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How to bring down the temperature of alternative means and herbs?
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After reading the instructions for drugs that can help at a temperature of 38-38.5-39-39.5, we can note the fact that oral medications have a very negative effect on the state of the gastric and intestinal mucosa, and the use of rectal suppositories is limited by inflammatory pathologies of the rectum. But people with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, pregnant women for whom medications seem to be a poison for the baby, lactating mothers also have a high fever, and it must be dealt with in some way. Yes, and little kids do not really want to stuff with chemicals, because x the body is more sensitive to the negative effects than an adult.
So many people have such an important question: is it possible to bring the heat down without medication and how to do it? Some options of such treatment can be offered even by the doctors themselves (usually gynecologists and pediatricians who monitor the health of the most vulnerable segments of the population).
Decrease in body temperature will contribute to:
- cool air in the room where the patient is (not a draft or wind, but fresh air within 18 degrees).
- the use of large quantities of fluid (also important for the prevention of dehydration caused by hyperthermia, diarrhea, vomiting, the truth is, in the latter case, the fluid must be administered intravenously in the form of aqueous electrolyte solutions),
- a cool compress on the forehead, calf, wrists, groin area (the tissue should be moistened with water and pressed, repeat the procedure every time it heats up from the body),
- wiping the body with a cloth moistened with cool water (the water on the surface of the body must dry out on its own), to wipe the babies, the water should be taken warm, so it will increase heat transfer and not provoke vasospasm,
- a bath with cool water in combination with a massage with a washcloth (for colds, this method can be called doubtful, although it helps to bring down a high thermometer),
- wrapping sheets soaked in cool water (recommended for treating children),
- enema with boiled water at room temperature (warm chamomile decoction in a volume of 50-150 ml depending on the age of the child is more suitable for children),
- rectal administration of a hypertonic solution (2 tsp of salt per glass of water), while the volume of the solution depends on the age of the patient:
- babies up to six months in one procedure spend 30-50 ml of solution,
- babies from six months to one and a half years - 50-100 ml,
- for children 1.5-3 years old - 100-200 ml,
- preschool children 4-6 years old - 300-400 ml.
With age, the growth and weight of the child increases, respectively, and more solution is required. For example, adolescents need to take up to 800 ml of solution for the procedure.
It is difficult to say whether such methods will help to reduce body temperature for some reason, but it is worth a try. Only it is necessary to take up the business not when the temperature has reached critical values, and the patient's condition has deteriorated markedly, but when the thermometer's indicators have crossed the 38-38.5 mark and their further growth is noted. Or, if the thermometer reads frozen at one point, but the temperature is poorly tolerated by the patient, it exhausts him and deprives him of the strength to fight the disease.
Alternative methods of dealing with hyperthermia
When the temperature rises to 38-38.5-39-39.5, and at home there is no necessary medicine or it is not possible to use them, it makes sense to use non-medical methods to combat fever and fever. In addition to the above methods of reducing the temperature, alternative medicine offers other recipes for how to bring the temperature down by alternative means, as well as amendments to the advice of doctors that make treatment faster and more effective.
For example, doctors recommend rubbing the body with cool water. But the people have improved this recipe, and instead of simple water, they began to use mixtures: water + vodka, water + vinegar, water + vodka + vinegar, in which all components are mixed in equal quantities. If the child needs to be treated, the proportions differ, while preference is given to a water-acetic solution, in which the components are taken in a 2: 1 ratio, however, 1 tsp is considered quite sufficient. Nine per cent vinegar per 1 liter of water so that the solution increases heat transfer and lowers the temperature. It is dangerous to use vodka for treating a child, since alcohol can penetrate through the skin, causing intoxication of the baby’s body.
After child rubbing is finished, you can brush him with a towel for a few minutes, which gives a quick and lasting effect of reducing body temperature.
For these purposes, you can also use a fan, directing the flow of air to the lower part of the body, so as not to catch a cold.
As for compresses applied to the wrists, forehead, inner surface of the elbow bend, calves, they can be done not with plain water, but with cabbage pickle or gruel of sauerkraut wrapped in gauze.
Instead of sauerkraut, you can use raw potatoes, cut into thin slices or grated. It is also used for compresses at high temperatures.
As regards abundant drinking, alternative medicine recommends drinking not only water, but also juices and vitamin drinks:
- juice of unripe grapes in half with water (0.5-1 glass with an interval of 2 hours),
- viburnum juice (1 tbsp. With an interval of 1 hour),
- celery juice (1 glass 4 times a day),
- fruit drinks from berries high in vitamin C to help fight fever,
- mineral water (non-sweet and without gas),
- green tea (without sugar, but it is useful to add a few drops of lemon juice or lemon skins, as well as black pepper on the tip of a knife - a good diaphoretic means of reducing the temperature),
- fruit and berry compotes
- decoction of rosehips (2 tablespoons dry berries in a glass of water, boil for 10 minutes, insist and take half a cup three times a day).
