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    Nail Candidiasis (Chippam)

    कुर्यात्पित्तानिलंपाकंनखमांसेसरुग्जवरम् l
    चिप्पमक्षतरोगंचविद्यादुपनखंचतत् ll (अ.हृ.उ. ३१/२३) ll

    Nail Candidiasis - Causes, Symptoms, and Ayurvedic Treatment

    Candida is a naturally occurring fungus that everyone has on their body. Under certain conditions, some types of Candida grow too fast and cause an infection to develop. This infection is known as Candidiasis which specifically affects the skin and nails. The most common species is Candida albicans that can cause infection in the nails, skin, and mucous membranes throughout the body.

     

    It thrives in a warm and humid environment and a weak immune system or other conditions allow the infection to develop.

     

    According to Ayurveda, nails are the byproduct of asthi dhatu (bones). If the bones are healthy, nails are healthy too. Asthi dhatu is primarily made from medo-dhatu (adipose tissue) and later asthi dhatu form majja – dhatu (nervous tissue).

     

    Dr. Gupta’s IAFA successfully treats this condition and provides very safe and effective treatment for nail candidiasis. The asthi-majja-meda are connected with the digestive system as per Ayurvedic principles along with rakta (blood) and Pitta dosha. 

    What are the Causes of Nail Candidiasis?

    Fungal infection is caused due to internal as well as external factors. Internal factors include such as chronic intestinal issues along with indigestion, diabetes, etc. The external factors include lack of hygiene, use of chemicals, injury, etc.

    Ayurvedic Reference of Nail Candidiasis

    Symptoms of Nail Candidiasis

    • Brittle and easily breakable or splitting nails
    • White, brown, or yellow discoloration
    • Nail lifting up and becoming detached
    • Thinning nails with a dry and powdery surface
    • Debris collecting under the nail
    • Thicker and more discolored nails

    “Dr. Gupta’s IAFA assures fast relief from chronic fungal nail candidiasis through Ayurvedic treatment. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® provides the best evidence-based Ayurvedic treatment that includes internal medications, external procedures along with complete guidance about diet and lifestyle.”

    Reach IAFA and know what real Ayurvedic treatment is!!

     

    – Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

    Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist
    CEO & Founder of IAFA®

    Diet Management in Nail Candidiasis

    Do’s (Pathya)

    • Intake of fresh and warm food is recommended
    • Drink adequate water
    • Wash your hands frequently
    • Maintain personal, social, and environmental hygiene
    • Change clothes daily
    • Exposure to mild sunlight daily in the morning and evening is recommended.

    Don’ts (Apathya)

    • Intake of Pitta and Vata dosha aggravating foods such as fried, spicy, and non-vegetarian food should be avoided.
    • Consumption of tea, coffee, and alcohol should be avoided. 
    • Avoid applying nail paints and chemical-based skincare products.
    • Avoiding sleeping during day time 
    • Lack of enough sleep

    Yoga Therapy in Nail Candidiasis

    Various Yoga postures such as:-

    • Suryanamaskar, 
    • Padmasana, 
    • Vajrasana, 
    • Paschimottanasana is quite effective.

    Pranayam such as:-

    • Anulom Vilom,
    • Kapalbhati,
    • Chandrabhedi is effective.

    Ayurvedic Treatment for Nail Candidiasis

    IAFA provides purificatory and internal therapies for the successful management of Nail Candidiasis.

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    Dosage / Usage

    For External Use
    Purificatory Therapies for Adults are as follows

    Purificatory Therapies for Nail Candidiasis include anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiseptic treatment that provides long-term results and prevents the recurrence of this infection. 

    IAFA provides effective purificatory therapies. These are:

    1. IAFA AF – 7 Bar: Use IAFA AF – 7 Bar for hand washing purposes.

    2. IAFA AF – 7 Powder:  For Paste: Apply externally as a water-based paste for 15-20 minutes. For making the paste, take 3-5 grams of IAFA AF – 7 powder in 20 ml water for paste and apply it once a day. 

