Dengue Fever natural treatment,
herbs and supplements by
Ray Sahelian, M.D.
May 28 2015
Dengue is carried by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits the virus that causes fever, severe headache, joint and muscular pains, vomiting and rashes. Some people can develop the potentially fatal hemorrhagic form of dengue from repeated exposure to more than one strain of the disease. Liver failure can occur at times.
Natural supplements and herbs
that are being studied as a treatment for dengue fever
Uncaria tomentosa is a natural plant known as cat's claw that has been studied as a treatment for dengue fever.
Potential of crude seed extract of celery, Apium graveolens, against
the mosquito Aedes aegypti
J Vector Ecol. 2004.
Crude seed extract of celery, Apium graveolens, was investigated for anti-mosquito potential, including larvicidal, adulticidal, and repellent activities against Aedes aegypti, the vector of dengue haemorrhagic fever. Celery seed extract, therefore, can be considered as a probable source of some biologically active compounds used in the development of mosquito control agents, particularly repellent products.
Spread and cause
The growth of crowded cities increases the transmission of dengue around the world. Duane Gubler, director of Asia Pacific Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Hawaii, says the disease infects 50 million people every year, causing tens of thousands of deaths, mainly among children. As early the 1980s, dengue fever reached epidemic proportions in some countries in Asia long before climate change became an issue. Rapid urbanization, increase in air travel and lack of mosquito control are the main drivers of the disease. Dengue spreads quickly in crowded cities with inadequate basic services, such as potable water, sanitation and waste-management and weak public health infrastructures.
Genetically altered mosquitoes that cannot fly may help slow the spread of dengue fever and could be a harmless alternative to chemical insecticides.
Dengue fever in Asia
Outbreaks of dengue fever have risen in the Asia Pacific region in the past year, killing three times more victims in 2008 than in recent years, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in 2009. About 3,255 people died of dengue fever in 2008 in Southeast Asia countries, which also includes South Asia and North Korea as well as Indonesia, Thailand and Timor Leste. This compared to 1,202 in 2003.
Dengue fever in Brazil
In 2008 an epidemic of dengue fever killed at least 100 people and sickened more than 100,000 in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state.
Dengue Fever in Cambodian
Dengue fever has killed at least 102 Cambodian children from January to September 2006,r in one of the worst outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease since 1998. More than 10,000 children have contracted the disease so far this year compared to 6,000 in the same period of 2005. In the impoverished Southeast Asian nation's last major outbreak in 1998, 424 children died out of 16,260 infected. After decades of civil war and the Khmer Rouge genocide, Cambodia's public health system remains rudimentary, with much of its funding coming from foreign aid. According to the World Bank, annual government spending on health is about $3 per person.
Dengue Fever in China
2006 - The number of dengue fever cases in China's southern Guangdong province has been increasing at a fast rate. Chinese experts have blamed the hot and humid weather and inadequate anti-mosquito efforts for the outbreak. A bigger outbreak sickened more than 1,000 people in Guangzhou in 2002 but none of those cases was fatal, Small-scale outbreaks of dengue fever have been reported occasionally in Guangdong and the southeastern province of Fujian since the 1990s, Xinhua said.
An outbreak of dengue fever in India has killed 42 more people and infected another 1,000 within a four day period in October, 2006 despite authorities' efforts to control the spread of the mosquito-borne disease. A total of 94 people have died and nearly 5,000 dengue cases have been reported since late August 2006. The disease is spread by the bite of the female Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Dengue fever has killed nearly 100 people in Myanmar till the end of July 2007, amid a surge in cases of the mosquito-borne disease across Southeast Asia. Since January, there have been over 8,000 dengue fever cases in the whole country. By comparison, in the whole of 2006 the former Burma had 11,000 cases and 130 deaths.