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5 Antimalarial Plants You Never Knew Existed

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5 Antimalarial Plants You Never Knew Existed.

Introduction:

Malaria is one of the major diseases that kill many people in the world. Africa is not excluded from the many places in the world that suffer malaria. Ghana has also experienced this parasitic disease and has recorded many deaths.

Each year nearly 290 million people are infected with malaria, and more than 400,000 people die of the disease. https://mayoclinic.org

Cases of malaria and deaths associated with it are recorded every day in Ghana. It is one of the major health crises that has gotten attention in the country. The battle against malaria continues annually by the state, health practitioners and major stakeholders.

Causes Of Malaria:

Malaria is caused by a parasite known as plasmodium. It is usually transferred by the bite of infected female anopheles mosquitoes. The stringency of malaria depends on the species of plasmodium that was transmitted.

Plasmodium parasites can be transferred from mother to unborn child, through blood transfusions and by sharing needles used to inject drugs.

Antimalarial Plants You Never Knew Existed
Female anopheles mosquito [Photo credit: medicalnewstoday.com]

Signs of Malaria:

Malaria is associated with many symptoms. Signs of malaria begins to show few weeks after being bitten by an infected mosquito. A person with malaria may have two or more of these signs: abdominal pain, joint pain malaria-related, fever, shivering, headache, mental confusion and pale skin.

Dengue fever is also one of the malaria-related diseases which is caused by mosquitoes in tropical or subtropical regions.

Treatment Of Malaria:

Antimalarial pills are usually used to combat malaria in many parts of the world. Scientists are developing vaccines to prevent malaria but currently, malaria vaccines are experimental and not approved for public use. Malaria is treated before, during and after visiting areas that are malaria-prone.

While depending on the scientific ways of dealing with the plasmodium parasite, there are some herbs and plants that help to prevent and cure malaria. In this article, I will teach you are some herbs that will help you treat malaria without a cost.

Some Herbs And Plants That Serve As Antimalarial.

1. Neem plant: Neem plant is one of the antimalarial medicines used in Sub-Saharan Africa and India. The plant has an anti-parasitic property that helps fight malaria. Many parts of the neem plants are used to combat fever and malaria. Parts such as bark, leaves and seeds are used as antimalaria.

Antimalarial Plants You Never Knew Existed
Neem plant [Photo Credit: indiamart.com]

The most popular part of the neem used by many Africans is the leaves. The leaves of the neem plant are boiled and drunk twice daily for a week or two to cure malaria. About 150ml is taken per drink morning and evening thirty minutes after a meal.

Also, another way to heal a person infected by the plasmodium parasite is through steam inhalation. Boil water and add well-rinsed neem leaves in a bucket. Let the infected person sit close to the bucket with leaves and hot water. Cover him/her with thick clothes or blankets.

Antimalarial Plants You Never Knew Existed
Neem leaves in a white bowl. [Photo Credit: food.ndtv.com]

Allow the patient to inhale the steam from the hot water for 30 to 45 minutes twice a day. This should be done for three to four days. It is one of the powerful ways of using neem plant as antimalarial.

2. Bitter Leaf: Bitter leaf is also an antimalarial herb because its antiplasmodial properties help fight malaria. Bitter leaf is usually blended and the water in it is squeezed out for drinking.

Antimalarial Plants You Never Knew Existed
Bitter leaf [Photo Credit: gardeningknowhow.com]

About 100ml twice a day is taken for a weak to combat malaria and other infectious bacterial.

It can also be boiled with other herbs and taken as an antimalarial medication. In other parts of Africa like Nigeria and the Northern part of Ghana, it is used for cooking soup. Cooking with it also helps in the prevention of plasmodial infections.

3. Holy Basil (Tulsi): The tulsi plant is known for the prevention of symptoms of malaria. It fixes signs of malaria such as joint irritation, inflammation among other symptoms.

Antimalarial Plants You Never Knew Existed
Holy basil [Photo Credit: westriverseeds.com]

Holy basil is boiled and the solution is taken for a week or two as antimalarial. This plant can also be added as a tea ingredient.

4. Lemon Grass: Lemongrass is also another antimalarial medication. The lemongrass is added to other plants like a bitter leaf and fresh ginger to cure recurring malaria and fever.

Antimalarial Plants You Never Knew Existed
Lemongrass

Lemongrass has antimalarial properties that help fight the plasmodium parasite. It also helps treat the common cold, stomachache, high blood pressure, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, and rheumatism.

5. Cassia siamea:

Cassia siamea is a plant that has antimalarial properties. https://researchgate.net

Cassia same flowers and seeds

It is also added to other antibacterial plants to prevent malaria. Cassia siamea is boiled and taken twice a day thirty minutes before a meal.

Antimalarial Plants You Never Knew Existed
Cassia siamea leaves

About 100ml is taken per dose for a week or two to prevent or fight plasmodium infection.

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