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By FREDDIE 辛润明医师

14 OCT 2020


Preventing and Fighting Dengue Fever

As the coronavirus pandemic currently grips the world, everyone is concerned about how to prevent the virus from spreading and revitalise the economy from recession at the same time. However, the current crisis lurking in Singapore is not just the coronavirus epidemic, but another threatening one, dengue fever. The number of cases in Singapore in July this year is five times that of the same period last year. The total cumulative cases have reached 26,300 so far this year.

What is Dengue Fever?

Dengue fever is an illness caused by the dengue virus, which is carried and spread by the Aedes mosquitoes. It can be roughly divided into two categories: one is dengue hemorrhagic fever, and the other is dengue shock syndrome.

Possible Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Although dengue fever death is rare, its symptoms, such as fever, cough, headache, vomiting, abdominal pain, orbital pain, muscle, and joint pain, etc., are severe or even to the extent of shock, so they cannot be underestimated.



At present, there is no drug that can treat this disease. The treatment depends to a large extent on controlling symptoms and avoiding the occurrence of serious complications and the reduction of platelets.

Dengue Fever in TCM

Traditional Chinese medicine refers to dengue fever (commonly known as mosquito disease) as “Dengue fever”, which belongs to the category of “febrile disease”. At different stages of its onset, there are corresponding prescriptions for symptomatic treatment. In Traditional Chinese medicine treatment, it is divided into 4 stages of diagnosis and treatment periods.



1) Fever period
Symptoms: chills and high fever, headache and body pain, vomiting and diarrhea
Treatment: Relieve body heat and remove dampness of the body.
Prescription: Yinqiaosan + Radix isatidis, Huoxiang, mint, skullcap, Ophiopogon japonicus, Scrophulariaceae


2) Rash and bleeding period
Symptoms: high fever, polydipsia, external rash, skin ecchymosis, blood in the stool, vomiting, diarrhea
Treatment: clearing away heat and purging fire, cooling blood, and detoxification.
Prescription: Baihu Decoction + Qingwen Baidu Decoction


3) Shock period
Symptoms: pale face cold limbs, irritability, lower body temperature, lower blood pressure
Therapeutic method: replenishing qi, relieving qi, and relieving adversity.
Prescription: Shengmai san


4) Recovery period
Symptoms: Lack of breath, weakness, loss of appetite, lazy to talk
Treatment method: invigorate the spleen and stomach, nourish qi, and yin.
Prescription: Shenling Baizhu San + Dendrobium, Lentil, Ophiopogon, Malt, Zhimu.


Alternative remedies are also commonly used to treat this disease, especially the following two prescriptions:


1) Papaya Leaf Juice



It is said that using papaya green leaves to squeeze the juice, drink 2 times a day, 1 tablespoon each time, it can improve the production of platelets to fight against the bone pain virus, and also has the effect of repelling fever.


2) Bitter Gourd Stewed Frog Soup



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After washing the 5 small bitter gourds to remove the seeds, wipe them clean without adding water, simmer for 4 hours with 3 frogs, and drink the soup.  Due to the cold nature of frogs and the bitter cold of bitter gourd, those with deficiency of spleen and stomach should be used with caution.

About the author


Physician 中医师

The Star Vista

  • Specialties: Pain Management, Stroke and cancer, Skin conditions, Fertility
  • Coming from a family practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for generations, Freddie Sun has been exposed to the practice since at young age. After getting certified and registered as a TCM practitioner in Singapore, he went into specialising Stroke Treatments. For the past 10 years, he has helped many Stroke patients regain their mobility and improve their lives. He is effectively bilingual in English, Chinese, Hokkien, Cantonese as well as proficient in spoken Japanese, Malay. Physician Sun is a seasoned speaker at Radio, TV and Health Talks and is great at delivering TCM knowledge in a fun and easily understood manner.
  • 专治:疼痛关节、中风肿瘤、皮肤生发 , 妇科/不孕
  • 出生于中医世家,辛医师从小对中医耳濡目染。之后经过正统的中医培训与注册后便开始行医。由于接触了许多中风病人,他对治疗中风这个新加坡第四号杀手颇有心得。过去十几年来,已帮助了许多病人恢复行动能力与改善了他们的生活。他精通英语、中文、福建话、粤语,并能说日语、马来语。