Dengue fever is on the rise again. It is reported that the Department of Health (DOH) declared a national dengue alert due to the rapid increase in dengue cases in several provinces. In fact, DOH's concern about the alarming rapid spread of dengue in the provinces is justifiable. The DOH recorded no less than 115,966 dengue cases from January 1 to July 6, 2019. This is double the number of cases (62,267) for the same period in 2018.
It is time to conduct a thorough study of indigenous natural plants of local origin, which are effective in treating dengue fever. Given that dengue fever is caused by a virus and, therefore, the antibiotic vaccine or other specific medication cannot treat the disease. Considering also that it is very expensive to be hospitalized in a private hospital. (Public hospitals are full of patients suspected of suffering from dengue). In a recent case, the teenage son of a domestic helper in the province who was hospitalized in a private hospital for two days had a bill of more than P14,000.00. to expensive antibiotics given to the child.
As a public service, below I list revealing information about dengue: (References: brochures, books, Internet reports and news clippings)
- Did you know that dengue fever is contracted by the bite of an Aedes aegypt and Aedes albopictus mosquito that bit an infected / scratched day and has previously bitten an infected person? Many do not know that only a mosquito bite can cause dengue fever. In addition, dengue fever cannot be transmitted directly from one person to another. But rather from one person to a mosquito to another person;
- Do you know that dengue fever is caused by a virus transmitted by the types of mosquitoes mentioned above?
- Do you know that there is no known vaccine or antibiotic that can cure dengue fever? Rather, several treatments are only aimed at symptom relief (symptomatic treatment);
- Do you know that the symptoms of dengue fever include: headache, fever, exhaustion, severe muscle and joint pain, swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy) and rash. The presence of fever, itchy rash and headache (the "triad of dengue") is characteristic of dengue. Other signs of dengue include bleeding gums, severe pain behind the eyes (retroorbital) and palms and red plants. " (Reference: MedicineNet.https: //www.medicinenet.com/dengue-_fever/article.htm);
- Do you know that dengue virus is common in the tropics?
- Do you know that the acute phase of dengue disease with fever and muscle pain is one to two weeks?
- Do you know that the severe type of dengue fever known as “dengue hemorrhage has the following symptoms: headache, fever, rash and evidence of bleeding (hemorrhage) in the body. Petechiae (small red spots or purple spots or blisters under the skin), bleeding in the nose or gums, black stools or easy bruising are possible signs of bleeding. This form of dengue fever can be deadly and can progress to the most severe form of the disease, dengue shock syndrome. " (Reference: MedicineNet https://www.medicinenet.com/dengue_fever/article.htm);
- Do you know that there are countries that are already carrying out exhaustive studies, research and experiments that explore the possible use of natural, alternative and plant-based remedies to treat dengue;
- Do you know that there are testimonies of miraculous healing of sweet potato leaves to cure dengue? In one case, the affected children of my sister's friends in the United States ate sweet potato tops the night before; The next day, the platelet count increased to the normal level (an adult has a normal platelet count of approximately 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter):
- Do you know that a few years ago I used the "sweet potato leaves" treatment for dengue fever with my nephew who had the symptoms of dengue fever (headache, recurrent fever, stomach rashes and lack of appetite)? In addition, he had his blood test twice to find out if his red blood cell count was decreasing. Yes, his red blood cell count was decreasing. At this point, I was able to convince him to drink the mixed juice of boiled sweet potato leaves, after my sister, the doctor who practiced medicine in the USA. UU. He told me about the testimonies of the successful use of sweet potato leaves as a cure for dengue fever in the USA. UU. My nephew drank at least one jar mixing continuously boiled sweet potato leaves. The next day, my nephew went to the hospital again to check the status of his red blood cell count. At that time the eruptions were disappearing and his headache and recurrent fever had disappeared. Incredibly, his red blood cell count increased and normalized. My nephew was cured of dengue fever after a day and a half of drinking mixed juice of boiled sweet potato leaves. My nephew continued to drink a jug of sweet potato juice for two more days. I also shared the sweet potato treatment with three other friends. As in the case of my nephew, the sweet potato juice treatment worked!
Do you know that, apart from sweet potato leaf juice, there are other natural remedies reported for dengue fever that include papaya leaf extracts? Papaya Leaf Extracts increase the platelet count of a patient with dengue. As well, Basil leaves (Chewing at least 5-6 basil leaves) and Orange juice They are also reported as cures for dengue.
- Do you know that it is important to drink a lot of water if you suspect you have dengue fever to prevent dehydration? Staying hydrated definitely reduces the symptoms of headache and fever.
Finally, it is time for DOST (Department of Science and Technology), DOH (Department of Health), DA (Department of Agriculture) and DTI (Department of Commerce and Industry) to form a working committee to prepare a exhaustive study research, compilation of testimonies and identification of natural plants (all grown locally in the Philippines) that can be used to treat dengue fever.
Have a joyful day!
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