In our previous article, we talked about meningitis, the types, symptoms and complications; in this article we will be looking at natural cures and healthy lifestyle that can help one prevent and overcome this disease.
Cold packs: The high temperature that comes along with meningitis can be severe, it can make treatment difficult and recovery more difficult; fever or high temperature is a signal your body gives you that it is fighting an infection and very high temperature can be dangerous. Regular use of ice packs will help to bring down high temperature and help your immune system fight off the infection and inflammation.
Astragalus: This powerful herb is loaded with saponins and flavonoids that empower the immune system and clear up the symptoms of meningitis. This herb is considered one of the most effective home remedies for meningitis; you can take the root extract as tea.
Garlic: Allicin, the active compound in garlic is a powerful antioxidant that has both antiviral and antibacterial properties. Taking garlic regularly can prevent meningitis infection from happening and if someone suffering from meningitis takes garlic, it speeds up the healing and recovery process.
Olive leaf: Olive leaf extract have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant properties due to its active ingredient oleuropein; when a meningitis patients takes olive extract, it reduces the inflammation, ease pain and discomfort and lower high temperature. It also prevent damages, eliminates free radicals from the body and it is potent against infection.
Chlorella: This is the most well-known home remedy for meningitis; this small sea plant is powerfully loaded with chlorophyll and more than 20 vitamins and minerals, this compound chlorophyll is similar in structure to the hemoglobin in our blood and it boosts the production of red blood cells. This will help to increase the amount of oxygen that goes round the body; it purifies the blood, repairs damages from meningitis and helps to speed up the recovery process.
Ginseng: The ginsenosides are the active ingredients of ginseng and they directly act on the membranes affected by meningitis to eliminate the infection and speed up the recovery process. You can take it as herbal tea or eat it directly to enjoy the therapeutic power of this ancient Chinese herb.
Reishi mushroom: This is a medicinal fungus that has medicinal properties; this bright red coloured mushroom has triterpenes and polysaccharides that strengthens the immune systems and reduces the inflammation caused by meningitis.
Soybean milk: This plays an important role in meningitis by strengthening the immune system and speeding up the process of healing; you can mix soybean milk with honey and take this drink before going to bed. This is a natural meningitis cure and it can be used for three to four months.
Coconut oil: This wonderful oil can eliminate meningitis, even the type caused by fungi; it inhibits the growth of fungi or yeast and can be used as an alternative antifungal treatment. The healthy fatty acids present in this oil helps the body to absorb nutrients, it increases the body’s metabolism and it is stored as energy in the body; apart for fungi, it also has antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties making the oil an all-round health booster.
Cat’s claw: This ancient herb is used to cure meningitis; it has good anti-inflammatory compounds that cure meningitis effectively, it also boosts the immune system and hastens healing.
Goldenseal: The root of this ancient herb has powerful medicinal properties and it is potent against meningitis; it is loaded with antibacterial and antifungal compounds that can be used to cure this condition. You can take herbal tea consisting of goldenseal and Echinacea to boost your immune system and hasten healing.
Hypericum: This powerful herb contains an active compound called hyperforin; this wonderful herb has antiviral and antibacterial properties and it can cut through the blood brain barrier. This herb is potent against bacteria that cause meningitis.
Healthy lifestyles that prevents meningitis and Aids fast recovery
Protect children: Children are most susceptible to bacterial meningitis and it is often acquired from an adult. Children should be protected and made to see a doctor immediately high temperature is noticed; children should also be taught good hygiene like regular hand washing and washing of hands before eating and after using the toilet.
Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing: This is to prevent person to person transmission because the germs that cause this infection can spread from an infected person when he/she coughs or sneezes. Also avoid crowded areas, regularly wash your hands and don’t share eating utensils, razor, toothbrushes and cigarettes.
Eat healthy foods: Regular intake of healthy whole foods, fruits, vegetables, herbs and water will help to strengthen your immune system; this will help the body to fight the infection and it will also hasten healing.
Manage pain and stiffness naturally: There are natural things you can do to alleviate pain and reduce the symptoms of meningitis like headaches, fever, body aches and neck stiffness.
Get plenty rest in a low temperature room with low light so that headache will not be triggered; peppermint essential oil, ginger essential oil and soaking in Epsom salt can help to relieve body pains and aches, lavender oil can reduce tensions.
You can gently massage the achy part with ice pack to decrease swelling and improve blood flow. Drink lot of water to prevent dehydration which can worsen the condition.
Have enough bed rest: Quality bed rest is needed for quick healing and recovery; your body will not be stressed and will be well equipped to fight off the infection naturally. Doctors suggest that meningitis patients should sleep for more than eight hours at night so that the pain they experience will decrease.
Neutral baths: Meningitis comes along with high temperature and this makes the blood to rush to the brain and spinal cord to treat the problem, this doesn’t work and instead it leads to more inflammation. Having neutral baths will help your blood respond well and circulate properly round the body; it will also ease inflammation and discomfort in the brain and spinal cord and this bath can effectively treat some symptoms of meningitis.
It is advisable to take this bath before going to sleep; you can try a neutral immersion bath for 25 minutes, apply wet cold cloth to your head and forehead before taking this bath and the recommended temperature in the bath is about 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This bath will reduce the extra blood I your brain and spinal cord while increasing blood circulation to your whole body.
Avoid liquid foods but increase your liquid intake: Once someone has been diagnosed with meningitis, it is advisable for the person to avoid liquid foods; rather the person should drink more water, coconut water, ORS, homemade fruit juices and smoothies and herbal teas. All these will boosts your immune system, improve your body’s resistance, increase energy, keep you hydrated and get rid of germs, waste and toxins from the body.
All these are not to replace proper medical treatment; they are to aid it and help you recover faster and before taking any herb you need to consult your doctor.
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