Chickenpox Overview:

Chickenpox is a highly infectious, common viral infection in children that results in fever, headache, and characteristic pox vesicles all over the skin.

chicken pox goes under the name Varicella zoster, which is a member of the Herpesviridae family of viruses.


Chickenpox is caused by the virus Varicella zoster. It's spread through infected hosts through viral shedding of the vesicles it creates on the skin. Early signs include mild febrile illness, then the appearance of an itchy rash that quickly develops vesicles over 2-5 days. 

After an outbreak, the virus lays dormant in the body. it is the cause of the condition known as shingles later in life as a remergence of this same virus from dormancy. 



Skin Itchiness

Red Spots On The Skin




Diagnostic Considerations:


Therapeutic Aims:

1. Eradicate Ifection Through Direct Antiviral Support

  • Antivirals (Hypericum, Thuja)

2. Support The Immune System

  • Immunomodulators (Ganoderma lucidum)
  • Immunostimulants ()

3. Treat Itchiness Symptomatically

  • Antipruritics (Stellaria medica, Avena sativa)

4. Support The Healing Of Vesicles On The Skin

  • Vulneraries (Calendula, echinaceae, hypericum, lavender)
  • Topical Antivirals (Licorice, rhubarb, lemon balm)

5. Prevent Secondary Bacterial Infection

  • Antibacterials (Echinaceae, golden seal, berberine containing herbs)

6. Encourage Fever

  • Diaphoretics (ginger, yarrow, peppermint, elder, linden, chen pi)

Differential Diagnosis:

  • Herpes simplex


Chickenpox is a notifiable condition in many countries and must be reported to the local public health and communicable disease prevention regulators.


Herbs For Chickenpox:



Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: November 2017

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