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Chikungunya, (pronunciado,,en,pollo-gun-yay,,en “chicken-gun-yay”)

By Dr. Jerry Lee Hoover N.D.

A number of individuals here in Nicaragua have come down with chikungunya, one of them was a close friend of mine. So I have decided to share a lot of valuable information in this article on chikungunya, which hopefully you will not have to use, but you will be able to share it with someone who has chikungunya.

Chikungunya is a virus that is spread to humans by two species of mosquitoes. These mosquitoes can carry the infection to humans after biting monkeys, birds, cattle or rodents who have chikungunya. During the first week of infection the chickngunya virus can be found in the blood and be passed from an infected person by the mosquito also.

The chikungunya virus disease does not often result in death, about one in every thousand and they are usually elderly people and those with prior major medical problems, or those with lowered immune systems due to chemo, a poor lifestyle, etc. The symptoms of chicungunya are similiar to dengue and zika as they are spread by the same type of mosquito and both infections cause some of the same symptoms such as fever and pain, but chikungunya usually does not cause bleeding as it does in dengue fever. If you are not sure you have chikungunya you can have a blood test which will confirm or deny you have been infected.

Symptoms of chikungunya are usually not noticed until 3 a 7 days after being infected. The most common symptoms are fever, joint and muscle pains, headaches and a rash. In the chronic phase almost everyone gets very bad joint pain and may include the joints of the shoulders, elbows, wrist, hips, knees, ankles and feet, the pain can also be in the muscles and ligaments. This usually lasts for a few weeks, but could be for months or years depending upon the individual, especially those who had problems with arthritis before being infected and those individuals older or those with a lowered immune system.

There is no vaccine treatment for chickungunya but the body starts to fight the virus after about a week and most of the symptoms usually start to disappear. The best natural treatment is to work on building up your body’s immune system so you can help your body fight the virus. Here are a list of things that work. Drink plenty of water, no coffee, sodas, etc. take two cloves of raw garlic daily as this will help hinder the virus. Note: they do not give antibiotics for chikungunya because antibiotics do not kill viruses, but raw garlic does. For the rash use fresh aleo vera, split the plant down the middle and rub the clear gel on the area. In the pharmacy you can buy charcoal tablets, they are called carbonal, take two or three daily. Make a tea out of the leaf of the papaya tree, one or two cups a day. Your diet should include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to help strengthen your immune system, cut way back on your sugar intake, as sugar lowers the body’s immune system. Get plenty of rest. For those who follow these simple instructions their chikungunya will be short lived, for those who do not follow, their symptoms of chickungunya will take longer for a complete recovery. WHY? Because all of these things I mentioned above help strengthen your immune system, so that it can fight the virus.

About The Author

Dr. Jerry Lee Hoover N.D. is retired and lives in Granada Nicaragua. Is the author of three books, NATURAL MEDICINE which has 47 chapters on just about every topic, high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, etc. His book is also in Spanish and can be down loaded free from his web site, (, His second book Natural Ways To Prevent Cancer was published 3 years ago and can be purchased through Amazon Kindle His latest book Radiation From Cell Phones, WiFi, Others can also be purchased through Amazon Kindle