Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Natural Treatment for Herpes Simplex Virus Infection (Herpes)

Abstract

Herpes simplex virus infection (Herpes) that generally caused by direct contact with saliva or infected lesions in humans. It is caused by the Herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are usually two types of HSV i.e. HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 causes oral herpes while HSV-2 which causes genital and newborn herpes.

Oral herpes is responsible for cold sores and blisters around the mouth and in the face while Genital Herpes is characterized by blisters in the genital area. According to the reviews, the general prevalence of this disease varies from 10-20% of the population irrespective of sexes.

Natural Herbs For The Treatment of Herpes

Causes

Herpes simplex virus can be transmitted by sharing objects like toothbrushes, utensils and physical contact with the person who is already affected. Some factors can trigger the activity of the HSV which are mentioned below-

  • Fatigue
  • Physical or emotional stress
  • Trauma
  • Some medications like immunosuppressant,steroids, etc.;
  • Menstruation

Signs & Symptoms

The infected individual can experience symptoms the same as in the flu. Some of the symptoms that occur are as follows-

  • Itching
  • Pain while urinating
  • Blistering sores
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sudden loss of appetite
  • Swelling in lymph nodes

Natural Herbs For The Treatment of Herpes

Natural herbs are a holistic approach to health and proved to be the foundation of the Ayurvedic medical system. This system comprises ethical, spiritual, psychological and physical health. Some of the Indian traditional herbs which have the self-healing capability are discussed below-

1.Aloe Vera

Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) extracts is one of the most used raw material cosmetic, food, medicinal and pharmaceutical industries. This has been a basic material for skin moisturizers, bath aids, sun-screen lotions, shampoos, health drinks, gels, and ointments. It possesses healing properties, increases collagen content and reduces the effect of UV radiation. (1) (2)

2.Chamomile

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is one of the important medicinal herbs which possess anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-spasmodic properties. This is very useful in treating eruptions, infections such as shingles, boils, and hemorrhoids.

3.Neem

Neem (Azadirachta indica) contains numerous active chemical and phytochemical constituents like flavonoids, azadirachtin, nimbidin, salannin, ascorbic acid, quercetin, etc. these all components makes it strong antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal agent. Antioxidants present in neem helps in the deactivation of free radicals present and controls the damage caused by them.

4.Manjistha

Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia) which is also known as Guduchi possess anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal. Anti-bacterial, anti-stress, anti-oxidant, etc. properties. These properties make it beneficial in managing symptoms of various skin diseases.

5.Licorice

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) has been used in the medical industry since ages because it is loaded with antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antioxidant properties. These therapeutic properties make this herb useful in treating various skin infections and chronic ailments.

Ayurvedic Perspective

From an Ayurvedic point of view, when our body does not get enough food, exercise or sleep our immune system gets weak. These all factors result in an imbalance of Tridosha i.e. Pitta, Kapha, and Vata. Unpurified blood which is caused due to the sedentary lifestyle, digestive problems, consuming incompatible food items, etc. leads to lesions of the skin.

Thus to balance Tridosha naturally can be done by changing lifestyle, modifying diet and adopting herbal treatment which will treat it naturally. Ayurveda believes that any disease not only affects a particular organ but an entire body and this requires rejuvenation of the whole body. Rejuvenation can be done by Ayurvedic Rasayan to develop immunity to fight against the infections.

Herpi care pack

Natural Herbs For The Treatment of Herpes

Herbal Remedies By Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is offering Herpi Care Pack for the natural and effective management of the ailment.

Some of The Products Are As Follows

Product Description

1.Neem Capsules

These Capsules have been formulated from pure extracts of neem bark (Azadirachta indica) which is very helpful in treating various skin ailments and infections like eczema, ringworm, herpes, etc. Neem possesses antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, anti-tumor, etc. properties.

Dosage– 2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.

2.Radiant Skin Hair Nails Formulas

  • This Formulation from Planet Ayurveda contains Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha), Pid Papra (Fumaria officinalis), Chirata (Swertia chiretta) and Ghrit Kumari (Aloe barbadensis). This effective herbal combination is very beneficial in maintaining healthy skin due to its richness in micronutrients, vitamins, and phytochemical constituents. This formula overall prevents and manages infections significantly.

Dosage– 2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals

3.Phyllanthus Niruri Capsules

These Herbal Capsules have been formulated from pure extracts of Bhumiamla loaded with goodness that makes it beneficial in blood purification, constipation, detoxification, diabetes, chronic fever, etc. This product is very effective in stimulating appetite, treating asthma, jaundice, liver diseases, skin infections, etc.

Dosage- 2 capsules three times a day with plain water.

4.Pitta Balance Capsules

This Herbal Supplement has been prepared by amazing herbs like Coral calcium (Praval pishti), agate calcium (Akik pishti), jawar mohra pishti, Kamdudha ras, Mukta pishti, giloy (Tinospora cordifolia). These herbs in combination act synergistically in aiding digestion, balancing vitiated Pitta dosha and natural cardiac tonic.

Dosage-1 capsule two times a day with plain water

4. Heal Ek Ointment

Ayurvedic is another amazing product that is effective in healing cuts, burns, and wounds.

Direction for use- It is recommended to apply on the affected area gently.

5.Kachnaar Guggul

This herbal preparation is a combination of amazing herbs like Kachnar bark (Bauhinia variegate), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Marich (Piper nigrum), Pippali (Piper longum), Varuna (Crataeva religiosa) and Bhibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica). This product significantly manages herpes infection and reduces pain and inflammation.

Dosage-2 tablets two times a day with plain water

6.Curcumin Capsules

Ayurveda offers Curcumin capsules that contain Haridra (Curcuma longa) which effectively manages symptoms of herpes. This herb provides relief in cold sores because it possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions.

