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 Integrative Medicine: Meningitis 
 

If there is even a suspicion of viral meningitis, aspirin should not be given as a painkiller, because the combination of aspirin and viral infection has been linked to the development of Reye's syndrome, a dangerous disease affecting the brain and the liver.


Nutritional Supplements
The nutritional supplements listed below are aimed at supporting your child's recovery from meningitis. They should not be considered a substitute for appropriate antibiotic therapy. For age-appropriate dosages of nutritional supplements, see Dosage Guidelines for Herbs and Nutritional Supplements.

Floradix is an herbal iron supplement that will give your child v,itamins and minerals necessary to rebuild his strength. Follow the dosage directions on the product label, and give it to your child for two weeks.

GreenMagma is a product that supplies trace minerals and beta carotene end helps to restore strength. Give your child the dose specified on the label for two weeks.

Lactobacillus acidophilus and/or bifidus is very good for restoring bowel health after a regime of potent antibiotics. Follow the dosage directions on the product label, and give your child one dose a day for one month.

The B vitamins help to restore strength. Give your child a vitamin-B complex supplement for two weeks, following the dosage directions on the product label.

Vitamin C and bioflavonoids help stimulate the immune system. Give your child one dose, four times daily, for two weeks.


Herbal Treatment
Herbal treatment for meningitis is aimed at supporting your child's recovery from the illness. It should not be considered a substitute for appropriate antibiotic therapy. For age-appropriate dosages of nutritional supplements, see Dosage Guidelines for Herbs and Nutritional Supplements.

The antibacterial properties of garlic will help resolve infection. Give your child one capsule or one fresh clove, three times a day, until the infection clears.

American ginseng is an excellent source of trace minerals and micronutrients. It will also support and strengthen your child's immune system. Give your child one dose, three times a day, for two weeks.
Note: This herb should be used during recovery only. It should not be given if fever or any other signs of infection are present.

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous), with its rich concentration of trace minerals and micronutrients, will help strengthen your child's immune system. Give your child one dose, three times a day, for two weeks.
Note: This herb should be used during the recovery phase only, not while fever or any other signs of acute infection are present.


Homeopathy
Homeopathic treatment for meningitis is aimed at supporting your child's recovery from the illness once the acute phase of the infection has passed. It should not be considered a substitute for appropriate antibiotic therapy. Choose a symptom-specific remedy and give your child one dose, four times a day, for up to two days.

(Excerpted from Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child ISBN: 1583331395)
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Janet Zand LAc, OMDJANET ZAND, O.M.D., L.Ac. is a nationally respected author, lecturer, practitioner and herbal products formulator whose work has helped thousands of people achieve better health....more
 
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