Ayurvedic Treatment For Fungal Infections – Diagnosis, Symptoms & Causes


Fungal disease refers to a group of discomforts caused by fungal infections. Mycosis is a medical term for a fungal invasion in human beings. Fungal infection may lead to the skin only or spread to tissue, bones, organs or affects the whole body. Moisture is the most favourable condition for fungus to grow. As per AYURVEDA, the term ๐˜’๐˜œ๐˜š๐˜๐˜›๐˜๐˜ˆ includes almost all the skin diseases and this is caused by the vitiation of the seven factors {3 ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด โ€“ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ข, ๐˜—๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ข, ๐˜’๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข & 4 ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ด โ€“ ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ต๐˜ข (๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ), ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ข (๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ข), ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ข (๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด) ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜“๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ข (๐˜ญ๐˜บ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ)}.

Some of the Ayurvedic herbs and medications used for the treatment of fungal infections include, ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ (garlic), ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ (ginger), ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ฌ(Liquorice), ๐˜ˆ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข (Indian ginseng), ๐˜›๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ช (Holy basil), ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ข ( turmeric), ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ข ( Malabar nut) etc. In this article, we are going to read about fungal infections and its ayurvedic correlation as Kushtha with treatment.

Fungal Disease


Fungal infection is limited to the dead layers of skin but is usually encouraged by damp and warm weather. The infection can be transmitted from one person to another, through soil, damp shower floors or through pet animals. It may spread from one part to another by scratching or touching. Nearly 200 million people have serious Fungal Diseases which cause a major impact on their health or life.


Common Pathogenic fungi includes ๐˜ˆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ด, ๐˜‰๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ข, ๐˜Š๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ด. They affect different parts of the body such as eyes, ears, GI Tract, vagina, mouth, throat, nails, lungs and skin.

According to Ayurveda, Kushtha is caused by:

  • Virudhashan โ€“ intake of wrong food combinations like sour curd and milk together, seafood and milk together.
  • Vishmashan โ€“ heavy food intake or eating speedingly.
  • Adhyakshan – excessive food intake.
  • Kledak Ahar โ€“ intake of oily foods and junk foods leads to increased kapha dosha.
  • Newly Harvested Food
  • Suppression of the urge for vomiting or other natural urges.
  • Drinking cold water immediately after sun exposure or exercise.
  • Doing physical exercise after taking excessive food
  • Excessive intake of masha, tila, moolak, pishtanna


Symptoms vary from person to person. Itching, redness, irritation, blisters, flaky or cracking rashes and nail discoloration are the most common symptoms.Asthma, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pain etc. In Ayurveda, there are 18 subcategories classified as 11 ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข (major skin diseases) and 7 ๐˜’๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ข ๐˜’๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ข (minor skin diseases). Another classification is ๐˜‹๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ (ringworm) and ๐˜ˆ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ข (athleteโ€™s foot).


  • Fungal infections can be diagnosed by Inspection of the affected site.
  • Microscopic examination.
  • Fungal culture.
  • Biopsy can be needed.

As per Ayurveda, Kushtha can be diagnosed by Trividh pareeksha (Darshan, sparshana, prashana) , Ashtavidh pareeksha (nadi, mala, mootra, jihwa, sparsh, drik, aakriti).


  • Antifungal tablets, creams, medicated ointments can be given.
  • Basic hygiene should be maintained.
  • Avoid sharing towels, clothes, sandals.

In ๐˜ˆ๐˜ ๐˜œ๐˜™๐˜๐˜Œ๐˜‹๐˜ˆ,

Panchakarma Procedures In Kushtha

๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข is one of the major ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข procedures, in which various herbs are administered orally to induce vomiting. This procedure is done by drugs that are categorised under ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ and ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜จ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ด eg. ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ข.

๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข is used in pitta dominant condition in kushtha. In this procedure herbs are administered to induce purgation by ๐˜›๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต, ๐˜‹๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช(decoction enema) can also be given by ๐˜‹๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ช, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฏ๐˜ข ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช(fat enema) by ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ฌ, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข, ๐˜ฌ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ซ๐˜ข

๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข


๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข

Lepas Are Topical Applications Prepared From Single Herbs Or Polyherbal Formulations.

  • Chitrakadi lepa
  • Mamsyadi lepa
  • trapuadi lepa
  • kadaladi lepa
  • Kushthadi lepa
  • Karveeradi lepa
  • Lodhradi lepa
  • Sidhamhar lepa
  • Edgajadi lepa

๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ข snana

Ayurvedic Herbs For Fungal Infections

Rasona (๐˜ˆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ) Garlic โ€“ acts as a detoxifier and has antiseptic properties that are helpful in various skin diseases.

