The Fundamentals

Abnormal elevation of the body's temperature is called "fever". The normal temperature taken orally is 98.6 degrees F., although normal range may vary up to 1 degree above or 2 degrees below. Rectal temperature is .5-1.0 degrees higher than oral temperature. There are many symptoms associated with fever including flushed face; hot, dry skin; headache; weight loss; constipation; diarrhea; body aches; skin sensitivity; and highly colored urine. If the temperature raises to over 105 degrees F., or slightly lower in some cases, delirium is possible. Convulsions may also follow, especially in children, and may even progress to coma. Moderate body temperature increase in children is common and may result from minor causes and is of less significance than in adults. In adults, elevated temperatures are usually caused by exercise; a hot environment; neurogenic factors such as injury to the hypothalamus; dehydration; many therapeutic drugs; certain chemical substances such as caffeine, or cocaine injected into the bloodstream; infectious disease or inflammation; or severe hemorrhage.

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here are an extraordinary number of plants and herbs that have been used around the world to treat fever. The best known fever reducer is aspirin, which is derived from the salicylates in Willow Bark and other plants. White Willow Bark has been used for centuries to reduce fever and relieve pain. The compound, salicin, contained within Willow Bark, has none of the adverse side effects of aspirin because it does not block prostaglandins in the stomach or intestines. Certain compounds in Ginger have been shown to have anti-fever value, while properties in Feverfew also show promise in fever reduction. The German Commission E has endorsed Elderberry as a remedy for feverish chills. Perhaps the most popular herb these days is Echinacea. It stimulates the body's defenses against viral and bacterial infections such as colds and flu, which are often the cause of fever. Because of its ability to cool down the body by promoting perspiration, Sarsaparilla has often been used to lower the body's elevated temperature. In traditional Chinese medicine, Andrographis paniculata has been used for centuries in the treatment of fevers.
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