Category: Skin Health

What is SHINGLES (Herpes Zoster)? – Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment

ABSTRACT

In this article, you’ll get to know all about the Shingles or Herpes zoster in one place. The causative virus of this particular infection is Varicella-zoster, which results in red rashes on the skin accompanied by pain and burning on the affected area. Shingles is only caused to the people who have already suffered from chickenpox at some point of their life, putting clearly it is the reactivation of the same virus. Let’s learn in detail about the infection and role of Ayurveda in treating the infection naturally.

INTRODUCTION TO THE SHINGLES

Shingles is also termed as herpes zoster which causes painful rashes on the body. Vaccines are given to decrease the risk of getting this infection but nothing is hundred percent guaranteed. Herpes zoster or shingles is not a deadly disease but can cause long-lasting pain and burning. When a person gets chicken pox, the virus may remain in latent state even after recovering from the infection completely. This virus lives in the nervous system of a person for many years only to reactivate as shingles. Rashes may appear on any part of the body but the predominant locations are neck, torso or face.

AYURVEDIC ASPECT OF SHINGLES

As per the Ayurveda, shingles or herpes zoster is caused due to the aggravation of Pitta dosha in the body. Pitta dosha can be flared due to excessive oiliness or heat, building up of toxins in the body, excessive increase in vata, pitta and kapha dosha or improperly digested food. Owing to any of these factors skin gets affected as it is an organ of elimination.

symptoms of herpes

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF THE SHINGLES

Usually the small part of the body is affected by shingles, generally including one side of the body. Some of the major signs and symptoms of this infection are:

  • Pain occurring in small patches usually on one side of the body
  • Burning is also accompanied with pain on affected areas
  • Rashes which are red in color are followed after a few days
  • Itching in the rashes
  • Appearance of blisters which breaks and crust is formed over them
  • Some of the less common symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and photosensitivity.

Pain is the most common and can be the most severe symptom of the infection. In some cases there might be pain without any rashes. Right or left torso is the common location for the appearance of blisters.

RISK FACTORS OF SHINGLES

People who got affected by Chickenpox whose chances are more likely to get affected by shingles or herpes zoster are:

  • Having low immunity or immunocompromised people
  • Having life threatening conditions like HIV, cancer, or who have had organ transplant
  • Age above 50 years
  • Prolonged illness
  • Experiencing stress for a long time
  • People gone through trauma

CAUSES OF SHINGLES

Herpes zoster or shingles is caused by the virus called Varicella-zoster. It is the same virus which causes chickenpox. When a person suffers from chickenpox which means first infection, the symptoms are treated or resolved on its own without the virus leaving the body. This virus stays in the body passing to the nervous system and remains dormant for maybe years and due to unknown reasons get reactivated at any point of life causing shingles. When this reactivation occurs, the virus travels to the skin along the nerve pathways and develops the signs and symptoms of herpes zoster. However not everyone who got chickenpox will get affected from it. Probably the risk factors discussed above are the reasons for its reactivation.

DIAGNOSIS OF SHINGLES

The typical distribution of the rashes on the body is the most useful tool for the diagnosis of the shingles. Rashes and blisters of shingles are usually present on one side of the body which is a characteristic feature. However certain laboratory tests including the fluid swab from blisters or its scraping will confirm the presence of virus in it.

TREATMENT OF SHINGLES

As shingles is considered to be an incurable condition, in orthodox system of medicine (Allopathy) the medication is given to relieve the complaints. Main mode of treatment is antiviral medicines to decrease the duration of symptoms and relieve the discomfort caused by shingles. Painkillers are given to ease the pain. At times there can also occur bacterial infection along with shingles, hence antibacterial medications are given for it. However all of these medicines have certain side effects when taken in the long term and shingles generally takes 2-6 weeks in order to resolve. When an immunocompromised person gets shingles (herpes zoster), these drugs can worsen their immunity. Hence opting the natural science, i.e. Ayurveda would be a better option.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF SHINGLES

As per the Ayurveda diseases are caused due to the imbalance of any of the three doshas, i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha and hence restoration of their balance is the main aim in order to restore health. As per the Ayurvedic concept, shingles can be correlated with Pittaj visarpa. As we already discussed, due to the increase in Pitta dosha disease is manifested on the skin in the form of red rashes, burning and pain. In Ayurveda not a single part or area is treated but the person as a whole is treated which results in restoration of complete health of a person as a whole. Holistic approach of treatment includes correction of physical exercise (Vihaar), diet (Ahar) along with the natural medicines (Aushadhi). Certain external processes to let out the toxins can be done like therapeutic purgation or bloodletting. External applications like mukhalepa and pralepa (herbal pastes) can be used on the affected areas. Further we will discuss the medicines which can be used to treat shingles naturally.

