Dengue Fever and its Herbal Treatment
A mosquito-borne viral disease occurring in tropical and subtropical areas. Dengue fever is commonly known as break-bone fever is a flu-like illness caused by the Dengue virus. It is caused when an Aedes mosquito carrying the virus bites a healthy person.
It is a mosquito-borne viral disease that has rapidly spread in all regions of the world in recent years. Dengue virus is spread by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti and, to a lesser extent, Aedes albopictus. These mosquitoes are also vectors of chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika viruses. Dengue is widespread throughout the tropical area, with local variations in risk influenced by rainfall, temperature, relative humidity, and unplanned rapid urbanization.
Dengue causes a wide spectrum of diseases. This can range from subclinical disease to severe flu-like symptoms in those infected.
Symptoms include high fever, rash and muscle, and joint pain, headache, etc. In severe cases, there is serious bleeding and shock, or even death.
Rarely some patients develop severe dengue, which can be any number of complications associated with severe bleeding, organ impairment, and/or plasma leakage.
Causes of Dengue:
Dengue is caused due to four viruses, namely – DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3, and DENV-4. The virus enters inside a mosquito when it bites an already infected person. And the diseases are spread when it bites a healthy person, and the virus spreads through the person’s bloodstream.
Severe Dengue fever, also known as Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever, increases if you’re infected a second, third, or fourth time.
Symptoms of Dengue:
Usually, symptoms of Dengue manifest like an uncomplicated fever and not easily identifiable in teens and children. Dengue causes a fever of 104 F degrees along with at least two or more symptoms like headache or muscle pain. Dengue is a flu-like illness that affects infants, young children, and adults, but seldom causes death. Symptoms usually last for 3–7 days, after an incubation period of 4–10 days after the bite from an infected mosquito . The World Health Organization classifies dengue into 2 major categories: dengue (with/without warning signs) and severe dengue.
- Muscle, bone, and joint pain
- Pain behind the eyes
- Swollen glands
A patient enters the critical phase normally about 3-7 days after illness onset. At this time, fever starts dropping (below 38°C/100°F) in the patient, that warning signs associated with severe dengue can manifest. Severe dengue is a potentially fatal complication, due to plasma leaking, respiratory distress, fluid accumulation, severe bleeding, or organ impairment.
Warning signs that doctors should look for include:
- severe abdominal pain
- persistent vomiting
- rapid breathing
- bleeding gums
- blood in vomit.
There are three types of fever a patient is prone to, namely – Mild Dengue Fever, Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever, and Dengue Shock Syndrome.
- Mild Dengue Fever – Symptoms start appearing after a week from the bite and include severe or fatal complications.
- Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever – Symptoms are mild but can gradually aggravate within a few days.
- Dengue Shock Syndrome – This is a severe form of dengue and can even threaten life.
What are the Risk Factors of Dengue Fever?
The risk factors related to dengue fever are:
Being in tropical and subtropical areas increases the risk of dengue fever. As these mosquitoes are found in this area.
The previous infection with dengue fever increases the risk of this disease.
What is the Ayurvedic view of Dengue Fever?
In Ayurved, Dengue Fever is correlated with “Dandak Jwara” it causes an imbalance of doshas in the body. It is caused by a mosquito bite.
What is the Ayurvedic Treatment of Dengue Fever?
In Ayurved, there are numerous herbs present in nature that will manage all the signs and symptoms related to Dengue fever. Chandigarh Ayurved Centre provided a complete kit known as Dengue Fever Kit that will build immunity against the viral infection caused by mosquito bite. This kit comprises of four products mentioned in detail given below
All Products Description in detail:
1. Detox Premium Powder:
The powder contains all the Ayurvedic herbs which strengthen the immune system of the body and prevents the complication of dengue by potentiating immune system. It helps in controlling the disease within a period of 4 to 8 days. The powder includes
Parwal Pishti – Parwal pishti is prepared from Coral calcium. It is mainly used in Pitta related disorders and helpful in bleeding disorders. This pishti relieves Ama dosha and improves the digestion power. It also improves the strength and immunity.
Shukta Pishti – It is prepared from Pearl oyster shell. Shukta pishti pacifies Pitta and Kapha dosha. It is the best ant-acid and relieves the abdominal distention. Shukta pishti reduces the rashes on the arms and legs.
