Malaria treatment with natural remedies
Summary of disease
“AIDS and malaria and TB are national security issues.
A Worldwide program to get a start on dealing with these
issues would cost about 25 billion…” –Jared Diamond
Malaria is very prevalent and yet so serious in any case and nearly lethal in most case. To do nothing when infected will mean to dare the devil.
“The malaria parasite has been killing children and sapping the
strength of whole populations for tens of thousands of years.
It is impossible to calculate the harm malaria has done to the world”
– Bill Gates
Malaria is a life-threatening parasitic disease that is spread by the bite of infected Anopheles mosquitoes; it can, though rarely, also be spread by infected blood transfusions and street drug stuffs.
Malaria is a dreadfully serious infectious disease found in warm or tropical countries. It is an infection of the red blood cells that is spread by mosquitoes.
Brief malaria statistics
More than 2 billion people live in countries where there is malaria, especially in Africa and Asia, and other hot palaces were the hygiene and the economy is poor.
Every year 300–500 million people get sick from malaria in the world and over 2 million die as a result.
In Africa, for example, the statistics shows that for every 30 seconds a child under the age of 5 years dies from malaria infection.
Malaria also takes a toll on families economically, for instance, most families whose breadwinner are unable to work while sick, also the high medical bills, and in the lost productive hours, is a serious economic setback to most families and countries.
NOTE: Malaria has no vaccine. Because there is no vaccine against malaria we need to know this disease well so that we may prevent it and treat it when necessary and with the much effective day-to day healthy habits .
What causes Malaria? Malaria is caused by a parasite of different kinds generally referred to as malaria parasite.
These parasites are so small they can’t be seen without special machines called microscopes. There are four kinds of malaria germs. The one called Plasmodium falciparum (pronounced fal-sip- arum) is the most deadly. Looking through the microscope, this is what it looks like.
The other three parasites can make a person very sick but they usually don’t kill. Mosquitoes spread malaria from one person to another. It takes a cycle effect in the spread. This is how it happens:
The cycle of malaria infection in human
When a mosquito bites a person (P1) who has malaria, it sucks a bit of blood with the malaria germs in it. When the mosquito bites another person (P2), a few malaria germs move into that person’s blood.[ Pics of malaria cycle]
In first, the person does not feel sick because there are only a few malaria germs in the blood. These germs, however, grow and multiply and after a few days, it begins to make the person sick, then very sick. The process is repeated over and again provided there are infected persons in a locality and female Anopheles mosquito’s around the neighborhood.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MALARIA
Incubation period for malaria, from the mosquito bite to the first observable symptom(s) can range from 10 days to a year (dependent on level of infection and also the lifestyle disposition of the person)
When someone is infected there may be one or a combination of these feelings;
- Fever and Chills: this is the foremost sign and symptom of malaria. Most people with malaria have fever and chills (The fever and chills can come and go every one to two days but it can also stay all the time).
- Tiredness or weakness
- may even have a slight cough
- Lack of appetite. patient do not feel like eating (No appetite)
- Stomach Pain– in the stomach, in the beginning, this disease may look like the bad flu (there may also be severe upper abdominal ache)
- Liver function abnormalities, enlargement of the liver or spleen
- collapse of arteries and veins
- Malaise (just don’t feel good)
- Sore throat
- Photo phobia: Eyes become sensitive to light.
- Coma in sever stages and possibly death.
As the disease gets worse;
- i) The urine will turn dark (Dark urine)
- ii) And the person may become pale (Pale skin) this is because malaria germs destroy the red blood cells. These are “danger signs” and the person, with these signs and more, needs medical treatment urgently.
Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest malaria parasite, can also affect the brain. This is very dangerous, as the mortality rate is high. Persons infected by this parasite may become confused, agitated or very drowsy.
When such signs are present immediate medical attention should be given. The best way to prevent this, beside the prevention of mosquito bites, is to treat malaria early and be sure that there is improvement in treatment.
MALARIA AND PREGNANCY
Expectant women who get sick with malaria should be treated immediately. The future mother can get very sick from the disease if neglected or treated carelessly; it is a serious case that some time the baby may be born before the time or even die inside the mother.
Do not delay going to visit healthcare centers if you are pregnant and think you might have malaria. However, if you are not to use natural remedies to cure your malaria while pregnant, ask or make sure that the medical personnel you meet are conscious of the drugs they prescribe for you so that it will not such that can affect your pregnancy status.
MALARIA IN BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN
Children cannot tell us how they feel; however, these are signs to look out for when we suspect malaria in them;
- They usually have fever
- They may vomit,
- They may stop eating (sucking or drinking)
- May be very sleepy
- Or even cry a lot.
We might have noticed, from the list above, that the symptoms of malaria could look like so many other common diseases.
