Chikungunya is a form of viral fever spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a breed largely active during the day that lasts for 5-7 days. The virus is hardly life threatening, but frequently causes intense joint pain that persists for a long period of time.
Chikunguniya – Common Symptoms:
Common symptoms of the illness such as fever upto 102.2 °F, petechial rashes, spots on the trunk and limbs and arthritis affecting multiple joints are very common. Other nonspecific symptoms like headache, conjunctivitis, remote photophobia and insomnia etc may occur soon after the incubation period. While most symptoms usually last for 5 – 7 days, the fever rapidly subsides in two days.
Chikungunya in India
Chikunguniya has emerged as a serious health threat in India. States such as Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Delhi were the most affected parts of the country. Karnataka and Maharashtra recorded a staggering 752,245 and 258,998 numbers of cases, making these largest affected states in India. (Who: 2006)
Prevention and cure
There is no real vaccine for the virus, but the best method to prevent the virus is to avoid mosquito bites. It is absolutely necessary to take preventive measures to avoid or eliminate mosquito breeding friendly spot's such as rain-filled containers, water storage units, open food containers, saucers under potted plants, drinking bowls for domestic animals and discarded tyres in the vicinity of the workplace and residential areas. (WHO: 2006).
Management of Chikun gunya – The Kerala Ayurveda Way
In the acute phase of illness, the prime intent should be to control fever. Medicines such as Amruthotharam kashayam, Shaddaranam choornam, Sudarshanam tablet or choornam, Vettumaran pills and Amrutharishtam have reflected effectiveness in combatting fever.
In the post fever phase, Chikungunya leads to arthralgia/arthritis that causes swelling & pain that could persist for a period of six months to a year. Therefore it becomes vital to control post-fever arthritis in the very early stage of symptoms. Kerala Ayurveda medications & therapies are found to be extremely effective in treating this condition.
Kerala Ayurveda's Classical medicines such as Rasmerantadi kashayam, Punarnavadi kashayam, Chandraprabha pills and Punarnavasavam along with proprietary medicines such as Myaxyl capsules, Raasnagugul tablets and RG Plus Capsules have been found quite effective in managing post-fever pain & swelling.
Further, our wellness centre's and clinics offer unique external therapies based on the illness and clinical condition of the patients. Therapies combined with ingestible medication can give faster & effective result in treating the symptoms of Chikungunya.
The following therapies are commonly used at our clinics to treat the symptoms of Chikungunya.
Dhanyamlakizhi (without oil)
Dhanyamlakizhi (with oil) Karpooradi Tailam or Myaxyl or Kottamchukkadi Tailam
Kadidhara (without oil)
Kadidhara (with oil)
Dasamoolam Kashayam+Kadi – Dhara
Lepanam with Jatamayadi, Lepanam with Karuthavattu, Lepanam with Sudarsanam Choornam, or Lepanam with Shaddharanam Choornam
This is an informative article and please take advice from your Doctor for the treatment.
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