    3. IAFA AF -7 Oil: Apply 3-5 ml on the affected part and allow it to get absorbed for 45 minutes and wipe it off with a dry cotton cloth. Apply it twice a day for best results.

    4. IAFA AF – 7 Cream: It can be applied directly. Apply 1-2 gm of the cream on the affected part twice or thrice a day. Apply cream twice a day.

    Internal Medications for Adults

    5. IAFA AF – 7 Tablet: Take 2 tablets twice a day.

    6. IAFA AF – 7 Tea: ½ teaspoon (2.5 g approx.) for 1 cup of tea to be taken twice a day. 

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    Dosage / Usage

    For External Use
    Purificatory Therapies are as follows

    1. IAFA AF – 7 Bar: Use IAFA AF – 7 Bar for handwashing purposes.

    2. IAFA AF – 7 Powder:  For Paste: Apply externally as a water-based paste for 15-20 minutes. For making the paste, take 3-5 grams of IAFA AF – 7 powder in 20 ml water for paste and apply it once a day. 

    3. IAFA AF -7 Oil: Apply 3-5 ml on the affected part and allow it to get absorbed for 45 minutes and wipe it off with a dry cotton cloth. Apply it twice a day for best results.

    4. IAFA AF – 7 Cream: It can be applied directly. Apply 1-2 gm of the cream on the affected part twice or thrice a day. Apply cream twice a day.

    Internal Medications for Kids

    5. Skin Detox Drops: 1 ml (1 dropper) with 10 ml of water to be taken twice a day.

    6. Shishu Laxo Herb: 1 ml (1 dropper) with 10 ml of water twice a day.

    7. Haridrakhandam: 1-2 grams once or twice a day.

    Products Description

    1. IAFA AF – 7 Bar:

    IAFA AF-7 Bar is an anti-fungal anti-bacterial bathing bar that works on fungal infections without making the skin dry. It has a soothing cleansing action which is ideal for nail candidiasis. It is carefully infused with 7 antimicrobial and antifungal Ayurvedic herbs such as: Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Asana (Pterocarpus marsupium), Darvi (Berberis aristata), Sirisa (Albizia lebbeck), Chakarmard (Cassia tora), Rakta Chandana (Pterocarpus santalinus) and Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera).

    2. IAFA AF – 7 Powder:

    IAFA AF – 7 Powder is made up of herbal components rather than any harmful chemicals. It is an excellent remedy for treating fungal or bacterial infections as it soothes and cleanses the skin and promotes blood detoxification as well. This powder is a combination of the following 7 ingredients: Aragwadha (Cassia fistula), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Asana (Pterocarpus marsupium), Triphala (Compound drug), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata) and Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa).

    3. IAFA AF – 7 Oil

    IAFA AF – 7 Oil is an Ayurvedic oil for topical application. It restores the health and beauty of the nails by treating fungal infections like nail candidiasis. This oil consists of herbs such as: Aragwadha (Cassia fistula), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Triphala (Compound drug), Asana (Pterocarpus marsupium), Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Sariba (Hemidesmus indicus), Kamal Kesara (Nelumbo nucifera), Padmaka (Prunus cerasoides), Sarjarasam (Vateria indica), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Dadima Patra (Punica granatum), Priyangu (Callicarpa macrophyllum), Sirisa (Albizia lebbeck), Saindavam (Rock Salt) and Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera).

    4. IAFA AF – 7 Cream:

    IAFA AF – 7 Cream is a natural composition with powerful antifungal and antiseptic properties. These properties help in treating nail candidiasis by reducing inflammation and itching. This Ayurvedic cream is safe to use and free of any side effects. The anti–fungal herbs used to prepare IAFA AF – 7 Cream consists of 7 herbs which are: Haridra (Curcuma longa), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Sirisa (Albizia lebbeck), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Sigru (Moringa oleifera), Senna (Cassia angustifolia), Chakarmard (Cassia tora) and Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera).

    5. IAFA AF – 7 Tablet:

    IAFA AF-7 Tablet consists of herbs that help in the treatment of chronic fungal infections as it supports blood detoxification, enhances immunity, and treats nail candidiasis by working on the root cause. IAFA AF – 7 tablet consists of several ingredients like: Khadira (Acacia catechu), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Tvak (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Chakarmard (Cassia tora) and Triphala (compound drug). 

