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RHEUMATIC FEVER

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Causes and Symptoms: Rheumatic fever is one of the more serious disorders which afflicts mostly those under 18. it is a fever accompanied by pain in the joints and the malady is one of those which involve the smooth membranes of the body, particularly the hear.

Rheumatic fever begins with a chill, followed by fever and a feeling of stiffness or pain in one or more joints, usually those of the knees, ankles, wrists or shoulders. The temperature does not usually go beyond 103o F. but a peculiar complication which arises from the poisons released by the malady into the system is that the heart is involved when the inflammation reaches its membranes. It is difficult of diagnosis because the swelling in the joints of the children is not immediately noticeable.



Remedies: Asparagus Seeds, Black Cumin (Kalaunji), Fenugreek and Ajwain should be taken in equal quantities and ground into powder. Three mashas of the powder swallowed with water every morning controls the swelling of rheumatism. A useful prescription to help relieve the pain of rheumatic fever is: one ratti of White Arsenic, one dried Grape and six grains of Pepper ground fine and made into 24 pills. One pill should be taken after break fast.

As for poultices and medications for local application, the following should be tried: Boil one kilo of root of Castor Oil tree in 8 kilos of water; when one fourth of the liquid is left, the mixture should be expressed and strained. It is the boiled with kg. Of Castor Oil till all the water has evaporated. This oil should be rubbed over the affected parts and they should be bandaged with cotton wool.

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