Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Effective Herbal Remedies for Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya was first detected in 1952 in Africa. Chikungunya word comes from the Makonde language meaning that which bends up. This is a reference to Chikungunya symptom where patient walks in a stopped posture due to joint pain. It is also known by the name Chicken guinea, Chicken gunaya. Presence of word chicken has lead a lot of misconceptions about the disease.It is a viral disease transmitted in humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes. Aedes aegypti mosquito (yellow fever mosquito) is the primary transmission agent of chikungunya. This mosquito is usually found in tropics and hence chikungunya is predominantly seen in Asian countries. It generally bites during the day time.

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Incubation period of Chikungunya disease is 2-6 days but the symptoms usually appear 4-7 days post infection. It has 2 phases- Acute phase and Chronic phase.

Acute Phase:

  • Characteristics of acute phase includes an abrupt onset of chills, fever reaching upto 40 degree celcius(104 degree F) . Severe joint pain and muscular pain is the main and most problematic symptom experienced by the patients suffering from chikungunya.

Chronic Phase:

  • Chronic phase is characterised by poly-arthralgia that can last from weeks to years beyond the acute stage. 95% of the infected adults are symptomatic after infection which can also lead to disability.

Ayurvedic View:

  • In ayurveda, it is known as sandhi jwara that literally means ‘fever of the joints’.Chikungunya fever is considered as vata dosha disorder.  In chikungunya, Ayurveda believes in enhancing the immunity of an individual. Thus, Immuno-modulator medications are prescribed that help to modulate the immune response of body against antigens which inadvertently affects the joints. Ayurvedic treatment helps to reverse the inflammatory process as well as prevents the tissue damage. Medicines to improve immunity, medicines to reduce fever and treatment to bring down muscle pain, nausea, fatigue, rash, headache are given in Ayurveda alongwith rejuvenation medicines.
  • Allopathic treatment options are only symptomatic for mitigating the pain and fever along with anti-inflammatory drugs, in such cases convalescence cause prolonged joint pain which may require analgesics along with long term anti-inflammatory therapy.

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Diagnosis

  • Chikungunya fever is diagnosed on the basis of serological tests like ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays) for detection of antibodies like IgG and IgM and RT- PCR (Reverse Transcriptase polymerase chain reaction). These tests are used to detect the presence of virus in blood.
  • A study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri has found that symptoms and blood test results of patients with chikungunya is similar to that of rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Symptoms of chikungunya:

  1. Severe joint pain
  2. Fever
  3. Rash
  4. Headache
  5. Nausea
  6. Vomiting
  7. Muscular pain

How Chikungunya spreads

  • Several varieties of viral infections are spread through droplets discharged into the atmosphere by the sneezing of the infected patients.
  • It is important to note that sometimes, post chikungunya affects multiple joints leaving a person debilitated for a long time so proper treatment is necessary.

Some key points about Chikungunya-

  1. It is a viral disease.
  2. Mosquito control is the only effective prevention technique.
  3. Usually non- fatal
  4. Currently, there are no vaccines available.
  5. Transmission is only through mosquito bite not through human to human.

Prevention of Chikungunya fever

  • Vaccine is yet to be developed. It is in experimental stage. Currently the only way to prevent disease is to avoid mosquito bites. It spreads from human to human only through a mosquito carrier.
  • Hence mosquito control is the best way to fight chikungunya.
  • Stangnant water must not be allowed in and around residential areas as it is the breeding site for the mosquito.
  • Since there is no cure for chikungunya in modern medicine. Ayurvedic treatment provides relief to a large extent without causing any side effect.

Herbal Remedies for Chikungunya Fever

  • There is no cure of chikungunya in modern medicine. They provide only symptomatic relief. Some of the Herbal Remedies for Chikungunya Fever by Planet Ayurveda are-

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Giloy Capsules:

  • Giloy capsules are wonderful and effective herbal formulation by Planet Ayurveda which is prepared from the pure extract of herb Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia).
  • Giloy is considered as anti-pyretic, immuno-modulator and anti-inflammatory thus provides relief in all kinds of fevers.

Dose: 1 capsule twice a day with plain water after meals.

Joint Aid Plus:

  • Joint Aid Plus capsules of Planet Ayurveda has both anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties which is effective against both chronic and acute inflammations caused by chikungunya fever.

Ingredients of Joint Aid Plus Capsules-

  1. Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) – It is pure natural herb which is useful in treatment of various diseases like joint pain, muscular pain etc.
  2. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – It is useful in relieving symptoms of various diseases like stress, rheumatism, inflammation etc. and gives strength.
  3. Shallaki (Boswellia serrate) – It has anti-inflammatory property. It has positive results for joint pains. It is good choice for osteoarthritis, joint pain, gout and rheumatoid arthritis.
  4. Guggul (Commiphora mukul) – It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It has pain relieving property.
  5. Sonth (Zingiber officinale) – It is also known as dry ginger. It has anti-inflammatory property. It is used in joint pain

Dose: 2 capsules twice a day after meals.

Curcumin Capsules:

  • Curcumin capsules of Planet Ayurveda contains Curcuma longa. It is considered as best anti-inflammatory agent due to the presence of curcumin in it.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily after meals.

Immune Magic Capsules:

  • Immune Magic capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared using a wonderful combination of the various useful herbs that are mentioned in an Ayurvedic texts and are frequently used for various other health benefits too. The herbs used in the preparation of this product include:
  1. Grape seeds (Vitis vinifera)
  2. Cow colostrum (Bovine colostrums)
  3.  Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri)
  4. Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • All these herbs are used in their natural forms. This product is a great way to supplement the healthy diet in order to stay healthy.

Dose: 1 or 2 capsules twice a day after meals.