    6. IAFA AF – 7 Tea:

    IAFA AF -7 tea helps to combat fungal infections like nail candidiasis effectively. It is an herbal concoction of certain high potency herbs which work together to offer relaxation, detoxification and enhance immunity as well. It is a mixture of following antioxidant herbs: Katurohini (Picrorhiza kurroa), Pada (Cissampelos pareira), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica), Khadira (Acacia catechu), and Chirayata (Swertia chirata).

    7. Skin Detox Drops:

    IAFA Skin Detox Drops is an herbal formula designed to alleviate nail candidiasis in children effectively without causing any harmful effects as it does not contain any chemicals. It is prepared under the strict supervision of experienced healthcare professionals of IAFA. Herbs that are present in this formulation are: Vasa (Adhatoda vasica), Sonf (Foeniculum vulgare), Manjisth (Rubia cordifolia), Devdaru (Cedrus deodara), Vyaghri (Solanum surattense), Patola (Trichosanthes dioica), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Aragwadha (Cassia fistula), Krimijit (Embelia ribes), Amritha (Tinospora cordifolia) and Karanja (Pongamia pinnata).

    8. Shishu Laxoherb:

    IAFA Shishu Laxoherb is excellent and absolutely safe preparation for kids that is infused with bowel wellness herbs that support healthy intestinal balance. It is pure vegetarian formula and this product does not contain wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, peanuts, etc. Ingredients of IAFA’s Shishu Laxoherb are: Revand Chini (Rheum emodi), Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare), Anjeer (Ficus carica), Amaltaas (Cassia fistula), and Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra).

    9. Haridrakhandam:

    Haridrakhandam is a classical Ayurvedic formulation that is highly effective in infections having Haridra as the main ingredient. Haridra is considered a powerful anti-fungal and antiseptic in nature. It is nature’s best spice for fungal infections.

    References

    1. Child Health and Ayurveda, First Edition 2021, by Sahil Gupta, Angular Stomatitis Chapter No. 31, Page No. 131-134.
    2. Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, by Sahil Gupta, Fungal Infection Chapter No. 41, Page No. 250.
    3. Sharma P, editor. Sutrasthana, Chapter 20, verse 11. In: Charak Samhita of Acharya Charak. Vol. I. 8th ed. Varanasi, India: Chaukhambha Orientalia; 2007. p. 139.
    4. Tripathi B. Charak Samhita with Hindi commentary ‘Charak Chandrika’, Chapter 5, citation no. 204. Varanasi, India: Chaukhambha Prakashan. p. 186.
    5. Gupta Atrideva, Astangahrdaya, Chaukhambha Prakashan Varanasi, edition reprint, 2007, Nidana Sthan 14/24, p. 273.

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: Can nail candidiasis spread to other parts of the body?

    Answer: If the infection is not treated and proper hygiene is not maintained, then it can spread to other body parts directly or indirectly.

    Question: Can a person with nail candidiasis use skin cosmetics like nail paints or skin moisturizers?

    Answer: A person with nail candidiasis should avoid applying nail paint or chemical-based skin moisturizers. To keep the skin hydrated, use chemical-free moisturizers.

    Question: How does Ayurveda treat nail candidiasis?

    Answer: In Ayurveda, the causative factors are ruled out first. After finding out the exact root cause, internal and external treatments are prescribed which are quite useful in treating as well as preventing the recurrence. Ayurveda provides the anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and immune-modulatory treatment.

    Question: Is the Ayurvedic treatment of nail candidiasis slow?

    Answer: Definitely not. The first line of Ayurvedic treatment is to find out the main root cause. If it is clear, then according to the root cause, treatment is provided which is fast.

    Question: Why is Ayurvedic treatment slow?

    Answer: It is a myth about Ayurvedic treatment that Ayurvedic medicines act very slowly but actually it is not. It is totally dependent on the condition of the patient as well as how the patient follows the Ayurvedic physician’s advice. 

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