Malaria is a parasitic infection transmitted through mosquitoes that have afflicted the human race over the millennia. The disease imposes a great socio-economic burden on humanity. According to the latest WHO report, India ranks fourth in infections and deaths caused by malaria. Children, pregnant women, and travelers are more prone to get malaria.
The female Anopheles mosquito exchanges Plasmodium parasites from its saliva into the individual's blood. The parasites, after entering the bloodstream, move up to the liver and reproduce itself. Within 48 to 72 hours the parasites invade to red blood cells and multiply inside the RBC which results in the infected cells to burst open. Each time they burst, the person will experience a bout of fever, chills, and sweating.
Out of different subspecies of Plasmodium, only five are dangerous - P. vivax, P. ovale, P. malarie, P. falciparum and P. knowlesi. As malaria is transmitted by blood, it can likewise be transmitted through a transfusion, an organ transplant, and the utilization of shared needles. But, this is very rare.
Malarial infection is generally characterized by the following signs and symptoms:
Other signs and symptoms may include:
Turmeric mixed into a glass of warmed milk and drunk as an effective home remedy for malaria. The known antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of turmeric will help to fight the infection and reduce the symptoms.
Datura is an Indian herb that has been known to make a great home remedy for malaria. Simple crush two to three datura leaves and add them to half a teaspoon of jaggery to make pills. You can take one pill every two hours before a malaria attack. This is particularly effective in treating the fever caused by your malaria infection.
Lemongrass also called as fever grass and is arguably one of the most common plants which can be used as a home remedy for Malaria. When boiled, the resulting lemongrass infusion can be taken on a daily basis to relieve malaria symptoms and fight the disease.
Tulsi is a wonder drug that exhibits a combination of pharmacological activities like antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiprotozoal, antimalarial, anthelmintic, mosquito repellent, antidiarrheal, antioxidant, anticataract, anti-inflammatory, chemo preventive, radio protective etc.
Tulsi leaves (around 12-15) are crushed and the juice is extracted. To this juice add a pinch of black pepper and have it thrice a day during the early stages of the disease.
Ginger can help to boost the immune system and initiate the speed recovery after the infection. Gingerol, the active ingredient in ginger, possess anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it one among the most effective natural remedy for treating this ailment.