HERBAL REMEDIES BY PLANET AYURVEDA FOR SHINGLES

Planet Ayurveda is one of the leading herbal brands in India. It is very well known in India and abroad for the amazing herbal products which are used to treat various acute as well as chronic (obstinate) diseases. All the products manufactured here are produced following the strict Ayurvedic principles under the supervision of MD Ayurveda doctors who have expertise in this area. All the medicines and products manufactured in Planet Ayurveda are purely herbal, vegetarian, organic and devoid of chemicals, preservatives, fillers, dye, colors, additives and yeast. These medicines and products are further prescribed to the patients by experienced MD Ayurveda doctors as per the disease or complaints one is suffering from. For Shingles, Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal medicines that works efficiently in treating and managing the infection naturally.

Herbal Supplements for Herpes

Herbal Supplements for Herpes

Product List

These herbal formulations are selected for treating the infection as they contain herbs and compounds which have healing effects on the shingles. These herbal medicines help in relieving the pain, burning, rashes, blisters and eradicate the infection naturally without causing any further harm to the body.

  1. Manjishthadi ghan vati
  2. Pitta balance
  3. Neurogenie capsule
  4. Kaishore guggul
  5. Gleaming skin hair nails formula

Product Description

1. Mahamanjisthadi Ghan vati

These herbal tablets are prepared from the extract of Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia) which is known for its amazing therapeutic effect on skin. Owing to these factors, Mahamanjisthadi Ghan vati helps in treating the rashes and blisters which is one of the main complaints in shingles and clears the skin naturally.

Dosage- Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

2. Pitta balance

Praval pishti (Coral calcium), Akik pishti (Agate calcium), Kamdudha ras (An Ayurvedic calcium compound), Jawar mohra pishti (An Ayurvedic calcium compound), Giloy satva (Tinospora cordifolia) and Mukta pishti (Pearl calcium) are used in the preparation of the Pitta balance. All of these components altogether acts in a synergistic manner to alleviate the Pitta dosha, hence eradicating the root cause and restoring the health.

Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

3. Neurogenie capsule

These herbal capsules are prepared from standardized extract of two therapeutic herbs, i.e. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Neurogenie capsules as the name suggests are used to treat neurological complaints. In shingles pain and burning is due to the affected nerve, hence these capsules help in relieving the mentioned ailments naturally.

Dosage-Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

4. Kaishore Guggul

It is prepared from the combination of numerous herbs, i.e. Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Vidanga (Embelia ribes), Black pepper (Piper nigrum), Long pepper (Piper longum), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Indian jalap (Ipomoea turpetheum), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), and Red physic nut (Baliospermum montanum). Kaishore guggul helps in eliminating the accumulated toxins from the body in the case of shingles or herpes zoster and relieves the condition by purifying the blood.

Dosage- Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

5. Gleaming skin, hair, nails Formula

These are the multi herbal capsules which helps in clearing the rashes, itching and redness from the skin in the people suffering from shingles and helps in maintaining healthy skin. Herbs like Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), sariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Pit papda (Fumaria officinalis) and Ghrit kumari (Aloe barbadensis) are used in the preparation of Gleaming skin, hair, nails capsules.

Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

CONCLUSION

Shingles or herpes zoster is not a fatal condition however it can cause severe and long lasting pain. Natural medicines discussed above can help in relieving and treating the condition naturally and gently without causing any further damage to the body.

How to Treat Cutaneous Larva Migrans Naturally Through Ayurveda

Abstract

Skin is one of the organs which is constantly exposed to the external environment and is a common way where parasites can easily enter the body. The infestation of parasites can easily affect the skin resulting in lesions. Parasitic infections are increasing in dermatology due to the rising number of people traveling and immigrating. In Spite of all that clinical features on skin people ignore the signs and this leads to worsening the skin condition. One of these skin conditions caused by the infestation of parasites is Cutaneous Larva Migrans and in this article we are going to discuss this more in detail along with herbal treatment.

What are Cutaneous Larva Migrans?

It is the skin condition found in humans caused by larvae of the various parasites from the hookworm family. These parasites are commonly found in the intestines of animals like cats, dogs etc. This causes creeping eruptions due to its appearance on the skin and is also known colloquially. In the parts of the Southern USA it is also called sandworms because they are commonly found in the sandy soil. The term Cutaneous Larva Migrans means larvae wandering under the skin. They are commonly found in humid or tropical regions and it typically goes without noticed within 4 to 7 weeks but in some cases it might get worse.

Cutaneous Larva Migrans

What are the signs and symptoms?