Adraka (๐˜ก๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ) Ginger โ€“ acts as an appetizer, increases digestive fire and promotes digestion, balances vitiated Vata and lowers vitiated Kapha

Haridra (๐˜Š๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ข) Turmeric โ€“it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties and acts as anti fungal

Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) Indian ginseng – It is one of the main immune booster drugs that can be used in the management of candidiasis, one of the most common infections affecting individuals with weak immunity. Also acts as an anti inflammatory and analgesic properties.

Tulsi (๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ) Holy Basil – Acts on the nervous, digestive and respiratory systems and has antibacterial, anti microbial, antiseptic and anti spasmodic and pain relieving properties. Tulsi also helps in increasing the digestion process by destroying Ama.

Vasa (๐˜ˆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข) Malabar nut- acts on respiratory, excretory, nervous and circulatory systems.This herb primarily acts on the respiratory system and is also very effective in treating fungal diseases. This drug efficiently works on the respiratory system .

Ayurvedic Medicines For Fungal Infection

  • Mustadi Churan
  • Triphaladi churan
  • Mustadi churan
  • Patolmuladi kshaya
  • Kritmalak kwatha
  • Madhvasava
  • Triphalasava
  • Kanakbindvarishta

Ayurvedic Tel For Fungal Infection

  • Kushthadya tel
  • Shwetakrveeryadya tel
  • Shwetakrveerpallavadya tel
  • Tiktikshwadi tel
  • Kanakkshiri tel

Ayurvedic Ghrita For Fungal Infection

  • Tiktashatpala ghrita
  • Mahatiktak ghrita
  • Mahakhadeer ghrita

Herbal Remedies By Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a herbal manufacturing company that provides great treatment with miraculous results for every health concerned patient. Here , formulations are made under proper guidance by MD Ayurveda Doctors and these medications are 100% natural. There are no adhesives, dyes, fillers, or adulterants used. There are no side effects of our formulations that are most effective herbal and natural. In fungal infections Planet Ayurveda gives many formulations to manage the diseases very well. These are-

  1. Curcumin Capsules
  2. Gandhak Rasayan
  3. Mahamanjishthadi Kwath
  4. Vran Rakshas Tel

Herbal Remedies For Fungal Disease

Herbal Remedies For Fungal Disease

Curcumin Capsules

This is a single herbal capsule. It consists of Haridra Extract (๐˜Š๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ข). Haridra improves blood circulation and blood tissue formation and acts as a natural antibiotic for the intestinal flora. Curcumin is an amazing antiseptic and in classical texts it comes under varnya (Skin complexion improving) herbs.

Dosage- 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals.

Gandhak Rasayan

This is a single herbal capsule. Consists of Shuddha Gandhak (Sulphur).This is widely used for managing the fungal infections caused by ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ข ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด as it has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory or antihistamine properties.

Dosage- 1-2 tablets twice or thrice daily with lukewarm water.

Mahamanjishthadi Kwath

This is a detoxifying medicine that cleanses the blood. It consists of Manjistha ๐˜™๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ข ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ข, ๐˜•๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข ๐˜Š๐˜บ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ด, ๐˜’๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ค. The herbal formulation is prepared from natural extracts of many herbs that have a great impact not only on skin but also on hair.

Dosage-10-20 ml twice a day after meals with mixing in lukewarm water.

Vran Rakshas Tel

It is a herbomineral Ayurvedic classical preparation which helps in improving the infectious internal wounds . It is also an effective formulation for skin conditions. It consists of Parad (purified mercury), Gandhak (purified sulphur), Manshila (purified realgar), Sindhur (processed mercury and sulphur).

How to use- Must be applied externally over the wound area after washing and drying it well. It can be applied 3-4 times in a day.


Fungal Infection can affect anyone, and they can appear on several parts of the body. Different types of fungi can cause fungal infections. Fungal infections commonly develop in moist areas of the body and show symptoms like itching, flaking or cracking of skin, rashes etc. In Ayurveda it can be correlated with ๐˜’๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข. Kushtha is widely classified in 18 subcategories, these management begins by purification processes like ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ, ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข, ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข and ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ – ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ regimens. Medications include topical as well as internal administrations. In case of any queries you can contact www.planetayurveda.com.

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