Management of Herpes Zoster solely employing Ayurveda: A case report
Keywords:Herpes Zoster, Patolakaturohinyadi Kashayam, Shatadhauta Ghrita, Visarpa
Background: Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) causes two distinct clinical syndromes: varicella (chickenpox) and herpes zoster. Though human-specific, varicella-zoster virus infections can last for a few hours or even a day or two outside of humans. Herpes zoster is similar to Visarpa disease in Ayurvedic texts. Visarpa spreads very rapidly to many different body parts. Because it spreads throughout the body, it is also known as Parisarpa. Analysing the herpes zoster symptoms, it reveals vitiating Twak, Rakta, and Mamsa Dhatu, with vitiation of Vata-Pitta-dominated Tridosha. This helps us understand the gravity and importance of the disease. Visarpa is not a chronic illness like Kushtha (skin diseases), but, if left untreated, might lead to severe complications. Material and methods: A 25-year-old female with the main complaint of gradually erupted vesicles on the ventral aspect of her right forearm and excruciating burning pain, erythema, and mild itching. The patient was treated with Patolakaturohinyadi Kashayam, powders of Sariwa (Hemidesmus indicus R.Br.), Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn.), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis Gaertn.), Gandhaka rasayana. Shatadhauta ghrita and Durva ghrita were used for local application. Observation and Result: With the aid of internal treatment employing these yogas, the patient shown optimistic outcomes, and herpes zoster was successfully treated with Ayurveda.
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