chikungunya Mosquito-borne disease India has seen an outbreak of chikungunya since April in the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The disease also has been reported on the islands of Mayotte, Mauritius and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Chikungunya fever, like malaria, is a mosquito-borne viral disease that causes fever, chills, headache, nausea, vomiting and joint pain. According to the WHO, travelers returning with chikungunya infections have been reported in France, Germany, Italy, Norway and Switzerland. There are no preventive medicines or vaccines for chikungunya fever, so health officials recommend that travelers wear long-sleeved shirts and pants outside and use a bug repellent containing DEET. Ayurvedic medicine for `chikungunya' Correspondent MADANAPALLE: `Chikungunya' is called `Sandhijwara' in ayurveda and the symptoms of chikungunya are similar to that of Sandhijwara. P.T. Sarma, an ayurvedic physician says that there is cure for the disease in ayurveda, called panchathiktha kashayam. It is very bitter to taste, but the best suitable preventive medicine. As a preventive check domestic preparations like ginger chutney (allam chutney), karivepaku chutney or kothimeera chutney are effective used with our daily food. Also, the ragi gruel (ganji) has to be taken either with butter milk or milk. The joints can be massaged with pure camphor combined with coconut oil at least thrice and each time, two to three minutes exercise is necessary, Mr. P.T. Sarma. Chikungunya, the viral disease caused by the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, has been affecting people throughout the country and has proved to be life-threatening. Currently, over 9.7 lakh suspected cases have been reported from 121 districts in seven States like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Kerala. More often than not the disease cannot be diagnosed. The only way to detect it is through blood tests. While recovery is an expected outcome, the symptoms can be felt from one day to over a year. Some of the symptoms are high fever, chills, headache, nausea, vomitting, joint pain and rashes. The infected person needs to be isolated from mosquitoes so that the disease does not get transmitted to other people. Homeopathy can cure its many symptoms without having any side- effect. Some Homeopathic drugs that can be of help to cure the symptoms of this viral disease are Eupatorium Perfoliatum, Gelsemium and Belladonna. Eupatorium Perfoliatum is given to a patient with high fever and pain in the bones. A patient suffers from shivering chills followed by muscular pain, violent headaches, dizziness and faintness. At such a time, Gelsemium would be helpful to relieve symptoms. Belladona is another homeopathic medicine that is helpful. It should be taken in the initial stages of fever when the patient is going through a high feverish state. At such time, the patient experiences high fever with icy cold feet. All these medicines are available to cure the patient but the best measure to deal with this epidemic is prevention. The chikungunya virus vaccine is known to prevent the disease but is no longer being produced and has very limited availability. Therefore, self-help prevention tips need to be practised. Some of them are as follows:. Avoiding mosquito bites while traveling to areas where this disease is known to occur by wearing long- sleeved shirts and long pants, Eliminating mosquito- breeding sites and maintaining cleanliness. When indoors staying in well screened areas, usage of bed nets and mosquito repellents on skin and clothing especially during rains is also equally important. 1ST HAVE EUPATORIUM.PERFOLIATUM-200(POTENCY) EARLY IN THE MORNING ON EMPTY STOMACH AND HAVE RHUS TOX-200 AT NIGHT 1 HOUR BEFORE DINNER. HAVE BOTH THESE MEDICENES FOR 10DAYS. KEEP U'R SURROUNDINGS CLEAN. AEDEA MOSQUITO GENERALLY BITES INTHE MORNING HOURS SO SEE THAT MOSQUITO REPELLANTS ARE SWITCHED ON DAY AND NIGHT.DON'T STORE WATER FOR MORE THAN 1DAY.IF U HAVE A GARDEN NEARBY U MUST BE MORE CAREFUL.TAKE CARE AND USE THE MEDICINES CAREFULLY FOR GOOD RESULTS.1 DOSE MENS 6-8 PILLS. IF THE PILLS ARE VERY SMALL THEN HAVE 10 PILLS AS ONE DOSE.BYE.