Carrot juice can be buried 2-3 drops in the nasal passages, which also contributes to the fight against infection and lowering the temperature.
With cold and high temperature, herbal therapy is also actively practiced. So for an enema for a child, alternative healers recommend using not plain boiled water, but warm chamomile decoction.
On the basis of flowers, herbs, leaves and roots of various plants, you can prepare drinks with diaphoretic and antipyretic properties. The most popular drink in this regard is tea with raspberry jam (1 tbsp per cup of warm boiled water), which, due to its pleasant taste and aroma, is a favorite medicine of adults and children. If there is no ready-made jam, you can pour dry fruits with boiling water for 20 minutes, then drink the drink a little for half an hour.
Even rasperia twigs or shoots have a stronger effect on temperature. They need to be brewed with boiling water, kept at a low boil for 1-2 minutes, infused for 30-40 minutes. 1.5 cups of water take about 1 tbsp. Shredded shoots. Drink the prepared composition for 2 times. On the day of treatment you need to make 2-3 such portions.
Instead of raspberry shoots, black currant leaves can be used (1 tbsp of dry crushed raw material per 0.5 l of water, boil for 5 minutes, then take 1.5 tbsp. With an interval of 1 hour).
If there is willow bark at home, you can use it (1 tablespoon per 1 tablespoon of water, boil for 2-3 minutes and insist for 1.5-2 hours). Broth willow to drink in the form of heat for 1 reception several times a day. To enhance the therapeutic effect, it is recommended to add a spoon of natural honey to the drink (in the absence of allergy to bee products).
Lymping tea has a good diaphoretic effect, which is relevant for reducing body temperature, and is best prepared by infusion (we take 100 g of dry inflorescences for 1 liter of boiling water, insist 2-2.5 hours). Drink decoction can be, without limitation, as usual tea. It is also desirable to flavor it with honey.
As a sudorific, effective for combating fever and fever, use also a decoction of burdock root (2 tablespoons of crushed raw materials for 0.5 liters of water, boil for 5 minutes, insist 2-2.5 hours). Take it to food 3-4 times a day for ½ cup.
In almost every home you can find stocks of sage herbs. On 1 liter of boiling water take 2 tbsp. Dry grass, leave to infuse. After a few minutes, add chopped garlic (6 small or 4 medium teeth) to the composition. When the infusion is no longer hot, take half a lemon, squeeze the juice out of it and pour it into the therapeutic composition. We also send there the remaining zest, which contains ascorbic acid even more than the pulp of the lemon fruit. You need to drink the whole brew for a couple of hours. True to children and expectant mothers such treatment will not work.
Elderberry will also be very useful for dealing with a temperature of 38-38.5-39-39.5. 3-4 tablespoons flowers plants pour a glass of boiling water and insist in a warm place for a quarter of an hour. We drink a drink a little at a time. The recipe, suitable for patients of any age, can be diversified by combining the beneficial properties of elderberry and mint. In this case, herbs are recommended to take 2 tbsp.
Chamomile extract is also suitable for treating children (1-2 tablespoons per cup of boiling water). It does not have a pronounced antipyretic effect, but as an antiseptic it helps to fight the infection that causes hyperthermia and inflammation.
Usually, you do not want to eat at a temperature, but drinks, fruits and berries with a high content of vitamins will come in handy, because they contain everything necessary to maintain body strength and normalize body temperature.
It must be said that alternative methods of treating high temperatures are quite effective if the thermometer is in the range of 38-38.5-39 degrees, but at a temperature of 39-39.5 degrees and higher they do not always give the expected effect. It is clear that a rapid decrease in temperature is considered undesirable, because it will be stressful for the organism (ideally, it should decrease every hour by half a degree). But the lack of effect is also not an indicator of the effectiveness of the treatment, and the temperature above the critical temperature is very dangerous for a person, especially if it is a child or an elderly person with a heart condition.
What to do if alternative methods do not give results, and you have no desire to stuff your body with chemistry at all? The optimal solution is to seek help from homeopathy. Such preparations contain only natural substances in dosages that are absolutely safe for the body. In addition, they do not just reduce the temperature, but affect the cause of its occurrence.
What drugs homeopaths recommend for hyperthermia:
- Beladonna. It is usually prescribed at a temperature caused by sore throat and ear diseases when the patient's forehead is hot and the limbs are cool.
- Hina. This drug is relevant with regular fluctuations in temperature (for example, in the evening it rises, and in the morning it falls).
- Aconite. This medicine is important if the temperature rise is not caused by a disease, but by nervous overstrain, a stressful situation, etc. (Against this background, the temperature often increases in young children in the first days of their stay in kindergarten).
- Pulsatilla This medication is prescribed for a thermometer reading of 37.5 degrees or more, if the temperature adversely affects the mood and well-being of the patient.
- Ferrum phosphoricum is not prescribed at high temperature, but as its prevention at an early stage of the disease, the medicine is very useful. This drug is suitable in the absence of obvious symptoms of the disease, when there is only a gradual rise in temperature.
