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Oropharyngeal Candidiasis (Mukhpaka)

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Oropharyngeal Candidiasis - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Candida is a fungus present in the mouth of up to 60% healthy people but infection is commonly associated with immunosuppression, use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, diabetes, use of corticosteroids, denture wear, haematinic deficiencies, etc.


In Ayurveda, this condition can be correlated to Mukhpaka. Mukh stands for oral cavity or mouth and paka refers to any inflammation or ulceration. 


Dr. Gupta’s IAFA successfully treats this condition in adults as well in children’s also.  IAFA provides very safe and effective treatment for oropharyngeal candidiasis. 

Causes of Oropharyngeal Candidiasis

In Ayurveda, this condition is caused due to the aggravation of Kapha dosha. Kapha dosha gets aggravated in the oral cavity and stomach leading to oral thrush or oropharyngeal candidiasis.

Ayurvedic Reference of Oropharyngeal Candidiasis

Symptoms of Oropharyngeal Candidiasis

  • Pain and tingling sensation around the mouth
  • Burning while masticating the food
  • Watering of the mouth
  • Constipation
  • Tastelessness
  • Cracking in the ulcers of the mouth

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– Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist
CEO & Founder of IAFA®

Diet Management in Oropharyngeal Candidiasis

Do’s (Pathya):

  • Take foods rich in zinc such as pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts, beans, etc.
  • Include whole grains and fortified cereals in the diet.
  • Dairy products such as cow ghee and cow milk are recommended.

Don’ts (Apathya):

  • Intake of Pitta and Kapha dosha aggravating foods such as fried, spicy, and non-vegetarian food should be avoided.
  • Consumption of tea, coffee, and alcohol should be avoided. 

Yoga Therapy in Oropharyngeal Candidiasis

  • Practice Pranayam such as Kapalbhati and Anulom – Vilom.
  • Various Yoga Postures such as
  1. Suryanamaskar
  2. Padmasana
  3. Vajrasana
  4. Paschimothasana are beneficial.


Ayurvedic Treatment for Oropharyngeal Candidiasis

The Ayurvedic line of treatment of Oropharyngeal Candidiasis includes Shodhana (purificatory) therapy as well as local application of sheetal dravya (coolants). Other Ayurvedic therapies such as Gandusha (Mouth Gargling) and Kavala (Oral Medicaments) also yield good results.


IAFA provides purificatory and palliative therapies for the successful management of Oropharyngeal Candidiasis.


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Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is oropharyngeal candidiasis contagious?

Answer: It is a fungal infection that is not contagious.

Question: Can Oropharyngeal Candidiasis be treated in Ayurveda?

Answer: Yes, definitely. Ayurveda has anti-fungal herbs which can effectively treat oropharyngeal candidiasis.

Question: How much time does it take to heal completely from oropharyngeal candidiasis?

Answer: It depends on the condition of the patient.

Question: Can oropharyngeal candidiasis spread to the lungs?

Answer: It can spread to the other parts of the body including the lungs, liver, and skin.


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