With the outbreak of chikungunya in many parts of India, homeopathy medicines like Perfoliatum 200, Rhus Tox 30 /200, Bryonia 30 /200 have all come to the fore and are in great demand. Homeopaths are treating chikungunya effectively with these remedies and have reportedly cured cases in two – three weeks time. Even allopathic doctors are prescribing these Homeo medicines as no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for chikungunya fever is available in the market today.
In this article we jump straight to the list of most popular & effective homeopathic natural remedies for chikungunya that carries similar symptoms to dengue. But first you need to take note of a few important aspects of this debilitating disease
Know the symptoms of Chikungunya
|Fever or Chill||can reach 39°C, (102.2 °F)|
|Skin rashes||appears as a maculopapular (centrally and peripherally distributed rash) or a petechial rash (purple spot). The rash usually appears after the fever and initially may be maculopapular, becoming more petechial as the illness progresses. • Freckle-like pigmentation over centro-facial area • Multiple ecchymotic spots (Children)• Vesiculobullous lesions (infants|
|Body ache||Arthralgia (joint pain) or arthritis affecting multiple joints which can be debilitating. The joint pains can be severe and even crippling. The person cannot lie in bed because of severe bone pains and is restless, the pain can lead to moaning and crying|
|Swelling||Lymphedema , a condition of swelling in arms & legs due to localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system|
|subungual hematoma||collection of blood (hematoma) underneath a toenail or fingernail (black toenail)|
|Elevated enzyme level in body||Investigations usually point to Elevated levels of aspartate aminotransferace (AST) and C-reactive protein, a test usually used to detect liver damage|
|Mildly decreased platelet counts.||also called thrombocytopenia, when you don’t have enough platelets in your blood, your body cannot form clots|
Chikungunya & Dengue: Know the difference
- Both viral infections are carried and spread by the Aedes mosquito but caused by different viruses. Chikungunya is caused by a Togaviridae alphavirus, while dengue by the Flavirideae flavivirus
- Both carry similar symptoms like high fever, joint pain, headache/eye ache, rashes and lethargy. A person can be infected with both diseases at the same time
- Chikungunya is rarely fatal, but dengue can be and both do not have any known vaccine yet.
What Precautions to take
No vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for chikungunya fever is available. Treatment is symptomatic–rest, fluids, and ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen, or paracetamol may relieve symptoms of fever and aching. Aspirin should be avoided
Infected persons should be protected from further mosquito exposure (staying indoors and/or under a mosquito net during the first few days of illness) so that they can’t contribute to the transmission cycle.
Top Homeopathy remedy list for Chikungunya
These medicines are available in the following brands: Dr.Reckeweg, SBL, Dr.Willmar Schwabe, St.Georges Homeopathy
|Eupatorium perfoliatium||Pain in the limbs and muscles with fever, Vomiting specifically after chill is a significant symptom for using this remedy. There may be severe bone pain (feeling of broken bones), Swelling of ankles and feet. Aching pain in bones of extremities with soreness of flesh leading to moaning and crying. Great thirst, perspiration relieves all symptoms except head ache. 200 potency is found to be more effective. This medicine is highly effective in post fever arthralgia (Mother tincture 5 drops tds for 3-5 days). Available Potencies: 3x, 6C, 30C, 200C, 1M in 30ML and 10M, 50M, CM in 10ML Size.|
|Rhustox||For joint pains that become worse with movement. Fever with polyarthritis and maculopapular rashes. Pain and stiffness in joints. The person feels extremely restless and when lying in bed has to frequently change position because lying still worsens the condition. Chills during fever are also prominent. Backache during fever can also be relieved by Rhus Toxicodedron. 200 potency is most effective. Available Potencies: 3x, 6C, 30C, 200C, 1M in 30ML and 10M, CM in 10ML Size.|
|Phosphoric Acid||frequently used as a natural Homeopathic remedy to treat excessive weakness during or after Chikungunya Fever.|
|Bryonia||natural remedy of great help in treating excessive joint pains during Chikungunya Fever. The joints are painful, hot and swollen. The person benefits by relief from joint pains by resting. More particularly, the patient gets relief by lying on the side of joints that are painful. Symptoms: Fever with aching in every muscle. Dry mouth with excessive thirst, knees stiff and painful. Joints red, swollen, and hot with stitching and tearing pain. Available Potencies: 6C, 30C, 200C, 1M in 30ML and 10M, 50M, CM in 10ML Size|
|Pulsatilla||Fever with chilliness,thirstlessness and wandering joint pains. Available Potencies: 6C, 30C, 200C, 1M in 30ML and 10M, 50M, CM in 10ML Size|
|Gelsemium||for symptoms like excessive drowsiness, sleepiness and desire to lie down, marked chilliness with shivering. Usually, the thirst for water is absent. Headache with heaviness of eyes. severe headache and coryza. Thirstlessness, slow pulse, muscular pains. There may be drowsiness, dullness and dizziness. Available Potencies:3X, 6C, 30C, 200C, 1M in 30ML and 10M, 50M, CM in 10ML Size|
Homeopaths may also recommend other homeopathic remedies like for specific symptoms exhibited by patient during chikungunya
Ipecac – provides relief when the patient is having continuous nausea and vomiting during chikungunya fever.
Merc Sol – when the patient exhibits typical symptoms like profuse salivation and excessive thirst and the bone pain gets worst at night
Arnica – excellent remedy for a skin spots (small red or purple spot caused by bleeding into the skin, also called petachiae) that accompany chikungunya, the skin is also very sensitive to touch and there is feeling of bruised sore sensation in the body.
China – when the patient starts to cringe at the slightest touch due to severe pain limbs and body joints, sweats at night
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