When body temperatures suddenly rise above normal, it is a clear sign that all is not well. Or is it...? 

The onset of a high temperature can be a helpful or worrisome condition, requiring artificial drug treatment or respite and herbal care, depending on the medical viewpoint taken. 

Approaching treatment from an orthodox mindset is different to one that is holistic. It is through examining the contrasting approaches to fevers that, what may seem bad and unwanted, is actually positive and much needed.

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What Is Fever?

Fevers (or pyrexia) are a condition that arises in the case of infectious diseases, such as malaria, influenza, polio and meningitis, and are caused by individual bacteria and viruses. They are a normal response from the immune system when presented with an invading foreign organism in the body.

Cautions apply when treating fevers, whether treatment is using modern medicine or holistic methods. These include reaching a thorough diagnosis by an experienced practitioner, monitoring body temperature and being vigilant about prolonged symptoms.

Taking notice of related symptoms is essential. If they are appear to be worsening, it can be a sign that there are more serious issues involved. 

Related signs include: 
•  sweating
•  headaches
•  shivering
•  loss of appetite
•  muscle aches
•  weakness
•  irritability, or
•  convulsions.

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Orthodox Medicine

Fevers, like those associated with a cold or flu, are quickly and commonly treated with medical drugs such as aspirin and paracetamol. These are over-the-counter medications easily sourced from local grocery stores and chemists. 

Drug use in modern medicine acts to suppress fevers as a factor of ill health rather than recognizing them as the natural immune response that they are. The use of antipyretic drugs, eg NSAIDs, may have their place in emergencies – particularly when fevers need suppressing.

However, the regularity in chemically treating fevers ignores the inner health of the body (person or animal) and its power to rebalance itself. There is little, if any, support to help the body heal itself naturally.

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Holistic Medicine

By treating fevers holistically, the focus is on supporting health and recovery naturally. Holistic medicine works in relationship with the whole body, and acknowledges more than just apparent flu symptoms and high temperature.

Holistic healing of fevers includes simple measures of bed rest, increased fluid intake and an intelligent use of homeopathy and/or herbal medicine. Some herbs are diaphoretic in action, and are useful in increasing the rate of perspiration and release of toxins, and strengthening the body’s healing ability.

Four such herbal remedies used in treating fevers are:
• Catnip
• Boneset
• Mustard, and 
• Cayenne.

Holistic treatment takes more into account than the disease from which the fever may originate. It considers fever to be a warning sign that the person’s immune system is in the throes of fighting off a noxious organism, and the rise in temperature provides resistance against any ensuing infection.

Attention is directed towards allowing a fever to run its course in the safest, most natural way possible. A mild and moderate fever can be managed with patience, and the understanding that fever is not a threat. Fevers are, but a vital ingredient in immune protection.

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