Oral herpes is a pitta disorder that comes from rakta dhutu (blood)
on the upper lip or in the corner of the mouth. Not to be confused
with canker sores which appears as an ulcer, herpes produce a
rash with numerous small blisters, clustered around one larger
bump in the centre. Herpes sores are usually on the outside of
the mouth rather then inside, unlike canter sores. Oral herpes
is transmitted through oral contact like kissing or using same
drinking glasses. To treat oral herpes, try the following Ayurveda
· Kama dudha cream
Mix ¼ teaspoon kama dudha with 1 teaspoon dairy cream.
Apply this cream to the sore in the morning and at bedtime.
· Bitter ghee
Use tikta ghrita (bitter ghee) or aloe vera gel or ointment on
the affected area.
· Triphala drink
This drink is helpful in pacifying systematic pitta and relieving
the herpes. Take ½ teaspoon triphala with warm water at
· Herbal mixture drink
Mix 1 teaspoon tikta ghrita or warm water with ½ teaspoon
of the following herbal mix:
1/8 part kama dudha
3 parts neem
3 parts maha sudarshan
Genital herpes is similar like oral herpes except that it is transmitted
through sexual contact. For treatment to be taken orally, use
the same herbs and herbal mixtures as recommended above.
For topical treatment, use tikta ghrita. Apply some
tikta ghrita to the labia minora or the glans penis before intercourse
as dry genital intercourse can sometimes aggravate the herpes.
According to Aurveda, pyschological stress can be
one of the primary causes of herpes eruptions. In times of stress,
the virus locked in the neuromuscular cleft comes out resulting
herpes sore. Minimizing stress can help the herpes problem. Below
are some ways to reduce stress:
Try meditation to soothe the system and minimize stress.
· Herbal tea
Drink this herbal tea mixture of brahmi, chamomile and jatamamsi.
Mix these herbs in equal proportion and use ½ teaspoon
for the tea. Drink twice a day.