HERPES Ayurvedic Treatment, Symptoms, Diet

Herpes is one of the viral infections, there are two types of the herpes virus that is herpes simplex virus and herpes zoster virus. herpes simplex virus is one of the common and very contagious and usual diseases by this virus is called herpes disease whereas, herpes zoster virus comes under varicella-zoster virus which is responsible for chickenpox and this herpes zoster results from reactivation of the latent varicella-zoster virus, so in case of herpes zoster, there will be a history of chickenpox.it is characterized by unilateral (on one side of the body ) vesicular eruption with severe pain.
Now coming on to herpes disease which is caused by herpes simplex virus, herpes simplex virus produce a variety of infection affecting skin mucosal surfaces and genital areas, also there is the involvement of the central nervous system.

Types Of HERPES:

There are two types of herpes simplex virus

1. HSV1- it mainly causes blisters on skin, lips, oral mucosa.
Occurs in early childhood

2. HSV2 – it causes blisters in genitalia like in cervix, vagina, etc.
Occurs in ages 14-29

 

CAUSES OF HERPES

It is a highly contagious virus and can be transmitted from one person to another through direct contact even when the infected person is asymptomatic.

HSV1 causes:

it is transmitted through oral secretions and ulcers on the skin

by direct skin to skin contact with an infected person like touching someone’s cheeks

by kissing

by sharing the same utensils

by using objects like a razor, lipsticks, balms of an infected person

by weak immunity

By any kind of skin injury and then skin contact with an infected person

Stress

Other viral illness

Exposure to ultra-violet rays

HSV2 causes:

it is transmitted sexually during unprotected sex

having multiple sex partners

weakened immunity due to AIDS

triggered by menstruation

any kind of injury

stress

it also spreads to the child, if the mother is infected by herpes and has genital sores then at the time of delivery the infection passes on to the child.

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS OF HERPES

Initially, the person infected by herpes is asymptomatic and during that phase, the infected person can spread the disease to other people. After 4-5 days symptoms appears

HSV1: fever and enlarged lymph nodes painful blisters on the skin

Fluid-filled blisters on oral mucosa inflammation of gums mucosa called gingivostomatitis

pharyngitis that is inflammation of the pharynx

sore throat ulcers on fingers and nails are also affected very painful and itchy.

painful blisters and crust formation on lips

in severe cases, it can involve symptoms of the central nervous system

if affected facial nerve which is supplying our face then it can cause facial paralysis

not the whole face but the side where the lesion has occurred

can also affect the eyes cause conjunctivitis, gritty feeling in the eyes, sharp pain, and photophobia

painful ulceration in genitalia in the cervix, vaginal mucosa of females, and penis in males.

a cluster of vesicles on buttocks, genitalia , premium

fever and malaise

painful urination

anorexia

tenderness in groins

purulent vaginal discharge in females and penile discharge in males

burning sensation in the genital area

pricking pain in the genital area

in severe conditions can cause meningitis, and symptoms appear like headache, irritability, nausea, confusion, loss of appetite.

Sign and Symptoms Fir New Born Baby

Infection when spreads to a newborn baby from mother at the time of delivery then the sign and symptoms in a baby are the appearance of blisters on the skin, mucous membrane, and eye after 1-2 weeks of delivery. Irritability Lethargy fever Seizures can also occur if there is the involvement of the virus in the brain this usually occurs after 2-3 weeks of delivery Other complications to a child if untreated is sepsis and organ failure 

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    HERPES FROM AYURVEDA POINT OF VIEW

    According to Ayurveda point of view, it is believed that our body is having three doshas that are

    Vata, pitta, Kapha dosha

    The balanced state of these three doshas is very important for a healthy being and vitiation of any of these dosha can cause various diseases.
    Now in the case of herpes, it can be correlated with the description of visarga roga in Ayurveda means a disease that spreads all over the body.
    It is believed that visarga rog occurs due to the vitiation of all three dosha.
    It is having seven dhushya means seven things are affected here that are basically

    Vata dosha
    Pitta dosha
    Kapha dosha
    rakta (blood)
    Lasika (lymph)

    twacha (skin)
    mamsa ( mucosa )

    CAUSES AS PER AYURVEDA

    Excessive intake of salt, hot, sour food items like achaar, spices like lahsun . Intake of khatta dahi in excess Alcohol 
    Eating pulses like kultha , mash in exces. Due to injury. Exposure to sun 

    Symptoms

    it varies according to the dominant dosha
    Vataj – anorexia, dizziness, pricking pain, colic pain, tremors, pain in bones, cloudiness of eyes, instantaneous blister formation with excessive pain ,.
    Pitta – fever, thirst, excessive burning sensation, giddiness, burning sensation while urination, blisters are filled with purulent fluid. Get suppurated very quickly.
    Kapha – heaviness, laziness, anorexia, weakness, numbness, less pain, blisters fluid is thick, blisters stay for a long time.
    In some cases, there are mixed symptoms according to dosha predominance.

    Home remedies for herpes

    Abstaining sexual intercourse with an infected person
    Not sharing the same objects with an infected person
    Avoid taking excessive salt and spices 
    Avoid achaar (pickles )

    Avoid sun exposure for a long time
    avoid alcohol
    focus on a good diet that consumes broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, cauliflower, etc.
    include barley , gram , wheat in diet also

    cold compression to reduce swelling 
    Apply ghee on the ulcers
    Gargles can also be done using ghee
    Sitz bath in tub can relieve pain and itching

     

    Ayurvedic treatment of herpes

    Fasting (langhan) – it is a procedure in which a person either completely avoids food or eats very little food. depending on the procedure.
    Reason behind it is to treat amaj condition ( when food is not digested properly ) and this will help in recovering from fever
    Virechan
    Raktmokshan (blood letting )
    All these to remove toxins from the body

    Other treatments are –
    Lepa (paste) – herbal paste is applied on the affected area externally few examples of formulation of leap are saarivadi leap , manjistha , chandan lepa , lodhra ,agru lepa ,
    he is also having soothing and healing properties and can be applied to external 
    kawal dharan can be done using ghee or medicinal herb for treating mouth ulcers

     

    Some Herbal drugs like

    Yashtimadhu – – it is having anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
    Haridra – its is an anti-inflammatory, blood purifier, and helps in detoxifying also promotes healing.
    Haritaki – it is rich in antioxidants and provide immunity to the body, found effective against HSV 
    Neem – has blood purifying property
    Arjuna – there is one component in the Arjun plant that is casuarinin, which is having anti-viral properties and is found to be effective against HSV.
    Ashwagandha –it is known as Withania somnifera which contains an oiled, has anti-viral properties, and is effective in HSV.

    Bhumi amla – it is also found to be effective in herpes due to anti-viral properties especially against HSV2
    Chirayata – its extract also exhibit anti-viral property and is found effective against HSV1
    Manjistha – it gives relief from blister pains and fever.
    Chandan – also exhibits anti-viral property that inhibits HSV1.

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