Recovering From Chikungunya the Natural Way

9 Jan 2015
There is no actual cure for Chikungunya, only the symptoms are treated. Now you can use chemical based drugs to help in your recovery or you can go the natural way. Here are some home remedies for recovering from Chikungunya.

Disclaimer: Home & Garden Caribbean encourages you to see your healthcare provider for diagnosis before using these natural remedies. These Natural remedies should not be used as a replacement for medication but rather to assist in your recovery process. Please be guided accordingly. 

You can prevent Chikungunya but if you get it there is no specific cure. When you get Chikungunya or Chik-V as it is most popularly called, the most that can be done is to receive treatment for the symptoms until the virus has run its course and your body’s immune system has naturally fought it off.  You can use different medications to help relieve your symptoms, or you can go the natural way. Here are the symptoms of Chik-V and what you can do to naturally relieve yourself of these symptoms: 

High Fever

To bring down the fever associated with Chik-V, try making some tea from Pawpaw leaves. This treatment method is quite popular here in T&T. Many even swear by it, as it has been known to not only bring down the fever but help in the overall recovery process. Simply gather some Pawpaw leaves and pour some boiled water over it. Allow the Pawpaw leaves at least one minute to draw. The Pawpaw leaves make a very bitter tea, so it may be easier to drink this tea cold, rather than hot. Another method of bringing down the high temperature is taking a lukewarm bath or even giving yourself a sponge bath.

Swelling of Joints and Pain
filled bathtub at home

Use about half a cup of Epsom salts in some warm water and soak your painful joints in it. If you have painful legs, fill a bathtub to half with water, then add the Epsom salts. Soak your feet and the same goes for your hands. You can also try rubbing crushed garlic onto your swollen painful joints for some relief. 

Muscle Pain
ice pack in freezer

Use an icepack to relieve your muscle pain. You can purchase an icepack at the pharmacy or you can make one yourself. Simply fill a plastic freezer bag with a cup of rubbing alcohol and two cups of water, seal the bag shut and let it freeze for an hour. This works just as good as the store bought icepacks to be held onto the painful spots for relief. 

Nausea and Vomiting
ginger and garlic on cutting board

Ginger root is an herb that can also be used for medicinal purposes, especially stomach problems like nausea and vomiting.  Chewing on a small piece of ginger root can get rid of those symptoms. This is because ginger contains chemicals that work primarily in the stomach, intestines and the nervous system to control nausea. 

Fatigue and Rashes

The fatigue is caused by the virus working in your body, and your immune system working to fight it off. To give your immune system a little help, chew on basil or tulsi leaves. Raw carrots also help to boost the immune system. For the rashes you can use a combination of olive oil and vitamin E, these help clear up the skin.

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