Ayurvedic treatment for Shingles


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Ayurveda attributes Shingles to the provoking of Pitta internally due to excess heat, oiliness, inadequately digested foods, excess vata, pitta, or kapha, and build-up of toxins in the body. The skin is unavoidably affected as it serves as an organ of elimination.

Ayurveda can play a significant role in managing Shingles by practising a combination of corrective Ahar (diet), Vihaar (exercise) and Aushadhi (medicines). For pacification of Pitta and vitiated Rakta, Venesection or Siravyadha  – a form of therapeutic bloodletting treatment , application of leaches (Jalaukavacharana), therapeutic purgation or virecana and vasti karma may be beneficial. External application of herbal pastes (Mukhalepa and Pralepa), Mukhabhyanga Abhyanga (Oil application on face) and–

Nasyakarma (Nasal insufflation of medicines) may be beneficial as it helps to let out toxins.

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Oily, salty, sour, fermented or pungent foods and spices, sour cream, yoghurt, tomatoes, garlic, onions and chillies worsen the acid and pitta in the intestines and blood; hence, should be avoided.
  • Warm or cool and energizing foods with sweet, bitter and astringent taste (asparagus, lettuce, broccoli, cucumber, raita, mung dhal, summer squashes, courgettes, cilantro, coconut, cucumber, lime and green salads) should be included in the diet. 8
  • Avoid very heat generating substances like red meat, alcohol and tobacco.
  • Avoid excessive fasting; do not skip meals (specifically lunch).

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Perform moderate exercises (short runs or swims) in a cool climate.
  • Walk regularly especially by the sea.
  • Avoid extended exercise in very hot climates or environments.
  • Hatha yoga shatkarmas like nauli and neti, surya namaskara and pranayama may also beneficial.

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