Home | About | Contact | Buy the book | Blog

Nature Cures natural health advice

 

Let food be your medicine
search engine by freefind

 

 

 

MUMPS

Mumps are the epidemic parotitis which refer to a virus infection caused by the paramyxovirus which is a member of the Rubulavirus family and affects the salivary glands, gonads and occasionally other parts of the body. It is a contagious disease that occurs most frequently in children and young persons between the ages of five and fifteen years. The disease spreads from children to children in schools. Babies are immune from this disease. Most persons have mumps only once in their lives, but one person in ten may have a second attack.

Symptoms

  • The first sign of mumps is swelling and pain.

  • The pain is first felt under one ear with stiffness of the neck and jaw.

  • There is a slight fever which subsides in three or four days.

  • The swelling appears first under one jaw and then extends under the other jaw.

  • The gland becomes tender on pressure.

  • On account of the pressure of the swelling, mastication and swallowing becomes difficult.

If the disease occurs after puberty, the testicles may be affected. The ovaries may be infected in females. In males, the testicles are usually swollen.

If the disease spreads to the testicles, the swelling and pain are very considerable, there is a high fever, and the patient may become depressed and confused. Please see Orchitis for more information and natural remedies.

Mumps can also lead to meningitis (inflammation of the soft membranes of the brain) and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain ) with delirium, severe headache and other signs of irritation of the meninges, or it may spread to the pancreas, when the symptoms include pain in the abdomen and loss of appetite. The patient may vomit.

 

Subscribe to the monthly newsletter

 

Like on Facebook

 

Follow on Twitter 

 

Nature Cures book gift

 

Causes

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.

Treatment

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.

Vegetables

Ginger

Carrot juice (raw)

Fruit juice

Orange

Tangerines

Apples

Pear

Pineapple

Grapes

Melon

Mango

Mosambi

Papaya

Dried fruit

Raisins

Seeds

Asparagus

Fennel

Herbs

Barberry

Neem leaves

Spices

Nutmeg

Peppercorns (ground)

Turmeric

Externally

Aloe vera

Chebulic myrobalan

Indian aloe

Peepal tree

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.

See also

"Nature cures not the physician..." Hippocrates 460 BC

NATURE CURES BOOK

Subscribe to the Nature Cures monthly newsletter

Search Nature Cures for an ailment, health disorder or disease

 

ABCD EFGH I
JKL MNOP QR
ST UVWX YZ 

Miscellaneous

A-Z of health hazards

Addictions

28 Air-purifying houseplants

Allergies

Aromatherapy

Bacterial infections

Cancer

Diabetes

Drug dangers

Fungi and yeast infections

Corneal graft information

Grow your own health garden

Health and welfare links

Home-made air fresheners

Home-made cleaning products

Hygiene, toxins and health

Increase your energy

Injury, surgery and infection

Make your own home remedies

Nature cures for babies

Nature cures for pets

Obesity and how to lose weight

Pain and inflammation

Parasite and worms

Plea for cornea donations

Raw juice therapy

Shopping list

The human body

Virus infections

Nutrition

A-Z of minerals

A-Z of vitamins and organic nutrients

Amino acids

Anti-nutrients

Antioxidants and free radicals

Carbohydrates

Cleanse and detoxify

Electrolytes

Fatty acids

Food combinations

Food intolerances

Fibre

Nature's colour codes

Nutrient deficiencies

Prebiotics and probiotics

Protein

Sports nutrition

Starch

Vitamins

Food

A-Z of natural food and beverages

A-Z of medicinal herbs and spices

A-Z of root vegetables

Alcohol dangers

Ancient kitchen cures

Berries

Brassicas

Brine pickling

Butter v margarine

Calories in foods

Citrus fruit

Coffee and caffeine dangers

Daily essentials

Dairy

Dried fruit

Fish

Food allergies

Fruit

Nature Cures healthy recipes

Juicing recipes

Legumes

Meat

Nuts

Oily fish

Oils

Organ meats

Raw juice therapy

Salt in the diet

Seeds

Shellfish

Sprouting micro-diet

Sugar dangers

Teas

Vegetables

Whole Grains

Nature Cures

About Nature Cures and the author

Advertise on this website

Buy the Nature Cures books

Nature cures blog

Nature Cures Health Clinic

Nature Cures news

Subscribe to the monthly newsletter

Terms of service

Contact

Home

 

 

DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is not intended to diagnose medical problems, prescribe remedies for illness, or treat disease. Its intention is solely educational. If you are in any doubt about your health, please consult your medical or health professional. Nature Cures does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of the information provided here or the outcome of using it.


Nature Cures is not responsible for, and does not endorse, any content or items purchased from any external websites linked to this website. 

© Copyright 2010 Nature Cures. All rights reserved.

Email: health@naturecures.co.uk