Ayurvedic treatment for Genital Herpes

Dosha theory, which aids in disease diagnosis

According to ayurveda, the body’s activities are governed by three doshas, or energetic forces. These are the doshas:

1. Vata
2. Pitta
3. Kapha

VATA:

Of the three doshas, Vata is the most important. According to Ayurveda’s classic texts, “pitta, Kapha, and all other body tissues are considered lame in the absence of VATA.” Vata dominates the lower body, which is located below the umbilicus. VATA aids in the movement of body fluids, metabolism, waste product elimination, semen ejaculation, ejecting the fetus from the body, relaying stimulus to the brain and response to organs and tissues, heart beat, respiration, and body movements, among other functions.

The intestines, lumbar region, ears, bones, and skin are all vata-dominant regions.

Vata becomes vitiated for a variety of reasons.
1. Managing natural urges such as urination, defecation, hunger, and thirst.
2. Late nights.
3. Irregular eating habits.
4. Speaking at a high pitch.
5. Physical and mental exhaustion.
6. Consumption of hot, dry, and bitter foods.
7. Exposure to an extremely dry and cold climate.

The polar opposites of the preceding reason normalize vitiated vata.

PITTA:

The pitta dosha supports the body’s fire, or Agni, which is critical for the body’s metabolic functions. Pitta predominates in the digestive system, skin, eyes, brain, and blood. Pitta regulates the body’s temperature. All types of pitta include digestive juices, pigments such as melanin (bhrajaka pitta), and hemoglobin (ranjaka pitta).

Pitta rules the umbilicus, the stomach, sweat, lymph, blood, eyes, and skin.

Vata becomes vitiated for a variety of reasons.
1. Excessive intake of spicy, sour, and salty foods.
2. Excessive alcohol consumption.
3. Excessive exposure to a warm, sunny climate.
4. Excessive irritability.
5. Utilization of dried vegetables.
6. Food indigestion.

The polar opposites of the preceding reason normalize vitiated pitta.

KAPHA:

Kapha is responsible for the body’s bulk, lubrication, moisture, fertility, stability, strength, and memory. Wherever necessary, assists in the binding process. This is the most powerful of all doshas.

The chest, neck, head, stomach, body fat, nose, and tongue are all dominated by Kapha.

The following factors contribute to the vitiation of Kapha.
1. Sleeping during the day.
2. Excessive consumption of sweets and chilled foods.
3. Consumption of fish, sesame seeds, sugarcane, and milk and milk products.

The polar opposites of the preceding reason normalize vitiated kapha.

When these doshas are in balance, the body maintains its health. When these doshas become unbalanced, the body becomes susceptible to disease. Doshas become imbalanced frequently as a result of changes in climate, seasons, lifestyles, and diet, among other factors. The goal of treatment is to restore balance to the doshas and to eliminate the toxin or ama produced by the imbalanced condition.

Genital Herpes Causes

Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which is a member of the same virus family as chickenpox. Herpes simplex viruses are classified into two types.
1. Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) is the most common type of herpes.
2. Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). And is primarily responsible for genital herpes
However, both types-1 and 2 can manifest themselves in the genitals, oral cavity, or both.
The delicate balance of doshas is disturbed as a result of unhealthy lifestyles and diets. This interferes with the body’s fire, or Agni.
(Agni is the body’s fire, which is responsible for substance transformation. It digests food, eliminates toxins and wastes, regulates body temperature, and protects the body from microbe invasion by maintaining a strong immune system.
The body fire, aided by balanced doshas, completely digests the food into Pakwa Anna rasa (the liquid form of food that has been completely digested by digestive enzymes), which is then ready for absorption by body tissues. Pakwa Anna Rasa, according to Ayurveda, nourishes the body and its constituents in order to keep the body disease-free. However, when the body’s fire is diminished, food is insufficiently digested, resulting in Apakwa Rasa (indigested food). Indigested food does not adequately nourish the body’s components, resulting in decreased body resistance.)

The perplexed Agni is incapable of digesting food, and toxins accumulate in the body as a result of improper metabolism. Toxin accumulation impairs the body’s immunity and paves the way for microbe invasion.
When an individual with a low level of immunity comes into contact with the HSV virus, he or she develops genital or oral herpes.

Unhealthy way of life

1. Excessive eating
2. Afternoon slumber.
3. Excessive physical exertion
4. Excessive mental effort
5. Frequent food consumption even when not hungry.
6. Constant exposure to scorching sun
Unhealthy eating habits
Consumption of
1. Food that is salty, sour, hot, or spicy.
2. Sour curds
3. Alcohol.
4. Cheesy
5. Food that has been charred or overcooked.
6. Sesame seeds, Bengal gram seeds, horse gram seeds, sesame oil, rice flour, garlic, and fish.

