Chikungunya also known Chicken Guinea is a kind of viral fever caused by alpha virus which is called Chikungunya Virus or Chicken Guinea virus. Chikungunya got its name from the Makonde word which means “That which bends up” & this is due to the bend posture that develops in Chikungunya victims as a result of Chikungunya symptom like arthritis.
The disease is spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which are active only during the day time. These mosquitoes lay their eggs is fresh water only. Its been over six months since the Chikungunya fever outbreak was found in India. In India, the disease first started in Tamil Nadu, South India and gradually spread to the North.
Chikungunya (Chicken Guinea) is not a fatal disease, but if the affected person has other complications, the Chikungunya disease symptoms may aggravate and may result in complications and may even pose threat to life.
The main symptoms include severe temperature, body pain, pain in all the major joints with swelling, due to arthritis affecting multiple joints. In some cases, skin rashes, severe headache and conjunctival infection can also be found. Usually the body temperature or Chikungunya fever will be completely normal within 2 to 3 days, but the joint pain and swellings will last longer, usually 7 days to even 2 to 3 months.
The Indian medical system called Siddha Medicine, has very effective natural treatments to offer for the treatment and prevention of Chikungunya [chicken guinea]. Siddha Medicine is one among the three Indian Medical Systems namely Ayurveda, Siddha & Unani and it is one of the oldest medical systems in the world and it’s the only medical system that bestows immortality. Origin of Ayurveda and Siddha medicines were almost of the same age, but Siddha System is still confined to the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu on the other hand Ayurveda has reached Worldwide attention. Its time for the world to know about the valuable Siddha System which is of immense medical value to humanity.