New Delhi: Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by Plasmodium parasites. The parasites are transmitted to people via bites by female anopheles mosquito. Once the parasites are introduced in the host body through the bites of an infected mosquito, they rapidly multiply in the host’s liver and then begin infecting and destroying red blood cells. For thousands of years, malaria has been treated with traditional medicines. Research has shown that some plants such as Tinospora cordifolia (guduchi) and Cissampelos pareira (akanadi) -commonly used in Ayurveda - could help treat malaria.
Ayurvedic home remedies for malaria
Ginger: Ginger has been used to treat a wide range of health problems, ranging from cold and flu to nausea and vomiting. Ginger contains many compounds that can help boost your immune system and prevent it from falling prey to disease-causing bacteria. Gingerol, the active ingredient in ginger, is known to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which make the herb an excellent remedy for people suffering from malaria. To use ginger for malaria, you can simply sip on some warm ginger water.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon has been used as a natural remedy to treat malaria for many years. The spice contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, all of which help in dealing with symptoms of malaria. Cinnamaldehyde, the potent compound in cinnamon, is claimed to help fight various types of infection. You can prepare cinnamon tea by adding cinnamon powder to hot water, also add a dash of honey to sweeten the taste. Drink it once or twice a day to help you recover faster.
Holy Basil: Known as Tulsi in Hindi, holy basil contains compounds that can reduce the symptoms and severity of malaria. It is said that holy basil has antimalarial and antibacterial effects when ingested regularly. The leaves of holy widely are extensively in Ayurvedic medicine to treat various diseases. Drink herbal tea made with fresh holy basil leaves to get maximum benefits.
With prompt action and proper treatment and measures, malaria can be cured, prevented, and even eradicated.
These plants found in tropical parts of India are used to treat many ailments, including ulcers, dysentery, diabetes, and urinary diseases. Perhaps, the cost of treatment and difficulties in access to treatment, or increasing drug resistance have made natural remedies an important source of natural cure. Below are a few Ayurvedic home remedies that can help treat malaria and speed up the healing process.