Figures emerging from the Thai Ministry of Public Health indicate that the number of instances of Dengue fever in the country has tripled since the beginning of the year .According to the “Nation” newspaper there are 49,000 reported cases with 59 deaths as of June 21st 2013. The highest mortality rate appears to be among young people.
Dengue is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. The black and white spotted insect is usually busy during the day; the mosquitoes pick up the so called virus from infected persons and pass it on to others when they bite.
Symptoms of Dengue are high fever, usually over 40 C, headaches extreme weakness severe muscle and joint pain; it’s not called “breakbone” fever for nothing!, In some cases a rash appears. As the disease progresses, platelet counts begin to drop (thrombocytopenia). Platelets are tiny cells that circulate in the blood; their function is to enhance the clotting process. Without adequate platelets, hemorrhages can occur and these are life threatening. A normal platelet count ranges between 150 and 400 million per milliliter of blood. The danger of Dengue fever is that the platelet count can drop significantly below 100 million with the ensuing risk of life threatening internal bleeding. If this were to happen the condition becomes re-classified as HDF or Hemaroghic Dengue Fever, a condition that is always a medical emergency
If you display any of the symptoms, go at once to the hospital and get checked out. Pharmaceutical based western medicine has no specific treatment for the disease. If the platelet count is too low, you will be hospitalized. If not you will be sent home with a supply of “Acetaminophen”. This is paracetamol, which has many trade names including Tylenol, Anacin or Panadol. In Thailand one variant is Paracap, and another is Sara. This is an analgesic designed to reduce the body temperature, or fever. The doctors will also advise drinking lots of water to prevent dehydration. Drinking electrolyte salts is also useful as is bed rest. Avoid aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naproxen, because these can thin the blood and trigger hemorrhage.
American homeopath William Boericke mentions Dengue Fever on page 924 of his “Materia Medica” that appeared in 1927. Surely it is a mistake to call this a new phenomenon? He tested 12 homeopathic remedies that helped symptoms disappear. For those who don’t know homeopathy is based on the belief that the body understands how to heal itself. A further assumption is “like cures like”; meaning if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person; giving a miniscule amount to a sick individual promotes healing. Incidentally, this was the preferred medical treatment until the mid-nineteenth century when western based pharmaceutical medication moved to the fore. Homeopathy still has a huge following all over the world and its successes can be testified by millions. Advocates of homeopathic treatment include the British Royal Family., David Beckham and Jennifer Anniston.
There have been several studies using homeopathy in the treatment of Dengue fever, particularly in South America. The results have been very favorable. The Thai Health Ministry has approved one of the remedies recommended by Boericke; that is Eupatorium Perfollatum 200 c.
This also goes under the name of “boneset”. This is derived from a plant, native to North America but known as Feverwort elsewhere. It seems native North Americans have used the herb in the treatment of Dengue and malaria for hundreds of years .Further evidence attesting to the long history of the illness. The homeopathic remedy contains the tiniest trace of the original plant. This can also be used as a preventative; the recommended dose is two pills twice per week with water. Again the results have been encouraging. However, there are another 11 remedies in Boericke’s list: these include Aconite, Gelsenium, Arsenicum Album and Belladonna. It would always be best to consult a professional to advise you on the remedy best suited for you and your individual list of symptoms.
Using the juice from papaya leaves has shown to help elevate a declining platelet count. It is quite difficult to juice these large leaves; so many people feeling unwell choose instead to use fresh apple juice, with the juice of half a lemon included. Packaged and other synthetic variants bought from a grocery shop will simply not do! It has to come from the fruit itself and preferably drunk soon after juicing. Ideally three of four apples yield sufficient liquid to make the drink.
If you are unfortunate enough to come down with Dengue, the Health Ambit Consultancy is only too happy to provide you with advice and help at no cost. Please phone 084 7814718, contact via website http://www.healthambit.com or message via Facebook.