What is Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is a common self-limiting and painless viral skin infection caused by the pox virus, a DNA virus. This viral infection is more common in children than in adults. The lesions are usually multiple, waxy with an average diameter of 5mm and commonly affected sites are the face and trunk. Fully developed lesions give out waxy exudates on pressing. This infection is spread by direct contact with the affected person or by touching articles contaminated by virus and lesions process eosinophilic inclusion bodies collect molluscum bodies which in turn possess numerous viral particles

Causes of Molluscum Contagiosum

Causes of Molluscum Contagiosum are:-

  • Spread across from one part of the body to another by touching or scratching affected body parts and touching other parts of the body.
  • Direct contact with individuals affected by infection by molluscum contagiosum.

Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum

Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum are:-

  • Average incubation period is two-seven weeks
  • The appearance of painless waxy multiple lesions
  • The average diameter of lesions 2-5mm

Risk Factors of Molluscum Contagiosum

Children are immune-suppressed individuals, and people suffering from atopic dermatitis, etc. fill under the risky group for this disease.

Diagnosis of Molluscum Contagiosum

  • It is usually clinical based on the characteristic appearance of lesions 
  • Skin scraping biopsy may be performed to confirm the diagnosis.

Prevention of Molluscum Contagiosum

  • Avoid contact with the affected person and articles contaminated by him / her.
  • Maintain proper body hygiene.
  • Avoid touching existing skin lesions to prevent their further spread.

Ayurvedic Reference of Molluscum Contagiosum

सवर्णा ग्रथितानीरुजामुद्गसंनिभापिटिकाकफवाताभ्यांबालानामजगल्लिका।
यवप्रख्यायवप्रख्याताभ्यांमांसाश्रिताघना ॥

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Natural Treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum

Ayurveda recommends various natural remedies that contains herbs like Indian Rosewood, Langali, Patha, etc. for herbal and holistic treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum.

  • Lekhana, granthi hara, kapha vata hara treatment is followed.
  • Agni karma and pratisaraneeya kshara karma is beneficial.
  • Vrna ropana chikitsa

Internal Medicines

  • Guggulu Tiktaka Kashayam
  • Triphala Guggulu

External Application

  • Shukthi bhasma
  • Paste of shyama, langala, patha
  • Shudda spatika
  • Yavakshara
  • For vrna ropana – guggulu marichadi taila
  • Chirata tailam
  • Karutha vatu with nimbu swarasa

Single Herbs

  • Shyama (Dalbergia sissoo)
  • Langali (Gloriosa superba)
  • Patha (Cissampelos pareira)

Parasurgical Procedures

  • Agnikarma (cauterisation)
  • Pratisaraneeya ksharkarma
  • Jalaukavacharana (leech therapy)
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Diet and Lifestyle in Molluscum Contagiosum

Follow below mentioned diet and lifestyle guidelines to support the natural treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum:-

Pathya (Do’s)

  • Proper hygiene of the area containing blisters.
  • Low carbohydrate easy-to-digest vegetarian diet.

Apathya (Don’ts)

  • Avoid day sleep, and contact with the affected person.
  • Avoid the use of caustic chemicals over lesions.
  • Avoid Vidahi ahara (acidic food)
  • Avoid Yogurt, Masha, oily, spicy, non-vegetarian, deep-fried food.

Yoga for Molluscum Contagiosum

Below mentioned Yoga procedures are helpful in Molluscum Contagiosum natural treatment:-

Yoga Asanas

  • Utthanasana
  • Trikonasana
  • Bhujangasana 
  • Ustrasana
  • Tadasana


  • Anuloma viloma pranayama

Mudra Therapy

  • Prithvi mudra
  • Prana mudra 
  • Varun mudra 


Molluscum contagiosum is a self-limiting, easy-to-heal skin disorder if given proper care through Ayurveda. Recurrence may be noted due to ahitha ahara vihara acharana. It is of prime importance to seek medical help and take necessary treatment to prevent complications. Following Ayurveda will help in better healing and recovery through safe and complete nature-friendly treatment modalities. Contact our health expert for more guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is Molluscum Contagiosum Infection?

Answer: Molluscum contagiosum is a common self-limiting and painless viral skin infection caused by the pox virus, it is a DNA virus.

Question: What is the major symptom of Molluscum Contagiosum infection?

Answer: The appearance of painless waxy multiple lesions is the major symptom of Molluscum contagiosum.

Question: Is there any Ayurvedic remedy for Molloscum contagiosum?

Answer: Yes, Ayurveda has successful treatment for Molluscum contagiosum through natural measures.

Question: Is Molluscum Contagiosum a STD?

Answer: In adults, molluscum contagiosum is a sexually transmitted infection.

Question: What is Molluscum Contagiosum according to Ayurveda?

Answer: Molluscum contagiosum can be correlated to Ajagallika according to Ayurveda, one among the kshudra roga mentioned in Ayurveda classics.

Question: What are the symptoms of Molluscum contagiosum?

Answer: It is characterized by smooth surfaced, painless, green gram sized and papules of the same color as that of skin with prominent raised part.

Question: What is the Ayurvedic treatment of Molluscum contagiosum?

Answer: The Ayurvedic treatment principle of Molluscum contagiosum includes lekhana, granthi hara, kapha vata hara, vran ropan, agnikarma etc.

Question: What precautions should be taken if a person is suffering with molluscum contagiosum?

Answer: Proper hygiene of the area containing blisters, avoid contact with the affected person, avoid use of caustic chemicals over lesions, avoid intake of acidic food, oily, spicy, vegetarian and deep fried food.


  1. Shloka No. 1, Chapter 31, Kshudrarogavijnaneeyam, Utharasthanam, Astangahrudaya by Acharaya Vaghbhata.
  2. Sushruta Samhita. 8th ed. Singhal GD, editor. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Orientalia; 2005. p. 318.
  3. Vagbhata, Gupta A. Uttaratantra 36/84. Yadunandan U, editor. Astanga Hrudaya. 1st ed. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan; 2005. p. 585.

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