Ayurveda expert on tips to manage monkeypox fever and rashes | Health

Monkeypox cases are steadily increasing in India as a seventh case has been reported in Kerala. Of the seven cases of monkey pox in India, five have been found in Kerala and two in Delhi. A 22-year-old boy from Kerala who arrived in India from the UAE on July 22 succumbed to the rapidly spreading infection. A viral zoonotic disease, monkeypox symptoms are similar but milder to smallpox. Monkeypox virus is enveloped double-stranded DNA virus belonging to the Orth-opox virus genus of Poxviridae family. (Read also: Monkeypox in India; experts with tips to manage symptoms)

The incubation period of the disease is estimated at 6-13 days and the disease usually lasts between 2-4 weeks, depending on the severity.

Monkeypox Symptoms

The disease starts with a fever post with symptoms such as rash, swollen lymph nodes, headache, body aches, weakness. Maculopapular rashes develop into blisters and pustules that resemble a smallpox infection. The disease is self-limiting, but proper care must be taken to manage symptoms.

Ayurveda Tips To Control Monkey Pox

dr. Anand More, Professor & HoD, AIIA, New Delhi says monkeypox can be categorized as a Masurika Vyadhi in view of the clinical sign and symptoms of the disease. According to Ayurveda, Masurka is mainly Pitta-Rakta Dushti Janya Vyadhi.

“Masurika is classified into a doshaja variety based on symptoms that can be associated with different types of smallpox, measles, chickenpox, smallpox, and newly emerged monkeypox. Since monkeypox is a contagious disease, it spreads through direct contact with the infected individual, it can be understood under the pretext of Aupasargika Vyadhi (communicable diseases), “says Dr. more.

Here’s what you can do to treat or control monkeypox according to Dr More.

– Langhana (fasting): the patients can be kept on langhana. It means taking no food or taking a small amount of food.

– Since Masurika Pitta-Rakta dusthi is janya vyadhi, Mridu-Virechan (mild purification) chikitsa – which is part of Panchkarma therapies – should be administered with pitta-shamak drugs such as Trivrut, Aragwadh, Triphala, etc. Mridu-Virechan includes the administration of purifying substances for the purification of Pitta through the lower pathways.

– Monkeypox can be treated symptomatically with Ayurvedic medication. For fever we can administer Maha Sudarshan ghana vati, Lakshmivilas Ras, Samshamani Vati and Amritarishta. For rakta and pitta dusti, Panchanimbadi Vati/Churna, Haridra Khand, Aragwadharishta and Brihat Manjisthadi Kwath can be used.

– For cleaning and washing the maculopapular rash, Neempatra kwath, Triphala Kwath can be used.

– For immunity, immunobooster drugs like Chyavanaprash Avaleha, Bramha Rasayan, Ashwagandhadilehya, Kushmanda Rasayan and others can be used.

Monkeypox Diet According to Ayurveda

Food to eat

– The patient should have lukewarm water available at all times.

– Old brown rice, Bengal gram, Shadanga Paniya, Moong Dal and porridge made with moong dal and rice, Masoor Dal, Yava, Shigru (Sahijan/drumsticks), Draksha (grapes), Dadima (pomegranate) should be included in the diet.

– Daily practice of Yoga and Pranayama such as Anuloma Viloma and Bhastrika should be done according to one’s ability.

Food to avoid

– Fatty and junk foods, newly harvested rice, Shaka (leaf greens), excess salt, vishamashan (incorrect food in amount and time), katu (spicy) and amla (sour) foods should be avoided.

– Smoking, consuming liquor and chewing tobacco are prohibited.

Apart from this, a person suffering from monkey pox should avoid overexertion, anger, exposure to sunlight and suppression of natural urges.

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