to cure a cough and cold and give relief.

Papaya (Carica papaya) – The leave extract of this plant is used to increase the platelet count in dengue patients. The leaf extract of this plant is also used in other ayurvedic medicines.

Branolia Chemical Works have formulated an ayurvedic tonic, Kulerron which is also very effective in increasing the hemoglobin count. Kulerron is meant for people of all ages. It can be also be consumed by people suffering from a low hemoglobin count, overall fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, and poor appetite.

Guduchi and giloy (tinospora cordifolia) – This shrub is found in India and its root, stems, and leaves are used in the preparation of Ayurvedic medicine. Its main uses are in diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), upset stomach, gout, hepatitis, fever, and to boost the overall immune system.

The most important point to be observed is a proper management of this fever. Some methods to manage it are:

  1. Take light, nutritive, warm and easily digestible foods and proper rest and sleep and maintain personal and environmental hygiene
  2. Avoid chilled foods & drinks, strenuous exertion, and stressful conditions.
  3. Use mosquito net and repellents
  4. One liter of water boiled with 10-15 Tulsi leaves and 10-15 gram Coriander powder for ten minutes and cooled to room temperature may be consumed at intervals of 3-4 hours in a day

The statistics of this year may tell us that the number of death due to dengue is not as bad as last year but civic agencies and people should be on guard.

Branolia Chemicals Works uses an array of herbs to prepare ayurvedic therapeutics to provide ayurvedic products for the common man.

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