The Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is an infection that affects the oral cavity and genital region. There are two basic forms of Herpes Simplex Virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Patients suffering from this infection may follow natural management for herpes by using alternative herbal rmedicine and a diet recommended by Ayurveda. It may help in the management of both the forms of HSV infection and may prevent the risk of complications associated with it.
HSV-1, also called oral herpes, affects the oral cavity resulting in the formation of cold sores and blisters on the face and around the mouth. HSV-2 is responsible for the outbreaks of genital herpes. Ayurveda, the system of Indian medicine, may provide an alternative approach for both the forms of this disease viruses by stimulating a healing of the lesions and supporting the immune system functions.
HSV-1 is usually transmitted through an oral contact with the infected person while HSV-2 is sexually transmitted. Hence, the use of herbal remedies for the prevention for herpes may be recommended even for the partner of the affected patient diagnosed with this infection.
An infection caused due to HSV-1 is highly contagious. This infection is usually acquired during childhood and can be lifelong.
However, most patients with oral herpes infection do not develop any symptoms in the initial phase. Hence, the disease may remain undetected for several years. These patients can spread the infection to others who come in close contact with them. Some patients with HSV-1 infection develop painful blisters or ulcers called open sores in and around the mouth. They may also develop sores on the lips due to which they experience difficulty in eating, itching and a tingling or burning sensation in the region.
These symptoms often occur before the appearance of sores. After these initial symptoms, patients may develop blisters and ulcers periodically. The frequency of the recurrence of these symptoms varies among different patients. A regular treatment for HSV 1 treatment using natural herbs may relief from the symptoms. It may also help to minimize the frequency of the recurrence of blisters and sores.
Genital herpes caused due to the infection by HSV-2 may be asymptomatic or lead to the development of a few mild symptoms such as genital and anal ulcers and blisters. After the initial episodes of genital herpes, patients may develop severe symptoms with intense burning, itching and pain in the affected region.
The symptoms of HSV-2 include blistering sores in the genitals, pain during urination, itching, swollen lymph nodes, fever and frequent headaches. HSV 2 cure using natural herbal remedies can control these symptoms effectively.
If not managed properly, HSV-1 and HSV-2 infection can lead to serious complications such as encephalitis and keratitis. The risk of the complications is higher in the immunosuppressed patients.
The chronic nature of this infection also affects the emotional well being of the patients resulting in depression and anxiety. The recurrent symptoms caused due to oral herpes can result in discomfort while eating resulting in psychological distress.
Herbal Ayurvedic treatment of genital herpes may boost the functions of the immune system and help in minimising the symptoms and complications of the viruses.
Patients suffering from HSV-1 and HSV-2 infection can use the natural remedies for genital herpes mentioned beneath to ease the symptoms and it may control the progress of this disease. These herbs may be effective to control the progression of the virus in the whole system by building the immunity etc.
Neem (Azadirachta indica): Neem can be effective natural remedies for cold sores. It may produce a natural antiviral action and may be helpful in controlling the infection. 
Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia): Giloy can be used to obtain relief from burning, itching, pain, and other symptoms of HSV infection. It may also help to reduce the virus load with its natural anti-viral properties. 
Karanj (Pongamia pinnata): HSV infection symptoms can be managed with the help of Karanj. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of this herb may reduce pain, redness, burning, and itching at the affected site significantly. 
Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia): Bakuchi possesses anti-pruritic properties that can be effective in reducing itching at the blisters and sores. It may also be used to protect the tissues against further damage by producing an anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antioxidant effect. 
Haridra (Tumeric): the use of ayurvedic medicine such as Haridra can help in healing the lesions in a shorter duration. The antiseptic and antiviral effects produced by this herb can control the infection and provide relief from the symptoms.
Amala (Indian Gooseberry): Amala possesses immune-boosting properties. It contains vitamin C that can support the immune system functions and control the infection. 
Herpes simplex natural treatment using ayurvedic Indian herbs can provide relief from the virus effects, pain and other symptoms of this infection. The management of this disorder based on the concepts of Ayurveda principles can help to restore the balance of the 3 doshas in the body and support the healing of the lesions and sores. Patients can combine the use of herbs with an ayurvedic diet to improve their immunity and that can prevent the recurrence of lesions in the future.
An ayurvedic diet comprises of foods that promote the absorption of nutrients from the food and stimulate the elimination of harmful substances accumulated in the body. An ayurvedic treatment can enables patients to recover from an acute attack and continue with the routine activities with ease.
Patients diagnosed with Herpes Simplex Virus Infection can seek ayurvedic treatment at the Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic to manage the symptoms of the infection.
The ayurvedic treatment advised by the Ayurvedic naturopath in Melbourne is aimed at relieving the symptoms and preventing the complications of this infection. Ayurvedic doctors at the Melbourne wellness centre advise patients about the diet to follow and the preventive care to be taken to reduce the risk of spread of infection.
The ayurvedic doctor in Melbourne may recommend panchakarma therapy to hasten recovery. Panchakarma can help to detoxify the body and thus, induce elimination of harmful toxic substances from the blood thereby restoring optimum health.
If you wish to enquire more information on how ayurveda can offer support with Herpes, you may contact us at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic.
Dr Gurnam Saini (Ayurvedic Doctor)
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine from India
MD in Alternative Medicine from India
Certificate in Ayurveda Panchkarma Detox from India
Certificate in Ayurveda Pulse & Tongue diagnosis from India
Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing from Melbourne
Member of AAA (Australasian Association of Ayurveda)
Organising Secretary of AYUSH MELBOURNE CONFERENCE, 2018
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