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Homeopathic Remedies For Malaria

Presenting Symptoms OF Malaria

The early recognition of malarial symptoms is of the utmost importance, not only for the resident of an endemic area, but also for the casual traveler, since swift treatment may be life-saving in the more pernicious varieties of this disease (see below). Even those who have taken the indicated orthodox prophylaxis may succumb. The three most common presenting symptoms are:

  • Headache

  • Fever

  • Rigor (shivering fit/chill)


Other common presenting symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Cough

  • Malaise (feeling unwell)

  • Myalgia (muscle pains)

  • Jaundice (skin and whites of eyes go yellow)
     

It is quite possible to confuse malaria with influenza, gastroenteritis, or hepatitis. The examination of a blood film for the presence of malarial parasites is of great importance in diagnostic differentiation.
 


Benign Versus Malignant Malaria

Malaria is caused by four different types of protozoan parasite. Plasmodium vivax, ovale and malariae produce so called benign malaria, characterized by recurrent fevers, continuing for months or years, even after the patient has quit the malaria zone, and only occasionally causing death,
usually by rupture of the spleen. More deadly, however, is malignant malaria produced by Plasmodium falciparum, which is often life-threatening, and a grave medical emergency.
 


Benign Malaria

The usual incubation period is 12-40 days, but the onset may be delayed for over one year, especially in those who have been taking prophylactic drugs. Initial (prodromal) symptoms may include malaise, fever, lack of appetite, perversion of taste (aversion to coffee or tobacco), diarrhea, vomiting, and myalgia (muscle pains); none of which is absolutely diagnostic of malaria. Subsequently, however, there is a change towards the manifestation of recurrent characteristic attacks (paroxysms), usually lasting for several to many
hours, and which may be divided into three phases:

  • Cold phase - The patient feels intensely cold, and shivers or shakes. This phase lasts from about 15 minutes to 1 hour.
     

  • Hot phase - The patient feels intensely hot and weak. The face is flushed. There is fever, with a temperature of up to 41˚C (105.8F). There may be intense thirst, vomiting, abdominal pain, an increased flow of urine, or delirium. This phase often lasts 4-6 hours.
     

  • Sweating Phase - Profuse sweating occurs for 1-2 hours, and the temperature returns to normal.  The patient then feels weak, but generally not too unwell-until the next attack!

 

Homeopathic Treatment Of Malarial Attacks

All likely cases of malaria should be referred to an experienced physician, where possible this matter being all the more important in those of suspected malignant malaria. Since the malarial parasites are becoming increasingly and alarmingly more resistant to the action of orthodox drugs, it follow that my homoeopathic remarks are directed not only to those for whom homoeopathic treatment is the only possibility, but also to the enlightened physician.

 

Treatment of the malarial attack should begin as early as possible, even in the absence of a confirmatory blood test. It may even be started in the phase of prodromal symptoms, before the onset of more frank symptoms of malaria. If you suspect-malaria as a possibility, do not await the development of the characteristic periodicity of the disorder before beginning treatment (such periodicity is often absent in cases of malignant malaria). with the exception of cases with serious complications, such as algid or cerebral malaria, the following treatment plan may be instituted:

 

Three homoeopathic remedies are particularly important with regard to treatment. These are:-Arsenicum Album, Pulsatilla, and Nux Vomica. Commence treatment with a triple alternation of these remedies, eg:

  • 10.30am: Arsenicum Album 6

  • 11.00am: Pulsatilla 6

  • 11.30am: Nux Vomica 6

  • 12 noon : Arsenicum Album 6, etc.

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