A holistic approach to the treatment of Ross River Virus

We have been advised of a recent outbreak of Ross River Virus in the South West WA region. And although those infected by the virus will recover in due course, some people notice recovery time can be prolonged.

Medical treatment can be a somewhat limited however there are some complimentary medicines and lifestyle things you can do to help support your recovery. But firstly, what is Ross River is a virus?

What is ross river virus

It is a virus that causes inflammation and pain in the joints and is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people will start to notice symptoms after 3 – 11 days of being bitten however incubation can take up to three weeks.

Those infected by the virus will recover but in some people it can take a prolonged period of time for full recovery.


Symptoms of Ross River virus can include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • muscle aches
  • rash
  • fatigue
  • aching tendons
  • swollen lymph nodes.
  • headache, especially behind the eyes
  • joint pain, swelling and stiffness.

Medical treatment is generally limited to paracetamol to help manage pain and fever. There are also some complimentary treatments you can consider to support your immune system for recovery and healing.

Complimentary medicines you could consider include the following:


Magnesium is required for many different process in the body. For the management of Ross River Virus it could help with pain regulation, assist with energy production by providing energy to cells, and assist with muscle tension and cramping by acting as a muscle tissue relaxant.


Omega-3, found in fish oil, has an anti-inflammatory effect. This could help with assisting the body’s overall inflammation caused by the virus.


SAMe stands for S-Adenosyl methionine and is a compound that helps produce and regulate hormones within the body. It may assist with joint pain symptoms, inflammation and fatigue.

*Note: SAMe is a practitioner only item in Western Australia so will require a consult with our nutritionist or pharmacist. This can be done via an express consult. You can book HERE or phone us on 08 9750 5511 to book a phone consult.

Immune boosting herbs:

There are various immune boosting herbs available. These include andrographis, echinacea, and medicinal mushrooms. They may help support and boost your body’s immune system to speed up recovery time.

Herbs for systemic inflammation & to reduce pain:

There are also a number of herbs that can help reduce inflammation in the body and support pain management. These include Curcumin, Boswellia serrata, and Andrographis

A relaxing bath in Epsom Salts with Lavender essential oil could also help with muscle aches and sleep.

lifestyle factors to support recovery

To further support your healing and put you on a faster road to recovery we highly suggest the following lifestyle factors: 

  • avoid alcohol

  • ensure you are getting plenty of rest

  • eat a nutritious diet

  • reduce stress, and

  • avoid strenuous exercise

Gentle restorative activity such as beach or bush walking, tai chi or yoga will suit at this time. A relaxing bath in Epsom Salts with Lavender essential oil could also help with muscle aches and sleep.


This information is general only. Some herbs and supplements are contraindicated with pregnancy and certain medications. Please check with your pharmacist or health practitioner before starting treatment.

Or alternatively book a consultation with our Nutritionist here at Nourish Health.

This post was written in January 2020 by Jody Lang