Skin ailments & Psoriasis

Skin, one of the sense organs, is a vital part of our body. Skin reflects health & the metabolism happening inside the body. Common skin diseases seen are Pruritus, Eczema, Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis, allergies, acne, Urticaria etc. Psoriasis is the most common skin disorder where ayurvedic treatment can be effective. 

It is a chronic skin ailment which has erratic course of remission or relapse. The affected part has silvery scaly skin patches with severe itching or burning sensation, sometimes with raised skin blisters, dry, cracked, inflamed skin. Sometimes it may be pus filled / oozing skin lesions. Ayurveda considers it as Kitibha Kusta or Eka Kusta.

Causes

Generally, Psoriasis is can be caused due to genetic or auto immune system associated problems, but there could be other triggers as well. The unhealthy food and lifestyle are the major contributing factors for vitiation of the Kapha & Vata, doshas which lead to the skin diseases. The causes which impair these doshas are intake of incompatible food, over-consumption of curds and milk products, seafood (fish), excessive sour and salty food and irregular eating habits, instant exposure to extreme hot and cold conditions, hot climate inhabitants, family history, etc. The trigger factors may be seasonal changes, stress, smoking & alcohol consumption.

 

Symptoms

Pinkish / red patches of skin covered with thick, silvery scales. Itching, burning or soreness, small scaling spots, thickened, pitted or ridged nails, dry, cracked skin that may bleed, swell and stiff joints.

Treatments

Ayurveda emphasises on balancing the doshas, removing the toxins accumulated in the body, correcting the digestive fire, abstinence from the trigger factors, customised diet and lifestyle modifications.

The Panchakarma procedures like Vamana, Virechana, Basti, Raktamokshana (chronic and severe cases), oleating the body through abhyanga, Pizhichil, sarvanga dhara, special Lepa, Takradhara, topical applications & oral medication.

Psoriasis is a challenge in modern science, but Ayurveda provides satisfactory results, by preventing the frequency of recurrences, and improves the quality of life of person. 

This article is intended for education and awareness purpose only. Ayurveda medications, advise & treatments are always individualised. We recommend you to take advice from experienced Ayurveda doctors.

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