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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Treatment of Fungal Infections in Ayurveda

ABSTRACT

There are millions of fungi species on earth, those live on trees, plants, house belongings, dirt, floor surface, unhygienic food, and on the skin surface. Thus fungal infections are much more common throughout the world. Today over 300 million people around the world are affected by Fungal Infections. Fungal infections can also spread through sharing of towels, clothes, and other belongings of an infected person. In this article, we will find out the causes of fungal infections and who is more prone to have these infections. Also, we will know the management modalities of Fungal Infections in Ayurveda.

Fungal Infection

INTRODUCTION

Fungal Infection is an inflammatory condition that is caused by a fungus. It is also known as Mycosis. Fungal infections not only affect the skin but also weakens our immune system. The most affected areas include feet, groin region, folds of skin, and scalp. When infection is mild it will show superficial symptoms (skin infection) but in chronic cases, it might affect other internal organs too by invading tissues, bones, and organs. Fungi can live anywhere but the most favorable environment for their growth of fungi in a warm and humid area, such as in shoes, socks, swimming pools, bathroom showers, bathtubs, public toilets, locked rooms, sweaty bed sheets in hotel rooms, public pools, ponds, etc places. The most common fungal infections found are-

  • Yeast infection
  • Athlete's foot
  • Ringworm
  • Jock itch

The most common among these is the Athlete's foot. The symptoms vary from person to person but include itching, redness, and burning sensations in affected feet.

AYURVEDIC ASPECT

In Ayurveda skin diseases are known as 'Kushth Roga'. In the sub-classification of Kushth Rogas, we can correlate fungal infections, particularly to "Dadru". An imbalance of tridoshas is the main cause of these infections along with unhealthy and unhygienic practices in daily routine. Ayurvedic treatment is followed for relief that includes panchkarma therapies, dietary modification, and the local application of naturally medicated oils with oral herbal medications.

CAUSES OF FUNGAL INFECTIONS

The main causative agent of Fungal Infections is a Fungi micro-organism, that invades the body of the human. Causes of invasion and effects by Fungal Infections could be-
  • Weak immune system
  • Poor nutritional intake
  • Obesity
  • Medications side effects
  • Stress

SYMPTOMS OF FUNGAL INFECTIONS

Symptoms vary accordingly from person to person and the type of fungi involved. The symptoms mainly are-

  • Skin changes are noticed
  • Rashes on skin
  • Skin cracking
  • Peeling of skin
  • Bumps
  • Fungal eye infection
  • Scaly skin
  • Oral cavity fungus
  • Fungus on the scalp area
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Genital area infection
  • Swelling
  • Blisters

DIAGNOSIS OF FUNGAL INFECTIONS

Diagnosis is confirmed after evaluating properly for the cause-

  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Direct microscopy
  • Histopathology
  • Fungal Culture by-
    1. Skin sample
    2. Hair sample in scalp infections
    3. Nail clipping

TREATMENT OF FUNGAL INFECTIONS

Treatment includes-

  • Antifungal ointments
  • Oral Antifungal medications
  • Symptomatic treatment
  • Basic hygiene

These medications have certain side effects that could be overcome by preferring ayurvedic regimens. Safe and side effect-free fungal allergic treatment is offered by Ayurveda.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR FUNGAL INFECTIONS BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Ayurveda has proven to be very effective against certain Fungal Infections. Panchkarma therapies along with herbal medications and nutritional diet plans are used effectively in Ayurveda for proper relief. Planet Ayurveda is a GMP-certified ayurvedic company that prepares natural medicines using authentic ways. The herbal medicines prepared by the company are prescribed worldwide for the treatment of many disorders. These medicines are 100% pure without any side effects. Also while formulating these remedies, experts take care of not adding any sort of chemical. The preparation of medicines is purely based on ayurvedic principles and strictly follows government guidelines. Permanent and side effects-free relief from diseases is the main goal of ayurvedic treatment. Following medicinal preparations have wonderful results in managing Fungal Infectious conditions -

Herbal Remedies for Fungal Infections

Herbal Remedies for Fungal Infections

1. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

These capsules are a combination of Curcumin (Curcuma longa) and Shallaki (Boswellia serrata). The anti-inflammatory property of these capsules reduces swelling at the site of infection and associated organs. These capsules will also improve immunity due to their immune-enhancing properties. These capsules will improve blood circulation in the whole body which will fasten the healing of infection and fasten the recovery.

Dosage - Take 2 capsules twice daily.

2. Gandhak Rasayan

These tablets are purely made from standardized extracts of Shuddha Gandhak (Purified sulfur). These tablets help support healthy skin by eliminating toxins from the body and cleaning blood impurities. This product is specially prescribed for skin diseases such as ringworms, scabies, general itching, fungal infections, etc. It has wonderful results in recovering skin health to normal in fungal infections.

Dosage - Take 2 tablets twice daily with water.

3. Mahamanjishthadi Kwath

This is a medicine for body detoxification. Manjistha is a blood purifier, and along with other natural herbs, its properties increase and it detoxifies the body and makes the blood clean and fresh. It contains herbs such as Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Nagarmotha (Cyperus rotundus), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Sonth (Zingiber officinalis), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Amla (Embelia officinalis), Vaividang (Embelia ribes), Saal (Shorea robusta), Indrajav (Holarrhena antidysenterica), Devdaru (Cedrus deodar), Rakta chandan (Pterocarpus santalinus), Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Bavachi (Psoralea corylifolia), etc. it effectively treats the fungal infections.

Dosage - Drink 10-20 ml of kwath twice daily by mixing in water.

4. Vran Rakshak Oil

This is a medicated oil for external use only. Oil is indicated to be applied on the skin surface area that is affected by fungus. The oil consists of Shudh parad (Purified mercury), Shuddha Gandhak (Purified sulphur), Shudh Manshila (Purified realgar), Tamra Bhasma (Calcined copper), Rasona (Allium sativum), etc. The oil is prescribed for various skin-related diseases and has wonderful results. Applying the oil to the fungal infections area will ease the symptoms and stop its further progression.

Dosage - Local application of oil at the site of infection twice daily. (oil is for external use only).

CONCLUSION

Most fungal infections are not life-threatening but not treating properly and not taking preventive measures on time can cause more serious complications. Ayurveda has a vast choice of herbs for treating skin infections. Our patent medications are more effective that are prepared with a combination of various herbs, these herbs altogether prevent the further progression of the infection and treat the disease. For more queries visit us at www.PlanetAyurveda.com