Giloy Satva – Giloy satva includes water-soluble extract of Giloy/Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia). It balances the aggravated pitta and acts as a mild-antipyretic, antacid, and immuno-modulator. It also reduces burning sensation in the hands, feet, and body.
Kamdudha Ras – According to Ayurveda principles, Kamdudha Ras has Sheeta Virya thus it is beneficial in every Pitta Roga classified in Ayurveda. It is beneficial in the symptoms like burning sensation, restlessness, bleeding tendencies, excessive thirst, and hot flashes, vomiting with yellowish or sour water.
Akik Pishti – Akik bhasma contains Silicon Dioxide and some herbal extracts derived into in during processing with Aloe vera and Rose water. It is used in General debility, Restlessness. It works well in loss of appetite, weight loss, and feeling of excessive heat in the body.
Ghandak Rasayan – Ghandak Rasayan is a great antibacterial, antiviral ayurvedic medicine. It acts as an anti-pyretic, analgesic, & blood purifier.
Sutshekhar Ras – It is an important medicine used in Ayurveda, which acts on Pitta dosha and reduces the symptoms like nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, sour taste of mouth, restlessness, etc.
Recommended Dosage : Take 1 sachet twice a day with normal water.
2. Giloy Capsules:
As the name suggested “Giloy” is the main ingredient of this medicine. It is a potent immuno-modulator herb. It is beneficial for improving the immunity and prevents from common infections. These tablets provide palliative treatment in fever. The vati reduces Kapha dosha, pacifies Vata and detoxifies the Pitta dosha. It is beneficial in general weakness, recurrent infections, periodic fever syndrome, etc.
Recommended Dosage : Take 2 tablets twice a day with normal water.
3. Amrit Tulsi Ras:
This herbal preparation is in drops form prepared from five types of Tulsi. Shama Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Rama Tulsi (Ocimum gratissimum), Kapoor Tulsi (Ocimum canum), Shwet Tulsi (Ocimum basilicum), Nimba Tulsi (Ocimum citriodorum) that provides good result in all allergic reactions.
Recommended Dosage: Take two to three drops twice daily.
4. Liver care Syrup:
Liver Care syrup helps in balancing Pitta dosha. This Syrup enhances regeneration of liver cells, promote functions of liver, and improve blood flow from the liver. It helps in the treatment of fatty liver, liver cirrhosis, Hepatitis, hepatomegaly, and obstructive Jaundice. CAC Liver Care syrup contains Ingredients like Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Kutaki(Picrorhiza kurroa), Bhumi amla( phyllanthus niruri), Giloy(Tinopora Cordifolia), Yavakshar( Hordeum vulgare), Imli Kshar( Tamarindus indica), Mukta Shukta pisti etc. These herbs shows Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, Hepato-protective, properties. This syrup improves digestion, enhances appetite.
Recommended Dosage: Take 2 teaspoonful twice daily.
What is the Panchakarma Treatment of Dengue Fever?
Chandigarh Ayurved Centre only provides ayurvedic treatment for dengue patients that are mentioned above. There is no need to do any panchakarma procedure in dengue patients. Only medicines will act in a good way and provide your relive from dengue fever.
Healthy tips & Diet Dengue Fever Patient :
- Drink green coconut water daily.
- Eat papaya fruit as well as drink juice prepared from the extract of papaya leaves.
- Drink pomegranate juice prepared at home and eat its fruit.
- Spinach increases the platelet level count so include this vegetable in your daily diet.
- Broccoli is a good vegetable that regenerates your blood platelets count so you can prepare a soup from this or eat in raw or cooked form.
- Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet like brinjal, green peas, broccoli, cabbage, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, carrot, papaya, grapes, pomegranate, apple, watermelon, guava in daily routine.
- Also include complex carbohydrates & whole pulses such as ragi, whole wheat, brown rice, jowar, whole grain oats, yellow lentils, pink lentils, horsegram, chickpeas, etc.
- You can eat boiled two boiled egg white but avoid meat, chicken, fish, etc.
- Take plenty of rest for creating energy in your body.
- Do perform pranayam and yoga poses like anulom vilom pranayam, kapalbhati pranayam, nadi shodhan pranayam, sarvangasana, Matsyasana.
- Drink goat milk as it will help in increasing your platelet count.
- Avoid eating fried, fast & processed food products that make you unhealthy.
- Use freshly prepared juices and soups in the diet