In Ayurveda, Chicken Pox is known as Laghu Masurika. It is medically known as Vericella. It is a highly contagious disease and mostly attacks children between the age group of one to ten years and some times affect adults. It is a viral disease and even after the disease has been cured the virus remains hidden in the body and may attack again later. It is often mistaken as small pox but it is a different disease and less severe.
CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS
It is mainly caused by a virus called varicella-zoster virus. Local skin infection due to over growth of other bacteria, sensitive skin, prolonged illness, poor immunity, use of a strong soap and taking a long bubble bath may also be one of the causes of chicken pox. People who are in contact with the chicken pox patients have a high chance of getting the disease.
The disease starts with slight fever and pain in the back and legs. The person has a runny or stuffy nose and a burning sensation in the eyes which become red in color and water. There may also be a feeling of chill. Within twenty four hours of these symptoms small red papules appear on the back, arms, legs and chest. Sometimes these papules may also arise on the fore head. These papules turn into vesicles but these dry up within a day or two and a crust brown in color appear on them. These eruptions last several days.
According to ayurveda, chicken pox is caused due to the vitiation of all the doshas – vata dosha, pitta dosha and kapha dosha.
AYURVEDIC MEDICINES AND PRESCRIPTIONS
The ayurvedic medicines prescribed for chicken pox are different for the first week and the second week. They are mentioned below:
- FOR FIRST WEEK
|Eladyarishta||15 ml to be taken with equal quantity of water after meals.|
|Swarnamakshika Bhasma||100 mg of swarnamakshika bhasma to be taken with the decoction of the bark of kanchnar tree in morning and evening.|
- FOR SECOND WEEK
|Haridra Churna||1 gm of haridra churna to be taken with juice of bitter gourd leaves in the afternoon and night.|
|Indukala Vatika||100 mg of indukala vatika to be taken two times in a day.|
OTHER NATURAL REMEDIES PRESCRIBED BY AYURVEDA
Herbal tea made of herbs like holy basil, lemon, marigold, chamomile and honey is very beneficial in the treatment of chicken pox and should be taken three to fur times in a day.
- Neem finds great use in the treatment of chicken pox and is most widely used during this condition. It has anti viral properties and fights against the varicella zoster virus. Neem leaves should be boiled in water and mixed in bath water. This provides relief from eruptions and itching. Neem leaves should be spread on the bed which again eases the patient from itching and speeds up the process of drying the fluid in the blisters. Neem leaves can be consumed on an empty stomach early in the morning.
- Oatmeal should be boiled and this water should be mixed in the bath water to get relief.
- Itching can be reduced by applying honey to the affected area.
- A soup made of carrots and coriander should be taken once.
- A mud pack may be applied twice a day on the abdomen and chest.
- Water mixed with some baking soda should be used to sponge the skin of the patient. It reduces itching and irritation after drying.
- The water drained from the green peas should be used to sponge the skin. This helps to remove the scars.
DIET AND OTHER REGIMEN
- A normal diet depending on the appetite may be given to the patient. Foods which are hard to digest should not be given.
- Fresh fruit juices and raw vegetable juices are very beneficial. Lemon juice is also very helpful during this condition.
- Purgatives should be avoided.
- All types of contact with the affected person should be avoided.