Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease caused by the dengue virus. It is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus. A drop in platelet count is a characteristic symptom of dengue fever. It doesn’t from person to person. The most common symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains and skin rash. Sometimes, these symptoms may be confused with flu. The number of dengue cases have increased drastically in the last few years.
According to local health authorities, the Indian capital of New Delhi reported 477 cases of dengue fever in August, the highest number since 2010. This brings the total number of cases this year to more than 530.
Doctors can diagnose dengue infection with a blood test. There are no particular medicines to cure the same but you are advised to rest and drink plenty of fluids. With Delhi under the grip of dengue, people are turning to some natural remedies to control the dreaded disease. We bring you some of the most effective home remedies as shared by health experts and doctors.
Giloy: Giloy is a very important herb in Ayurveda. It helps in maintaining the metabolic rate, strengthening the immune system and protect your body against infections, explains Dr. Gargi Sharma from New Delhi. She recommends that you can boil the stems and serve it as a herbal drink. You can also add few Tulsi leaves in the drink.
Papaya Leaves: “It helps in increasing platelet count and it helps in reducing the symptoms of fever like bodyache, chills, feeling low, getting tired easily and nausea,” says Dr. Gargi. You can crush the leaves and consume or drink the juice which helps in flushing out the toxins.
Fenugreek Leaves: These leaves are known to reduce fever and act as a sedative to ease pain and promote more restful sleep for patients. You can soak the leaves in the water and then drink it or you can get the methi powder and mix it with water and have it.
Goldenseal: Goldenseal is a herb whose dried root is used to make medicine. It has the ability to clear up the symptoms of dengue fever very quickly and eliminate the virus from the body. It works like papaya leaves. You use it in the same way like papaya leaves either by crushing and chewing or by juicing it.
Turmeric: It is also known to boost the metabolism and it helps in making the healing process faster. You can consume turmeric along with milk.
Tulsi Leaves and Black Pepper: Dr. Simran Saini from New Delhi suggests to consume a drink made by boiling Tuklsi leave and adding about 2grams of black pepper to it. This drink helps in building your immunity and acts as an antibacterial element.