Measles is a common childhood ailment which starts with fever, a dry cough and sore eyes, after which a brownish-pink rash breaks out over the whole body. There may also be white spots on the insides of the cheeks a day or two before the skin rash appears. Measles is usually mild in children (although it is still a major cause of death among children in the Third World) but in adults it can cause complications and recovery may take up to four weeks.

Measles in Chinese Medicine diagnosis is caused by heat in the stomach and blood. The spots will be encouraged to come out quickly to detoxify the body. A Chinse Medicine practitioner will prescribe Crocus sativae and duck meat, peppermint and honeysuckle flowers to bring the measles to the surface, with other herbs to detoxify.

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