Home Remedies for Yellow Fever
Some of the home remedies for yellow fever include consuming cayenne pepper, catnip, fenugreek seeds, dogwood, willow, feverwort, garlic bulbs, and golden rod herbs, as well as activities such as increasing your fluid intake, managing your blood pressure, treat any infections quickly, and maintaining your oxygen levels.
Yellow fever is one of the most dangerous infectious diseases out there in nature, and although it has largely come under control in recent centuries, it is seeing a resurgence since the 1980s, making it a “recurring disease”. By definition, yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease. The bite of a female mosquito is the method of transmission, and it is also a disease that is seen in monkeys. However, when a human is bit by an infected mosquito, the disease can be transferred. There are two levels of yellow fever, the normal phase and the toxic phase. The initial phase usually passes in a few days, and can be treated relatively easily. However, approximately 15% of the normal cases turn into toxic phase cases. The toxic phase shows itself through serious liver damage and jaundice. 20% of those cases result in death, making the total mortality rate approximately 3% of cases.
Unfortunately, yellow fever often appears in epidemics and it can spread very quickly through a large population, and when that happens, the mortality rate can often rise to 50%. Fortunately, there has been a yellow fever vaccine for the past half century, which resulted in a major decrease in the case numbers of yellow fever around the world. Primarily, yellow fever can be found in Africa, South America, and North America in very limited numbers. It was believed to have originated in Africa and then moved across the Atlantic due to the slave trade in the 16th century. In the 1980s, due to less stable political situations throughout Africa, vaccinations decreased and the number of cases has continued to increase since that decade.
For such a deadly and dangerous disease, it is important to recognize the symptoms and begin getting treatment quickly. It is always recommended to see a medical professional in case of yellow fever, since it is such a volatile and dangerous disease. However, there are also some complementary home treatments that can help alleviate the symptoms of yellow fever. Unfortunately, they cannot affect the infection, which is why seeing a medical professional is so important. Before we get into the details of these home remedies, it is important to know what the symptoms of yellow fever look like, so early detection can be made and treatment can be started quickly.
Symptoms of Yellow Fever
Some of the most common symptoms of the normal phase of yellow fever include the following:
Fever, like with any other normal infection
Loss of appetite
Nausea and vomiting
Toxic Phase Symptoms: This include recurring fever, jaundice, abdominal pain, bleeding of the mouth, eyes, and gastrointestinal tract and vomiting blood
Home Remedies for Yellow Fever
Cayenne Pepper: Capsicum, which is one of the fundamental components of cayenne peppers, has been shown to reduce the symptoms of yellow fever. It is particularly good at reducing fevers to a manageable level. Any fever can seriously drain the energy reserves of the body, so eliminating that taxing element of the disease can keep the body strong to fight off the infection and more severe symptoms.
Catnip: Catnip, although it is not directly known to affect the yellow fever infection, it is well known to reduce various associated symptoms, including headaches, fever, and gastrointestinal disorders. Catnip can be a great complementary at-home treatment, in conjunction with proper medical attention and allopathic treatment that can eliminate the infection itself. However, as mentioned above, vaccination is the best preventative method for yellow fever.
Feverwort: This herb has long been used to fend off the symptoms and lessen the strength of the yellow fever infection in various parts of the world. In North America, Native American tribes like the Cherokees used to make a decoction or a tea made of feverwort and drink it to reduce severe fevers. Just like with cayenne pepper, this can reduce the severity of the fever itself, which is often the worst part of the disease when someone is afflicted.
Willow: Another Native American remedy used with great success is willow, which can be made into a decoction or a tea, just like feverwort. Oddly enough, willow actually makes the body temperature increase and can induce sweating, also known as breaking a fever. When a fever breaks, it is a sign that the body’s immune system is working against the infection. Various tribes also used willow baths to reduce fever.
Fenugreek Seeds: This is often known as the best remedy for yellow fever. Chewing on these seeds or or brewing a tea from the seeds can seriously help with your yellow fever symptoms. Fenugreek seeds can clear up the fever, gastrointestinal issues, bowel disorders, and excess mucous in the bronchial tracts.
Garlic Bulbs: This is another very beneficial herb for the treatment of yellow fever. It can counter the loss in appetite by stimulating hunger hormones in the body, and can also reduce the high blood pressure that occurs from yellow fever. It is also very good against diarrhea and generally boosts the strength of the immune system to fight off contagious diseases. Garlic bulbs can help to prevent the shift from the normal phase to the toxic phase.
Dogwood: Another helpful anti-fever medicine is in the form of dogwood. A tea can be simply brewed from dogwood and drunk regularly to prevent any increase in severity of the condition. The bark of the tree should be brewed for this particular remedy.
Golden Rod Herbs: If you’re beginning to notice a trend, it is that the most effective remedies for this disease include things that help to break fevers. This particular herb is very good for promoting sweating and curing gas, boosting the immune system, and breaking fevers.
Fluid Balance: It is important to maintain a steady fluid balance in the body. This is essential for the normal functions of the kidneys and the detoxing processes of the liver. Also, maintaining plenty of fluid in the body can help stimulate sweating, which is the same as breaking the fever. Drink plenty of fluids throughout your treatment program for yellow fever.
Blood Pressure: Since your blood pressure increases, thereby putting strain on your cardiovascular system. If you can reduce blood pressure, such as by reducing your fluid intake or increasing your consumption of potassium, you are in a much better position to recover quickly from yellow fever and prevent your body from entering the toxic phase of the disease.
Oxygen Levels: The heightened blood pressure in the body can squeeze the blood vessels and reduce the flow of oxygen to the essential organs of the body. Therefore, increasing your consumption of iron can boost your red blood cell count and ensure that the body gets the necessary oxygen to function normally. Metabolism and a balanced diet can help you fend off the infection.
A Final Word of Caution: It is important to remember, there is no cure for yellow fever. There are treatment options, but the only real means of being safe is to get vaccinated. Although natural herbal treatments are often preferred to allopathic treatment, yellow fever is still considered one of the most dangerous infectious diseases, so if you plan to travel to Africa or certain areas of South America, a vaccination is highly recommended.