World Malaria Day is observed on April 25 every year. Malaria is a serious but treatable communicable disease caused when parasites called plasmodium enter the bloodstream of a person. Did you know that Ayurveda herbs are very powerful in helping you recover from malaria? Dr Rudresh S, Associate Professor, Department of Swasthavritti and Yoga, Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science and Research, suggests a few herbs along with some traditional ayurvedic formulations which can be used to treat malaria in a very safe, effective and natural way:

Guduchi
Also called Giloy, it is astringent, bitter and pungent in taste and is known for its immense application in the treatment of a number of diseases in the traditional ayurvedic literature. Some of the ailments in which this herb is effective are ulcers, dysentery, urinary diseases, diabetes, reduced platelet count, bronchitis and chronic cough. Guduchi is very effective in the treatment of malaria. This wonder herb activates the immune system of the body, boosting immunity and promoting vitality in a person.

Saptparna
Saptparna is used to treat a number of ailments including treatment of parasitic worms in the intestine, chronic fever, dyspepsia, leprosy, skin diseases, tumours, chronic and foul ulcers, asthma, bronchitis and diabetes. The bark of saptparna tree is an effective cure for malaria. It is recommended to take this herb only under the supervision of an Ayurveda practitioner.

Tulsi Leaves
This revered plant has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda for its diverse healing properties and is used to counter a number of health problems like cough, respiratory issues, digestive issues, ulcers, kidney stones, asthma, diabetes, stress etc. Tulsi also has anti-microbial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic and anti-allergic properties. The juice of tulsi leaves has proved to be an effective home cure to alleviate symptoms of malaria. Additionally, tulsi plants also act as a mosquito repellent, and the juice of its leaves can be sprinkled in areas of mosquito dwellings to get rid of them.

Sudarshan Churna
This is a traditional ayurvedic preparation which has been used for a long time as anti-malarial, antipyretic, antiviral and anti-diabetic medication. It has been given from ancient times by vaidyas to cure all types of fever including bone fever, fever due to a common cold, viral fever etc. It consists of many different herbs mixed in a definite ratio and has a time-tested method of preparation.

Amrutarishta
This ayurvedic medicine is used in the treatment of chronic fever, malaria, typhoid, and other infectious diseases. It is a natural immunity booster and helps the body to fight off bacterial and viral infections.

Tribhuvana keerti ras
This is a traditional ayurvedic formulation made from various herbs and naturally occurring substances like shuddh hingul. Since this medicine contains heavy metal ingredients it is advised to take this medication only under strict medical supervision. This medicine is useful in treating all types of fever, liver and spleen diseases and parasitic infections including malaria.