Chikungunya Treatment in Ayurveda
Ayurveda is the traditional indian medicine and is a popular alternative medicine in India. Ayurveda medicines are usually vegetable drugs and hence side effects usually are minimal. But patients have to be very careful since there are a large number of unlicensed ayurveda practitioners and some of them are known to add steroids in medicines for quick benefit.
In Ayurveda Chikungunya is known as Sandhijwara which literally means "fever of the joints". The symptoms of Sandhijwara and Chikungunya are very similar and hence Ayurveda treatment provides relief for the disease. The medicines usually prescribed for fighting the fever are Vilvadi Gulika, Sudarsanam Gulika and Amritarishta. Some practitioners claims that Chikungunya can be cured faster with Ayurveda treatment. Since there is no treatment in modern medicine, people consult Ayurveda practitioners for fever relief in many parts of India.
In ayurveda, Chikungunya is considered as a ' vata doksha' disorder. Diet changes usually prescribed include increased intake of fluid food, increased intake of vegetables, reduced use of oil and avoiding intake of tea and coffee.
Some practitioners of Ayurveda claim that a medicine called Panchathikta Kashayam can cure Chikungunya. It is a very bitter drug. Ayurveda massage is also administered for joint pain relief.
Herbs such as Sacred Basil (Tulsi), Carrot and Grapes are usually recommended as a relief for the pain and fever. Since these are natural herbs there is little risk in trying them out.