Chikungunya :: Treating chikungunya with Ayurveda, Siddha
While the Allopathic system seems to have no medicine or treatment to cure or prevent the disease, or take care of the after-effects – most importantly severe joint pains – Ayurveda / Siddha Physicians have been routinely treating this fever.
They also have been successful in preventive care & treatment of the after-effects.
Ayurvedic medicines, which are commonly used in the treatment of fevers, like Guduchi (Seenthil Kodi in Tamil), Sudarshan Churnam have been very effective in treating this fever.
Drugs that are used in treating Vata Raktam (Rheumatoid Arthritis) like Kaisora Guggulu have also been found very effective in taking care of joint pains. Administering these medicines during fever ensures that after the fever. There are no joint pains. After the fever subsides, Patients are asked to use Dhanvantaram Thailam & Pinda Thailam for daily oil-bath. This takes care of any residual joint pains.
Even those patients who have come after a course of Allopathic drug complaining of severe joint pains have found relief by following the Ayurvedic treatment. It is important to note that Diet restrictions form an essential part of Ayurvedic treatment. Ayurvedic medicines have also been used as preventive treatment quite effectively.
Recognizing the efficacy of Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM), the Health Department of Tamil Nadu Government made an announcement through the newspapers informing the public that ISM medicines are effective in treating this disease and that these medicines will be made available in all Government Hospitals & Health Centers. Following this announcement, large numbers of patients who have been desperate with no relief in sight, have sought Ayurvedic treatment & found relief.