What is Molluscum Contagiosum? – Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment

Abstract

Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral infection which affects our skin. Viruses are the nanoparticles of genetic material either DNA or RNA. These viruses are coated by a protein coat. Viruses are dependent on their host for their survival. This viral disease infects the skin. Skin is the largest organ in our body and it protects us from various infections. But sometimes our protective covering also gets infected by these viruses and causes symptoms like itching, rashes, burning sensation etc. Further in this article we are going to discuss a viral infection known as molluscum contagiosum and its ayurvedic treatment.

Introduction

Molluscum Contagiosum is a skin infection. This infection is sometimes called water warts. It results in small raised pink lesions. These warts occur singly or in groups over the skin. It may affect any part of the body. But commonly affected areas include abdomen, face, arms, neck, genital area and legs. This infection usually goes away within one year. Approximately 9 out of 10 children are infected by this disease, although this disease can occur at any age. Generally this disease is harmless and normally gets away for its own. But it may take a long time to clear completely.

Molluscum Contagiosum

Ayurvedic Aspect

In Ayurveda we can correlate this disease with Ajagallika. This disease is caused by vitiated Kapha and Vata dosha.

Lakshan(symptoms) of Ajagallika1

This shloka quoted that unctuous, skin coloured, knotted, painless, size of the green gram is the features of Ajagallika

Etiology/Causes

This infection is caused by a poxvirus. This poxvirus is called molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV). This virus can be spread through:

  • Direct contact with the patient
  • Touching contaminated objects
  • Sexual contact
  • Sometimes this disease may spread to other areas of the body by the patient itself

Clinical Features/Signs and Symptoms

The person who is suffering from molluscum contagiosum virus shows following symptoms:

  • Lesions are flesh-coloured and dome shapes
  • They have pearly appearance
  • Lesions are often 1-5 mm in diameter
  • Sometimes these lesions may itch or become irritated
  • Eczema can develops around the lesions

Risk Factors

Risk Factor Includes

  • Weak immune system
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Crowded living conditions

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is generally made on the appearance of the lesions. Lesions look like water warts. The virus cannot routinely be cultured. The diagnosis can be confirmed by excisional biopsy.

Treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum

Usually molluscum contagiosum resolves without any treatment. The treatment option can cause discomfort to children. So the initial recommendation is to simply wait for the lesions to resolve on their own. For mild cases, wart medicines such as salicylic acid may be used for the lesions. Studies suggested that cantharidin is an effective and safe treatment for removing the lesions, though it has some common mild side effects such as pain or blistering. Surgical treatment includes cryosurgery.

Ayurvedic treatment for Ajagallika2

The above quoted shloka states that

  • In apakva (raw) Ajagallika, we should do raktamokshan (bloodletting) with the help of Jaloka (LLeech)
  • After Raktamokshan we should apply kalka (paste) with shukti (pearl), sajjikhar (calcium compound) and yavakshar (calcium compound)
  • We can also apply paste of shyama (Ocimum sanctum), kalihari (Gloriosa superba) and patha (Cyclea peltata)

Herbal Remedies for Molluscum Contagiosum by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda offers effective herbal products for the treatment of this disease. This is an internationally certified company. This company made herbal products under the vision of expert physicians and also made with potential herbs. The products are 100% pure and vegetarian. Planet ayurveda provides these herbal products for this disease

  1. Gandhak Rasayan
  2. Kaishore Guggul
  3. Manjishtha Capsules
  4. Immune Booster
  5. Dermo Plan Syrup

Molluscum Contagiosum

Herbal Remedies for Molluscum Contagiosum

Products Description

1. Gandhak Rasayan

This is a classical Ayurvedic medicine. This acts as a blood purifier and effective for the treatment of molluscum contagiosum. This is made from shuddha Gandhak (purified Sulphur). This is a natural supplement for all skin disorders. It improves the immune system and eliminates the harmful effects of the toxins. Use of Gandhak rasayan on a regular basis gives luster to the skin. It treats all the skin disorders such as psoriasis, dermatitis, urticaria, eczema etc.

Dosage: 1 tablet twice a day after meals with plain water

2. Kaishore Guggul

This Ayurvedic classical formulation is very effective against gout and skin disorders. This classical ayurvedic formulation is made from Amla (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), shuddha Guggul (purified Commiphora mukul), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum) etc. This formulation removes toxins from within the blood, therefore effective herbal remedy for all metabolic disorders and also helpful in skin diseases like acne, eczema, molluscum contagiosum etc.

Dosage: 1 tablet twice a day after meals with plain water

3. Manjishtha Capsules

This is a single herbal formulation. It is the best blood purifier and used in all skin diseases. This is prepared from the standardized extracts of Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia). It treats all the skin problems and allergies. It has strong blood purifying qualities and hence useful in various skin infections and supports a healthy immune system. It also helps in the treatment of all types of fevers.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day after meals with plain water

4. Immune Booster

This is a poly herbal formulation. It is very effective against low immunity. It acts as a natural immune booster. It is prepared from four effective ingredients such as Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera), Cow colostrums (Bovine colostrum), Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus niruri) and Amalaki (Emblica officinalis). It builds long lasting immunity in the individual. It protects against free radicals, aging, chemicals and recurrent infections. As said above, molluscum contagiosum occurs in low immunity. So this immune booster is very effective in this disease.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day after meals with plain water

5. Dermo Plan Syrup

This Ayurvedic formulation is very effective against skin diseases. This syrup is the right plan for skin ailments. This is made from the standardized extracts of potential herbs such as Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), neem (Azadirachta indica), Haridra (Curcuma longa) etc. These ingredients have a very good effect on skin ailments as they help in the purification of the blood. It makes the skin absolutely flawless and restores elasticity.

Dosage: 2 tsp twice a day after meals

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Conclusion

At last we concluded that Ayurvedic therapy is very effective against any disease without any side effects. As we saw that this disease needs surgical procedure and left with scar over the skin. So it’s better to follow natural herbal products of planet Ayurveda and enjoy a healthy life.

References

  1. Sushruta samhita nidana sthana 13/4
  2. Sushruta samhita Chikitsa sthana 20/3-4
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Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) is an expert ayurvedic doctor based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda - Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company. Read More

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