Malaria is a deadly disease that causes massive destruction to the red blood cells; it is transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito who is a carrier of Plasmodium, the pathogen that causes malaria.
The pathogen enters the body when the mosquito is taking a blood meal from a human; it goes straight to the liver where it grows and multiplies, then it enters the red blood cells and start tearing them apart.
The red blood cells are important cells of the body; their main aim is to transport oxygen all through the body. When they are destroyed massively and their levels reduced; serious complications and death can even occur. That is why malaria is a severe sickness and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
The World Health Organization listed Nigeria as one of the countries with the highest malaria cases worldwide and we lose tens of thousands of people yearly to malaria.
Signs and symptoms of malaria
10 to 4 weeks following infections; signs and symptoms begin to manifest, in some cases, it takes several months before symptoms appear because some parasites stay dormant for a long time.
Common signs and symptoms of malaria are:
- Bloody stools
- High temperature
- Muscle aches
- Profuse sweating
- Abdominal pain
- And sometimes coma
When left untreated, it can lead to life-threatening situations like hypoglycemia, anemia, kidney, liver or spleen failure, lung problems and swelling of the blood vessels in the brain.
There are natural treatments that can treat malaria effectively and we will be looking at some of them.
Effective Natural Alternatives for Malaria Treatment
Below are some of the most effective natural treatment for malaria fever.
The active compound in ginger is Gingerol and this compound has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties; it fights plasmodium due to its powerful antimicrobial properties, it also relieves pain, nausea, vomiting, weaknesses, and increases energy in the body.
When down with malaria; take ginger tea thrice daily till you see improvement.
These seeds are very effective against malaria; they bring down high temperature and relieve the symptoms of malaria. It reduces the severity of the fever and the duration also and it has anti-inflammatory and anti-malarial properties.
Add fever nut seeds to a cup of water and take it daily till you see improvement in your health.
Fresh homemade grapefruit juice can effectively control the intensity of malaria infection; it contains quinine which is a natural anti-malarial compound. This compound can treat malaria and alleviate its symptoms.
Do not combine anti-malarial drugs that contain quinine with grapefruit juice; the fruit will neutralize certain stomach enzymes that will affect the ability of the body to absorb quinine. Take lots of raw grapefruits or grapefruit juices and you will notice an improvement.
Also known as the “queen of herbs”; it is effective against all manners of illnesses and malaria is one of them. It has anti-malarial effects and helps the body recover from this infection fast. It also relieves the symptoms of malaria, like fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, high temperature, and fever.
Take fresh basil leaves and boil them in some cups of water and take this solution all through the day; repeat this daily till you see improvement.
This helps in energizing the body and fighting the fatigue that comes along with malaria; it boosts immune functions and hastens recovery, and its antimicrobial properties fight off the Plasmodium parasites.
Soak fenugreek seeds in a cup of water overnight and take the drink on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Do this daily till the fever is gone.
This herb has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds which clear toxins from the body, kills parasites and clears their toxic wastes from the body. It also relieves pain like joint pain and muscle aches and other symptoms of malaria. Take turmeric tea daily to help you overcome this.
This is one of the most effective remedies against malaria, diarrhea, headache, and fever; it relieves multiple symptoms at the same time. It has a powerful anti-inflammatory compound called cinnamaldehyde; it fights inflammation and reduces the severity and duration of malaria painful symptoms.
Limes and lemons
They have rich content of vitamin C which boosts the immune system and empowers the body to overcome this challenge. Mix lime or lemon juice with water and take it regularly till you recover.
It will even help normalize your body temperature; energize you and detoxify the body. Mix lemon or lime juice with an equal part of clean water.
Mustard seed and mustard seed oil
Mustard seeds and its oil are potent anti-malarial natural remedies; the oil, especially that gotten from black mustard seeds have anti-malarial property and it helps the body fight the disease faster and better.
You can boil the seeds and take it or you take 2 teaspoons of the oil daily, you can also add the oil to your meals and drinks like smoothies and herbal teas.
Green tea is rich in healing phytochemicals, antioxidants, antimalarial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial compounds; it boosts the immune system and helps the immune system overcome this challenge. Its rich content of antioxidant reduces fever and helps the body regulate temperature. To increase its effectiveness; you can mix it with tamarind.
Boil a cup of water and soak a green tea bag and a small piece of tamarind in it for a few minutes; strain the liquid, let it cool then drink it. Take this at least once daily.
These are some of the most effective natural cures for malaria; please note that it is not advisable to mix herbs and drugs together. Also, ensure you rest properly during this time and reduce stress; drink lots of water and eat healthy foods with lots of fruits and vegetables to boost your immune system.
Do not abuse painkiller drugs; they have side effects, take them according to prescription and if you can manage the pain, then stay without taking it because of their harmful side effects. In fact, ginger will help relieve pains and discomforts better than most painkillers.