Herpes simplex is a viral infection affecting the skin and mucosa of the mouth, face, and genitals. Herpes simplex infection, also known as a cold sore, usually occurs in people with decreased immunity. Blisters are accompanied by itching and pain, swollen lymph glands, and fever. Herpes simplex infection can be recurrent due to infections, stress, trauma, exposure to ultraviolet rays, and decrease in immunity. The blisters in herpes simplex usually heal in a week or two.
The Ayurvedic herbal treatment of herpes simplex involves the use of anti-viral herbal medicines which act on the herpes simplex virus and inactivate it. In addition, these medicines also heal the herpes simplex lesions and bring about a cure of the condition. Anti-viral herbal medicines also serve a double purpose of improving the body immunity and preventing further infection, so that recurrences are seldom seen after a full course of treatment with Ayurvedic herbal medicines. Treatment can be given both in the form of local applications of herbal pastes or medicated oils, as well as the use of oral medication. Affected individuals who are known to have a highly compromised immune status can also be given additional herbal medicines to boost the immunity of the body.
Herpes simplex is known to be one of the opportunistic infections in the manifestation of HIV and AIDS. Aggressive treatment of herpes simplex can reduce the suffering of the affected individual to a considerable extent, and reduce treatment time. For example, herpes simplex infection of the mouth can cause severe pain and an inability to eat, chew, or swallow food. Ayurvedic herbal treatment in the form of local application and oral medication can bring about relief for this condition within two to three days.
Ayurvedic herbal treatment thus has a significant contribution in the treatment and management of herpes simplex.
The writer, Dr. A. A. Mundewadi, is available as an online Ayurvedic Consultant at www.ayurvedaphysician.com