Fever is the most widely discussed illness in Ayurvedic texts. And it's been in the news a lot lately too.
Fever is used as the model for understanding other illnesses. It is considered the King of all Disease as apparently we come into the world with fever and we exit the world with fever. Everyone gets it & every part of the being is affected: body, senses, mind.
Treating fever correctly will ensure that your body comes out of the experience stronger, recovers faster, and there is no reoccurrence later.
The story of Fever goes something like this: all three doshas get increased, Vata kidnaps Agni carrying it off to the extremities where it becomes blocked due to accumulated Kapha or sticky Aama, while Pitta goes around burning everything up.
You know you have Fever if:
1) Your ability to understand is impaired: that whacked-out feeling and odd perceptions, taste in the mouth etc. I alway know I am in danger of fever when my mind is repeating some phrase or tune over and over to me. Making good decisions is hard for both the doctor and the patient. Often in am ill begotten attempt to make ourselves feel better we will try crazy things. Like drinking a gallon of orange juice. This is a bad idea.
2) Your whole body is affected at the same time. Achy muscles, sore throat, weak pinkie finger....
3) You feel weak, easily tired and depleted. Depletion of everything happens quickly. Weight loss, lack of strength, & dry, peeling skin are common. 4) Note there is nothing about increased temperature. That happens too-- but having an increased temperature can happen from other causes (ie: running from a tiger or being put on the spot in a large group of people). You have to have these other symptoms to qualify.
If that is a bit confusing there is all you need to know:
- Agni is not in your belly where it belongs. You can not digest anything. If you eat - the food you eat will rot. So don't eat. It won't kill you - up to 6 days fasting is safe for most people-- even children.
- Drink only hot boiled water or teas to help reignite the digestion and metabolise accumulated wastes. Stick to Bitter (cooling) herbs for tea: dhamasa, guduchi, musta, dry ginger, sandalwood, usheer/khus/vetiver. At home cumin, coriander fennel tea is more manageable.
- Mahasudarshan is a formula that can be used in all fevers.
- Give me a call and we can do a Skype or Google video conference so that you can get the proper treatment (i can send or drop off appropriate herbs for you)!
- Stay warm. Unless dangerously hot - forcing the fever down will be counter productive in the long run and reoccurrence is likely.
- If you are weak and very tired some Peya or light rice broth can be taken. Boil for 30 min: 1 T rice, 1 C water, pinch of salt, squeeze of lemon, cumin, coriander.
- Keep up treatment until the following symptoms are gone: body aches, sweats, shivers, tiredness, and mind and senses are working properly again
- After a Fever is broken slowly rebuild the digestion by staying on light foods (veg or meat broth is good) and increase amount and richness slowly.
Do not do:
- Abhyanga / oil massage (It will increase aama)
- Irregular diet
- Anything that increases heat (except hot water)
- Anything cold specially cold liquids
- Strength-reducing activities: exercise, sex, any exertion or strain on the senses or emotions, saunas, bathing