Symptoms of Fever

When the body is under stress because of any of the above mentioned causes or because of any additional causes, it displays warning signals in the form of fever, chills, body ache, restlessness, and loss of appetite. Usually these symptoms are all inter-related and appear simultaneously.

Common fever generally begins with slight shivering and body ache. An individual may feel tired and thirsty. There may be a lesser flow of urine in addition to urine discoloration (usually darker in color).

The patient’s pulse and respiration become faster with the rise in body temperature. The patient may also experience excessive sweating and burning sensation or heaviness in the eyes. Fatigue and weakness increase to make the patient feel restless and irritable. There may be white coating on the tongue followed by a loss of appetite.

Natural Cures

Fever can be alleviated by several home remedies. It is important that the patient remains adequately hydrated because dehydration produced by mild fever can often be more serious than fever itself. Here are a few natural cures that can be used to treat common fever.

Holy Basil

Holy basil (Tulsi) aids in reducing the body temperature. Here is how to use it:

Boil one liter of water and mix 12 grams of holy basil leaves into it. Cool, strain and consume this concoction twice each day.
An extract of holy basil leaves in fresh water can be consumed every two or three hours to lower the body temperature.
Tea made of holy basil leaves, milk, one pinch of cardamom powder and some sugar or honey for sweetness can be consumed.
Boil five grams of dry holy basil leaves, two grams of ginger and two grams of black pepper with water. Add milk and sugar. Drink this concoction to cure fever and chest pains that are caused by bound muscles.
Consume two grams of powdered black pepper in 10 grams of juice pressed from holy basil leaves every morning. This remedy is said to ensure protection against all types of fevers.


Soak socks in white vinegar for five minutes and wear them to reduce fever.
Make a solution of water and vinegar in one to one proportion. Soak a soft washcloth in this solution and squeeze the excess liquid out. Put this cloth over the forehead to reduce fever.
In a bowl mix white vinegar and lukewarm water in a five to two proportion, respectively. Soak two wash cloths in this solution and wring to release excess liquid. Wrap the cloths around the lower legs to lower the body temperature.


Make a paste with about 10 cloves of fresh garlic and spread it thickly onto cotton pads. Rub some olive oil on the sole of the feet and apply the prepared cotton pads on the feet. Wrap the feet with gauze strips so that the pads stay intact. Ensure that the soles of the feet are not entirely covered so that the heat can escape. Leave the pads on for at least an hour or overnight if possible.

Diet – Liquid Intake

Avoid the consumption of sugar while suffering from fever. Sugar is known to inhibit the body’s production of white blood cells and to weaken the immune system. Also avoid the consumption of dairy products because dairy products inhibit the immune system and contribute to mucous production. Avoid dehydration during fever by increasing the liquid intake in the diet.

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