These drugs, which should be prescribed by an experienced homeopath, are suitable for the treatment of adults and children, since they have practically no contraindications and side effects except for individual intolerance to the components. The doctor prescribes a dosage of drugs individually.
Preparations in the form of homeopathic granules are designed for resorption. They are placed under the tongue, where they must completely dissolve. It is difficult for a child under 3 years of age to fulfill this requirement, therefore, such grains are dissolved in water for children. The above drugs for children from 3 years old usually give 1 grain three times a day with an interval of 2 to 4 hours. Kids under 3 years old should take 1 tsp. Diluted drug (1 grain per ½ tbsp. Of water) with the same dose rate and interval. If the temperature has not decreased during the day or has fallen, and then began to rise again, the appointment is changed.
The means listed above are sold in specialized homeopathic pharmacies, where the homeopathic physician often accepts. But some homeopathic medicines can be purchased at a regular pharmacy. At the same time, we do not even pay attention to the fact that the drug prescribed by the therapist or pediatrician is homeopathic.
It is this drug that is often prescribed rectal suppository "Viburcol" prescribed by doctors. This complex drug, which includes 6 one-component homeopathic remedies, is prescribed at a temperature associated with acute infectious diseases of the upper respiratory tract and the genitourinary system, stress and nervous tension, with convulsive syndrome (for example, febrile convulsions in children), during teething in babies, etc.
In acute diseases and high temperature in adults, suppositories are used one at a time with an interval of 20 minutes during the first 2 hours. Then move to treatment 2-3 times a day.
Children up to 6 months use ½ suppository 4 times a day. When the acute symptoms of the disease subside, they switch to a double use of the drug. For the treatment of newborns up to 1 month, use ¼ suppository 4-6 times a day.
The drug is relatively safe, so treatment with it, if necessary, can last up to 2 weeks. Although in most cases 3-5 days are usually enough to normalize the temperature.
This drug is a lifesaver for pregnant women who find it very difficult to find a safe drug for both mother and baby in her womb. A contraindication to the use of "Viburkola" can only be hypersensitivity to its components, and the side effects of the drug are rarely observed (most often it is a slight allergic reaction).
If the temperature of 38-38.5-39-39.5 in a child appears on the background of teething, the 3-component homeopathic solution "Dantinorm Baby" will help to remove the heat and soreness. The drug is taken orally in the intervals between feeding 1 dose 2-3 times a day, a course of 3 days.
Aflubin drops, which are prescribed for the treatment of infectious diseases of the upper respiratory tract, occurring against the background of inflammation, intoxication of the body, fever, and rheumatoid diseases of the joints (anesthetic and anti-inflammatory effect) are considered a popular homeopathic remedy.
Take the medicine you need half an hour before meals or an hour after it. Patients older than 1 year take the medicine in its pure form, it is better for babies to dilute it in water or milk (preferably breast) in an amount of 1 tbsp.
For the treatment of infants, 1 drop of a five-component preparation is sufficient. Children older than a year should take 5 drops of the solution per dose, and patients older than 12 years should take 10 drops each. The frequency of taking the medicine is determined by the doctor. Usually from 3 to 8 times per day.
In case of respiratory diseases, treatment continues for 3-10 days, and in case of rheumatic pathologies, it can be delayed for a month.
The drug has no other contraindications, except for hypersensitivity to its components, and side effects are reduced to increased salivation (infrequently).
Another popular drug at a temperature associated with infectious diseases of the respiratory tract, "Oscillococcinum". This is a one-component homeopathic remedy in the form of granules placed in a tube, designed for 1 dose.
Take the drug for a quarter of an hour before meals or an hour after it. Dose poured under the tongue and hold until dissolved. At the onset of the disease, the medicine is taken at intervals of 6 hours, and then transferred to a double dose (in the morning and in the evening).
Babies dose of the drug is diluted in water and give a spoon or use a bottle with a nipple.
The drug rarely causes allergic reactions, and among its contraindications are hypersensitivity to components and impaired glucose metabolism (the drug contains sugar).
Engystol is another drug based on homeopathic remedies for the treatment of acute respiratory infections with fever and headaches. It is produced in the form of lozenges.
A single dose for children and adults is 1 tablet, which must be put under the tongue and held until it is completely dissolved. For small children, the tablet is dissolved in a tablespoon of water (you must first crush it into powder). A single dose will depend on the age of the small patient: up to a year it is 1 tsp, up to 6 years old - 2 tsp, up to 12 years old - 3 tsp. Adolescents over 12 years of age take adult dosage tablets.
For acute symptoms, a single dose should be taken at quarter-hour intervals for the first two hours, and then taken three times a day. Treatment continues for 2-4 weeks.
Contraindications and side effects of the drug are limited by hypersensitivity to the components of the drug and allergic reactions occurring on this background.
Described homeopathic remedies can be given to children from birth. They are not prohibited during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Therefore, it is better to have such medicines in the home first-aid kit if there is a child or expectant mother in the house.
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