Chikungunya is a viral infection transmitted by an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. This mosquito lays eggs in stagnated water. CHIKV & CHIKF viruses are the main causes of chikungunya in humans. It is a type of disease which has no initial symptoms and appears after 3 – 4 days of infection. This fever is very similar to dengue fever & is examined through serological tests like ELISA, helps in the detection of antibodies.
There are many medicines in Ayurveda which are highly effective in controlling chikungunya. Ayurvedic treatment for chikungunya primarily aims at controlling the viral infection and reducing the symptoms.
Common signs & Symptoms include
The most common signs and Symptoms of Chikungunya are given below-
Common joints affected are
- Hand Joints
- Wrist and Elbow
- Ankle joints
- Hip Joints
Why do you Suffer from Joint Pain in Chikungunya?
The reason behind this pain is the counter-attack by the body’s immune system to the infection caused. The immune system of the body gets activated on the exposure to the different virus causing organisms. The system somehow recognizes the body’s own cells at diseased agents and hence starts attacking own body with chikungunya virus. This results in tissue inflammation and damage to muscles and joints, causing severe pain in joints and other body parts.
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What is Ayurveda management for Chikungunya?
In Ayurveda, Sannipatik jwar is much similar to chikungunya. The treatment for this is very effective in controlling chikungunya arthritis. Ayurvedic medicines like shallaki, Guduchi, Rasna, Guggulu are some of the very effective medicines in controlling arthritis. Given below are some management tips.
- For instant relief from joint pain, do hot sand fomentation. Take sand on a pan & heat on the stove. Then cover hot sand in thick cloth and apply on affected joints, keep it moving to avoid overheat. This sand pottali svedana (fomentation) will decrease pain & stiffness of joint instantly. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes daily. Then you can apply ayurvedic oil to reduce inflammation & pain.
- Mix 1teaspoonon turmeric + 1 cup cow milk boil as a Drink: Turmeric is proven drug which reduces IL6, IL17, and TNF-alpha, and other inflammatory particles, thereby effectively reduce pain and swelling.
- Guduchi ( Tinospora cordifolia) powder Tea: Take 1 teaspoon of Guduchi powder in the vessel, then add 2 cups of water in it, allow it to boil on the gas stove. Turn off gas when a half cup of water remains. Filter this herbal tea by cloth & drink two times daily on empty stomach. Guduchi is best immune modulator & gives strength to the joint structures, also reduces pain & swelling.
- There are other several effective and clinically tried herbs are available, like Shallaki, Rasna, Tinospora- Guduchi, Chirayata, Andrographis panniculata, Neem, Guggulu medicines etc but they must be taken only after being evaluated by an expert Ayurveda Physician.
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About the Author
Dr.Yogesh Chavan is renowned Ayurvedic Doctor from Nashik, India. He is also a passionate blogger with the motto to spread Ayurveda Sciences to the community. He is spreading Ayurveda & health knowledge through articles in many newspapers & his blog www.ayushmanbhavayurveda.com . Dr Chavan is an expert in Ayurveda medicine & panchakarma treatment. His work & sound knowledge in this field has been acknowledged by many institutes.