Zika Virus Infections: Remedies

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The Zika virus is a deadly threat spreading to new areas of the world, so it’s becoming even more important to understand everything you can about the remedies, including the use of papaya, vitamin C, hydrogen peroxide, curcumin, Echinacea, cat’s claw, zinc, selenium, and Chinese skullcap.

Zika Virus Remedies

Let us look at some of the remedies of Zika virus in detail below:

Papaya Juice

One of the most popular home remedies for dengue fever is papaya juice, and considering the closeness of these two viruses, papaya juice is a common suggestion for the treatment of Zika as well.An illustration of the zika virus spread in bloodYou crush up papaya leaves and extract the juice in this way, diluting with water if necessary. The rich blend of antioxidants and powerful enzymes in papaya, such as papain, can help boost the immune system, increase blood platelet count, and eliminate the aches and pain of the infection. However, papain can be dangerous for fetuses, so this remedy should not be used by women who are pregnant.

Cat’s Claw

The most important thing to know about cat’s claw is that this ancient herb is packed with certain alkaloids that increase the strength and resilience of your immune system. By increasing the ability of your white blood cells to absorb and neutralize pathogens, cat’s claw is an ideal aid for Zika virus infections. You can consume cat’s claw in tincture, capsule or extract form.


The active ingredient of turmeric, curcumin, is one of the most powerful antioxidants that we have identified in readily available food, and its ability to increase the strength of the immune system makes it a valuable tool against Zika. Curcumin is also a stimulant, increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation throughout the body, making it easier to eliminate the virus and its symptoms quickly.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, stimulates white blood cell production, boosts the immune system and is an integral part of regrowth and repair of damaged parts of the body. If you’re suffering from Zika, add vitamin C-rich foods, such as papaya, broccoli, bell peppers, strawberries, kiwi and cauliflower to your diet!

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The legendary powers of garlic against viral, bacterial and fungal infections are well known, which makes garlic a popular and readily available remedy for Zika virus. The active ingredient in garlic, allicin, is able to strengthen the immune system and eliminate the symptoms of the virus, such as fevers and aching muscles. Garlic extract, supplements, or powder all work effectively for this virus.

Chinese Skullcap

If you have been diagnosed with Zika virus or suspect that you have contracted it, Chinese skullcap can rapidly eliminate the pathogens and get you back to normal quickly. When it comes to anti-viral herbs, few are as strong as this herb, which has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.


You can brew Echinacea tea or take supplements directly to push back against the Zika infection, making this an effective prevention and treatment method. Echinacea has been used for thousands of years to improve the strength of the immune system and reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Selenium-Rich Foods

Selenium ensures the proper function and deployment of the immune system, particularly against viruses. It even acts as an antioxidant in some contexts, so it can do wonders against the Zika virus. Selenium-rich foods include Brazil nuts, tuna, sunflower seeds, oysters, turkey, and sardines.

Zinc-Rich Foods

Zinc plays a key role in ensuring healthy immune system and seeking out bacteria and viruses such as Zika. It is also essential for the formation of new proteins and cells, which means that it aids in repair and recovery following an infection. Zinc-rich foods include oysters, pumpkin seeds, veal, beef, flax seeds and shrimp.

A Final Word of Warning

As mentioned above, many of the symptoms of Zika virus may be mild, but the effects can truly be devastating, particularly for an expectant mother or for couples who are trying to get pregnant. If you identify any unusual symptoms or have traveled to a high-risk area, you should consult a doctor to determine whether you have been infected.

Note: Using these home remedies is an option for those without pregnancy concerns, and once you have spoken to a medical professional.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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