Typhoid fever is a severe and acute illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi or Salmonella paratyphi; this bacterium is present in dirty and unhealthy water. A person contacts typhoid fever when they drink water contaminated with the bacterium or eat food that is contaminated with the virus.
This is a serious sickness that calls for immediate treatment if not it can be fatal; the disease is also contagious and that is why treatment is being stressed. Someone can get infected with typhoid when he/she comes in direct contact with the feces or urine of an infected individual. That is why washing of hands after using the toilet and before eating is very important.
This disease is common in the developing world, it is estimated that 20 million people around the world get infected with typhoid yearly and it is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths yearly.
The symptoms of typhoid fever are high temperature, skin rash which are usually red in colour; and they appear mostly on the face, neck and abdomen. Typhoid patients also experience headaches, constipation, abdominal pain, some experience diarrhea, muscle pain, weakness, vomiting and sometimes confusion.
Herbal Treatments for Typhoid Fever
It takes 1 to 2 weeks to cure typhoid if it is diagnosed and treated early; there are antibiotics that are given to patients to help cure typhoid but there are also effective herbs that can do that and even do it better without any side effects. Below are ten effective herbs that are used in combating typhoid fever.
Garlic has powerful antimicrobial properties which can kill the causal microbe behind typhoid fever; it is also a powerful detoxifier which helps in getting rid of waste and toxins out of the body. It also improves immune functions and improves the general health status of the body.
- You can chew on fresh garlic cloves daily.
- You can also add it to your meals generously because it is used as commonly as a spice.
Typhoid fever negatively affects the digestive system and that is why people with the disease experience constipation or diarrhea. It can even damage the intestine or other important organs of the body; honey protects the digestive system and ensures proper digestion of foods thereby preventing problems associated with digestion. It helps the body to recover from typhoid fast and it empowers the immune system to fight off the disease.
- Take two tablespoons of honey twice daily till you recover fully.
- You can the honey to a cup of warm water and take the solution twice daily.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
This wonderful liquid is effective in fighting high temperatures; it can reduce body temperature when taken orally and it is rich in vitamins and minerals helps to replenish nutrients lost due to diarrhea and vomiting, it increases the levels of energy in the body and aids quick recovery.
- Mix half teaspoon of ACV with one teaspoon of raw honey.
- Add this mixture to a glass of lean water.
- Take this solution many times daily especially before each meal for 7 days.
You can also make a solution by mixing one part of ACV with two parts of cold water. Dip a clean towel in the solution and us it to do cold compress, especially on the forehead and abdomen. This will help in reducing your body temperature.
These are effective home remedies for typhoid fever; they are rich in antibacterial compounds and this makes it possible for them to kill the microbe causing typhoid. They can also prevent vomiting and diarrhea which are common symptoms of typhoid.
- Boil 5 cloves in 8 cups of water.
- Let it boil until the solution becomes half.
- Then you turn off the heat, cover the pot and leave the solution to cool.
After it gets cool, strain it and drink it throughout the day; do this for at least 7 days.
The leaves of Basil are rich in antibiotic and antibacterial compounds; they also control body temperature, improve the immune system and prevent problems with digestion of food.
- Get 20 fresh basil leaves and add it to a cup of water.
- Get fresh ginger root and crush to it too.
- Add it to the water and boil the solution until the water becomes half.
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Take the tea daily to hasten healing and you can add raw honey. Another way to use basil leaves for the treatment of typhoid fever is to mix it with black pepper.
- Get 5 fresh basil leaves and extract the juice.
- Add black pepper powder to it; take this mixture two times daily for 2 weeks.
6. Fresh Fruits
Fresh fruits are filled with healing phytochemicals and natural sugars which can hasten healing and increase the levels of energy in the body since typhoid gives fatigue. They can boost immune functions and replenish lost nutrients. Bananas can relieve high temperature and prevent diarrhea because they are rich in soluble fiber called pectin which aids the absorption of liquids in the intestines. Bananas are also rich in potassium which helps in replacing the amount of potassium lost through diarrhea and vomiting.
Take lots of ripe bananas daily. Cranberries have antimicrobial properties which fight the parasite causing typhoid and it also boost the immune system. Take lots of fresh cranberries or cranberry juice.
Oranges are rich in vitamins and minerals which all support and boost a healthy immune system. They can also relief discomfort and restlessness caused by typhoid fever. Take lots of oranges daily and you can also take orange juice. Pomegranate is also effective against typhoid.
7. Lemon Juice
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and they are one of the best fruits for boosting the immune system; they also restore the pH of the body to that of an alkaline state in which no disease can thrive. It is also rich in antibacterial compounds; it can fight the salmonella bacterium and that is why it is one of the natural remedies used in treating typhoid.
Juice lemons and take a cup of fresh lemon juice daily for two weeks; you can dilute it with water and take it many times daily because of the strong sour taste.
8. Guava Leaves
These leaves are powerful against typhoid fever; they have antimicrobial properties, they reduce the production of mucous and boost immune strength. They can relieve the symptoms of typhoid and prevent even viral infections.
- Crush 8 leaves of guava and extract the juice.
- Take a teaspoon of guava juice 3 times daily for one week.
These helps in boosting the immune system and they have powerful antibacterial compounds that helps in defeating salmonella typhi, the parasite that causes typhoid fever.
Use raisin water to treat typhoid; do this by soaking few raisins in clean water overnight; first thing in the morning drink the water on an empty stomach and you can also eat the fruits.
This is an effective herb used to cure typhoid fever. It also boosts the immune system and prevents problems associated with digestion. You can boil the leaves and drink the water daily to hasten healing.