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How to Treat Chikungunya Fever

Updated at: May 12, 2011
Communicable Diseases
Written by: Bushra KafeelPublished at: Mar 17, 2011
How to Treat Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya Fever Treatment: How to treat Chikungunya fever? Chikungunya fever can be treated by increasing body immunity and working on reducing the symptoms. There is no universally acceptable treatment for chikungunya.

Mom And son Chikungunya is an insect-borne viral disease that is transmitted to humans by the virus-carrying Aedes mosquitoes. This fever is self-limiting and resolves with the passage of time .i.e. most patients of chikungunya fully recover from virus infection overtime. Drinking lots of water and taking plenty of rest can also help in reducing the pain and suffering.

Medication for Chikungunya

The World Health Organization has not prescribed any vaccine or drug for treating chikungunya till now. Since there is no acceptable treatment in allopathic medicine; aspirin, combiflam, ibuprofen and paracetamol are been largely used by doctors for reducing the associated pain and fever.

Supportive therapies such as administration of non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs tend to ease the symptoms. Some patients show positive response to these medications while the others don’t.  One cannot totally rely on medication when it comes to treating chikungunya fever. 

Mild exercises and regular body movement also tend to improve morning arthralgia (joint pain) and stiffness.


Ayurvedic Treatment for Chikungunya

Ayurvedic methods are doing wonders in treating chikungunya fever. In ayurveda the patient’s body is provided with necessary resistance for combating the disease.


Herbs that bring relief to the symptoms of chikungunya fever include:

  • Triphala-is a good medicine for Chikungunya. It is an ayurvedic composition of three fruits namely Harada, Amla and Behada.
  • Grapes- dry and seedless grapes when taken with cow’s milk bring relief to severe symptoms of chikungunya.
  • Carrot- when taken in raw form, carrot increases the resistance of the person suffering from chikungunya.
  • Sacred Basil (Tulsi)- basil leaves are effective in reducing the fever.
  • Sunflower seeds-  sunflower seeds when taken with honey is a good supplement for chikungunya patients.

Other effective ayurvedic preparations include sudarshan choorna and yogiraj guggulu. Many people question effectiveness of ayurvedic medicines for complete treatment of chikungunya but the herbs surely are effective in controlling severe symptoms.

Homeopathic treatment for Chikungunya

Homeopathy offers many medicines that can be helpful in Chikungunya. Some of them include:

  • Eupatorium-perf
  • Pyroginum
  • Rhus-tox
  • Cedron
  • Influenzinum
  • Arnica
  • Belladona
  • Bryonia

Amongst the above stated medicines, Eupatorium-perf is considered to be a preventive medicine for Chikungunya. Homeopathic medicines can reduce the intensity and treat nagging joint pains. The potency of the medicines depends on the intensity of the fever and the symptoms.


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