Herpes is a type of viral infection. Usually it is of two types as follows.
1) Herpes Simplex
2) Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
Charaka (School of Ayurvedic Medicine) has considered this disease under the chapter of ‘Shotha Chikitsa’ (Treatment of Swelling) and it is termed as ‘Kaksha’ or ‘Pittaj Pidaka’.
The DNA virus of Herpes simplex causes a grouped vesicular eruption of the skin and mucous membranes. Following the infection, many patients become long-term carriers. There are two strains of herpes simplex virus- a) Type 1 (HSV-1) and b) Type 2 (HSV-2) i.e. HSV-2 causes genital infection and is usually sexually transmitted.
Symptoms of Herpes Simplex:
A) Primary infection:
1) Acute gingivostomatitis- It is usually a primary infection, characterized by soreness of mouth, salivation, fever and malaise. There are vesicles in the mouth and salivary gland enlargement.
2) Herpetic rhinitis- Vesicles are on the nostrils. It is associated with fever and cervical lymphadenopathy.
3) Keratoconjunctivitis- Presents with painful conjunctivitis, usually unilateral. Dendritic ulceration of the cornea may occur and lead to chronic scarring.
4) Genital herpes- Usually acquired venereal with Type 2 strain in adults. In females there are grouped vesicles on the vulva, cervix or vagina. In males grouped vesicles on the glans or prepuce or less commonly urethritis. Recurrent herpes on the penis is common in males (Herpes progenitalis).
1) Disseminated herpes simplex- Mostly seen in newborn infants. The brain, liver, lungs and other organs may be involved. It is often fatal.
2) Eczema herpeticum- In patients of atopic dermatitis, herpes simplex sometimes develops into a severe varicelliform eruption.
3) Herpetic whitlow- This is probably a true viral wound infection and manifests as an indolent inflammatory lesion, arising at the site of a minor skin trauma, usually on a finger. Superficial vesiculation is often present at some stage. Axillary adenopathy and systemic symptoms occur. It occurs either in medical or paramedical personnel in whom HSV-1 is usually responsible.
4) Anal infection- Especially seen in male homosexuals. Intense pain, tenesmus, blood-stained discharge and local vesicles are present.
B) Recurrent infection:
1) Herpes labialis- It presents with fever, blister and cold sores. A few hours before the onset, there ia a feeling of burning, or pain; this is followed by a crop of visicles which break down in 48 hours. These crops recur and the attack lasts for 3 to 7 days. It commonly occurs on the face at the muco-cutaneous junction. There may or may not be a scar let after the attack. It is precipitated by fever, strong sunlight, emotional stress, local trauma.
2) Eye infections- It may recur as a superficial keratitis. More seriously uveitis.
3) Genital infections- Usually milder and shorter than the primary disease.
Herpes Zoster (Shingles):
A unilateral, inflammatory, vesicular eruption caused by a virus which attacks the posterior root ganglion and produces the skin eruption secondarily along a cranial or spinal nerve.
The thoracic and lumbar dermatomes are most commonly affected.
Symptoms of Herpes Zoster:
A) Pre-eruptive stage- Pain with hyperaesthesia along the course of the nerve and fever.
B) Eruptive stage- It may be the first manifestation f the disease in some cases. There are several oedematous patches along the course of a nerve with intervening clear areas; these are very tender and painful. A few hours later, they are surmounted with small vesicles in cluster. The vesicles occur in crops. The contents may become purulent. The regional glands are painful and tender. Each crop dries in a week. An attack lasts for 2-3 weeks if the patient is not treated with Ayurvedic medicines. The rash is usually unilateral, rarely bilateral. The rash leaves behind pigmentation and scarring sometimes.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Herpes: (In general):
In the very beginning stage, people suffering from herpes are trying the Anti-viral treatment along with antibiotics but they do not get quick relief, on the contrary, Ayurvedic medicines can give relief in just 3-7 days from all the symptoms of herpes and it is absolutely harmless because it is made of from the various Ayurvedic herbs.
Treat Herpes in just Seven days by Ayurveda:
1) Kwath (Home-made decoctions):
Guduchyaadi Kwath (Petlad Mahal Ayurvedic Pharma, Nadiad);
OPD Chek Decoction (Sidhdham Ayurveda’s);
Dhaanyakadi Kwath (Contains: Dhaanyak, Ushir and Mustak);
Method for preparing the Home-made decoction:
Take around two tablespoonfuls of Herbal decoction and mix it well with around two cups of water (Around 150 ml water). Keep the mixture for around half an hour. After that, boil the mixture on light to medium flame. Shake it well during boiling. Gradually the water will start to get evaporating. When around half cup of water remains in the mixture during boiling, take it down. Strain the liquid into a glass or ceramic container using a sieve or a cloth such as a jelly bag or muslin cloth. Drink the freshly prepared liquid decoction after 10 minutes with adding of Sugar and Dry black grapes.
Dose: Around 40-50 ml of liquid decoction, three to four times a day.
2) Lepa (Herbal Powder mixture/ Herbal Paste): For Local Application:
Dashaang lepa (An Ayurvedic herbal powder mixture made of ten herbs).
Method of application of Herbal Paste:
Take around 2-3 teaspoonfuls of ‘Lepa’ and mix it with sufficient water, mix it well and made a fresh paste. Then apply this paste and make a thin layer on the affected area. After 30-40 minutes, the paste will become dry. Remove the paste immediately with fresh water when it will become dry completely.
Dose: Apply this freshly made Herbal Paste three to four times a day.
3) Vati (Tablets):
Samsamani Vati; Pathyaadi Ghanvati; Sudarshan Ghanvati; Rasvanti Ghanvati; Triphala Vati etc.
Dose: Take two tablets three to four times a day as per severity of the disease.
Diet Plan for Herpes Patients:
One should follow the ‘Diet Plan’ given below during the entire treatment of Herpes.
Vegetables: Pointed gourd (Parwal), Bitter gourd (Karela), Momordica dioica (Kankoda), Bottle gourd (Dudhi), Snake gourd (Galaka), Ridge gourd (Turiya), Drumstick (Sargava), Spinach leaves (Paalakh), Prickly Amaranth (Tandalaja), Coriander leaves (Dhaniya)
Grains/Cereals: Rice flakes, Popcorn, Popped Jowar and Puffed Rice
Beans: Moong beans, Moong Dal, Moth beans, Red Lentils (whole), Tuvar beans, Chikpeas (brown)
((All type of beans has to be fried in Cow’s Ghee(clarified butter made from cow’s milk))
Edible Oils, Ghee (clarified butter), Milk & other Dairy Products: Cow’s Ghee (clarified butter made from cow’s milk), Fresh Milk, Fresh Buttermilk and Tea.
Fruits: Pomegranate (Daadim), Grapes, Gooseberry (Aavlaa) and Coconut water
Dry Fruits: Figs and Dry black grapes
Salt/Honey: Rock Salt (Saindhav/Sindhalun) and Honey
Drinking Water: Fresh mineral water
Spices: Fennel, Cardamom, Coriander, Cumin seeds and Turmeric powder
Daily routine: Do not take stress and Keep positive thinking.