Yellow fever is the most perilous infectious disease. It has been largely in control in the recent centuries. However, there was resurgence of the disease in 1980s. Hence, it is now considered as a ‘recurring disease’. This acute viral hemorrhagic syndrome is transmitted, when a female mosquito bites and then the disease is transferred to others. It is considered as an epidemic and can quickly spread across a large population.
The disease has two phases – normal and toxic. The initial stage generally passes off in couple of days and when the disease is in this phase, it is relatively easy to treat. In the toxic phase there is serious damage caused to liver. The common symptoms of the disease during the initial phase includes loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, fever, chills, headaches and backaches. Jaundice, recurring fever, bleeding in mouth, gastrointestinal tract, eyes, vomiting blood and abdominal pain are the symptoms during the toxic phase.Besides taking medical help, you can also alleviate some of the symptoms with the help of herbal remedies.
Remedies For The Disease
Although catnip is not known to directly affect the infection, it can reduce a number of symptoms associated with yellow fever like fever, gastrointestinal disorders and headache. Along with appropriate medical treatment, catnip can be used as a complementary treatment at home.
Capsaicin is the component present in cayenne pepper, which is quite useful in reducing fever to a controllable level. Fever can drain out the energy reserves, so it is vital to eliminate this taxing element from the body. The herb will keep your body strong and fights against the infection and the severe symptoms of the disease. You can cook cayenne peppers and mash them into a sauce. Use this to flavour your cooked food. Also, cayenne pepper powder can be used in tea or health drinks.
Feverwort or Centaury is an herb, which usually grows in forest clearings and damp meadows. The herb has been used since long to ward off the symptoms of the disease and reduce its strength. The tribes of native America used feverwort to make a tea or decoction. By drinking this solution, you can reduce severe fevers.
This herb can be prepared into tea or decoction. In fact, willow increases the body temperature thereby inducing sweating, which is referred to as breaking the fever. When this happens, it is an indication that the immune system of the body is working against this ailment.
Belonging to genus Cornus, the inner bark of this herb is a rich source of tannin, which is used to replace quinine. Brew a tea using this herb and drink it regularly to prevent the severity of the ailment. For this particular disease, the tree’s bark is used for preparing the tea. Besides curing yellow fever, dogwood also prevents malaria.
This herb can counter the appetite loss by stimulating the hunger hormones. Garlic also helps in reducing high blood pressure, which occurs due to yellow fever. The herb is also quite good for diarrhoea and boosts the immune system thereby helping our body fight contagious diseases. It is quite useful in preventing the shift of the infection from the normal to toxic stage.
This is one of the best solutions for yellow fever. You brew a tea using the seed or chew on the seeds, which will help in reducing the symptoms of the disease. Besides clearing up the fever, fenugreek will also helps to clear up bowel disorders, gastrointestinal issues, excess mucus in bronchia and fever.
Golden Rod Herb
This herb is usually found in arid and sandy soil. Like all other herbs mentioned above, golden rod is also used to break fevers. Besides promoting sweating, it also cures gas, breaking fevers and boosts the immune system.