Chikungunya Home Remedies
Modern medicine offers no specific treatment for Chikungunya fever. Usually the disease is non fatal and the patient recovers from the disease in a few weeks. Currently no preventive vaccine is available, but a number of potential vaccines are under clinical trials.
Increasingly people are turning to natural home remedies for managing the symptoms of Chikungunya. Chikungunya symptoms include join pain, high fever, headache, nausea, fatigue and rashes. However the worst part of the disease is the crippling joint pain which sometimes may persist for months.
Here are some of the recommended home remedies for managing symptoms of Chikungunya,
- Take plenty of rest, get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of water. Maintain a healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables. Human immune system is capable of getting rid of Chikungunya, but you need to support your body by giving it more rest.
- Paracetamol may be optionally taken to manage high fever. Usually it is needed only in the first 2 or 3 days. For any other medications, please consult a doctor.
- It is better to avoid non vegetarian food at least during the first few days of Chikungunya fever
- Light massage of joints with coconut oil may help in the management of joint pain.
Any other home remedies must be taken only after consultation with an expert. Alternative systems such as Ayurveda and Homeopathy claims to have specific home remedies for the disease. Medicines such as Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs must be taken only after consultation with a doctor. This is important since kidney and gastric functions can be impacted by these medicines.