Do you know that Nigerians suffer the greatest world burden of malaria? Statistics has shown that there is 51 million cases of malaria and 207,000 deaths each year. Malaria is known to among one of the deadly mosquito-borne diseases. Nigeria is known to be endemic to malaria disease,Malaria is caused by Plasmodium falciparum, and the mosquitoes Anopheles gambiae, Anopheles funestus, Anopheles arabiensis, and Anopheles moucheti are the major vectors that cause year-round transmission.
Nigerians have adopted different measures to prevent the burden of malaria like the use of insecticides treated nets, wearing of protective covering to prevent the bites and living in clean environments that does not support the breeding of mosquitoes. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), children, pregnant women and travellers are more prone to getting infected by malaria.
Malaria could be either severe or uncomplicated. Symptoms of uncomplicated malaria include
- Fever, Chills
- Sweats, Headache
- Nausea and vomiting
- pains in the body and joints
- Loss of appetite
Severe Malaria occurs when the infection has spread to various organs and is causing organ failure and more serious symptoms. Thiis type of malaria requires immediate treatment. The symptoms include:
- Cerebral malaria – seizures, coma, and other neurological abnormalities
- Severe anemia, Hemoglobinuria
- Abnormalities in the blood coagulation process
- Respiratory conditions, such as ARDS
- Kidney failure
- Low blood pressure
- Metabolic acidosis
When the symptoms of malaria comes there is high tendency for panic to occurs because at times it can come with severe cold and high temperature.
Below are effective home remedies that you can use to take care of malaria
1. Orange juice
The symptoms associated with malaria do surfaces due to weak immune system. Orange juice have high content of Vitamin C which helps in boosting immunity. Orange juice can also help in reducing fever juice. When infected with malaria, you can have orange juice in between your meals. 2 to 3 glasses of fresh orange juice daily can help out.
Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde, procyanidins, and catechins which serves as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. These properties in cinnamon help with dealing with symptoms of malaria. Add cinnamon and black pepper powder in hot water. Add some honey to it for enhancing taste. Drink it once or twice a day.
Ginger have constituents like gingerol, possess antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This remedy can give you relief from the pains as well as nausea as ginger aids digestion. Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties ginger can provide relief from pain and treat nausea. Add ginger in hot water. Add honey to the concoction and drink it twice a day.
Raw grapefruit can help in reducing intensity of malarial infection. To make grapefruit juice, you can boil grapefruit in hot water and strain the pulp. Grapefruit juice has a quinine-like substance which helps in reducing symptoms of malaria. However, do take your doctor’s advice before taking grapefruit juice.
Turmeric is the super spice with amazing anti-oxidant and antimicrobial properties. Turmeric helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body which build up because of plasmodium infection. Turmeric also helps in killing malaria parasite. Anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing muscle and joint pain, which are common in malaria. Drink a glass of turmeric milk every night to deal with malaria.
6. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help in reducing fever associated with malaria. Dilute apple cider vinegar with water and soak cloth in it. Place it on your forehead for 10 minutes.
6. Sweet lime juice
Fresh juice extracted from sweet lime can be very a effective home remedy for malaria. The juice is easy to digest and also have Vitamin C which serve as an antioxidant.
7. Mustard oil
Mustard oil, especially from the black mustard seeds, has been shown to possess antimalarial activity . Adding it in your daily diet by using it as a cooking oil or adding a teaspoon of it to a smoothie can help your body fight the infection better. This oil can act as a wonderful supplement to the malaria medicines that have been prescribed by your doctor.
8. Fenugreek seeds
Malaria is usually associated with weakness due to intermittent fever. Fenugreek seeds are the best natural remedy to combat this weakness. They aid in quick recovery from malaria by boosting your immune system and fighting the parasites. Thus, it is recommended that malarial patients increase their consumption of fenugreek seeds. They offer a quick recovery from malaria by boosting immunity and fighting malaria parasites. You can soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight and drink the water in an empty stomach.
There are other natural remedies that can be used to combat malaria, you can tell us more in the comment section.