How can you induce fever without medical supervision

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Fever is a natural defense mechanism of the body. By raising the temperature, it tries to kill viruses and bacteria, and it can also help regulate metabolism and certain hormones. Deliberately attempting to induce a fever, especially at home and without medical supervision, can be risky, so exercise caution when doing so. It may be enough if you permanently increase your normal body temperature without provoking a fever. Even a small increase can provide many health benefits without the risk of fever. Your body temperature should never rise above 40.5°C, otherwise important proteins in the body can be destroyed.

Provoke a fever with medical help

Talk to your doctor.

If you have decided to induce a fever, the first thing you should do is talk to a doctor about your plan. Make an appointment, explain your reasons, and ask about safe ways to raise body temperature. You can seek advice on the benefits and risks of such an action, and then take your time to decide what the best option is. There are some medications that can cause a fever, but this is usually thought of as a negative response to, for example, an allergic reaction. Immunizations, such as vaccinations against diphtheria or tetanus, can trigger fever. Drugs work by stimulating metabolism or inducing an immune response. Drug-induced fever can also bring many other accompanying symptoms. If a doctor uses this option, it might be with the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) tuberculosis vaccine. If your doctor advises against an artificially induced fever, heed that advice.

Use a medicinal sauna or hyperthermia chamber.

Look for a medical center that uses fever therapy. These centers usually have an infrared sauna or heat chamber. Follow the medical staff’s instructions when using the heat chamber to induce a fever. Normally you will be advised to warm up from the inside before using the sauna. You may need to drink ginger tea beforehand or take ginger and cayenne pepper capsules. Before you go into the sauna, you undress and cover your skin with a herbal mixture that often contains things like ginger. Wrap yourself in towels and then head to the sauna. A normal session lasts 60 minutes, but if there are no contraindications, you can stay inside for two to three hours. It is imperative that you drink enough water during treatment, especially during longer sessions. If you don’t start sweating or have other negative reactions within ten minutes, your session will likely be terminated. After a successful session, you’ll take a warm or cool shower to reseal your pores.

Don’t take fever medication as often.

Debate continues about the potential benefits of fever, and some doctors are now recommending that antipyretic drugs like aspirin should actually be taken far less lightly. A moderate fever should be allowed to run its course because it can unleash many of the body’s own defenses. An endogenous fever-triggering hormone migrates to your brain and causes an increase in body temperature. This can also trigger rapid and violent muscle contractions that produce heat. Nerves can constrict external blood vessels so less heat is lost to the outside. Even body tissue can be broken down to produce heat. You also feel subjectively cold and feel compelled to wrap up warm and drink warm drinks, which makes it easier for your body to raise its temperature.

Increase body temperature at home

Take a bath at home.

This centuries-old method is also called the overheating bath and is said to stimulate the body’s natural immune system. There are special therapy centers that offer mud baths, but the procedure itself is so simple that you can also do it at home. Before bathing, drink a cup or two of hot herbal tea, ginger tea, nettle or lemon balm tea, peppermint, elderberry, or goldenrod tea. If you have a weak heart, add a few drops of Crataegisan to the tea to mitigate the potential risks of the hot bath. Fill the bathtub with hot water. The temperature should be between 36 and 37°C. Submerge your whole body. If you can’t fully submerge yourself in your bathtub, bend your knees to get your head under the water. Just keep your nose and mouth above water so you can keep breathing easily. The water temperature should not drop during the bath. Just add more hot water when you feel the bathwater cooling down until you get back to 38°C. Stay in the tub for about half an hour. You should have someone help you out if you get dizzy or faint when standing up.

Try an alternative bath therapy.

In addition to the traditional Schlenzbad, there are other baths that can be used to provoke a fever. One such technique, which is said to even help fight cancer, works like this: Run a bath that’s hot enough to just about stand. But please don’t scold yourself. Now you put about a kilo of Epsom salt in the water. Submerge as much of your body as possible and stay in the tub for 20 to 25 minutes. Run hot water regularly to maintain the temperature. During the bath, you also heat up your body from the inside by drinking ginger tea. Be careful when stepping out of the bath. If you feel weak or dizzy, get someone to help you. Don’t dry yourself off with a towel, just let the moisture evaporate. Put plastic sheeting over your bed to keep it from getting damp and lie down. Cover yourself with as many blankets as you can find. Stay in bed for three to eight hours. You will sweat profusely and should lie down until the fever goes down again. The fever should go away after six to eight hours. You can repeat this therapy once a week for a maximum of six to eight weeks.

