Herbs that are administered in feverish conditions are called antipyretics or febrifuges. They have the action of reducing body temperature.
Fever is a symptom and as such when accompanying a disease, the underlying cause should be identified and treated for a lasting relieve.
Medical herbalists in Nigeria and Africa as a whole administer mostly different combinations of the under listed herbs on their patients experiencing feverish conditions .
Alstonia boonei stem bark (Awun in Yoruba, Egbu in Igbo)
Azadirachta indica leaves (Neem, commonly called Dogonyaro)
Enantia chlorantha stem bark (Awopa in Yoruba)
Morinda lucida root (Ezeogwu in Igbo, Oruwo in Yoruba)
Alchornea cordifolia leaves (Ububo in Igbo, Ipa in Yoruba)
Citrus lemon juice
Nauclea latifolia root (Egbesi, in Yoruba)
Parquentina nigrescens leaves, root (Ogbo in Yoruba)
Piper guineensis seeds (Uziza in Igbo, Iyere in Yoruba)
Cymbopogon citratus (Lemon grass)
These herbs have other useful healing applications aside from their use in the treatment of fevers.
Note that herbal supplements are best administered by trained health care providers. Pregnant women especially must avoid the temptation of self medication.
Dr Gilbert Ezengige is a licensed natural medicine practitioner, lecturer and writer on health and social issues. Visit www.healthbubbles.com for more