13 Common Illnesses and their Natural Remedies


Some diseases are helped by home remedies. Others can be treated better with modern medicine. This is true for most serious infections. Sicknesses like pneumonia, tetanus, typhoid, tuberculosis, appendicitis, diseases caused by sexual contact, and fever after childbirth should be treated with modern medicines as soon as possible.For these diseases, do not lose time trying to treat them first with home remedies only.


1. DEHYDRATION

Most children who die from diarrhea die because they do not have enough water left in their bodies. This lack of water is called dehydration.

Dehydration results when the body loses more liquid than it takes in. This can happen with severe diarrhea, especially when there is vomiting too.

 REMEDY 

a. Give lots of liquids 

b. Give food to eat

c. For children, give breastmilk 

d. Give a rehydration drink( composition: 1 litre of water, half teaspoon of salt, 5 cubes of sugar)


2. DIARRHEA AND DYSENTERY

When a person has loose or watery stools, he has diarrhea. If mucus and blood can be seen in the stools, he has dysentery. Diarrhea can be mild or serious. It can be acute (sudden and severe) or chronic (lasting many days).


REMEDY 

a. Give liquids and fruit supplements 

b. Stay away from foods with too much spice or hot pepper 

c. Get rest


3. VOMITING

Many people, especially children, have an occasional ‘stomach upset’ with vomiting. Often no cause can be found. There may be mild stomach or gut ache or fever. This kind of simple vomiting usually is not serious and clears up by itself.

REMEDY

a. Eat nothing while vomiting is severe 

b. Sip a cola drink


4. HEADACHE AND MIGRAINES 

Headache is common with any sickness that causes fever. Headaches that keep coming back may be a sign of a chronic illness or poor nutrition. It is important to eat well and get enough sleep. A MIGRAINE is a severe throbbing headache often on one side of the head only. Migraine attacks may come often, or months or years apart.


REMEDY

a. Take a cup of coffee or black tea.

b. Lie down in a dark quite room.

c. Soak a cloth in warm water and massage your head


5COLDS AND THE FLU

Colds and the flu are common virus infections that may cause runny nose, cough, sore throat, and sometimes fever or pain in the joints. 

REMEDY

a. Drink plenty of water, it helps as a decongestant and lie on your back.

b. Take an orange juice or lemonade.


6. STUFFY AND RUNNY NOSES

A stuffy or runny nose can result from a cold or allergy (see next page). A lot of mucus in the nose may cause ear infections in children or sinus problems in adults.

REMEDY

a. Older children and adults can put a little salt water into their hand and sniff it into the nose. This helps to loosen the mucus.

b. Breathing hot water vapor 


7. ASTHMA

A person with asthma has fits or attacks of difficult breathing. Listen for a hissing or wheezing sound, especially when breathing out. 

REMEDY

a. Get the person outdoors, where the air is fresh and clean. 

b. Give lot of liquid to decongest mucus accumulation.


8. BRONCHITIS

Bronchitis is an infection of the bronchi or tubes that carry air to the lungs. It causes a noisy cough, often with mucus or phlegm. Bronchitis is usually caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not generally help. Use antibiotics only if the bronchitis lasts more than a week.

REMEDY

a. Stop Smoking.

b. Breathe hot water vapor and maintain a posture with your head bent.


9. PNEUMONIA

Pneumonia is an acute infection of the lungs. It often occurs after another respiratory illness such as measles, whooping cough, flu, bronchitis, asthma—or any very serious illness, especially in babies and old people. 

REMEDY 

a. Give penicillin if available 

b. Give lot of liquids 

c. Give aspirin to help regulate temperature 


10. HEPATITIS

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver usually caused by a virus, but also by bacteria, alcohol, or chemical poisoning. There are 3 major types of hepatitis (A, B, and C) and it can spread from person to person whether or not there are signs of the disease, and even after the signs disappear. 

REMEDY

a. Take vitamins to reduce vomiting 

b. Drink fruit juice 

c. Eat a balanced meal and lot of protein 

d. Do not drink alcohol 


11. ARTHRITIS (PAINFUL, INFLAMED JOINTS)

Most chronic joint pain, or arthritis, in older people cannot be cured completely. However, the following tips will offer some relief.


REMEDY

a. Get lot of rest.

b. Place cloth soaked in hot water on painful joints 

c. Do exercises regularly. 


12. VARICOSE VEINS

Varicose veins are veins that are swollen, twisted, and often painful. They are often seen on the legs of older people and of women who are pregnant or who have had many children.

REMEDY

a. Do not stand or stay in stressful positions for too long.

b. Wear elastic socks or support bandages around the veins.


13. PILES (HEMORRHOIDS)

Piles or hemorrhoids are varicose veins of the anus or rectum, which feel like little lumps or balls. They may be painful, but are not dangerous. 

REMEDY

a. Certain bitter plant juices(witch hazel, cactus) dabbed on hemorrhoids will shrink them

b Sit in a bath of warm water.


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