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Treatments and Remedies for Meningitis

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  • Knowing the type of meningitis that a patient has is the ultimate factor in determining the best way to treat the disease
  • Aside from the natural treatment protocols, there are also certain changes to your lifestyle that you should make to not only get rid of meningitis, but keep your body in tiptop shape and aid in preventing other illnesses from harming you

Despite the pain and discomfort that it could give to a patient, meningitis is fortunately a curable disease. To help yourself get well from meningitis, try applying or following these natural remedies for a fuss-free and speedy recovery, minus harmful side effects.

Typical Treatment Protocols for Meningitis Can Be Risky

Since meningitis is caused by either viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites,1 there are different meningitis treatment protocols that you can opt for. Knowing the type of meningitis that a patient has is the ultimate factor in determining the best way to treat the disease.2

Unfortunately, conventional meningitis remedies often do more harm than good. Research has proven that some remedies may not even work in treating the disease, but rather, could further cause negative health impacts.

Patients with viral meningitis are prescribed antiviral medications, especially if the sickness occurs because of a severe herpes or influenza virus infection.

But two known anti-viral medications, Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir), were shown by the Cochrane Collaboration to not only be ineffective in treating flu, but also to lead to serious side effects.

In fact, the report showed that there is no significant evidence linking these drugs to a decrease in viral transmission.3 Further, Tamiflu was linked to side effects such as:4




Kidney problems

Psychiatric events

Heart rhythm problems

Meanwhile, bacterial and parasitic meningitis patients are often given antibiotics like cephalosporins and rifampin that come with harmful side effects as well.5

A 2016 study published in the journal Cell Host Microbe revealed that antibiotics could actually promote diseases, because they create an oxygen-rich environment that could spur the growth of pathogens.6

Antibiotics also not only kill beneficial bacteria residing in your gut, but destroy your immune system (80 percent of which is in your gut) in the process.

However, if a case of meningitis is so severe that antibiotic treatment may really be necessary, make sure that you take a probiotic a few hours before or after taking the antibiotic to replenish your supply of healthy bacteria. High-dose IV medications, amphotericin B or miconazole may be recommended to treat fungal and parasitic meningitis. Unfortunately, various antifungal medications have been linked to devastating side effects such as:7

Itching and redness

Mild burning sensation/s


Pain in the muscles, joints and abdomen





Allergic reactions (swelling of the face, neck or tongue)

Severe skin reactions (blistering skin)

Difficulty breathing

Liver damage (although this is rare)


Loss of appetite

High temperature fever

Anemia (wherein the amount of red blood cells in your body is reduced)

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These Natural Treatment Methods Are More Effective

Instead of these conventional treatments for meningitis that could pose a threat to your health, why not try these natural remedies? Here are some of your best options:8

Garlic: A very accessible and inexpensive superfood, garlic was shown to be effective against multiple diseases (meningitis included) because of allicin, its active ingredient. Allicin and other organic compounds in garlic are loaded with antioxidants that have antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. Meningitis patients will surely benefit from garlic, since it can support the elimination and prevention of infections.

Reishi mushrooms: These mushrooms that have a bright red color and varnished “finish”9 could benefit meningitis patients. The triterpenes and polysaccharides in reishi mushrooms help make your immune system stronger and decrease inflammation caused by the illness.

Chlorella: Patients who take this single-celled fresh water algae could take advantage of the high chlorophyll content. According to Organic Facts, the chlorophyll that is typically linked to the process of photosynthesis in plants actually has a structure that’s similar to hemoglobin (a protein molecule in red blood cells10).

As a result, red blood cell production is improved, leading to an increase in oxygenation, purification of the blood and faster recovery and repair of the damage caused by meningitis.

Coconut oil: If fungi are responsible for a case of meningitis, then you can count on coconut oil to help eliminate them. According to a 2015 study published in the journal mSphere, coconut oil worked as an effective alternative to antifungal drugs and may aid in inhibiting the growth of Candida albicans, or yeast that normally live in your digestive tract.11

Unlike vegetable oils that have unhealthy long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs), the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) present in coconut oil are known to help your body absorb nutrients, enhance your body’s metabolism and promote weight loss. These fatty acids are also converted to energy instead of being stored as fat.

Aside from beneficial antifungal properties, coconut oil also contains antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-viral properties, making this oil an all-around health booster.

Lifestyle Tweaks That Are Effective Against Meningitis

Aside from the natural treatment protocols mentioned earlier, there are also certain changes to your lifestyle that you should make to not only get rid of meningitis, but keep your body in tiptop shape and aid in preventing other illnesses from harming you:12,13,14

Maintain a healthy diet: Aside from getting enough rest, a healthy diet composed of real food can assist in treating meningitis and building up your immune system. This means that your diet should have virtually unlimited amounts of organic vegetables, substantial quantities of healthy fats and moderation portions of grass-fed meats.

Don’t forget to hydrate with water as well, so that excess waste, bacteria and proteins are flushed from your body and do not build up in your kidneys and bladder.15 If you want a refreshing flavor to your drink, add lemon or cucumber slices, or even lime juice.

Fruit juice is also another option, but consume it fresh and in moderation, and do not buy any grocer's processed varieties. Fruits in general contain fructose, which can be disastrous to your health if consumed excessively.

Bed rest is important: This is actually one of the best remedies for meningitis. By making sure to get plenty of rest, the patient allows his or her immune system to recuperate from the damage caused by the illness, as well as lessen exposure to other pathogens and viruses. Aside from bed rest, unnecessary exposure to temperature changes and germ-heavy environments is also advised.

Because some cases of meningitis can be either contagious or extremely painful, there are patients who may require hospitalization, which can last up to a few days or even weeks, especially if complications arise.

Use cold packs if you have a fever: While these are not able to ultimately stop the agent that causes meningitis, cold packs could provide relief. This is because some patients may develop fever, which may become severe in some instances. Using cold packs helps in keeping the fever down, so that your immune system may better combat inflammation and infection.

Try a neutral bath: In meningitis patients, blood could rush to the brain and the spinal cord as your body attempts to relieve this complication. But more inflammation could still happen, despite your body’s best efforts. Neutral baths allow your blood to respond to the infection and redistribute properly all over your body, as well as relieve inflammation and discomfort in both your brain and spinal cord.


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