Agni is the body fire, which is responsible for transformation of one substance to another. It breaks down the food substances, eliminates toxins and wastes, maintains body temperature, and resists the invasion of microbes by maintaining strong body immunity. The body fire which is assisted by balanced doshas digests the food completely to form Pakwa Anna rasa (the liquid form of food which is completely digested by digestive enzymes) which is ready to get absorbed by body tissues. According to ayurveda Pakwa Anna rasa nourishes the body and its components to keep the body devoid of diseases. But when body fire is impaired there will be an incomplete digestion of food forming Apakwa rasa (indigested food). The indigested food fails to nourish the body components leading to lowered body resistance.
Herpes is caused by a virus the herpes simplex virus ( HSV) which belongs to the same family of viruses that cause chickenpox. There are two types of herpes simplex viruses.
- herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) and mostly causes oral herpes
- herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2). And mostly causes genital herpes
However, both type-1 and type-2 can occur in the genitals, oral area or both.
Due to unhealthy life styles and diet , the delicate balance between doshas get disturbed. This disturbs the body fire or agni .
The disturbed agni fails to digest the food and toxins accumulated in body due to improper metabolism.
Accumulation of toxins reduces the body immunity and paves the way for invasion by microbes.
When a person who has low immunity comes in contact with HSV virus, he/she gets the genital herpes (HSV-2) or oral herpes. (HSV-1)