If the child lives in or has recently visited an area where there is malaria, he or she should be taken for medical care as soon as possible before the symptoms begins to present.
Malaria in children should not be taken slightly or without proper attention; it’s always a serious disease, especially in children, and should be handled as such. Therefore when natural remedies are used for the treatment of malaria yon must follow all the procedures thoroughly till the sickness is cured.
TREATMENT FOR MALARIA
Drug resistance is a very big problem for in the cure of most diseases. A big problem exists with most, orthodox therapies for malaria; in many countries, the medicines that were very good in the treatment of malaria, are now, not so good anymore. This is what is described as resistance: when the parasite ( in this case, malaria ) becomes resistant( defiant or not responding) to a given drug, that such drug(s) no longer cures or heals the condition.
When this happens or is observed to have happened in a patient, regular health worker normally will give a stronger drug and dosage that may also affect the body. However, using the natural means has proven to be thorough and efficient without any harmful side effect.
We ill consider “How to treat malaria with natural remedies’ later in the article.
However, because malaria is a very serious disease with a high mortality rate and it is becoming more difficult to treat; the best thing is to prevent it.
WAYS TO PREVENT MALARIA
- Kill the mosquitoes. They carry the malaria germs or parasites.
- Avoid Mosquito bite with the use of the bed net.
- Treat infected people promptly. Treat people with malaria quickly so that they may not spread the disease to otters especially where mosquitoes exist.
- Take or use remedies that may protect you against malaria.
- Destroy all habitats for mosquito breeding around your home or office. Mosquitoes breed in logged water. They can multiply and grow even in small amounts of water; like small ponds or any object that can trap and retain water such as old tires, empty tins, and open drains/gutters.
- Avoid going out in the evening and if you must do so try to wear gears that protect your body such as long sleeves shirts and long pants.
- Sleep under a mosquito net. This is very important. Mosquito nets can be bought almost anywhere where there is a problem with malaria. Some mosquito nets are covered with a medicine that also kills mosquitoes.
- Insect repellents for the skin may keep mosquitoes away.
PREVENTING MALARIAL WITH NATURAL REMEDIES AND THE NEW START PRINCIPLES
- Nutrition– always use less sugar and fats in your recipes
- Drink 8-10 cups of water daily
- Increased the level of regular physical exercise, and have early and sufficient sleep daily
- Seek to lower stress level, chilling (rain, etc.), overwork, and avoid all harmful habits and substances (alcohol, cigarette, tobacco etc.)
- Make use of fresh Garlic regularly
- Papaya seeds (I heaping tsp. chewed well per week) or papaya leaf tea taken twice weekly
- Overall, seek to keep your immune system strong
MALARIA TREATMENT WITH NATURAL REMEDIES
Natural remedies for malaria treatment are available but the procedures may require concerted effort, by you or your care giver, in other to archive a perfect result.
‘Prevention is better than’ treatment’, the old and wise saying we know has it. Use the NEW START simple health principles to ward off malaria, and treated mosquito nets to ward off pathogen carrying mosquitoes.
Use Hydrotherapy- Hot and Cold (contrast) bath.
Give lots of fruit and vegetable juices, and limit cooked diets for some Give lots of fruit and vegetable juices, and limit cooked diets for some -48-72 hours, or more where there is severity of attack and complications.
In severe cases of malaria where the patient is weak and anemic visit a professional
Signs of which may include: pain at the heart and spleen regions, sever weakness and fainting etc
Treatment procedure for malaria with the natural remedies;
First make sure you are properly re-hydrated.
Start with teas and juices as stipulated bellow.
Use Hydrotherapy- Hot and Cold (contrast) bath.
During fever give cold application and give lots of vegetable juice.
During chills, give hot application and fruit juice.
Golden seal tea should be taken twice a day.
“Never give aspirin to children. It can trigger Rey’s Syndrome, a potentially fatal neurological illness.” Natural Remedy Encyclopedia, Dr. Vance Ferrell.
Drink teas to help fight fevers in malaria attack.
Fever fighting natural remedies include: Ginger, garlic, golden seal and Echinacea.
“Drink hot ginger tea to break high fever,” Dr Vance feral.
Green Paw-paw leaver= ground or pounded then filter, or juiced with juicer then diluted in water. 1-2 leaves (or three for adults)
Brawn tea should be taken first in the mourning.
- Continue all treatments until 3 days after all symptoms have disappeared (for a complete elimination of the parasite in the system)
Give time for your body to recover before returning to a full workload.
1 LIGHT Training Material: Lay Institute for Global Health Training (LIGHT)
2 Wildwood Lifestyle Center research reports
3 Loma Linda/ Health and Healing Seminar Series,