A fungal infection is also known as mycosis. Although most fungi are harmless to humans, some of them are capable of causing diseases under specific conditions. Fungal infections are most likely to affect your skin, nails, or lungs because they reproduce by releasing spores that can be picked up by direct contact or even inhaled.
Ayurveda does not treat the fungal infection as a separate category of diseases, it includes them along with other conditions. Fungal infections are included under the kusta topic and infections are called Dadru.
Some common types of a fungal infection include
- Athlete’s foot
- Jock itch
- Yeast infection
- Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, etc.
Causes of Fungal Infections
- Consumption of incompatible food combinations
- Newly harvested food
- Heavy meals
- Inappropriate regimen and lifestyle
- Mental stress and tension
- Unhygienic practices etc.
- Hormonal changes in pregnancy can lead to vaginal infections
Ayurvedic Treatment for Fungal Infections
Depending upon the Symptoms, Prakriti of the patient, Doshas involved, and seasons, different Panchkarma therapies, and medicines with remedies can be prescribed. Krimihara chikitsa is a must in fungal diseases. Different Panchkarma therapies such as Vaman, Virechan, and Rakta Mokshan may be required to completely cure the disease.
- Topical application of Neem paste helps in relieving itching and curing infections
- Tea tree oil naturally works as anti-fungal and antibacterial. Mix it with any oil such as coconut oil or olive oil and apply over the infected area about three to four times a day. This is considered as one of the most effective home remedies to treat fungal infections
- One of the most time-tested natural remedies to cure any skin infection is Aloe Vera. It not only treats the infection but also soothes and repairs damaged skin
- Another active anti-fungal agent is oregano oil. Mix a few drops with any carrier oil and apply on the affected area.
- Neem leaves has effective anti-fungal properties and is extremely good for the skin. Washing the infected area with neem kashaya (water) helps in treating fungal infections. To make neem water, boil neem leaves in water for 2 to 3 minutes
- Gingerol present in ginger has potent anti-fungal properties. Adding ginger to our diet effectively helps to prevent and treat fungal infections such as Candida.
- Increase daily intake of vitamin C to boost your immunity and it’s fungus fighting capabilities
- Garlic is also considered as most strong anti fungal and anti bacterial herb, people who include this in their diet are less susceptible to fungal infections
- Washing infected area with yogurt also provides relief from fungal infection
- Always wear clean clothes.
- Avoid using harsh detergents for washing clothes.
- Avoid wearing clothes that are too tight. Always prefer breathable cotton clothes.
- Avoid scratching the affected area as it can worsen the infection and also increase the chances of spreading.
- Wash the affected area at least 2 to 3 times a day.
- Keep the affected area as dry as possible.
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