Try tummo meditation.

There is a specific type of meditation associated with Tibetan monks that are said to raise body temperature and even induce fever. In fact, scientific analysis shows that tummo meditation can raise body temperature into a mildly or moderately febrile range. The increase in body temperature is primarily observed during an element of meditation called Forceful Breath, and the length of time the temperature can be sustained obviously depends on the neurocognitive element of meditation (meditative visualization). Find a teacher and ask them to guide you through the meditation. Forceful Breath vase breathing can be used at home as a breathing technique to consciously regulate body temperature. Initially, vase breathing means nothing more than inhaling clean air and then exhaling about 85% of it again. This breathing technique gives your lower abdomen the shape of a vase. You can combine the breathing technique with visualizations, such as flames licking up your spine.

Exercise to increase body temperature.

Sport and other strenuous physical activity increase the core temperature in the body. If you’re training really hard on a warm day, or if you’re wearing relatively warm clothing when you’re training, your body can’t easily release the heat it generates and cool itself down, and this could easily raise your body temperature by a few degrees. However, you should always take great care of yourself when attempting it this way. You could get heat cramps, fatigue, or other heat-related health problems. Make sure you’re drinking enough to prevent dehydration. Be aware of symptoms of heat-related issues. Dizziness, nausea, abnormal heart rhythms, and blurred vision can be signs that you’re overdoing it. If you notice any of these symptoms, stop exercising immediately, cool down, and recover.

Increase body temperature with food

Serve with brown rice as a side.

Eating brown rice with every meal, or at least every dinner, can increase your body temperature over the course of a few days. Brown rice is made up of complex carbohydrates and presents quite a challenge for your digestive system. Your body has to work hard to utilize it and that manifests itself as heat. Other types of whole grains, such as quinoa or buckwheat, can also cause this effect.

Eat ice cream

Eating a serving of ice cream every day can gradually increase your body temperature over several weeks. Your body responds to the “cold shock” by heating up to keep its body temperature from dropping. Foods high in fat, protein, and carbohydrates also add heat because your body has to work hard to digest them. Fat takes a particularly long time to travel through your digestive system, so your body heats up quite a bit as it processes it.

Seasoning with cayenne pepper.

Add just a quarter of a teaspoon to your food each day and you’ll see the effect. If the cayenne pepper is too hot for you to use all at once, spread it out over several meals. Cayenne pepper contains a particularly pungent substance called capsaicin. This ingredient is responsible for the initial spiciness and heat you experience when you ingest cayenne pepper. However, this feeling is not responsible for the actual warming of the body. The heat and thus the increased body temperature only occurs when your body digests the capsaicin. It’s not 100% proven, but jalapeños and habanero could have a similar effect.

Use more coconut oil.

Coconut oil is a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) that increases body temperature and metabolism. MCTs are also known to help with weight loss. Instead of being stored as fat, it is converted to energy, increasing body temperature. This can be beneficial for people with low thyroid function. Furthermore, coconut oil may have antiviral properties and help people with diabetes stabilize their blood sugar.

Eat more peanuts.

Peanuts are a good source of protein and fatty acids. They also have a lot of niacin. Niacin is a B vitamin responsible for respiration and metabolism at the cellular level. Peanuts also have antioxidant properties and can boost a weak circulatory system.

Include ginger in your diet.

If you eat a piece of ginger about the size of your thumb, you can raise your body temperature very quickly. If you’re not particularly tempted by the idea of ​​eating a whole piece of raw ginger, you can simply steep the piece in boiling water for 5-10 minutes and make tea out of it. Ginger stimulates digestive activity and thereby increases body temperature. Other types of root vegetables can also have a mild effect. So if you don’t like ginger at all, try carrots, turnips, beets, or sweet potatoes.


Even if you want to try home remedies, you should still consult a doctor before intentionally raising your body temperature or even inducing a fever. This is especially true if you have any known heart, digestive, or immune system problems.

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