Malaria Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

giftarist By giftarist, 11th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This disease affects more people in the world than any other, and generally occurs only in tropical climates. But it can, and does, occur in the United States as well.

Symptoms and Causes

Symptoms - Chills occur for several hours, followed by drenching sweats every 1-3 days.

Causes
There are four types of parasites which are introduced into the bloodstream by the anopheles mosquito. If the disease becomes chronic (recurrent), it results in general debility, anemia, and an enlarged spleen.

Severe cases can be very debilitating. An especially deadly form is called blackwater fever. The skin takes on a yellow tint and the urine becomes progressively darker in color (caused by the excretion of blood in the urine). Few people survive attacks of blackwater fever.

This disease affects more people in the world than any other, and generally occurs only in tropical climates. But it can, and does, occur in the United States as well.

Natural Remedies

1. Call a physician.
There are two primary ways to treat malaria:
2. One way is by taking quinine. This is an extract of the bark of the cinchona tree. Quinine will generally eliminate the malaria, but a mild to severe hearing loss may result.
3. The other way is to give hot and cold water treatments to the person. This takes work. The result is equally good, but no hearing loss occurs.
4. During the fever, give cold applications (cool wet sheet packs, sponge him off with cool water, etc.) During the chills, give him hot applications (hot packs).
5. Give goldenseal tea.
6. A cold extract, decoction, powder, or extract of gentian root destroys the protozoa causing malaria. A decoction of black alder bark decreases the fever. A decoction of quassia bark is recommended for this tropical fever.
7. Cinchona bark tea decreases the fever and is strongly anti-malaria. It eliminates toxins from the blood through sweat and urine. Use a cold extract or an infusion of the bark. Quinine is derived from cinchona, but cinchona is not as harmful as quinine (which is a patented product).
8. An equally good substitute for cinchona is willow bark (various species). As bitter as quinine, it is also a good pain reliever and fever fighter. Meadowsweet also contains salicin, the effective chemical in willow.
9. Use 2-3 teaspoons elder flowers daily in tea for feverish chills. To strengthen the effect and add flavor to any fever-fighting herb tea, add peppermint.
10. Artemisinin has been used by the Chinese for centuries to eliminate malaria.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Feb 2011 (#)

its good to take medicine before traveling to areas where Malaria is known.

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