Change of seasons….Migration or shifting to distant places……Penetration of viruses or bacteria in the body causing certain corresponding infections affect or alter our body temperature….resulting in fevers with or without accompanying shivering, body pains, headache and other associated undesired signs and symptoms. Such situations cause lethargy, weakness in body and brain structure. More explanation regarding fevers :
If the body temperature is above 37,2oC and is associated with sweating, hyperventilation, and vasodilatation in the skin, we speak of fever. At the beginning, gradual increase in body temperature is observed together with muscle shivering, vasoconstriction in the skin, and piloerection (involuntary bristling or erection of hairs due to contraction of small muscles at the base of hair follicles) . This situation is called chills. Increased body temperature is achieved by lowered loss of heat. Vasoconstriction in the skin and subcutaneous tissue is the cause of pale colour and dryness, the affected person has a feeling of coldness. At the same time the production of heat in the organism increases. The muscle tonus increases, the spasms occur. Spasms may occur mainly in children. When the vasodilatation starts in the skin, the feeling of warmth and sweating occurs.
Fever may be provoked by many stimuli. Most often, they are bacteria and their endotoxins, viruses, yeasts, spirochets, protozoa, immune reactions, several hormones, medications, and synthetic polynucleotides. These substances are commonly called exogenic pyrogens. Cells stimulated by exogenic pyrogens form and produce cytokines called endogenic pyrogens. Endogenic pyrogens centrally affect the thermosensitive neurons in the preoptic area of the hypothalamus increase the production of heat and decrease in heat loss. The body temperature increases until it reaches the set point. This information is transferred by temperature of blood that flows around the hypothalamus. The decrease of temperature is controlled by activation of mechanisms regulating increased outcome of heat to the surrounding area. Increased outcome continues in favourable case until the new equilibrium is achieved.
What to do in situation of fevershigh fevers…..hyperpyrexia, Ague, Malaria and Dengue?
We should keep our temperature control centre in cerebrum/brain in healthy functional order…….
- Sponge the body and forehead with cold water wet/moist cloth every two to three hourly.
- Keep the body rehydrated by drinking clean, boiled and cooled water.
What herbal drugs are there to keep/maintain the normal body temperature in Ague, Malaria and Dengue?
Wet in clean water below described herbs taken in equal quantity in coarse powder form collectively about four teaspoons viz.
- Shunthi / Zingiber officinale
- Khus / Vetiveria zizanioides
- Naaagarmotha / Cyperus rotunduas
- Raktta chandan / Pterocarpus santalinus
- Netrabaalaa / Pavonia odorata
And heat /stew on low flame for 15 to 20 minutes. Filter and let it cool down and drink. Repeat two to four times a day. These herbs together in combination are available in the market named as HERBAQUA manufactured by Yamuna Pharmacy to the day visiting and distance site patients.