Meningitis is one the serious and acute diseases found in many parts of the world. It involves the inflammation of the thin protective membranes that line the brain and the spinal cord. Viruses or bacteria attack the lining and cause severe inflammation. Bacterial meningitis is more dangerous and is caused by the meningococcal bacteria. The infection first takes place in the base of the brain and from there, it spreads down the spinal cord. The infection usually starts in the ear, throat, nose or the lungs. There is high fever, headache, stiffness in the back and neck muscles, mental confusion and acute nausea.
The patient cannot tolerate bright light and loud sounds. Sometimes there is a rash on the skin and severe constipation in bacterial meningitis. Mumps, measles, herpes, infection of the upper respiratory tract or even influenza can lead to viral meningitis. The incubation period of the meningitis virus is two to four days and its onset is always very sudden.
Home Remedies For Meningitis
The patient should be put on total bed rest and nothing but orange juice should be administered to him/her several times a day for a few days. Mix the orange juice with a little warm water before giving it to the patient.
Orange juice is full of vital nutrients that provide energy to the body and increase the urine output. The vitamin C found in oranges detoxifies the body and at the same time increases the strength of the immune system.
It is important to reduce the high fever quickly. Fill a basin with chilled water and add a few drops of rose water to it. Dip a soft cotton towel into the water and after wringing out the excess water fold into several folds and place it on the forehead.
Wrap another towel round the body and the legs of the patient and as soon as the towels become warm dip them again into the chilled water and repeat the process. Keep this up for half an hour and keep applying the cold packs at an interval of three hours.
Coconut water not only replenishes the body’s reserve of energy but its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties also combat the infection and reduce the severity of the disease. Coconut water also removes the nausea and replaces the fluid lost through vomiting. Give coconut water three or four times daily.
Garlic is a very effective home remedy for meningitis. Its powerful antibacterial, antiviral antioxidant and anti-inflammatory combat the infection, reduce the inflammation in the membrane lining of the brain and spinal cord and provide relief in the pain. Extract the juice of three to four cloves of garlic and mix it with some orange juice and give it to the patient twice daily.
Grate a big piece of ginger and squeeze it to extract the juice. Mix one teaspoon of the juice with any fruit juice and give it to the patient three times daily. Ginger will not only help to fight the infection but will also scavenge the harmful free radicals from the body and destroy them quickly.