Though there are plenty of home remedies for chikungunya, it is vital to use the right natural methods that respond effectively to the infection. That’s exactly what this article shares. As soon as the symptoms of chikungunya are recognized, these treatments help in a big way to overcome the illness.
But before we list them for you, here is a quick introduction.
What Is Chikungunya?
Chikungunya is a viral disease, which is transmitted through mosquito bites. The virus behind this infection is called Aedes aegypti. The disease is not only painful but also hard to tackle because so far there is no known English medicine or vaccine that could diagnose the problem.
Even if you visit a doctor, he/she will only advice you to take complete rest and be on a healthy diet to let the immune system fight the infection. The ideal way to manage the symptoms is through traditional herbs or Ayurvedic treatment.
- Symptoms Of Chikungunya
- Fever and headache
- Chills during the evenings
- Joint pain, muscle pain, back pain, and body pain
- Skin rashes
- Swelling of the joints
- Sore throat and abdominal pain
- Nausea and constipation
Note: The symptoms of chikungunya start 3 to 7 days after the infected mosquito bites the patient. Fortunately, chikungunya doesn’t cause death but the symptoms can be painful, discomforting, and severe.
Patients usually feel better within 7 to 8 days but the pain in joints can persist for weeks or even months.
3 Incredible Home Remedies For Chikungunya
The natural remedies for chikungunya are as follows:
1. Basil Leaves To Reduce Fever
Chewing 4 to 5 fresh basil leaves two times a day is proven effective in bringing the fever down and increasing the immunity power to fight against the virus internally. Alternatively, you can even boil few basil leaves in 2 cups of water for 5 – 7 minutes. Strain the liquid and sip like a tea.
2. Cinnamon & Castor Oil For Painful Joints
Mix ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon powder with 3 teaspoons of castor oil. Heat this mixture lightly and apply this on the painful joints when it is warm. Massage for 2 minutes and leave it. This will help get rid of the affected joints.
3. Giloy For Fast Recovery
Giloy is another best natural treatment for chikungunya. The medicinal properties of Giloy (scientifically known as Tinospora cordifolia) are known from the ancient times. The plant is used in various herbal medications and in Ayurvedic treatments for bringing down fever and enhancing the immune system.
Cut a fresh stem of Giloy. Chop this into small pieces. Grind it with a few basil leaves. The resultant will be a nice green paste. Mix this paste into one liter of water and boil at low heat. Cook until the quantity reduces to half. Strain the liquid and drink this decoction twice or thrice a day (after meals).
Important Tips For Speedy Recovery:
The recovery from chikungunya will be fast if you follow the things listed below:
- Avoid deeply fried, spicy, and heavy foods.
- Do not eat cabbage, potato, cauliflower, curd, and tamarind.
- Eat vegetables that are bitter in taste. Example: Bitter gourd, bottle gourd, ridge gourd, snake gourd etc.
- Reduce the intake of milk and dairy products.
- Keep yourself well hydrated.
- Take enough rest.
Eat light foods so that digestion is easier.