Dosage-2 capsules two times a day with plain water

Precautions

  • Avoid direct contact with infected people.
  • Try not to share any items like cosmetics, utensils, clothing, etc. that can pass on the virus.
  • The affected person should avoid sexual contact
  • Make a habit of washing hands whenever one applies medication with a cotton swab to reduce contact with sores.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92765/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764/

Motor Neurone Disease Treatment in Ayurveda

Introduction

Loss of function of the nerves (neurones) in the spine and brain i.e. neurodegenerative disorders are commonly referred to as Motor Neurone Disease.

Motor Neurone Disease

They are the commonest form of neurodegenerative diseases, however, they are rare. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s disease is the commonest type of MND.

Age Predilection

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) can occur at any age however the symptoms usually start appearing after the age of 40.

It is more common in men than women.

Etiology

The etiology behind MND is unknown, however research depicts the following etiological factors :

  • Exposure of certain toxins and chemicals
  • Inflammation and damage to immune system response
  • Ageing of motor neurones
  • Exposure of viruses.

Clinical Features Associated With Motor Neurone Disease

  • Loss of speech
  • Mild Behavioural change
  • Difficulty in doing day-to-day activities, therefore, remaining dependent on others
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Breathlessness and Dysphagia
  • Develop Paralysis of both sides of the body

Symptoms Associated With Motor Neurone Disease

Symptoms of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) are categorized in 3 stages namely: Early, Middle and Advanced.

Symptoms in Early Stage of Motor Neurone Disease

  • Fatigue
  • Slurred Speech
  • Weak arms and legs
  • Difficulty in picking up and holding things due to difficult grasp
  • Difficulty in breathing (Dyspnoea)
  • Weight Loss
  • Abnormal responses with respect to emotions like laughing or crying

Symptoms in the Middle Stage of Motor Neurone Disease

It is a severe form of the early stage of the disease characterized by:

  • Pain in joints
  • Drooling of Saliva
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Shrinkage of muscles of the body
  • Personality changes.

Later Stages of Motor Neurone Disease May Develop

Brain involvement, memory and language problems consequently leading to dementia, depression and insomnia.

Symptoms of Advanced Stage Motor Neurone Disease

Is a life-threatening phase where the patient is not able to move, breathe and thereby leading to death due to Dyspnoe problems.

Ayurvedic Herbs for Management of Motor Neurone Disease

  • Shankhpuspi (Convulvus Pluricaulis)
  • Mandukaparni (Centella Asiatica)
  • Brahmi (Bacopa Moneiri)

1. Shankhpuspi

This effective ayurvedic herb is helpful in the treatment of nervous disability, fatigue and insomnia. Due to its effect on brain cells, it thereby produces a feeling of relief, calmness and peace with a decrease in stress levels by serving as a brain tonic. It acts by relieving mental fatigue with nontoxic properties and free from side effects. This herb balances the Kapha-Vatta and Pitta doshas and thereby improves overall wellbeing.

2. Mandukparni

This herb is extremely effective as it acts on behaviour along with exhibiting neuroprotective brain growth properties. It also inhibits memory impairment and decreases stress levels. It thereby gives a boost to our wisdom and intellect. It energizes the brain and helps in the proper functioning of brain cells.

3. Brahmi

It is the ayurvedic herb of grace which boosts up the brain functioning, decreases stress and anxiety and increases learning and ability to retain information.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Motor Neurone Disease by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda provides the ayurvedic formulations to boost up the brain activity in the patients suffering from Motor Neurone Disease (MND). These formulations do not have any side effects and are natural as well as herbal.

The following is the list of ayurvedic formulations for MND:

Herbal Supplements for Motor Neurone Disease

Herbal Supplements for Motor Neurone Disease

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1. Gotukola Capsules

It is prepared from pure extract of Mandukparni/Gotukola. This herb balances the 3 doshas within the body, maintains and boosts up the brain activity.

Dose: 2 capsules twice a day after meals.

2. Ashwagandha Capsules

These capsules are prepared with the standardized extract of Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha) herb. It helps relieve paralysis symptoms and relieves physiological functions by working on the neuroendocrine system.

Dose: 1 Capsule twice daily after the meals.

3. Brahmi Capsules

It balances the Pitta and Kapha doshas in the body. It further decreases stress and makes the mind calm, relaxed and regenerates brain cells.

Dose: 2 Capsules two times daily after meals.

4. Shilajit Capsules

This capsule is made up of Shilajit herb which eliminates toxins from the body and decreases stress.

Dose: 1-2 capsules once or twice a day after meals.

5. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

This formulation is made by a combination of natural ingredients like Swarna Bhasma, Rajata Bhasma, Loha Bhasma, Abbraka Bhasma, Pravela Bhasma, Mukta Bhasma, Suta Bhasma, Aloe Vera juice.

This formulation increases mental health, keeps the nervous system healthy and also balances the doshas.

Dose: 1 Capsule twice a day after the meals.

Panchkarma Treatments for Motor Neurone Disease

1. Patra Potli Massage

This effective herbal massage improves blood circulation, increases muscle strength, relieves body pain and stiffness. It is also an anti-ageing treatment.

2. Shashtishali Pind Swedan

It is one of the most important swedana (sweat-inducing) therapies. It rejuvenates and treats insomnia and muscle weaknesses. It delays ageing, removes stiffness of the joints and cleans all body passages.

3. Shirodhara

This ayurvedic therapy involves gentle pouring of the liquids over the forehead. “Shiro” means head and “Dhara” means flow.

  • It is extremely effective in the treatment of neurological disorders.
  • It also improves sleep quality amongst suffering patients. It relieves mental stress also. It relaxes the hypothalamus in the brain and brings the activity of hormones to a normal level so as to regulate sleep and emotions.