Other Alternative Treatment for Dengue Fever

Until now, there is still no medical cure or any vaccine for dengue disease, however, there are some researchers who are already working on this. With no definitive treatment from modern medicine available, it is not astonishing that many have turned to alternative medicines for relief. Below are some alternative treatments for dengue fever. For most people, these alternative treatments are truly effective.

  1. Tawa- Tawa- This herb is normally used in the Philippines as an optional treatment for dengue fever. It is also known as Gatas- Gatas or by its scientific name Euphorbia hirta, increase the platelets level of dengue patients. In the Philippines, doctors generally allow dengue patients to take tawa tawa as long as it clean.
  1. Papaya Leaf Juice- This is the famous alternative treatment for this condition. Main effect of this juice is to increase the level of platelets of dengue patients. According to Datuk Dr. Rajen, a young papaya and papaya leaves are made into juices and should be taken two or three times a day.
  1. Traditional Chinese Medicine- The head of the traditional Chinese medicine says that the treatment is often the not based on the stage of the disease. Most people with dengue fever usually diagnosed four days after their fever starts. The TCM therapy at this stage consists of herbal concoction called qin wen bai tu san formulation. Basically, this helps to clear the plaque and detox the body. Also, a bitter gourd and meat soup can clear “fire” and to detox the body.
Tawa- Tawa Plant is considered to be effective in treating dengue fever
Tawa- Tawa Plant is considered to be effective in treating dengue fever

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Papaya Leaves Can Cure Dengue

With today’s increasing number of dengue patients, people are looking for other alternative way to cure this condition. The much talked about remedy for dengue is papaya leaf juice to heal the body destroyed by dengue. For some, they consider this as a hoax, while some consider this as an alternative cure.

For several years of research, it was found that papaya leaf juice could actually help cure. There are numerous scientific papers that showed papaya leaf juice is beneficial for the body. In one of the papers by Dr. Nam Dang of University of Florida research center, he found that the papaya leaf juice has the capability to fight cancer and improve one’s immunity. Along with this, the plant’s leaf is famous for its curative properties in disease such as cancer and malaria. In the paper of Dr. Sanath Hettige, the juice of young leaves can be used to treat dengue. Papaya leaves are known to be filled with enzymes like papain and chymopapin in which can normalize the platelet count, improves the clotting factor and liver’s function and fixes the damage liver done by dengue.

In addition with this, the leaves of Red Lady papaya plant, which can be found in India, are more effective. The main concept on how to use papaya leaf is choose leaves that are not too old, neither too young. Adults should have 10 ml of the juice twice a day, whereas children between five years of age to twelve years of age should have 5 ml of the juice twice a day.

Papaya leaves can be found in India are known to treat dengue
Papaya leaves which can be found in India are known to treat dengue

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Prevention for Dengue Fever

Today, there are already six-dengue fever vaccines develop, however these are not yet available. Based from the research, the vaccine that’s furthest in development is a three-dose vaccine for children. Also, it showed that the vaccine seems to be safe, and it stopped dengue infections slightly more than half the time. Until now, the company that created these vaccines has not yet announced the releasing date of the said vaccines.

Those who injected vaccine can still infected with dengue had a slighter course of the condition than did those who weren’t vaccinated. As per the doctors, even though the vaccine is not as efficient, it is considered to be safe.

For now, when living or traveling in a place where dengue fever is known, the best thing to do to prevent dengue fever is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that carry the disease. Below are the tops to reduce the risk of mosquito bites.

  1. Wear protective clothing. It is advised to wear long sleeves, pants, socks and shoes.
  2. Stay in air-conditioned or screened housing. This is to keep the mosquitoes away at night.
  3. Put mosquito repellent. Apply skin repellent containing at least 10 percent concentration of DEET. Also, Permethrin can be applied to clothes, shoes, bed netting, and camping gear. There are also available clothing made with permethrin.
  4. Reschedule outdoor activities. Mosquitoes are out during dawn, dusk and early evening; therefore it is better to stay indoor.

Lessen mosquito habitat. Typically, mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus stays in the houses and breeds in stagnant water.

Mosquito repellants can prevent dengue fever
Mosquito repellants can prevent dengue fever

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Why People Should Be Worried of Dengue Fever

Dengue fever hasn’t made it in the front page, unlike other illnesses like AIDS, SARS, EBOLA or even cancer. Most people are not scared of having dengue compared to having other diseases. However, dengue fever can be a very fatal if not treated.

In the latest report of World Health Organization (WHO), dengue transmission reaches 390 million annually. Almost 3 billion people around the world are currently living in places where there is a high risk of dengue transmission.

Most people only relate dengue to high fever, chills and aches. However the illness is way more dangerous than that. Basically, dengue causes white-blood-cell counts to plummet, causing the body susceptible to secondary infections; even more alarming, it has the same effects to platelets, destroying blood’s ability to clot. If not treated, dengue hemorrhagic fever can happen, and patients may suffer internal bleeding, shock and death.

The rate of dengue is seeing a dramatic upsurge by the WHO. In particular, Asia was the hard-hit of this disease, with 96,000 in the Philippines, 18,000 in Malaysia and 15,000 in Singapore. Most victims of dengue are children and those who do not seek proper medical assistance.

With regards to vaccine, dengue has five strains and the most recent was invented in Malaysia. While some can be vaccinated against, protection from all of them is proven to be vague. According to the world’s largest vaccine firm, only three out of the four dangerous strains are confirmed protection. Hence, the companies need to assess and research more about dengue to produce effective vaccine.

Researchers are starting to find the vaccine that can finally treat dengue
Researchers are starting to finding the vaccine that can finally treat dengue


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