The word "chikungunya" infers "to walk bent". The first outbreak of the disease Chikungunya was reported in countries of Africa, Asia, Europe and   Islands in the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. The disease was first reported in 2013 in the Islands of the Caribbean.

 Since then, more than 1.7million cases were reported suspecting Chikungunya in Latin America, the Caribbean Islands, and the United States. Canada and   Mexico likewise have announced instances of infection.

                Chikungunya is a viral illness that is spread through the bite of female mosquitoes “Aedes albopictus” which leads to the sudden onset of fever associated with severe joint pain. The symptoms usually appear within 2-7days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. There is no effective antiviral treatment that exists for this disease to date. However, very rare cases have been reported to be life-threatening. The disease can be treated by aiming to relive the presenting complaints with rest, fluid, and medications. 

What Causes Chikungunya?

The chikungunya virus is affected to humans by the bite of an infected female Aedes species mosquito – Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus.

What are the Symptoms of Chikungunya?

The virus causes a fever that lasts for fewer days and a joint pain that stays for weeks or months.

The Symptoms include:

  • Fever (sometimes up to 104 °F)
  • Joint pain
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Rashes over the body
  • Swelling around the joints
  • Rarely symptoms like conjunctivitis, nausea, vomiting.

Home Remedies for Chikungunya - Cure Naturally At Home

1. Giloy Decoction

Take the Giloy powder and make decoction of the same and consume it thrice daily before food. 

Giloy is a well proven drug in Ayurveda which acts wonderfully on chronic fever.  It’s also an effective anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, and immunomodulatory properties and is capable of relieving symptoms of chikungunya. The plant also possesses antimicrobial property that fights against the infection caused due to the disease.

2.Fresh papaya leaves
Wash the fresh papaya leaves and remove the long stem part and its central vein. Chop the leaves and crush it with water. Blend it to a smooth paste. Squeeze the paste and strain the liquid from it. Discard the pulp. Drink the 2-3 table spoons of juice every three hours. Continue to drink for 5days. 
In diseases like Chikungunya, Dengue etc. the platelet count will be markedly less. Papaya leaf intake has shown good increase in the count and helps in fast recovery from the disease. Studies have proven that papaya leaf extract had larvicidal properties which acts against the larva of the mosquito and helps in fast recovery.

3. Garlic Paste
Take 10-12 garlic cloves. Peel it and chop into medium pieces. Grind with sufficient amount of water and make it to fine paste. Apply this paste over the joints and leave it for few hours. This can be done twice daily.
Garlic is known to be a good anti-inflammatory. The garlic paste helps to relieve the pain in joints and improves circulation thereby reducing the inflammation

4. Turmeric powder with warm milk

To a glass of warm milk add sufficient quantity of Turmeric powder. Mix it well to avoid lump formation. Consume this twice daily in the morning and evening.

Turmeric contains Curcumin which is a strong antioxidant and is a best anti-inflammatory. These properties together will act on reducing the symptoms caused due to Chikungunya.

5. Coconut water

Drink 5 glasses of coconut water during the day. Continue to do this until the recovery.

Coconut water helps to alleviate the weakness caused during the disease. This contains electrolytes, which helps to refresh the body, by detoxifying the liver. The rich manganese content acts an anti-inflammatory agent which reduces the joint pain.

6. Application of Narayana Taila or Dhanwantaram Taila

Narayana taila and Dhanwantaram taila application can be applied over the painful joints. This should be done daily for a long period, to get good results. 

These help to reduce joint pain and inflammation.