Mumbai, 1st December 2022: The resurgence of measles is of serious concern, with a recent outbreak in Mumbai and the surrounding areas. Between September and now, a total of 233 confirmed cases of measles have been reported in the city. Most of them are from the M-East ward that covers Govandi. Measles or as it is called ‘Khasra’, is a highly contagious viral disease fatal in children below the age of 5 years. It is one of the leading causes of death and disability among young children. Globally, the fatality rate of measles is 2.6 million per year.
When viruses strike, complementary medicines have been proven to be effective to a great extent, as marked in the ongoing pandemic that has plagued the world. Hence, it is necessary to understand the role of complementary medicines like Homeopathy in treating viruses. Here are a few things one should know about measles…
The genesis of Measles
As the name suggests, the virus is caused by the Measles virus and is incredibly contagious. A study published by Fetter states that Measles has been around for at least 1500 years in the regions such as China, India and the Mediterranean basin. But this virus also has a long history in South Africa, first appearing in Cape Town. During this time, infections were relatively uncommon but deadly. Over the next 50 years, the virus slowly spread east to cause epidemics in places like King Williams Town. A place which suffered 6 years of Measles waves. The Anglo-Boer war occurred and the deadliness of the virus shocked everyone which led to the deaths of prisoners in the camps. On examination, it was found that measles was the leading cause of death in camps that were established for Boer and African civilians.
Causes of Measles
The viral load is higher in the nose and throat of an infected person. When someone with measles coughs, sneezes or talks, infectious droplets spray into the air, where other people can breathe them in. The infectious droplets can be suspended in the air for about an hour. These droplets may also land on surfaces, where they can remain active for several hours. You can contract the virus when your fingers come in contact with either your mouth, nose, or eyes, after touching the infected surface.
Measles signs and symptoms appear around 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus, they could manifest in the following ways:-
- Dry cough
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis)
- Tiny white spots with bluish-white centres on a red background found inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek — also called Koplik’s spots
- A skin rash made up of large, flat blotches that often flow into one another
When it comes to modern medicine, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is strongly advisable.
However, to safeguard yourself from the Measles virus, it is necessary to take important measures. Here’s a list of precautionary measures one can take to preserve their health:
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands frequently
- Keep the infected person in isolation to avoid contact with others.
- Change your bedding, towels, and other clothing material if it comes in contact with an infected person.
- Stay well rested and hydrated for better immunity
To reduce instances of infection, you would need a stronger immune system. Homeopathy, being natural, safe and free from side effects, is a modern science of medicine that is proven effective in naturally building immunity in children and infants. Besides, children love the sweet taste of Homeopathic pills and usually don’t tend to miss the dose.
According to the US National Library of Medicine, Homeopathy has been used to treat epidemic diseases for over 200 years, where Morbillinum 200 (2 doses once a month) is an effective prophylactic remedy that builds immunity. In another research study provided by WHO on the efficacy of homeopathy for reduced immunity-based ailments, evidence has proven that homeopathy is effective. Homeopathy has a clinically proven track record of controlling, managing, and preventing outbreaks of infectious diseases on a large scale. Morbillinum 200 is considered a measles nosode that provides relief from skin itching and irritation as well as bouts of cough.
Key benefits offered by Morbillinum 200:
- Catarrh, cough, coryza can be treated effectively
- Chiefly used as a prophylactic against infection, and to clear up after-effects of an attack
- Treats the effects of measles that has a great affinity for the mucous passages, the eyes, the ears and the respiratory mucous membranes
Dr Batra’s® strives for a ‘BimariMukt Bharat’ and with this aim, Dr Batra’s® is offering a free dosage of Morbillinum 200 (recommended 2 doses once a month) to every individual visiting the nearest Dr Batra’s ® clinic.
There are many advantages that homeopathy offers in the treatment of both acute and chronic ailments, the foremost of which is holistic treatment. The other benefit is that it is safe and treats naturally. What makes it different from other forms of medicine is that it is cost-effective, non-invasive and non-toxic. By championing the efficacy of homeopathic solutions in treating endemic ailments, Dr Batra’s ® has always been a front runner in providing free prophylactic treatment to those affected by these ailments.
Furthering its commitment to health and wellness in the country, the homeopathy chain has also provided over 7,000 patients with preventive dosage for H1N1 (swine flu) across India in 2015, 2016 and 2018, all free of cost. Along with providing relief from ailments like Bird Flu, NEPA virus, Swine Flu and Chikungunya, Dr Batra’s® had also opened its doors to all patients to provide preventive trauma and diarrhoea medication for those affected by the disastrous Chennai floods in 2015. Dr Batra’s® has also distributed free medications of Arsenic Alb 30 in over 200 clinics in 123 cities in India providing free doses to over 10,000 patients.
Viruses are like hijackers. They invade living, normal cells and use those cells to multiply and produce other viruses like themselves. This can kill, damage, or change the cells and make you sick. It is necessary to be safe and free from these viruses. However, if you notice symptoms of measles, it is advised to have an intake Morbillinum 200 and reach out to a health care provider seek treatment.