Thursday, April 24, 2008

Natural Cures for Typhoid Fever

Causes and Symptoms of Typhoid Fever:
Typhoid is the most serious fever because it affects the intestines and has a tendency towards frequent relapses. If it is not diagnosed and treated in time, the intestines may be ulcerated and, in the terminal stage, the peritoneum may be perforated which is almost always a fatal condition, unless of course, surgical help has been obtained in time.

A bacillus, Salmonella Typhi, is the cause of typhoid fever which overtakes the patient gradually. Its onset is so insidious that the victim may move about without realizing it: he only feels a little feverishness and a vague sense of unease. The most prominent' symptoms of typhoid are: headache, lassitude, insomnia and feverishness at night, till it reaches its peak on 8th day. It may continue for 21 days or even longer. A marked feature is that the pulse rate does not go up in proportion to the rise in temperature. Of course, in protracted cases, if there is ulceration of the intestines, the pulse may become weak and thready in addition to being slow. Since it involves the intestines, abdominal symptoms become apparent from the very beginning. The stomach may be distended and there' may be gurgling sounds when the abdomen is palpitated. Diarrhoea accompanies fever in many cases, but not always.

Natural Cures & Remedies for Typhoid Fever:

Practitioners of Indian systems of medicine have depended on the calx of Stag's Horn to deal with typhoid. It is given in 120 grams doses thrice daily with honey. A decoction of Khub Kalan (Sismbrium Irio) (12 grams) and dried Grapes (10 grams) with one litre of water-to be boiled till one third of the original water remains­ should be given along with the Stag's Horn calx.

Diet during typhoid is of the utmost importance since the fever is of intestinal origin. Keep the patient on fruit juices; alternatively, milk might be given. But no solids should be permitted to burden the digestive system. Nor should constipation be allowed to if it does, the best course to relieve the condit­ion is a glycerine suppository.

In some cases of typhoid, there is an eruption on the skin which is pearly white in color; sometimes there is a variety of pink spots on the skin. It is therefore known, as Motijhira or Motichoor. When the eruption begins to show, Khamira Marwarid (an electuary made of pearls) should be given to the patient. Alterna­tively, jejube Berries (Unnab) 2 in number, Raisins 3 in number, Khaksi (Sisym­brium Irio)-3 grams and Mishri (sugar candy) 12 grams should be boiled in about 100 ml. of water and strained. The decoction should be given in small doses. If the patient has cough along with the above symptoms, one gram of liquorice powder should be added to the decoction. If even after the administration of the above decoction the rash does not appear, three grams of Rice should be put in a small glass phial and 10 Cochinialinsects (Birbalwoti) should be introduced into it and allowed to remain there till they die. The phial should be shaken frequently till the dead insects give their colour to the rice. If the eruption shows signs of subsiding without fully coming out, one grain of rice from the phial should be ground in milk or water and given thrice a day.