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Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Updated: Nov 7, 2023


Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

ABSTRACT


Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is a severe condition that affects the small intestine. Bacteria are overexpressed in the small intestine and can also result in malnutrition as bacteria begin to consume the nutrients of the body. To manage the condition and further complications an appropriate treatment is needed. Sometimes dietary changes also provide relief from SIBO. Therefore, Ayurveda is an appropriate treatment for SIBO as they provide herbs, herbal remedies, and dietary guidelines.


WHAT ARE SHINGLES


Shingles or Herpes zoster are the type of viral infection causing rashes that are painful. Shingles can occur anywhere on the body but it mostly appears as a single strip wrapping around the right or left side of the torso. It is caused by the virus called varicella zoster virus and this is the same virus that causes chickenpox. It is not a life-threatening condition but sometimes can be very painful for the patient. But vaccinations can help in reducing the risk of developing shingles. If treated in the early stages it can reduce the risk of having any other complications in the patient. Some of the common complications that can be seen are postherpetic neuralgia causing pain even after the blisters have disappeared.


WHAT ARE THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF SHINGLES


Here are some of the clinical features that can be seen in shingles including


If limited to one side then it leads to signs like:

  • Sensations like burning, tingling and numbness on skin along with pain.

  • Rashes might appear on skin which last for more than 2 to 3 days.

  • Sometimes the blisters are filled with fluid which can last for more than 2 to 3 weeks.

Other clinical features:
  • Chillness

  • Fever

  • Weakness of muscles

  • Headache

  • Pain in joints

  • Photophobia

  • Swollen glands

  • Fatigue

Other areas that can be affected are:-
  • Rashes commonly include the area of the spine and extend to the chest as well as abdomen.

  • This might also include the area including mouth, ears, face as well as eyes.

COMPLICATIONS


This can include complications like:-

  • Loss of vision:- If shingles spreads around the eye then that can cause painful infection in eyes leading to difficulty of vision.

  • Neurological problem:- It depends on the affected nerve and herpes zoster can also lead to encephalitis, hearing problem or facial paralysis.

  • Postherpetic neuralgia:- The pain can last for a longer duration even if the blisters have gone. This is known as postherpetic neuralgia. This can also cause damage to the nerve fibers and send confused messages to the skin.

  • Skin infection:- If the blisters are not treated properly then it might lead to further bacterial skin infection.

WHAT CAUSES SHINGLES


The main causative factor for Herpes Zoster or Shingles are Varicella-Zoster infection which is a type of viral infection. Any person who has been infected with Chickenpox in the past has a risk of developing shingles as the virus can remain dormant in the root ganglia for years. Maybe the virus can activate again resulting in herpes zoster or shingles.


RISK FACTORS

  • Older than 50 years:- It is most commonly seen in patients who are older than 50 years old.

  • People going through cancer treatment like chemotherapy or radiation might trigger their shingles.

  • People who have weak immune systems or have HIV or AIDS have high risk of developing shingles.

  • People who are taking certain types of drugs like steroids are at greater risk of having shingles.

HOW CAN SHINGLES BE DIAGNOSED


Commonly Shingles are diagnosed by the history of the patient as rashes and blisters can be easily seen on either side of the torso. Along with that tissue scraping or culturing is done for the examination.


HERBAL MEDICINE PROVIDED BY PLANTBASED AYURVEDA FOR SHINGLES


Plantbased Ayurveda provides a combination of herbal medicines not only in India but also other parts of the world. Each and every remedy is made from natural herbs that are free from chemicals, preservatives as well as additives. All of the medicines are made under the supervision of an MD Ayurvedic Doctor making it safe to use and free from side-effects.​

  • Mahamanjisthaghan Vati

  • Pitta Balance

  • Neurogenie Capsules

  • Kaishore Guggul

  • Gleaming Skin, Hair, Nails Formula

PRODUCT’S DESCRIPTION


1. MAHAMANJISTHAGHAN VATI

It is made from different herbs like Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) and many more. It is one of the effective medicines for treating any kind of skin ailments including Shingles too. It helps in detoxifying the body and rejuvenating the skin along with reducing any kind of inflammation from the body


.​Dosage:- Two tablets twice daily with water after meals.


2. PITTA BALANCE


It is helpful in balancing the Pitta Dosha of the body and is made from the combination of herbs like Praval Pishti, Jahar Mohra Pishti, Kamdudha Ras, Giloy satva etc. It is effective in restoring the good health of skin and clearing the complexion. As it helps in purifying the blood and naturally helps in reducing the disease. It helps in reducing any kind of muscle cramp from the body and relaxing them.​


Dosage:- One capsule twice daily after meals with water.


3. NEUROGENIE CAPSULES


It is made from two powerful herbs especially beneficial for people who suffer from neurological disorders and it is common in patients with Shingles.The main two ingredients are Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and also Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). It helps in reducing any kind of inflammation from the brain and also helping in paralysis by improving the health of nerves. It acts as a nerve tonic as it helps in providing all the nourishment to the nerves and also increasing the strength of muscles as well.​


Dosage:- Two capsules with water after meals twice daily.


4. KAISHORE GUGGUL


It is made from different herbs like Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) etc. It helps in removing all kinds of toxins from the blood and also supports metabolism as well. It helps in reducing inflammation from tendons or any other type of swelling from the body. By purifying the blood it naturally helps in making the skin healthy and improving the complexion as well.​


Dosage:- Two tablets with plain water twice daily after meals.


5. GLEAMING SKIN HAIR NAILS FORMULA


This herbal medicine is best for removing any kinds of skin disorder and is formed from herbs like Pit papda (Fumaria officinalis), Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus) etc. It is packed with anti-inflammatory properties which makes it naturally helpful in reducing all kinds of inflammation. As the name suggests it is effective in protecting skin and hair as well by protecting them from any kind of infection. Being a blood purifier it naturally helps in making the body healthy both internally as well as externally. It is effective in treating ailments like rashes or blisters from the skin.


​Dosage:- One capsule after meals with water twice daily.







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