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For centuries, humanity has used fever as an indicator that something is wrong with health and needs immediate attention. A high body temperature, or fever, is one of the ways in which our immune system tries to fight an infection or some persistent health condition. We say that a person has a fever when their body temperature exceeds the normal range of 98–100 ° Fahrenheit (or 36–37 ° Celsius on some scales).
We also know that fever can cause pain, discomfort, delusions, inability to move, body aches, etc. A doctor is the best person to diagnose the underlying cause of the fever, be it dengue, typhoid, malaria, cholera, chikungunya or even an angry wound or appendicitis or tonsillitis condition.
The fever is also called pyrexia and controlled hyperthermia. However, these days, doctors also advise taking antipyretic tablets when the temperature is at least 100 ° Fahrenheit. Here are some natural and Ayurvedic remedies that one can try at home to lower fever. If you have any underlying condition (known / unknown), we suggest that you first take your doctor's approval.
The first and most common symptom of fever is a chill: the feeling that one feels cold when the other people around him agree with the ambient temperature. Other indications may include loss of appetite, feeling of lethargy and sleep and body aches. The fever is not considered threatening if it lasts only 3-4 days, but if it exceeds that period of time, one should immediately go to a doctor.
Causes of fever
Fever can be caused by numerous things: a viral / bacterial infection or flu / cold, such as a seasonal allergic reaction and / or gastric problems, injuries, untreated wounds or fatigue. Both children and the elderly, fever is not limited to a certain age group. In addition to these factors, vaccines, the side effects of some medications, climatic changes, hormonal disorders and autoimmune diseases can also cause fever.
Types of fever
Intermittent fever: Body temperature fluctuates frequently and ranges to normal and febrile levels. Malaria and septicemia fall into this category.
Fever continues: The fever remains throughout the day and the temperature remains only one degree more than the normal temperature. Typhoid, meningitis are examples of this type of fever.
Sender Fever: Body temperature fluctuates at regular intervals. Brucellosis, which is considered a bacterial infection, is included in this category.
Rheumatic fever: It leads to a throat infection and the streptococcal bacteria is responsible for the condition.
High fever: Measles is the best example of this type of fever. It is mainly caused by a virus and mainly attacks people with a weak immune system.
Natural remedies to cure fever.
Tulsi or basil leaves:
The medicinal properties of this ancient and revered Indian herb are well known. In fact, since ancient times, it has been recommended that every home has one. Take a few (15-20) Tulsi leaves, add crushed ginger and water and boil until the water is half the volume you took for the first time. Bring to a drinking temperature and every time you want to have a cup of this tea, add a tablespoon of honey to the cup and stir. Finish in one day and prepare a fresh potion the next day.
Elderflowers: It is available worldwide and is best known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is more suitable for people suffering from flu, cold, as it energizes the functioning of the immune system. You can add a tablespoon of dried elder flowers to a cup of water that should be boiled for about 15 minutes before consuming it after straining.
Garlic cloves: Garlic contains allicin, which is a powerful antibacterial present only shortly after the garlic is ground and before it is heated. So take a few cloves of garlic (the smallest pieces of a bulb / head of garlic), peel them and crush them. Add to a warm preheated water. Stir and drink the water. Those who can tolerate the strong taste and smell of garlic cloves can chew them and enjoy their antibiotic and anti-fever properties.
White Willow Bark: This acts like aspirin and can be taken to treat fever, cold and flu. It is also useful for relieving muscle pain, menstrual cramps and ankylosing spondylitis. Patients with fever can take 2 teaspoons of white willow bark and add it to a cup of boiling water for a few minutes. Strain and you can have 2-3 times a day.
Apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar (ACV), the remedy that many of us implement to lose weight, reduce cholesterol and lower blood sugar levels (diabetes), is also good for fighting fever. Its slightly acidic nature leaves a cooling effect on the body. You can drink a tablespoon of the mixture (2 parts of ACV and 1 part of honey) and the patient can take it 3-4 times a day. In addition, you can use ACV as a sponge base. Take some clean napkins and soak them in a liquid of diluted apple cider vinegar (1 part vinegar per 2 parts water). Use them as cold compresses by placing them on the forehead, stomach or feet.
Ginger: Our mothers and grandmothers swore by the antibacterial and antiviral properties of ginger or Zingiber officinale, whether to fight the cold, the flu, inflammation, sore throat or fever. Add a tablespoon of ginger juice to honey and take it three times a day if you have a cough, cold and fever. A cup of ginger tea with added honey or a tablespoon of ginger juice with the same amount of lemon juice and honey are good refrigerants and immunity boosters.
Coriander / Coriander: Coriander leaves and seeds are beneficial for treating fever and stomach disorders. Coriander helps boost the immune system with its antioxidant properties. Crush a handful of coriander leaves (clean and washed) in a blender and add half a cup of water. Take a tablespoon or two every 4-5 hours.
In addition, one should avoid taking cold baths or showers. One should bathe with warm water.
When should one worry?
The fever is considered to break by itself and Ayurveda also says the same. However, if the body temperature remains high for longer, or if one has some itching, vomiting and feels very lethargic, the person should be taken immediately to a doctor.
Disclaimer: The advice and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or professional health care provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.