Tulsi Capsules:

  • Regular use of Tulsi capsules of Planet Ayurveda helps body to fight infections in a very effective way. It is a natural immuno – modulator.

Dose: 1-2 capsules twice a day after meals.

All the products of Planet Ayurveda for Chikungunya are completely safe and natural without any side effects.

HOW TO GET RID OF WATER RETENTION NATURALLY

What is your first reaction towards any ailment? The answer is – treat these ailment in a natural way. Natural things are best in their way. This nature is enriched with a component that is like a best instrument in the music class. This instrument is greenery, trees, plants, herbs, flowers and its fruits. These are the life line for the human beings, as it provides most lively thing to humans, oxygen. But this is not the only characteristic, plants have. These contain various paramount therapeutic properties deep in its core. These properties help to treat certain ailments of the body in natural and healthy way. The medicinal methodology which uses these natural ingredients and helps to treat problems with these ingredients,the name of this methodology is Ayurveda. One of the disease that can be managed and cured by Ayurveda is water retention.

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What is this disease and how Ayurveda can cure this? To know these things, first of all we have to know about the ayurvedic treatment concept and disease reason to occur.

Ayurveda

It is a word that explores the science involved and related to life. The Sanskrit word Ayurveda itself tell its nature. The word ayur means life and veda means science. Ayurveda is an oldest health care system of India. This heals the diseases by making a balance in science, philosophy and spirituality. The Ayurveda consists all the five elements of nature and combine these elements under three categories, known as natural constituents or doshas.

Air + space involves in vatadosha (controls nerve impulses, circulation and elimination) Fire + water involves in pitta dosha (controls metabolism)

Water + earth involves in kapha dosha (controls growth and protection)
In disorders, these three doshas imbalances to cause problems, individually or collectively.

Water retention is also happens due to imbalance in these doshas.

To know about relationship between doshas and water retention, we should have a clear picture of water retention disease.

WATER RETENTION is a condition when there is an abrupt collection of fluid in the body tissues.

In general, fluid leaks normally in the body tissues from blood. A network of lymphatic tubes are there which take the fluid from the tissues and vacant it back into bloodstream. If there is any problem in this system, then this causes swelling of that particular area.

The problem of water retention can be of two types

First is if the swelling is all over in the body.
Or the swelling is in a specific area.

Why causes this water retention disorder?

General reasons can be

  • Hot weather
  • Burns like sunburn
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Oral contraceptive pills
    Pregnancy
  • Malnutrition – deficiency of vitamin B1, B6, B5 and albumins etc.
    Allergies
  • Medicines such as of blood pressure and NSAIDs etc.
    Medical circumstances
  • Imbalances in hormones that maintain the fluid imbalance in the body.
    Improper functioning of kidney
  • Heart problems as heart failure
  • Malignant lymphedema
  • Hypothyroidism

Water retention with the problem of swelling can also cause the problem of stiff joints, weight gain and ache in affected parts.

This disorder can be diagnosed through physical examination, blood test, liver, kidney function tests and urine tests.

How to get rid of water retention naturally

The problem of water retention can be cured naturally. Ayurveda has herbs that have great beneficial effect in its treatment.

Ayurveda’s view point regarding water retention:

Water retention is known with the name of shotha or shopha in Ayurveda. InAyurveda it is due to evacuation of doshas. The vata, raktai.e. Blood, pitta and kapha get vitiated, lodged in veins and circulate throughout the body and cause the swelling problem.

Herbs present in nature that can heal the condition of water retention are:

Amalaki – this is known as amla fruit also. This fruit is enriched with vitamin C contents and helps to treat problems like weak immunity, hyperacidity and fluid accumulation and hence treats the problem of water retention.

Punarnava – this plant roots have properties like diuretic, anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling. This herb helps to treat the problems of heart, kidneys, anemia, obesity, stress and fluid retention.

Pippali – it is known as long pepper, have propertiesof rejuvenation. It treats the respiratory and digestive problems. This herbs is very effective in cases of cough, asthma, inflammation, swelling of joints and allergies. This shows fruitful effect against water retention.

Kush or Pushkarmool – a herb that have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic, cardio protective, rejuvenating properties that helps to treat problems like cough, asthma, heart problems, swelling, blood pressure and inflammations etc. these functions of the herb help to treat water retention problem.

Varuna – This herb known to clear the obstruction in urinary tract and helps to remove excess fluid and toxins present. It helps to reduce swelling also.

Other herbs that are known to treat and can manage the water retention are

  • Haritaki
  • haridra
  • chitrakmool
  • shunti
  • darbh
  • kas and many more.

Planet Ayurveda provides the range of herbal formulations that consists of these herbs as their basic ingredients.

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These herbal formulations are given below:

1. PUNARNAVA CAPSULES

These capsules are made up of punarnava herb. These are used provide relief in conditions that can lead to water retention like kidney dysfunction, heart failure and liver problems etc.

Dose – one to two capsules two times in a day, before meal with water.

2. TRINPANCHMOOL GHAN VATI

This natural formulation is present in form of tablets. This consists of herbs like kush, kas, darbh, sar and ikshu. It controls the problems of heart, liver, swelling and water retention.

Dose – 1-2 tablets three time a day, after meal.

3. PUNARNAVA MANDUR TABLETS

This is a great natural formulation that has great effect on the problem of water retention. This formulation is known to have herbs like punarnava, haridra, pippali, amalaki, chitrakmool, shunti, mandoorbhasma, vidanga, maricha and chavya.

Dose – 2 tablets two times with plain water.

4. WATER EX TABLETS

This is a formulation prepared by planet Ayurveda especially for the problem of water retention. This formulation consists of herbs like punarnava, gokshura and varuna.

Dose – 1 to 2 tablets with water two times in a day, after meals.