Category: Stiff Joints

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.

Natural Ayurvedic Herbs for Slip Disc

Our spinal column is made up of 26 bones known as vertebrae which are cushioned by discs. These discs protect bones by absorbing the shock from daily activities like walking, lifting and twisting. Each disc has two parts – inner portion (soft) and outer ring (tough). Injury or weakness can cause the inner portion of disc to protrude through outer rings. This is known as slipped disc or herniated disc.

SYMPTOMS OF SLIP DISC

SYMPTOMS OF SLIP DISC

Symptoms of slip disc depend upon location and type of tissue involved in injury. Slip disc can occur in any part of spine from neck to lower back but the most common area is lower back for slipped disc.

If ruptured of disc has taken place in back (thoracic spine)

  • Pain and numbness most commonly on one side of body
  •  Pain worsens at night
  • Intense pain in lower parts of body include foot, thigh and buttocks
  • Symptoms include muscle weakness, numbness, travelling pain, tingling, aching and burning sensation in affected area due to root irritation.
  • Paralysis from waist down.
  • Changes in function of bladder.

If ruptured of disc has taken in neck area (cervical spine)

  • Pain while moving your neck.
  • Deep pain near or over the shoulder.
  • Radiating pain in the back of the skull, upper arm, and forearm and in the fingers.

HOW TO DIAGNOSE SLIP DISC:

Diagnosis is made by practitioner based on history, symptoms and physical examination of patient.

Physical examination may include straight leg raise that is done to determine to low back pain during slip disc.

Imaging Technique:

  • X-Ray- to detect bone abnormalities.
  • CT scan (computerized tomography) – which gives images and structure of spinal column.
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) – to diagnose severe nerve damage.
  • Myelogram- involves the injection of contrast dye into spinal cord.

CAUSES OF SLIP DISC:

Slipped disc occurs when the outer ring becomes weaken or torn and allows the inner portion to slip out. It may happen:

  • With increase in age
  • Certain motions like  twisting or lifting an heavy object
  • Overweight
  • More common in men than women
  • Genetic factor may be one of the reason in rare cases.

Natural Ayurvedic Herbs for Slip Disc :

Planet Ayurveda is herbal manufacturing company and works for human welfare. All the products made by this company are prepared from pure herbs so these products provide the health benefits without any side effects. Slip disc can be cure by different herbs. Some of the herbs are explained as below.

NATURAL AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF SLIP DISC

1.BOSWELLIA CURCUMIN CAPSULES:

Boswellia- Curcumin capsules are one of the most effective combination of anti-inflammatory herbs i.e.  shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and curcumin (Curcuma longa).

Boswellia- Boswellia is a natural inflammation fighting gum resin extract derived from Boswellia serrate tree. It is also known as “Indian Frankincense”.

Curcumin- It is chemical constituent of Curcuma longa. It has anti-inflammatory property.

Uses: These are also useful in treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cervical spondylitis. It can be used for longer time without any side effect.

Dose– 2 capsules twice in a day with lukewarm water.

2.HAKAM CHURNA:

It is a classical ayurvedic formulation consists of Chandershoor (Lepidium sativum), Kalonji (Nigellia sativa), Methi (Trigonella foenum graecum), Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi).

Uses: Its anti-inflammatory property helpful in all painful conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, cervical spondylitis. It is also helpful in liver function and improves digestion, reduces serum cholesterol.

Dose– 1 tsp twice in a day with lukewarm water.

3.YOGRAJ GUGGUL

It is a tablet which is composed of ingredients are- Shudh Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Pippali (Piper longum), Jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum), Devdaru (Cedrus deodara), Ela (Eletteria cardamomum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Mustaka (Citrus rotundus), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Ardraka (Zingiber officinale).

Uses:  This is very useful in reducing pain because of anti-inflammatory property. In general it helps to support the health of all over body organs.

Dose – 2 tablets twice daily with lukewarm water.

4.AAMVATANTAK CHURNA:

It is 100% natural product that consists of different herbs are- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Methi (Trigonella foenum graecum), Suranjaan (Colchicum automnale), Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus indicus), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Sonth (Zingiber officinale).

Uses: This is a mixture of different herbs which have different constituents and every constituent has different property like anti-inflammatory that provide relief from pain and swelling.

Dose- 1 tsp twice in a day with lukewarm water.

These herbs can be taken in combo pack named as Disc care pack.

PRECAUTIONS FOR SLIP DISC:

Slip disc can be avoid by taking some common precautions in our daily routine like-

  • Good posture is important while sitting
  • Avoid heavy weight lifting

Mattresses should be comfortable and support your spinal’s curves.