Herpes is caused due to two different strains of HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus), HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 causes the facial herpes and HSV-2 causes the genital herpes. However both the types can affect the genitals and mouth. There is no known cure for herpes in the western medicine and the western medicine clearly says that once a person is infected with HSV, the disease will remain for life with occasional herpes outbreaks.
- In the United States, about one out of every six people aged 14 to 49 years have genital herpes.
- Overall 45 million people in the United States are infected with (HSV).
- 500,000 new cases of herpes occur annually.
- Around 80% of those who are infected with HSV never know that they are infected, as they fail to develop symptoms or don’t recognize the symptoms.
Common infection of the skin/mucosa usually affect the soft tissues in the face,mouth, genitals or hands. Around the genital area one may notice small red bumps, blisters, open sores and itching.
Herpes usually spread through sexual contact, kissing or even simple skin-to-skin contact. The incubation period for this virus is between 3 and 12 days. However in most cases there won’t be any apparent symptoms. The virus can also pass from the mother to her unborn. Around 50% of the babies with neonatal herpes develop serious neurological damage and in some cases severe rashes, encephalitis and affected eye sight, in rare cases the condition might be fatal. You can learn more about herepes and the symptoms during its outbreak at http://www.hsvoutbreak.com/
Herpes an Ayurvedic Overview :
According to Ayurveda the root cause for herpes infection is having sex with many partners and a suppressed immune system, lack of sleep, improper diet, poor lifestyle and an impurity in the pitta dosha. We are also exposed to higher toxins due to pollution and an increased stress level due to work and social pressures than what the previous generations had. These triggers will also act as triggers for herpes outbreak.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Genital Herpes:
The general approach of Ayurveda is always to address the root cause rather than addressing the symptoms. The first step is to balance the doshas and this can be achieved by making dietary changes and by having certain herbs that can vitiate the doshas. It is important to detoxify the blood and lymph. The second step is to improve the immunity and rejuvenate the body. You can take common supplements like Chyavanprash and Triphala Churna.
Ayurvedic Anti-Viral Treatments:
Ayurveda (unlike the western medicine) has some powerful antiviral herbs that can treat herpes. The herbs that are very effective against this disease are Neem leaf power (Azadirachta indica), Papaya extracts (Carica papaya), Turmeric Powder (Curcuma longa), Tulsi (Holy Basil), Pomegranate, their seeds and powdered skin of the fruit (Punica granatum), and kutaja (Wrightia antidysenterica). The supplements of these herbs in right dosage and concentrations can stop the herpes virus. A detailed research conducted by North American Journal of Medical Sciences proves that these herbs are extremely effective in attacking the herpes virus due to their inherent anti-viral properties. The paper published also highlights that the in vitro antiviral property of Neem had the maximum impact against the virus.
Overcoming the symptoms:
Ayurveda also advises Sthanika chikitsa, a local treatment of the affected region during the outbreak. Application of herbal paste prepared from sandalwood,dried rose petals, neem leaves and amla (Indian Gooseberry), will reduce the itching and the blisters; the skill will also return to the normal state and natural color. Applying Aloe vera gel is also advised.
Overall it is important to maintain a healthy diet and get good sleep. Practicing yoga can greatly help. Have herbal supplements like Triphala churna, Gandhakarasayan, Chayanprash and Abhrak bhasma.