Nilavembu Kudineer a Siddha Remedy for Bird Flu, Dengue, Swine Flu

Nilavembu Kudineer

One of the age old preparations of Siddha system Nilavembu (Andrographis paniculata) Kudineer has caught the attention of Indian people, more so South Indians for its effectiveness in treating bird flu, dengue, swine flu etc. The original ingredients of this bitter antipyretic concoction are roots of nilavembu, musuttai, vetti ver, vilamichai ver and dry ginger. The remedy rose into prominence as reports poured in of complete cure from flu within a few days of taking it. The surge in demand for this preparation has resulted in rapid emptying of the freshly prepared remedy within hours of it reaching the counters at the distribution centers in Tamil Nadu Siddha hospitals.

The State Government of Tamil Nadu has endorsed the remedy as a treatment option for dengue, swine flu, bird flu and other similar fevers. The remedy in its present avatar contains apart from the herbs mentioned earlier chitarathai, nalla milagu, vilva root, sandalwood etc. This remedy is taken in empty stomach first thing in the morning. Users should desist from oily foods and should stick to congee (rice broth) for a few days.

Nilavembu Flower
Nilavembu Flower | Source

Fever in Alternative Systems

Alternative medicinal systems like Ayurveda, Siddha etc regard fever as an indication of an underlying disease condition. So the treatment modality is more directed towards treating the disease condition than the fever. Stress, pollution, sedentary lifestyle etc lead to a compromised immune system in modern man. This weak immune system results in human body falling prey to diseases caused by germs, bacteria, viruses etc.

The increased body temperature is an attempt by the immune system to fight the invading germs. These germs, virus, bacteria etc find it difficult to survive the excessive heat created by the fever. So we often find people who have come out of fever without the help of conventional medicinal system getting back to normalcy rather quickly than those who have undergone conventional treatment. This is because during the fever the immune system overpowers the disease condition. Hence naturopaths suggest that it is wise to allow the fever run its course. Post fever, the patient has to adhere to a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle etc during his recuperation to prevent a relapse.

Toxins find their way into our bodies through our polluted environment, food, water etc. These toxins need to be eliminated frequently to prevent a build of toxins. When left untreated, the build up of toxins result in various diseases like allergies, diabetes, obesity, heart problems, kidney stones etc. So, adapting a diet regimen rich in organic products as well as regular fasting (once in a month) help in elimination of toxins. This will keep you out of harm’s way.

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jpcmc 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Nature does provide a lot of benefits. But we have to look closer at what they actually do to our bodies. The government need to study both the pros and cons and inform the people about them.

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