Contrary foods

1. Milk should not be consumed with curds, salt, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, sour fruits, meat, prawns, or pork. The foods listed above should not be consumed in combination with one another.
2. Sprouts, honey, and milk should be avoided in conjunction with meat and fish.
3. Fish and milk are diametrically opposed foods, as are jaggery and pork, honey and pork, milk and mango, and banana and milk.

Herpes genitalis Transmission

A person can contract genital herpes in the following circumstances:
1. If he is sexually active and engages in sexual activity (oral or genital) with infected partners.
2. A person with oral herpes transmits the virus to his or her partner’s genital organs during oral sex, whereas a person with genital herpes transmits the virus to his or her partner during coitus when they have genital contact.
3. Transmission occurs when a mucous membrane comes into contact with an infected area.

The disease is primarily transmitted during the active phase. However, it can spread even during the asymptomatic (when a person is symptom-free for a specified period of time) phase. The virus requires a fluid medium to be transported. Body fluids such as saliva, sperm, and vaginal tract secretions. Due to their moist nature, mucous membranes in the mouth, vagina, urethra, or open wounds facilitate virus invasion.
There is an imbalance of all three doshas (VATA, PITTA, KAPHA) in genital herpes, which vitiates the lasika (lymph), the blood (rakta), the muscle (mamsa), and the skin (twacha).
Unbalanced doshas vitiate the skin and impair the immunity of skin cells. The virus attacks these vulnerable cells and causes symptoms in the infected area.

Local manifestations

1. Penetrating sensation
2. Edema
3. Agony
4. Constriction sensation
5. The sensation of an ant crawling
6. Numerous small eruptions congregate in a small area.
7. These eruptions or blisters quickly rupture with exudates.
8. These blisters will be colored differently depending on the doshas involved. (Vata: blackish red or blue; pitta: red, yellow, copper colored; kapha: shades of white).

The weakened immune system of the body attempts but fails to resist the virus invasion. The following systemic symptoms are manifested during this futile attempt.

Symptoms of the system

1. Fever
2. Weakness
3. Indigestion
4. Impairment of the bowels
5. Increased urination frequency.
6. Musculoskeletal pain.
7. An increase in thirst.

Vata imbalance results in symptoms such as pain, swelling, and body ache.

Pitta imbalance and vitiated blood and skin result in the following: 1. Blisters, 2. Changes in the color of the skin, 3. Burning sensation and fever.

Itching and tingling sensations are caused by an imbalanced kapha and vitiated lymph.

After the initial attack, the virus travels from the skin along nerve pathways to the nerve’s base, where it becomes inactive. Now, the herpes infected individual will be completely free of symptoms. However, the dosha imbalance persists.

Virus reactivation to cause outbreaks

The virus becomes active at random times. It multiplies and resurfaces on the skin as it travels along the nerve path, causing local symptoms. The severity of an outbreak’s symptoms is determined by the body’s immunity.
Vata dominates the pelvis or shroni, nerves, and skin. When vata becomes vitiated as a result of precipitating factors, it reactivates the virus that has lain dormant in the base of the nerve end, allowing the virus to travel along nerve paths to reach the skin surface.

Factors Contributing to the Precipitation

As is well known, outbreaks are triggered by a number of factors, including:

1. Excessive sun exposure.
2. Illness,
3. Inadequate nutrition
4. Emotional strain
5. Physical strain,
6. Friction,
7. Steroids
Menstruation.
9. Emotional strain.
10. Genital trauma and sexual relations.
11. Recurrent infections such as the common cold or pneumonia.

These factors increase vata, which activates the dormant virus.
Immunity is deficient By vitiating the body fire, the systemically imbalanced doshas impair the body’s metabolism (agni). This results in indigestion and malassimilation of nutrients, which contributes to a weakened immune system. Due to decreased immunity, the body is unable to provide protection against outbreaks.

Ayurveda Suggestions to Prevent Outbreaks

Avoid
1. Spicy, sour, fried, and junk food; these foods aggravate vata.
2. Factors that contribute to the occurrence.
3. Afternoon slumber.
4. Meat products that have been over-fried or deep-fried in oil or fat.
5. Food that has been charred or overcooked.
6. Consuming foods that are diametrically opposed to one another, such as fish and milk
7. Physical activity following a meal
8. Bathing immediately following exercise or strenuous outdoor work.

Include honey, pomegranates, and Embl fruits.