Shingles from the point of view of Ayurveda
Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful skin rash. It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox and is also known as herpes zoster. The virus is dormant in your body if you had chickenpox as a child. Later in life, the virus can reactivate and cause a shingles rash. Shingles can last from 2 to 6 weeks. Its most common symptoms are rash, pain, fever, sensitivity to light, and fatigue. The rash and fluid-filled blisters form within a couple of days after the onset of pain. It can occur on any part of your body, but typically only affects small areas. Postherpetic neuralgia occurs when nerve fibers are damaged, resulting in shingles pain that lasts for weeks or months after the rash has cleared. Ayurveda considers that shingles is a Pitta roga problem, caused by a viral pathogen. Also, the nervous system disorder is caused due to Pitta dosha imbalance.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat shingles
Ayurveda teaches people how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to treat them using materials they already have at home.
Ayurvedic herbs and oils for shingles rash are very beneficial, but the treatment should be always chosen based on the individual’s needs and the severity of the condition.
Apply for an online consultation, and our Ayurvedic doctor will prescribe you natural remedies that fight shingles’ virus, reduce inflammation and support the immune system.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of shingles:
- Apply a cool, moist compress to the affected areas
- Apply the cornstarch or baking soda mixture for 15 minutes, several times a day
- Quit smoking
- Reduce your stress
- Wear loose-fitting clothing made with soft natural fibers such as cotton or linen