Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious, inflammatory skin disease characterized by thick, red silvery, scaled patches of various sizes on the skin. The lesions usually occur at first on the elbows, knees scalp and lower limbs and later spread all over the body. The skin also becomes dry with itching. The condition could become severe and in certain patients oozing of blood accompanied by pus is also seen. This could ultimately lead to secondary infections.
Symptoms of Psoriasis

  • Chronic, well-defined, scaly, reddish lesions on the elbows, knees, trunk, back and scalp
  • Appearance of silvery scales in the skin
  • Hardness of skin
  • Itching of the skin
  • Inflammation of your joints, which is known as psoriatic arthritis

Cause of Psoriasis in Ayurveda

  • Vitiation of vata and kapha doshas & thevitiated doshas affect the skin and blood tissues leading to psoriasis
  • Environmental factors
  • Irregular food habits
  • Consumption of incompatible foods (Eg: milk with fish),
  • Physical exertion & stress
  • Infection
  • Hereditary factors
  • Alcohol and tobacco consumption
  • Exposure to direct sunlight for long periods
  • Seasonal changes etc

 Ayurvedic Treatment for Psoriasis
Ayurvedic treatments for psoriasis will mainly focus on balancing the doshas by adopting detoxification methods and various other natural modalities as Psoriasis is caused by vitiation of vata and kapha dosha.  Ayurveda treatment for psoriasis lasts for 21 to 28 days. Panchakarma, the basic body purification method is used in the treatment of psoriasis. Lepanam (application of ointments), abhyangam (oil massage), snehapanam( taking of medicated ghee), pizhichil( full body massage) and  avisnanam( medicated steam bath) are the ayurveda treatments adopted for curing psoriasis. A strict diet regime called” pathyam” is to be followed by the patient during the ayurvedic treatment period.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Psoriasis

  • Avoid consuming incompatible foods like milk with fish
  • Do not control natural urges like vomiting, urination, bowel emptying etc.
  • Do not take bath in cold water immediately after physical exercise
  • Avoid excessively hot spices, sour, salty and acidic foods
  • Avoid consuming foods which cause indigestion.
  • Kapha and Pitta food should be avoided as also garlic, ginger, chilli, eggs, fish and beef; these foods induce pitta
  • Avoid using soap while taking bath; instead use gram flour and use  herbal scrubber
  • Avoid pricking, peeling and scratching the skin
  • Include more fruits, vegetables, fruit juices etc in your diet. Consumption of bitter gourd, curd, boiled vegetables, pumpkin etc are all effective home remedies for psoriasis
Ayurveda & Skin Disorders

Herbal medicines are effective in the treatment of Skin Disorders. Ayurveda uses several herbal plants in preparing oral medicines for cirrhosis patients. The herbal preparations such as kashayams, lehyams choornams and arishtams use herbs such as guduchi (tinospora cordifolia), amalaki (emblica officinalis), yashtimadhuk (glycerrhiza glabra) and gokshur. Ashwagandha (withania somnifera), shatavari (asparagus racemosus), bala (sida cordifolia) and nagbala (sida humilis) are also frequently used to treat cirrhosis by ayurveda practitioners. Herbal medicines used in the ayurvedic treatment for cirrhosis are highly effective and carry no side effects. These herbal medicines have the potential to remove the disease from its very roots. Ayurveda does not merely treat the symptoms. It goes to the very root cause of the disease and eliminates it. Herbal medicines used in the treatment of cirrhosis also ensure that the disease will not re appear in future.

Patients suffering from cirrhosis are advised to consume organic foods and drink large quantities of milk. Spicy and oily foods are to be avoided and the consumption of induppu instead of salt is advisable. Alcohol, meat, eggs, ghee, oil etc as also canned, processed and refined foods are best avoided.

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