Genital Herpes Symptoms and Doshas Involvement- An Ayurvedic View

This article explains how to analyse genital herpes symptoms based on ayurvedic principles, to determine predominance of dosha.

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Genital Herpes Symptoms – An ayurvedic view

Genital herpes Systemic symptoms and relation to doshas

Few ayurvedic tips to keep outbreaks at bay

A comparative analysis of ayurvedic and modern view about genital and oral herpes

Genital Herpes Symptoms – An ayurvedic view

In herpes there is an involvement of three doshas (vata dosha, pitta dosha and kapha dosha) and four tissues (blood (rakta dhatu), lymph (rasa dhatu), skin and muscle (mamsa dhatu)).It is caused by imbalance of three doshas which in turn vitiate four tissues .The ratio of involvement of doshas can be decided by carefully examining the symptoms exhibited during a herpes outbreak. For those who are not familiar with ayurveda and concepts of doshas it may become difficult to diagnose herpes on these principles. These symptoms are exhibited in genital herpes (HSV 2) and oral herpes (HSV 1)

Genital herpes Local symptoms and dosha relation

Pricking sensation
Feeling of constriction
A sensation of ant creeping
Many small eruptions gathering in a small area.
These eruptions or blisters burst soon with exudates.
These blisters will have different colors according to involvement of doshas. (Blackish red or blue in vata , red ,yellow , copper colored in pitta , shades of white in kapha).

The weakened body immune system tries to resist the HSV virus invasion but fails to achieve the goal. In this futile attempt the following systemic symptoms are exhibited.

Genital herpes Systemic symptoms and relation to doshas

Impaired bowels
Increased frequency of urination (cystitis and UTI).
Body pain.

Symptoms of herpes when vata dosha is dominant: .

Systemic Symptoms:

Systemic symptoms which are exhibited due to aggravated vata are Giddiness, burning sensation in eyes, excess thirst, pain which is pricking in nature, abdominal colic, malaise, difficulty in breathing, fever, indigestion and pain in joints. A feeling of ants creeping all over body is a prominent feature when vata dosha is dominant.

Localized symptoms:

The affected area becomes edematous with grey or pink shade discoloration. Tingling sensation accompanied with throbbing pain is experienced. Cracks or small eruption with thin watery exudate is common in vata dominant herpes.

Symptoms of herpes when pitta dosha is dominant:

Systemic Symptoms:

Fever, thirst, vomiting, increased sweating, headache, sleeplessness, blurred vision and longing for cold objects are usually exhibited systemic symptoms in pitta dominated herpes. Urine and stools will be of dark yellow color

Localized symptoms:

The affected area is filled with painful eruptions which are red or copper in color. Burning sensation is also present in affected area. The outbreaks are acute.

Symptoms of herpes when kapha dosha is dominant:

Systemic Symptoms:

Chills, a feeling of heaviness in body, drowsiness, a feeling of stickiness in mouth, excess salivation, reduced appetite and weakness are common systemic symptoms in kapha dominated herpes. The patient looks very pale.

Localized symptoms:

The affected area becomes edematous, stiff, numb and heavy with less pain. The eruptions stay for a long time with sticky fluid inside. The exudate is white and may consist of lumps or thread like structures. The eruptions take a very long time to heal.

When all doshas are dominant, all the above mentioned symptoms of three doshas are exhibited.

Few ayurvedic tips to keep outbreaks at bay

A comparative analysis of ayurvedic and modern view about genital and oral herpes

A comparative analysis of causes and symptoms of genital and oral herpes has been given here.

Present View Ayurvedic view
(Ref: Classical books of Ayurveda)

  • Caused by virus called herpes simplex
  • type1 – Usually causes oral herpes.
  • type2 – Usually causes Genital herpes.
  • Type 1 is caused by unprotected oral sex
  • Genital herpes is almost always sexually transmitted.
Causes (Diseases of genital organs)

  • Overindulgence in sexual act.
  • Having sex with diseased partner.
  • Anal coitus.
  • Improper genital hygiene. (Not washing genital organs properly after a sexual act or during bathing etc)
Precipitating factors:

  • Excessive exposure to sun
  • Menstruation
  • Emotional stress
  • Genital trauma and intercourse
  • Repeated infections such as a cold or pneumonia
Precipitating factors:

  • Consuming salty, sour, hot and spicy foods.
  • Excessive exposure to sun.
  • Physical and mental exertion.
  • Any injury to genital organs. Imbalanced doshas due to

  • A rash, multiple painful sores, blisters, cuts, sores in or around the genital area
  • Itching, burning, tingling, pain, swelling in or around the genital area
  • Discharge from the penis or vagina.
  • Flu-like symptoms such as headache, fever, and swollen glands (lymph nodes) in the groin.
  • Tiredness.
  • Urination associated with burning sensation



  • Small eruptions which resemble horse gram. Pain, burning sensation and swelling of affected area.
  • Discoloration of the skin.
  • Pin pricking sensation,
  • Patient feels as if ants are creeping on affected area.
  • Severe pain and Constriction of affected skin
  • Cracks may appear on affected skin.
  • Fever
  • Body pain .
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • General weakness,
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Increased thirst
  • Perspiration,
  • Gastric irritation
  • Constipation.


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Author : Dr.Savitha Suri Consultant Ayurvedic Physician

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