Fever is one of the most commonly manifested symptoms of health problems, yet, fever herbal treatment is not that popular. It is always over-shadowed by the commercially prepared antipyretic pills that are easy to purchase everywhere. Only those who are knowledgeable (herbalists) and folks from the far-plank areas support the idea of using herbal remedies for fever. This is because antipyretics are getting cheaper and cheaper with same fast results. With this, beyond their knowledge, it brings counter-unwanted effects with misdosages.
Health institutions practice the usual way of lowering body temperature through sponge bathing in conjunction with or while waiting for the antipyretic to take effect. Using this method, you may also try using herbal remedies for fever at home. This means that you can have an equal effect with no or less adverse and/or side effects, since you are using herbs and not pills.
Recent researches found out that there are a lot of plants, trees and organic materials that are good sources of same antipyretic properties. Some of them were already used in the past and continuously used by those who found it effective in lowering body temperature. Some of them are prepared for sponge bath; some of them are prepared for oral intake.
Among the herbal plants that may be used for sponge bath are averrhoa bilimbi (AKA: balimbing, bilimbi, cucumber tree, and tree sorrel) and ginger lily (AKA: kamias, kalamias, iba, kolonowas, pias, and kalinguis). These are prepared through boiling their leaves for 10-15 minutes. The decoction is left to cool and ready to use for sponge bath. Left overs may be refrigerated for future use.
On the other hand, there are also fever herbal treatments that are used orally, or through ingestion. These are vernonia (tagulinaw plant), gumbo (okra), five-leaved chaste tree (lagundi). These are prepared in various ways, but, with same level of effects.
|Preparation||Boil leaves for 15 minutes||Roast dried seeds, grind, and boil for 15 minutes||Boil leaves for 15 minutes|
|1 cup every 4 hours or as needed||1 cup every after meal||1 cup every 4 hours or as needed|
|8-18 y/o||½ cup every 4 hours or as needed||½ cup every after meal||½ cup every 4 hours or as needed|
|2-8 y/o||¼ cup every 4 hours or as needed||¼ cup every after meal||¼ cup every 4 hours or as needed|
|0-2 y/o||1 tbp. every 4 hours or as neede||1 tbp. every after meal||1 tbp. every 4 hours or as needed|
Oral herbal remedies for fever may be added with flavorings to make it more palatable and more inviting to take, especially, for children. You may use orange juice or blended apple, or any fruit you like to add sweet taste or mask the bitter taste of the formula. Just take note, measure first the formula before adding the flavorings.
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