Fevers

Chikungunya

Chikungunya had a great impact this year in india. A certain amount of population was affected by it. Which caused considerable discomfort. The current treatment was successful till some extent but still no permanent cure is found yet. Chikungunya is associated with arthritis in most of the cases.it takes long to reduce its effects and change back to quality of life.

chikungunya

What is Chikungunya?

Chikungunya is a viral diseases cause by the bite of infected mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus) transmitted to human. Chikungunya comes under epidemic disorder.The diseases was first seen in 1952 at markonde plateau a border between Tanganyika and Mozambique. Chikungunya starts suddenly with cold, sudden fever, vomiting, nausea, rashes, joint pain like dengue fever and it is rarely fatal to people.

What is the time period of Chikungunya?

Usually Chikungunya incubation period is 2 to 12 days. Arthritis or joint pain can remain till few days to couple of weeks.

What are the factors to cause Chikungunya?

Factors causing Chikungunya could be water, air, season, place, soil.

What is the treatment of Chikungunya?

Till now medical scientists are searching for permanent cure. No specific medicine or vaccination is found. Chloroquine Phosphate (250 mg) once daily has been tried in the patients with fever and arthritis which has demonstrated promising results.

What are the preventions?

  1. Wearing full sleeve cloths
  2. Use mosquito repellent and mosquito nets.
  3. Do not allow storage of water anywhere near to you.
  4. Use Spray containing pyrethrum to kill adult mosquitoes

How to know the root cause of Chikungunya or any diseases?

Charaka has given three main concepts to treat microbes related diseases.

  1. Nidana Parivarjana which means to avoid the factors responsible for production of diseases.
  2. Apakarshana means remove microbes from affected areas.
  3. Prakriti Vighata change the environment which is favourable for growth of microbes.

As Chikungunya has no direct reference so mostly it is considered fever with joint pain. In ayurveda language we can called it as Vata-Pitta Jvara , Vata-Kapha Jvara or Sannighata/Sannipata Jvara. Which is characterized by fever with joint pain, swelling, insomnia, cough.

What should be the diet plan and life style during Chikungunya?

In ayurveda diet is called ahara means food. During Chikungunya always take fresh home made food, plenty of lukewarm liquids, use ginger and turmeric in food. Light food should be taken.

Do not eat any kind of food from outside or which is unhygienic like pizza, burger, cold drinks etc.

Life style is called as vihara in ayurveda. Always avoid going to diseases prevalent areas.

What Ayurvedic treatment says?

Ayurvedic treatment for this or any kind of microbes diseases totally depend on three conditions which i told above. Most relevant is environmental factor.

Some of the good ayurvedic combinations treatment can be given with below therapy

  1. Maha rasnadi kwath 20ml daily twice
  2. Sudharshan ghan vati 1 dose thrice
  3. Amritarishta 20-30ml twice daily
  4. Sanjeevni vati
  5. Yograj guggulu
  6. Amrita guggulu
  7. Sudharshan churna
  8. Tribhuvana keerthi rasa

Some more ayurvedic treatments can be done depending on area, city, state, environmental level by ayurveda physicians.

Note: Medicine names given above are for educational purpose only. Always take or choose medicine as per prescription and in the surveillance of a Ayurvedic doctors.