Here are some of the common clinical features including

  • Twisting Red Lesions:-This skin disease might start with an infection which looks like a red and itchy eruption which appears as a snake-like twisting lesion. The pattern is commonly caused due to movements of the lesions under the skin.
  • Itching:- The itching causes pain as well as stinging sensation, and if scratched can also lead to other secondary bacterial infections.
  • Swelling:- Inflammation of the lesion is very common.
  • Lesions common on Feet as well as Back Side:- While Cutaneous Larva Migrans can occur anywhere in the body but commonly seen in the part exposed to sand like feet, hands or thighs.
  • Normally Cutaneous larva migrans heal within one week or month without causing any harm. However, due to its severity it is important to get medical attention.

What are the causes for Cutaneous Larva Migrans?

  • There are many other different types of hookworm larvae causing Cutaneous Larva Migrans.  These parasites are found in dogs as well as cats and they live in their intestine which is spreaded in the environment through their feces.
  • The infection is caused when the skin comes in direct contact with the larvae through the contaminated sand or soil. After coming into contact the larvae then burrow through the upper layer of skin.
  • It is commonly seen in people who walk barefoot or who sit on ground without any barrier which increases the risk. It is also very common in regions like Central and South America, Africa, the Caribbean, the Southeastern United States, and Southeast Asia.

How can Cutaneous Larva Migrans be Diagnosed?

The doctor might ask for traveling history and along with that physical examination might show lesions measuring 2 to 3 mm.

Other tests include

  1. Fecal examination
  2. Blood test
  3. Endoscopy
  4. MRI or X-Ray

Treatment For Cutaneous Larva Migrans in Ayurveda

Planet is a Private Limited Company which not only provides herbal medicine in India but also other parts of the world. All the medicines are free from chemicals, preservatives and additives making it free from all kinds of side-effects. Each of them are made under the supervision of an MD Ayurvedic Doctor and tested as well. They not only help in treating the disease but also removing the root cause of the disease. Here is the list of medicine including:-

  1. Kaishore Guggul
  2. Dermo Plan Syrup
  3. Manjishtha Capsules
  4. Gandhak Rasayan
  5. Septrin Tablets

Herbs for Cutaneous Larva Migrans

Herbal Remedies for Cutaneous Larva Migrans

Product Description

1. Kaishore Guggul

It is made from the extract of herbs like Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Black pepper (Piper nigrum),  Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) etc. It is one of the best herbal medicines for treating and maintaining the health of skin.  It also helps in removing all kinds of parasites from the body and improving the health of the pancreas.

Dosage:- Two tablets twice daily with water after meals.

2. Dermo Plan Syrup

It is one of the best syrup for treating skin disorders made from herbs like Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Khadir (Areca catechu), Shobhanjan (Moringa oleifera)  and many more. All the herbs together help in removing all kinds of skin infestation especially Cutaneous larva migrans. It is effective in purifying the blood and giving it a natural glow to skin.

Dosage:- Two teaspoons twice daily after meals.

3. Manjishtha Capsules

These capsules are filled with one single herb known as Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia). It is packed with anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties which helps in reducing all kinds of swelling. It naturally reduces all the rashes and also the levels of blood glucose. It is effective in maintaining the good health of skin both internally as well as externally.

Dosage:- Two capsules after meals twice daily with plain water.

4. Gandhak Rasayan

It is well known for enhancing the immunity of skin as it is made from one single herb called Gandhak Rasayan (Purified Sulfur). It is packed with antiviral, antimicrobial as well as antibacterial properties These tablets will help in getting rid of parasites from the skin naturally. It is effective in improving the complexion naturally.

Dosage:-  One tablet twice daily after meals with water.

5. Septrin Tablets

These tablets are filled with herbs like Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Haldi (Curcuma longa), Marich (Piper nigrum), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) etc.  It is one of the effective tablets for improving immunity and also reducing inflammation from skin. It helps in killing bacterial infection and also symptoms like fever, pain or rash.

Dosage:- Two tablets after meals twice daily with water.

How can Cutaneous Larva Migrans be Prevented?

Here are some of the few steps that can help in preventing the disease and this includes:-

  • Wearing shoes:- Many of the infections are caused due to  walking barefoot so it’s important to wear shoes.
  • Using barrier:- It is important to put a towel or any fabric while sitting down on sand as it might be contaminated.
  • Consider clothing:- Thighs and buttocks are one of the common areas for infection so it’s important to cover the area.
  • Avoiding contact with contaminated areas.

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Conclusion

Our skin is one of the important organs and should be given first priority.  It is important to maintain good skin health and this parasitic infection might make it bad. All the above mentioned herbal medicine will help in removing cutaneous larva migrans and improving the overall health of skin.