The major characteristic of this contagious disease is a reddish skin rash, which is common to both of its two forms. Rubella (‘German’ or ‘Three-day’ measles), has a light pink rash that fades in three or four days and does not peel. It sometimes doesn’t even appear. The symptoms, such as head cold and cough, are mild and the fever is not too high. The glands behind the ears usually swell and there may be pain in the joints for about a week.

The second, rubeola (‘Common’ or ‘Seven-day’ measles), is more serious and more likely to involve complications. It is characterized by fever, cough, inflammation of the eyes and tiny red patches (with white crystal-like centres) inside the cheeks and mouth. These last are definite indications of rubeola and are called Koplik’s spots. The rash, which eventually peels, appears a few days later as small red spots surrounded by darker red patches that run together forming irregular blotches. Complications can result, such as a cough that leads to laryngitis, bronchitis or pneumonia, ear or eye infections, heart problems or inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).

Recommended Action

Take nothing but juices, clean water and herb teas for the first few days. Keep the bowels free and moving by using LBT-3 and/or garlic or catnip enemas. Temporary relief can be achieved by the use of saffron, which will help the rash to break out and alleviate the fever. Use goldenseal or apple cider vinegar to relieve itching of the skin. Use diaphoretic and nervine teas to help maintain the elimination of toxins through the skin and to soothe a system weary from inflammation, irritation and itching.

Single Herbs: Yarrow, Chamomile, Geranium, Saffron, Eyebright, Red Raspberry leaves, Goldenseal (cleansing and diaphoretic); Siberian Ginseng.

Combinations: Children’s Super Hug

Nutritional Supplements (during convalescence): Beta-Carotene (20,000 IU, twice daily), Vitamin C (500 mg, twice daily), Vitamin E (400 IU).