Fever is an elevated temperature of the human body that is substantially beyond the normal range. Normal body temperature fluctuates daily from about one degree below 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit to one degree above that number. Fever is your body’s way of fighting flu. A rise in body temperature, or fever, is actually an immune system’s response. Scientists have found more evidence that elevated body temperature helps certain types of immune cells work better. So, suppressing fever is not advised, as it kills the bacteria and virus. That said, if the body temperature climbs too high, it can be dangerous, especially for small children. We at *Astra Natural Healing have numerous tips how to reduce high fever.
*Astra Natural Healing Recommends: Natural approaches to reduce fever
1) Dip five washcloths in a bowl of warm water (1/2 cup of water) mixed with 1/2 cup of vinegar and three tablespoons of vodka. Wring the washcloths out, and apply to the forehead, wrap around the wrists and ankles to treat high fever.
2) Make a mixture of warm water, vinegar and vodka (the ratio of water to vinegar to vodka is 1:1:1) to rub gently the whole body, beginning from hands and feet, wrists and ankles, then – armpits and knees, then – neck. Do it carefully, do not miss a spot. When the liquid begins to evaporate, the high temperature starts to drop.
3) Slice a potato and soak the slices in vinegar for ten minutes. Then place the slices on the forehead, wrists and ankles while you lie down and place the washcloths on top. Results should be seen in about 20 minutes.
4) Place the slices of raw onion in your socks on the sole of each foot and wrap in a warm blanket, and keep on for the night.
5) Drink a lot of liquid (at least 8 cups) each day – it doesn’t all have to be water. Fluids help to thin out the thick mucus that builds up with this illness. Hot drinks may work better than cold. You could drink:
• Decoction of Raspberry and Linden flowers
To treat high fever, take equal amounts (1 teaspoon) of dried raspberries and Linden flowers. Put in a saucepan, pour 2 cups of boiling water, and bring to boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, and then strain. Drink 1/3 cup of the decoction 3-4 times a day
• Raisin infusion with fresh-made lemon or lime juice
For high fever, soak 25 raisins in half a cup of hot water for 30 minutes. Crush the raisins into the water and strain. Add the fresh-made juice from a half of a lemon or lime to the raisin infusion and drink twice a day
• Rosehip tea, Licorice root tea and Echinacea tea
• During cold and flu season, take 20 to 30 drops of Echinacea tincture in half-cup of water three times daily
• Green tea with lemon and honey
• Warm cranberry juice
6) As we have already mentioned in previous blog, apply the minced garlic pieces to a special point on each of your hands, called the acupuncture point Hegu – for 15 minutes once or twice a day.
To locate the acupoint Hegu put a thumb on top of the fleshy part between the thumb and forefinger of the opposite hand.
The best way to find the “actual” point location is to find where your thumb and pointer finger meet towards the base of your wrist. Once you’ve located that area, slide your finger along the bone of your pointer finger about a half an inch towards the tip and then come out off of that bone towards your thumb. The point itself is about as big as a nickel, so don’t feel that you need to be pinpoint accurate in finding it.
Applying garlic to this point stimulates the immune system and thus is beneficial in treating colds and flu as well as reducing high fever.
In the next blog post we will talk more about treating naturally other flu symptoms: cough, sore throat, malaise, fatigue or weakness.
Use our recommendations and stay healthy.