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AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF SYPHILIS

INTRODUCTION

If one has got the syphilis, then he/she got the one of most life threatening sexually transmitted disease. In this era there are various dreadful diseases which are hunting on the mankind. Despite all this, sexually transmitted diseases are also increasing rapidly. Syphilis has become life threatening disease if left untreated because it may cause the serious health complications like blindness, deafness, neurosyphilis (damage to nervous system) and damage to bones.

From the Ayurvedic perspective to manage the syphilis and sexually transmitted disease, there are various herbs present which helps to improve our immunity. Because sexually transmitted diseases are due to bacterial infections so these herbs improve body's capability to fight against those infections.

THESE ARE NAMES OF SOME HERBS WHICH ARE USEFUL TO MANAGE SYMPTOMS OF SYPHILIS IN A NATURAL WAY:-

  • Neem (Azadirachta indica)
  • Curcumin (Curcuma longa)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
  • Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica)
  • Amlaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Shudh shilajit (Asphaltum)
  • Shudh guggulu (Comniphora mukul)
  • Chitrak mool (Plumbago zeylanica)
  • Kutki (Picrorhiza kurroa)

WHAT IS SYPHILIS?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease which is caused by the infection of bacteria Treponema pallidum. In this disease there is the formation of painless sore on mouth, rectum and genital parts. It is a contagious disease and spreads from one person to another through these sores.

After the initial infection bacteria remain inactive in the body for years before becoming active again. It is very important to diagnose syphilis in earlier stages because it may cause the damage to organs like brain and heart.

STAGES OF SYPHILIS INFECTION

  1.   PRIMARY SYPHILIS

Primary syphilis occurs 3-4 weeks after infection of bacteria. Infection begins with a small round sore called as chancre which is painless but highly infectious. These sores appear at the sites (mouth, rectum and genitals) of the entry of bacteria into body. Infection usually spread through sexual activity including oral sex.

  1.   SECONDARY SYPHILIS

In this case, one can experience skin rashes and sore throat. Rashes are not itchy and usually found on palms of hands and soles of feet. Other symptoms associated with secondary syphilis are - swollen lymph nodes, headache, fatigue, fever, weight loss and muscle ache. All these symptoms may disappear within few weeks or year, but still body is infected.

  1.   LATENT SYPHILIS

If you haven't received treatment, then secondary infection turns into latent stage with no symptoms. This condition can remain for many years which may progress to tertiary syphilis.

  1.   TERTIARY SYPHILIS

This is the last stage of syphilis and occurs in around 15-30% people who don't receive treatment. Tertiary syphilis can be life threatening and may results in damage to heart, brain, nerves, liver, blood vessels and joints.

CAUSES OF SYPHILIS IN AYURVEDA

In Ayurveda, syphilis known as "firanga rog" which is a sexually transmitted disease. It has been classified into bahya (exterior), abhyantar (interior) and bahyabhyantar (two folded) on the basis of symptoms and complications mentioned above. There are three energies – vata, pitta and kapha in body which are mandatory for a good health. Imbalance of any of three energies results in the health complications. Syphilis (firanga rog) is due to the vitiation of all the three energies but kapha dosha is mainly dominating during chronic stages of diseases. Due to this, tissues (dhatus) get intoxicated which leads to serious complications like damage to brain, nerves, blood vessels, heart and bones.

From the Ayurvedic perspective cause of sexually transmitted diseases is the result of weakened immunity. Due to this pathogens easily attack and survive in the body and results in various health complications. To manage the problem of syphilis or sexually transmitted diseases there are various herbs present in Ayurveda which helps to increase the immunity of body in a natural way.

DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS

Consume foods which helps to boost up the immune system and makes our body resistant to infections.

  •   Fruits and vegetables
  •   Oranges
  •   Lemons
  •   Bilberries
  •   Strawberries
  •   Garlic
  •   Onion
  •   Spinach
  •   Carrot
  •   Mushroom
  •   Cauliflower
  •   Cabbage
  •   Broccoli