Mumps are caused by a virus which attacks the salivary glands of the mouth , particularly the parotid glands located on each side of the face just below and in front of the ear. The infecting organism is a paramyxovirus.
After a person is exposed to a case of the mumps, it takes about two weeks for the disease to appear.
The patient should be put in bed for several days until the temperature returns to normal. They should be kept on a diet of orange juice diluted with warm water on a 50 : 50 basis for a few days.
If the orange juice does not suit, the juices of other fruits such as mosambi, apple, pineapple, grapes, or vegetables like carrot should be given.
Hot and cold fomentations should be applied every two hours during the day for about 10 minutes and should consist of two or three hot applications, followed by a cold one.
A soft scarf around the cheeks may be gently tied at the top of the head to give some relief from the swelling.
The mouth should be cleaned with an antiseptic wash. Aloe vera juice, apple cider vinegar or bicarbonate of soda, diluted in warm water are good choices.
Nature Cures remedies for mumps
When the child can swallow food comfortably and the swelling has subsided, an all-fruit diet should be adopted for a day or two. Thereafter, they may be allowed to gradually embark upon a well balanced diet of natural foods, with emphasis on fresh fruits and raw vegetables.
VegetablesCarrot juice (raw)
NOTE: Avoid ginger and turmeric if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
The seeds of asparagus are valuable in mumps. These seeds combined with the seeds of fenugreek should be ground together to a consistency of a paste. This paste can be applied beneficially over the swelling.
The herb chebulic myrobalan is one of the most effective remedies for mumps. A thick paste should be made from this herb by rubbing in water and applied over the swelling. It will give relief.
Dry ginger is considered beneficial in the treatment of mumps. It should be made into a paste and applied over the swollen parts . As the paste dries, the swelling will be reduced and the pain will also subside.
The use of the herb Indian aloe is a well known remedy for inflamed and painful part of the body in the indigenous system of medicine. A piece of a leaf of this herb should be peeled on one side and sprinkled with a little turmeric and extract of Indian barberry and bandaged over the swelling after warming.
Neem leaves and turmeric should be made into a paste and applied externally over the affected parts to provide relief.
The leaves of the peepal tree are another effective home remedy for this disease. The leaves should be smeared with ghee and warmed over a fire. They should then be bandaged over the inflamed part, with beneficial results.
"Nature cures not the physician..." Hippocrates 460 BC
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