Tuesday , March 26 2019

Natural Remedies for Chikunguniya

chikungunyaThe symptoms of chikungunya start to appear three to seven days after being bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. Symptoms may include a fever, joint pain, joint swelling, headaches, muscle pain, skin rashes, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.  However, there are some home remedies that are considered effective in managing chikungunya symptoms.

Papaya Leaves

You Will Need
  • 7-8 fresh papaya leaves
  • Water
What You Have To Do

1. Wash the leaves and remove the long stem and central vein.
2. Chop the leaves and blend with some water to get a liquidy paste.
3. Strain this liquid and discard the pulp.
4. Drink two tablespoons of this juice every three hours.

Continue drinking this for 2-3 days. If the symptoms persist, continue for another week.

In infections like chikungunya and dengue, the blood platelet count is highly affected. Papaya leaf ingestion has been to shown raise these numbers, thus aiding the body to recover from the infection. This leaf extract also possesses larvicidal properties against the larva of the mosquito that causes chikungunya.

Garlic Paste

You Will Need
  • 10-12 garlic cloves
  • Water
What You Have To Do

1. Peel and chop the garlic.
2. Grind it with water to get a paste.
3. Apply this paste on the affected joints and leave it on for a few hours.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply garlic paste twice a day.

Garlic is often used to relieve joint pain. When applied externally, it alleviates pain and inflammation and also improves circulation.


You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • A glass of warm milk
What You Have To Do

1. Add turmeric to milk and mix well so that no lumps remain.
2. Drink this while it is warm.

Drink one glass in the morning and one before you go to bed.

One of the most effective home remedies for a host of diseases, turmeric is also a popular spice in India. Turmeric contains curcumin, a strong antioxidant that exhibits anti-inflammatory characteristics. It makes turmeric an effective home remedy for curing the symptoms of Chikungunya

Chilli Peppers (cayenne pepper)

You Will Need
  • 3 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil or jojoba oil (or almond oil)
  • 1/2 cup grated beeswax
What You Have To Do

1. Mix the cayenne pepper in water and heat on a double boiler for 5-10 minutes. Use medium heat.
2. To this, add the beeswax and stir continuously until it has melted and blended well.
3. Remove from the flame and let the mixture cool for 10 minutes in the refrigerator.
4. Stir the paste again to ensure all the ingredients are mixed well.
5. Chill for further 10 minutes and then apply on the affected joints.

You can store this paste in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.

Use this as and when required.

Chilli peppers are rich in capsaicin, an effective anti-inflammatory agent. Scientific research has proven that this compound reduces inflammation. It also relieves pain by blocking the key compound that is responsible for the sending the pain signal to the brain.

Use gloves while making the paste. Be careful not to touch your face, especially your eyes. Chili pepper paste might burn slightly, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Cold Compress

You Will Need
  • A few ice cubes
  • A hand towel
What You Have To Do

1. Crush the ice cubes a little and wrap them up in the hand towel.
2. Hold this towel over the joint for a couple of minutes.

Repeat this a few times during the day.

Cold compress is the best way to reduce inflammation, pain, and joint damage. It does so by slowing down the blood flow to the affected area.

Massage Oil

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons castor oil
  • A pinch of cinnamon powder
What You Have To Do

1. Lightly warm up the oil and add cinnamon powder to it.
2. Mix well and massage the affected joints gently for a few minutes.

Reapply the oil twice or thrice during the day.

The anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil come handy when it is used to relieve joint pain caused by the chikungunya virus. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties and it aids castor oil in reducing joint pain.

Grapes With Cow’s Milk

You Will Need
  • A few seedless grapes
  • A cup of cow’s milk
What You Have To Do

Chew the grapes and drink the milk along with it.

You can repeat this for a day or two.

This remedy gives relief from severe symptoms of chikungunya such as pain and fever. The phenolic compounds present in grapes possess antioxidant and antiviral properties.

Tulsi (Basil) Leaves

You Will Need
  • 10 basil leaves
  • ½ liter water
What You Have To Do

1. Boil the basil leaves until the water reduces to half. Strain the decoction.
2. Sip this throughout the day.

Have basil decoction for a few days.

Tulsi (basil) leaves are very effective when they are used to treat chikungunya fever. These leaves reduce the fever and boost the body’s immunity. Their wide range of antimicrobial activity will fasten the recovery process.

Coconut Water

You Will Need

Coconut water

What You Have To Do

Drink 3-4 glasses of coconut water during the day.

Repeat this for a few days.

Coconut water is a good remedy for the liver as well as the chikungunya virus. Drinking coconut water is one of the best home remedies for chikungunya treatment as it helps the patients to recover fast by detoxifying the liver. Its manganese content helps in reducing joint pain as it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.


Ginger contains anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that can help combat pain and inflammation that one experiences while suffering from chikungunya. Its potent compounds called gingerols alleviate pain.

Plus, ginger improves blood circulation throughout the body and is an immune-boosting herb.

  • Drink ginger tea up to 3 times a day. To make the tea, boil 1 or 1½ cups of water, add 5 or 6 ginger slices to it and let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Drink the tea while it is still warm.
  • Also, you can massage the painful area with ginger oil a few times daily.


  • Rest as much as possible and cut down on extended physical activities to prevent physical exhaustion.
  • Also, make sure that you get sufficient sleep, so that the body can relax and recover faster from joint pain.


Precautions For Chikungunya

It is imperative you take a few precautions to reduce your chances of contracting an infection.

  • Keep all areas around the house clean and hygienic. Do not let any stagnant water remain for too long, for example, in flower vases and water storage vessels.
  • Keep all food and water covered at all times.
  • Do not let stagnant water accumulate in water coolers, pots, and buckets outside the house.
  • Use mosquito repellents both during the day and night as the Aedes is active during daytime as well.
  • Use mosquito nets for babies and children while they are asleep.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants whenever possible.
  • Let us now look at some facts about chikungunya that should clear most of your doubts.

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About Sridhar Venkatraman

Progressive and open minded Business Professional with over 30+ years of experience in Automobile, IT, Education, Real Estate Industries. He has a passion to ensure "No child goes to bed hungry" and is involved in an NGO called "No Hungry Child". He is a Social Entrepreneur and added a new service "Art of Self Treatment" to help more and more people who are suffering from health issues. He learnt the art of Self Treatment from his guru Mr Healer Baskar.

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