Mumps are the epidemic parotitis which refer to a
virus infection of
the salivary glands, gonads and occasionally other parts of the
It is a contagious disease that occurs most frequently in
children and young persons between the ages of five and fifteen
The disease spreads from
children to children in schools. Babies are immune from this
Most persons have
mumps only once in their lives, but one person in ten may have a
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.
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 ovary 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.
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
After a person is exposed to a case of the mumps, it
takes about two weeks for the disease to appear. Diet errors are
at the root of the trouble.
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
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.
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.
chebulic myroblen paste, peepal tree,
turmeric & ginger if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as aspirinandibuprofen
The herb chebulic myroblen 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 leaves of margosa
are also useful in the treatment of mumps. The leaves of this tree
and turmeric should be made into a paste and applied
externally over the affected parts. It will bring good results.
Nat H Hawes SNHS Dip (Advanced and Sports nutrition) is a qualified nutritional and sports therapist and author of the new book, Nature Cures, who has been researching natural foods and their health benefits since 2003.
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