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Dengue (pronounced den' gee) is a disease caused by any one of four closely related viruses (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, or DEN-4). The viruses are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. In the Western Hemisphere, the Aedes Aegypti mosquito is the most important transmitter or vector of dengue viruses.
DHF is a more severe form of dengue. It can be fatal if unrecognized and not properly treated. DHF is caused by infection with the same viruses that cause dengue. Dengue is transmitted to people by the bite of an Aedes mosquito that is infected with a dengue virus. The mosquito becomes infected with dengue virus when it bites a person who has dengue or DHF and after about a week can transmit the virus while biting a healthy person. Dengue cannot be spread directly from person to person.
The principal symptoms of dengue are high fever, severe headache, backache, joint pains, nausea and vomiting, eye pain, and rash. Generally, younger children have a milder illness than older children and adults.
Dengue hemorrhagic fever is characterized by a fever that lasts from 2 to 7 days, with general signs and symptoms that could occur with many other illnesses (e.g., nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and headache). This stage is followed by hemorrhagic manifestations, tendency to bruise easily or other types of skin hemorrhages, bleeding nose or gums, and possibly internal bleeding. The smallest blood vessels (capillaries) become excessively permeable ("leaky"), allowing the fluid component to escape from the blood vessels. This may lead to failure of the circulatory system and shock, followed by death, if circulatory failure is not corrected.
As per a report in THE HINDU October 20, 2011 Delhi is badly hit by dengue, “Already grappling with various allergies and viral fever, Delhi has registered 479 dengue cases, 218 malaria cases, 12 cases of Chikungunya and five confirmed cases of Japanese Encephalitis this season”.
“The MCD has been trying to spread awareness about controlling the spread of dengue and malaria and we are conducting fogging and mosquito breeding checking in all areas of the city. The city has reported cases of Japanese Encephalitis and we have taken samples from those affected to ensure that the disease is contained,” said MCD Chief Medical Officer Dr. N. K. Yadav.
MCD public health committee chairman Dr. V. K. Monga added that September and October months are the peak time for dengue and malaria cases here as the temperature is suitable for breeding of mosquitoes.
“We generally see a rise in these cases during these two months and then the number reduces as the temperature drops. There is a certain need for the public to be more aware and involved in controlling the spread of mosquitoes,” said Dr. Monga.
This year I have cured 16 cases of dengue within hours using homeopathic remedies. A section of population is there which treat homeopathic treatment as a ‘second class’ treatment and usually disfavors it in treating such acute medical cases. The cases which I have treated were all non-Hemorrhagic fever.
The patients were down with fever for several days and on various allopathic prescriptions. Blood tests of Leukocyte, platelets count, haemocrit with serological test did confirm them to the cases of dengue fever.
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There are about 25 homoeopathic drugs available for the treatment of dengue fever. These are Aconite, Arnica, Arsenic-alb., Arum-tri., Baptisia., Belladonna., Bryonia., Cantharis., China Officinalis Colocynthis., Eupatorium Perfoliatum., Ferrum Metallicum., Gelsemium., Hamamelis., Ipecac., Lachesis, Merc-sol, Nux vomica., Podophyllum., Rhus T., Rhus-V., Sanicula., Secale Cornutum and Sul. Acidum. These drugs had been successfully used by various homeopaths across the globe for its treatment and management. In 1996 during the epidemic of dengue in Delhi Eupatorium Perfoliatum was found most effective.
In all non-Hemorrhagic cases of Dengue I used Eupatorium Perfoliatum 200 in wet dose. In a few cases, depending upon the individual symptoms of the patient Ars.30, Ip.6, Rhs.T30 etc. were also used. But the main remedy for Dengue was Eup-Per200. It was administered in wet dose. Wet dose of Eup-Per200 can be prepared very easily. For preparing wet dose of Eup-Per200 you may take 1 liter bottle of clean water and keep only 800 ml in it by emptying the remaining water. This empty space in this water bottle is used to shake the content inside the bottle.
In this 800 ml of water contained in 1000 ml space of bottle add a few drops (preferably 16-20) of Eup-Per200. Shake this mixture of water and Eup-Per200 at least 20 times. Now the remedy is ready to be consumed. Take a cup of water after each gap of 45 minutes till the symptoms of Dengue subside and the patient again starts feeling healthy. Sometimes some patients have swelling or agglutinated formations on face. In such cases Ars.30 can be given with a gap of 1 hour per dose. If vomiting is causing problem then Ip.6 may be used.
The second type of dengue is of Dengue Hemorrhagic fever (DHF), which is a severe type of infection and can be fatal. It usually develops in patients those who are already sensitized with dengue virus. The high grade fever is usually associated with severe nausea vomiting, abdominal pain and bleeding from nose, gums, blood in vomiting and stools. This type of Dengue fever (DHF) can be treated with Crotalus Horridus, Ferrum Metallicum, Hamamelis, Ipecac, Lachesis and Secale along-with the intensive general management of the patient in the form of monitoring of their leucocytes and platelet counts.
These medicines can be safely used in every patient along with the general treatment being given by the allopathic doctors. After studying some of the dengue hemorrhagic patients it appears that Ipecac in 30 and 200 potencies are mostly recommended. But my experience was very positive with Ipecac 6. The doses and potencies are changed as per requirements and the individual symptoms of a particular case.