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Ayurvedic solutions for Herpes Zoster: a Viral Infection

Ayurvedic solutions for Herpes Zoster: a Viral Infection

Herpes Zoster is a common viral infection of the nerves in which painful rashes forms into blisters on the strip of the skin and can occur anywhere in the body.


A tingling or local pain occurs two or four days before the rash occurs.Symptoms occurs fever, fatigue,headache,burning sensation,itching,pins and needles and pricking pain,numbness,over sensitivity.Pain can be mild to extreme,but sensation often described as stringing,tingling,aching or throbbing. The rash usually heals within 2-4weeks,but in some people develops ongoing nerve pain which can lasts upto months or years and this condition is postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).And with poor immune system the rash may occur widely.It is also called Shingles.It is due to reactivation of Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV).Once chicken pox has resolved,the virus may remain inactive in nerve cells.When it reactivates it travels from nerves to the ending of the skin with small blisters.Risk factors for reactivation includes old age,poor immune system,had chicken pox before eighteen months of age.Diagnosis is usually based on signs and symptoms.


The rash commonly occurs on the hands,armpits,shoulders,eyes,wrist or anywhere on the body.Initially rash occurs then it becomes vesicular forming small blisters filled with serous exudate with fever and fatigue.The painful vesicles eventually become cloudy or darkened as it is filled with blood,and it becomes crust within 7/10 days.Usually the crusts fall off and the skin heals,but sometimes in severe blisters skin remains with scarring and discoloration.


Contact doctor if u suspects Herpes Zoster in Following situations,

  • You are sixty plus years old because it raises risk of complications.
  • Rash occurs near eye if left untreated the infection can lead to permanent eye damage.
  • If a person with weakened immune system due to chronic illness or cancer or medications.
  • The rash is widespread and painful.

Complications from Herpes Zoster,


Vision loss due to rash in or around eye can cause painful infection may result in vision loss, Neurological problems,depending on which nerves are affected,Herpes Zoster can cause inflammation of the bra,facial paralysis,hearing or balance problems,etc.


Postherpetic neuralgia,In some cases Herpes Zoster pain continues long after blisters have cleared.It occurs when damaged nerve fibers send confused and exaggerated messages of pain from body to skin to the brain.


Skin problems,If Herpes Zoster not treated well, some bacterial infection may develop.

Causes of the Herpes Zoster or Kaksha

Excessive consumption of the following Food items,

  • Salty, Alkaline, Sour, Curd, Fermented, Stale Food
  • Jaggery
  • Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Wrong Food Combinations
  • Unwholesome Food
  • Day Time Sleep
  • Excessive Roaming in Sunny Days
  • Excessive Purification Therapy Treatment

Ayurvedic Reference of Herpes Zoster

In Ayurveda Kaksha is the disease explained under Kshudhraroga in Charaka,Sushrut,Vagbhat,Madhav Nidan.Signs and symptoms of Kaksha disease are similar to the Herpes Zoster,so it is correlated.

Signs and Symptoms of Herpes Zoster or Kaksha

  • Burning, Stinging, Pricking Pain
  • Sensitive to Touch
  • Fluid Filled Red Blisters
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Itching

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Diet Management in Herpes Zoster or Kaksha

Do’s (Pathya): Consume Following,

  • Pulses like Moong dal, Lentils
  • Shali Rice
  • Black Resins

Don’ts (Apathya): Avoid Following,

  • Spicy Food
  • Unwholesome Food Combinations
  • Fermented Food
  • Extra Alkaline Food
  • Newly Harvested Grains
  • Excess Alcohol consumption
  • Excessive Exercise
  • Day Time Sleep
  • Exposure to the Sun
  • Stress,Over Anger

Yogasanas For Herpes Zoster or Kaksha

Yoga positions are used to improve blood circulation and breathing, which are important for skin disease, it relieves symptoms like stress,anxiety,depression and helps digestion.Yogasanas improves the function of the Immunity System.Practice Yogasanas and Pranayama regularly to maintain health.

  • Viparit Karani
  • Supra Baddha Konasana
  • Balasana

Internal Medicines for Herpes Zoster or Kaksha

  • Chandrakalavati
  • Mouktic Kamdudha
  • Chandraputi Praval
  • Ahifen
  • Gandhak Rasayan

  • Manjishtavati
  • Kaishorguggul
  • Guduchi Kwath
  • Panchtiktagruta Guggul

Purification Therapy for Herpes Zoster or Kaksha

Purification Therapy or Panchakarma is detoxification procedure and it has unique approach to the disease hence it is essential for the management of the disease.


Raktmokshan or Blood Letting Therapy in which some quantity of blood is removed to neutralize Aggravated dosha.It is a curative as well as preventive therapy.It is a blood cleaning and purification Therapy.

Single Herbs for Herpes Zoster or Kaksha

  • Glycyrrhiza glabra
  • Turmeric
  • Trichosanthes diocia
  • Indian Sandlewood
  • Chrysopogon zizanioides

  • Red octive
  • Lotus
  • Garlic
  • Azadirachta indica

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is Herpes Zoster contagious?

Answer: It can spread the virus when the rash is in blister phase.

Question: Does stress cause Herpes Zoster?

Answer: Stress could be a trigger for Herpes Zoster.

Question: What happens when Herpes Zoster untreated?

Answer: If untreated some combinations of Herpes Zoster can be fatal.

Question: How many times can you get Herpes Zoster?

Answer: It won’t get again but in case of low Immunity with aging can cause Herpes Zoster again.

Question: Can Ayurveda treat Herpes Zoster successfully?

Answer: Yes, Ayurveda treats Herpes Zoster successfully and studies have proved it.

Dr. SAHIL GUPTA
BAMS, MHA
CEO, IAFATM 

www.iafaforallergy.com

Keywords: Herpes Zoaster, Varicella Zoster Virus, Kshudhraroga, Kaksha, Viral Infection. 

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