Chickenpox is created by a member of the herpes viral family known as varicella. It is a self-limiting disorder (meaning that it will clear itself up without medical intervention) and shows itself as a red rash with characteristic clear or yellow fluid-filled pimples. There is usually an associated mild fever, general malaise and loss of appetite but the worst symptoms are generally the irritation and itch.

The holistic consensus of opinion is that chickenpox, along with measles and possibly mumps, is a useful childhood infection triggering responses in the immune system that help to fight more serious infections at a later stage.

The incubation period (the time when someone is infectious) is generally thought to be one week prior to the arrival of the rash and for the first five days thereafter.


If in doubt about the diagnosis or if the pimples and rash are very aggressive or persistent, contact your complementary medical practitioner or GP for advice. Unfortunately, the orthodox world has little to offer other than antihistamine-like topical applications.

Add one tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate to one pint of water and apply with a silk material to the irritated areas. You may concentrate this, if there is no response, to as much as three tablespoons per pint of water but ensure that there is no stinging effect by trying it out on any small cut or scratch you may have before applying it to a child. If the child is old enough to talk, you can apply it directly and ask!

Consider the homeopathic remedies Rhus toxicodendron or Pulsatilla. A simple technique is to try first one and then the other (potency 6 every 2hr) until improved and then reduce to every 4hr until the rash goes.

If a lesion becomes infected, apply Arnica, Calendula or Hypericum cream.

A cool bath with ten tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate can be relieving.

The following supplements can be administered per foot of height: Beta-carotene (Img), vitamin C (500mg in divided doses throughout the day) and zinc (2.5mg before bed).

Antihistamine compounds can be used to reduce the itch if complementary techniques are not beneficial.

Severe cases should be dealt with by a doctor or specialist in complementary medicine who has experience of this condition.

See Herpes.