7 home remedies for Chikungunya
Echinacea, feverfew and ginseng teas are good examples of home remedies that can complement the medical treatment of chikungunya, as they help to strengthen the immune system, in addition to relieving some typical symptoms of the infection, such as headache, tiredness or muscle pain. .
Home treatment of chikungunya fever can relieve symptoms and reduce the frequency of analgesic use, fighting naturally, without harming the liver, but they must be used with medical knowledge.
Thus, it is important to remember that these remedies should not replace the treatment indicated by the doctor, serving only as a complement to accelerate recovery and relieve symptoms faster. See which medications your doctor prescribes.
1. Strengthen the immune system
Echinacea tea (Echinacea purpurea) it is excellent for strengthening the person’s defense system and can be done by adding 1 tablespoon (soup) to 150 ml of boiling water. Let it rest for 3 to 5 minutes, strain and drink it warm, 3 times a day.
2. Lower the fever
Drinking a warm tea made with willow leaves(Salix alba) helps to lower fever because this medicinal plant promotes sweating, which naturally lowers body temperature.
To prepare this tea correctly, use 1 teaspoon of the dried leaves in 150 ml of boiling water, let stand for 5 minutes, strain and drink every 6 hours.
3. Fight muscle and joint pain
An excellent natural strategy to combat the pain caused by chikungunya is to use cayenne pepper or camphor tree compresses (Cinnamomum camphora), or rub St. John’s Wort essential oil on the most painful parts.
For the compresses, prepare a strong tea and let it cool. When it is cold, wet a clean gauze and apply it to the painful area, leaving it to act for 15 minutes.
4. Relieve the headache
Rubbing 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the forehead or the back of the neck can relieve a headache, but you can also buy dried willow extract and take it as directed on the package.
the feverfew tea (Tanacetum vulgare) it is also very suitable and just prepare with 1 teaspoon (tea) for every 150 ml of hot water. Let cool, strain and drink twice a day. Another possibility is to take 1 tannin capsule a day.
5. Fight fatigue and exhaustion
Excellent natural options to improve the mood, fight tiredness and reduce the exhaustion typical of the disease, is to use ginseng, powdered guarana or mate.
You can buy guarana in pharmacies and health food stores and take it by mixing 1 tablespoon (soup) in half a glass of cold water. Ginseng and mate can be prepared by adding 1 teaspoon of each plant to 150 ml of boiling water. Take it warm 3 times a day.
6. Relieve nausea and vomiting
Ginger tea with chamomile fights nausea and vomiting with a long-lasting effect. To prepare, just boil 150 ml of water with 1 cm of ginger root and then add 1 teaspoon of chamomile flowers. Take 3 times a day.
7. Stop diarrhea
In addition to drinking rice water, you can drink cinnamon stick tea because it holds the intestines. Just boil 1 cinnamon stick in 200 ml of water for 10 minutes and drink it warm twice a day.
Here’s how to eat in cases of diarrhea:
How to use home remedies correctly
To combat more than one symptom, it is possible to mix the teas, using the indicated proportions and drink them next. However, if the fever worsens or other symptoms appear that were not there, such as tingling, chest pain or frequent vomiting, you should go back to the doctor because these symptoms may indicate the worsening of Chikungunya, and hospitalization may be necessary.
Pregnant women and children should only use these home remedies with medical knowledge.
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