Have you ever seen a person whose legs swell up like that of an elephant? This is because of Elephantiasis. As the name reveals, in this disease limbs swell so immensely that they mimic an elephant’s leg in everything, like size, color, and even texture.
This parasitic infection is characterized by thickening of the skin and under skin tissue resulting in enlarged and swollen limbs. External genitals, both in males and females, are also affected. So, apart from making one physically disable it also makes one’s personal, social, and economic life paralyzed.
Elephantiasis is rare in some areas of the world while it is endemic in others. The infection is most established in tropical and subtropical regions.
Do you know that millions of people in tropical countries like Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, etc. had already a prey to this disease? What is the reason behind? Why the body parts swell?
Actually, Elephantiasis happens due to the filarial parasites which spread through mosquito bites to humans. Lymphatic Filariasis is what is known as Elephantiasis to us. It takes a long period and happens due to the recurrence of the infection.
This infection gets acquired in the childhood and cause concealed damages to the lymphatic system of the body. However, it can attack men or women of any age.
Functioning as an element of the immune system, the lymphatic system helps to guard our body against infections and diseases.
What happens biologically in Elephantiasis is that there is a hindrance in the lymphatic system, which results in the accumulation of lymph in the pretentious areas.
Such obstruction results in the enormous swelling and enlargement characteristics of elephantiasis.
Vitamin A rich foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots, etc. are very beneficial in Elephantiasis. There are some herbs which are just miraculous.
The enzymes in cloves help in killing all types of immature parasites and adequately remove them from the blood flow. Take full cloves. Grind them for the best results. Add the ground cloves to tea or coffee as per your choice. You can also use full cloves in place of ground ones.
2. Agar Wood
Make a paste of Agarwood powder by mixing it with water and apply on affected areas continuously for 20 minutes. Iterate this process twice a day.
3. Black Walnut Oil
The compounds inside the black walnut oil reduce the number of immature parasites entering the blood flow. Add three drops of Black Walnut Oil in a cup of warm water and drink this solution two times daily. Do this for at least six weeks; you will see amazing results.
4. Butterfly Pea
Make a paste of the roots with a small quantity of water. Take a pinch of paste with Luke warm water. Seeds can also be utilized in place of roots. Powder the mixture of dry ginger and the seeds of Butterfly pea and mix rock salt in the powder. Again, take a pinch with lukewarm water two times in a day.
5. Horse Gram
First, make a powder of horse gram and sand of ant’s hills. Also, mix egg white in the grind. Apply the paste on the affected areas.
6. Brahmi Leaves
Apply the paste of Brahmi leaves on the affected areas relentlessly for half an hour. Iterate the process twice a day.
7. Blend Oil and Bhringraj
Blend Sesame oil (or Til ka tel) and Eclipta Alba (or Bhringraj) in the ratio 1:2 and apply on affected parts.
8. Mixture of Herbs
Prepare a mixture using Marigold flower, Cleavers leaves and roots of Pokeweed, Blue Flag, Yellow Dock and Echinacea and take it twice daily.
9. Mixture of Seeds
Pulverize Castor, Mustard, Damiana and Horseradish in unison and apply on affected parts.
10. Cow’s Urine
Add cow’s urine in a mixture containing giant hogweed, ginger powder and white mustard (take 10 gm of each). Make mucilage and apply it on the feet for improved results.
11. Himalayan Cedar
Himalayan Cedar has antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties are mainly found in Himalayan Cedar Oil.
Apply the Himalayan cedar oil regularly on the affected area to get optimal relief from Elephantiasis.
12. Neem Oil
Neem oil is used for ages to cure many skin issues. The oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce swelling significantly.
For the home, remedy try dipping your foot in a neem soak. T prepare a neem soak take around 40-50 leaves of neem and boil it in water for good five minutes. Additionally, prefer applying neem oil on the affected area twice a day.
13. Banana Stem Juice
The banana stem has several nutrients and mineral that can reduce muscle and tissue swelling and at the same time help you get rid of any developing infections.
For elephantiasis, drink 15-20ml of banana stem juice regularly.
14. Cow Ghee
The clarified butter or ghee from cow is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent. it was used long ago by many ethnic tribes to get rid of swelling from multiple diseases.Massage gently with cow ghee on your foot daily until you get desirable results.
15. Betel Leaves
Betel leaves are an excellent analgesic and healing agent. Traditionally, it was used to cure skin diseases and insect bites.
For curing elephantiasis, wrap three to four betel leaves with a cotton cloth on your foot and leave it overnight. In addition to it, consume 3 beetel leaves powder along with lukewarm daily.
Papaya can effectively compress up any swollen area due to the presence of enzymes and certain compounds in it. For elephantiasis, take few papaya leaves heat them and then tie them up with a cloth on the affected area.
17. Turmeric Powder
Turmeric powder is an antiseptic, healing, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory agent. Since traditional times it is used as an effective home remedy to cure elephantiasis.
For curing elephantiasis, make a paste of turmeric powder with vinegar and water. Apply the paste all over your feet and leave it overnight. Do it regularly for optimal relief.