Home remedies for dengue fever: My mom says these nuskhas can speed up recovery

A strong immunity is what can get you through a dengue fever. Here are 5 most effective home remedies for dengue fever to recover quickly.
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You can try these home remedies for dengue fever. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Manasvi Jain Updated: 17 Oct 2023, 06:26 pm IST
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The monsoon season is here, and while it brings along joyful rain and the pleasant smell of wet soil, it also creates a perfect breeding ground for disease-borne dengue mosquitoes. While trying to read more about dengue to learn how to protect myself, I started wondering about the possible treatments if a person does get dengue fever. Can it be treated at home? So, I went to my mom, the home remedy expert, and she told me that although we can’t treat dengue fever entirely at home, there are certainly many home remedies that help manage its symptoms. Once I confirmed these remedies with a doctor, I found not one, not two, but five of the most effective home remedies for dengue fever.

“Dengue fever, also known as dandaka jwara in Ayurveda, is a flu-like illness transmitted by female mosquitoes of the Aedes aegypti species,” says Dr Annu Prasad, an Ayurvedic expert. It is prevalent in subtropical and tropical climates worldwide. While there is no specific treatment for dengue, symptom management plays a crucial role in recovery. “Ayurveda offers several home remedies that can aid in combating dengue fever by boosting the immune system and alleviating symptoms,” says Dr Prasad.

Symptoms of dengue fever

Dr Prasad explained that common symptoms of dengue include vomiting, a strong headache, nausea, rashes, joint pain, pain behind the eyes, muscular pain, and swollen glands. These symptoms, if not treated right once, might result in more serious problems like tiredness, blood in the vomit, constant vomiting, bleeding gums, restlessness, intense abdominal pain, and rapid bleeding

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Dengue fever can cause rashes, vomiting and much more. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Home remedies for dengue fever

1. Neem leaves

Neem leaves have been demonstrated to enhance the number of white blood cells and blood platelets. “Nimbin and Nimbidin, two compounds found in the plant, have anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and antimicrobial effects that aid in the treatment of dengue fever,” says Dr Prasad. To utilize neem leaves, boil fresh neem leaves in water. The doctor suggests that consuming this concoction may help you recover more quickly. Another option is to ingest neem leaf juice. Grind some fresh leaves with a cup of water to produce neem juice. Once you strain this liquid into a cup, your juice will be ready. You can add a little honey or lemon juice to taste.

2. Papaya leaf extract

Papaya leaf extract has been used in the treatment of dengue fever. It is recommended in conventional medicine to alleviate dengue fever symptoms. Research has shown that papaya leaves can help increase neutrophils, white blood cells and platelets in individuals. A higher platelet count may help stop bleeding and halt the progression of the disease. Dr Prasad explains that you can drink papaya leaf juice to reduce fever and normalize your platelet count. To make papaya juice, blend fresh papaya leaves with a cup of water. Strain the liquid into a cup before consumption.

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Papaya leaf extract is good to increase your platelet count. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Giloy juice

“Giloy juice is a well-known remedy for dengue fever. It boosts immunity and metabolism, providing effective defense against the illness. Strong immunity helps patients feel better and increases the platelet count,” says Dr Prasad. Boil two small stems of the Giloy plant in a glass of water. Consume this water when it is just beginning to warm up. Alternatively, you can mix a few drops of Giloy juice in a cup of hot water and drink it twice daily. Giloy is a safe Ayurvedic medicine if taken in moderation.

4. Barley

According to Dr Prasad, barley (jau) grass juice or barley tea is an essential home remedy for dengue treatment as it contains organic components high in vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid, and pantothenic acid. It also contains minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. All of these contribute to treating extended fatigue and vitamin deficiency, raising blood platelet count and red blood cells (essential for dengue treatment). According to the expert, barley and papaya leaves are considered the best over-the-counter treatments as they are believed to work the quickest.

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Make barley tea your BFF for its dengue protective health benefits! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Black pepper

Black pepper possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral characteristics that work at the cellular level to combat viruses and eliminate infections. It works best when used with tulsi kadha. Take 3-4 tulsi leaves to prepare the mixture. After washing them, put them on the stove to boil with a glass of water. Once it starts to boil, add some black pepper, which has several benefits. Sip on this drink frequently during the healing phase to replenish your vitality.

Also read: Dengue cases on a rise: 6 effective ways to protect yourself

Neem, papaya, Giloy, barley, and black pepper are among the effective remedies that can boost the immune system, increase platelet count, and alleviate the flu-like symptoms associated with dengue. However, it is crucial to consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and guidance in managing dengue fever effectively. Remember to combine these home remedies with adequate rest, hydration, and medical care for a safe and speedy recovery.

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