If you've been unlucky enough to have it a shiver has probably already run down your spine...
Do you remember the fever and chills or the bone pain that gave dengue its name? It means 'break bone fever'. Maybe it's the metallic taste in your mouth or even the pain in your eyes that were red raw looking anyway. I really hope it wasn't the headache you remember. A rash! Itchy. You remember...
If you haven't had it you're probably feeling pretty lucky right now and heading for the insect repellent! It truly is a an awful viral disease that a tiny little mossie spreads. Specifically, the Aedes aegypti variety. They breed in the smallest amount of water which makes them excellent survivors unfortunately for us.
If you live in the tropics you're probably well acquainted with the symptoms even if you haven't had it. Everyone knows someone who has had it. You just can't escape it! And everyone has the ideal remedy, cure, treatment etc. Everyone has an opinion on the best way to beat it. Conventional medicine says there is no treatment except rest (and I totally agree with rest) and analgesics.
Years ago I was seated next to a really lovely lady at a birthday dinner. As it turned out she was a doctor so we started chatting about health etc and how so many doctors aren't terribly keen on Homeopaths and vice versa! Then she said that she didn't mind Homoepathy but it wasn't like it could treat Dengue...well, she's kinda right...and wrong! Homeopathy would never claim to treat Dengue as it treats the person not the disease. It strengthens the body to fight the disease. But in this way it can be used to help manage the symptoms of Dengue!
So, I'm wading in with my opinion on managing the excruciating symptoms of Dengue!
True to our name it is simple. Just the one word. Homeopathy. There are 12 main remedies that have been listed specifically for Dengue for the last 85+yrs. Incredible isn't it? There are others that have been used as Homeopathy treats the person, not the disease, but these 12 have stood the test of time and are the ones I start looking at first.
The remedies I'm talking about here are traditionally used to support symptoms similar to those caused by the dengue virus. Dengue is not something they specifically treat as Homeopathy treats teh person and each person will experience dengue in a slightly different way, physically and emotionally.
Other remedies that may be of help: Arsenicum Album, Belladonna, Bryonia, Cantharis, Ipecac and Nux Vomica.
So if you are unlucky enough to need this blog (and I sincerely hope you are not) check out the remedies above. If you can't work out the best one or are simply too sick to do it, which is highly likely, contact your Homeopath to get the best remedy for your individual circumstances. The sooner you get on top of it the better!
**Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined but your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies.