Before writing any blog, I read two sources: Ayurvedic classical texts and Google. I want to know what is available to the readers on the Internet on the topic of Ayurveda. Unfortunately, I get disappointed many times to see the results. This time when I searched for Psoriasis treatment in Ayurveda, many articles popped up. The headline read Ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis but the whole article explained the types of Psoriasis in the modern context.
In this blog, I want to tell all about Psoriasis in Ayurveda context, what corrections you should do in your diet, a look at the psoriasis ayurvedic treatment, etc.
Psoriasis and Ayurveda
Ayurveda has incorporated almost all disorders (except few) related to skin under one roof called “Kushtha”.
Now, many people assume that “Kushtha” means Leprosy. But it is not so in Ayurveda. All skin related pathologies come under Kushtha.
Kushtha has many types depending on its presentation on the skin, texture, colour, symptoms and the underlying doshas. Example,
- Ekakushta- Appears on large body surfaces, patch becomes scaly like fish’s skin and the area doesn’t sweat.
- Charmadal Kushtha- Red in colour, itchy, has boils, very sensitive to touch.
These are few of the 18 types of Kushtha.
There are some other skin conditions like Shitapitta, Udarda, Masurika etc which appear on the skin but do not come under the banner of Kushtha.
What are the causes of Kushtha or Psoriasis in Ayurveda?
(If you have any skin-related issue, just create a checklist of the following causes and see if you are doing any of it. And if you find the causes, correct that habit and also let me know!).
- Eating opposite food combinations such as Milk/milk products + fruits, milkshakes, milk + any food, Honey + HOT water, etc
- Eating heavy and slimy food more
- Suppressing the natural urges of passing stools, urine, vomiting, etc.
- Exercising or doing any work of physical exertion or travelling in the sunlight after eating food
- Consuming cold + hot food together (such as Hot brownie with cold ice cream)
- Eating curd/yoghurt, fish, salty, sour, urad dal (Black gram), starchy food, milk and milk products, jaggery frequently
- Bathing or drinking water immediately after doing physical exertion, or after coming from broad daylight (Relax for about half an hour and then drink water if you wish)
- Eating even before the previously eaten food gets digested
- Having sex, sleeping before the digestion of food
How does Kushtha or Psoriasis manifest in the body according to Ayurveda?
Pre-Symptoms of Psoriasis or Kushtha:
- Loss of touch sensation
- Excessive sweating or no sweating
- Tingling sensation
- Breathlessness or tiredness without much physical work
- Frequent wounds
- Wounds take more time to heal
These symptoms occur before the actual disease. Such pre-symptoms are called Poorvaroop in Ayurveda. At this time, the patient ignores the signs and shows up only when the disease manifests more. Psoriasis treatment in Ayurveda given in the Poorvarop phase is easy and quite successful.
Types of Psoriasis or Kushtha according to Ayurveda:
There are a total of 18 skin conditions told under Kushtha.
The symptoms of some of them are:
- Ekakushtha- Scaly like fish scales, appears on large body surfaces
- Kitibha kushtha- dark brown skin lesions, dry, rough and hard
- Vipadika- lesions with pain on hands and feet
- Dadru- Itchy, red in colour, inflamed
There are many other types than this which I am not describing here as it would make the blog too lengthy.
Psoriasis treatment in Ayurveda
In Kushtha, the general treatment remains the same for all the types. Hence, the following Kushtha treatment protocol is applied for psoriasis ayurvedic medicine.
1. I cannot stress the importance of Panchakarma for Psoriasis.
If the symptoms are predominantly of-
- Kapha dosha, then Vaman (emesis),
- Pitta dosha, then Virechan (purgation),
- Vata dosha- Ghritapan (ghee consumption)
2. Raktamokshan (blood-letting) followed by Snehapan (consumption of oil/ghee). Raktamokshan has shown amazing results in psoriasis ayurvedic treatment.
3. Nasya and Dhoompan are the ayurvedic treatment for Psoriasis especially useful for those skin conditions which appear in the body part above shoulders.
4. External application of Lepa, psoriasis ayurvedic cream etc gives good results and lasts long when the above internal cleaning is done. A combined approach is recommended.
5. Ayurvedic oil for psoriasis– Psorolin oil, 777 oil are patent formulations commonly given nowadays for external application. These ayurvedic psoriasis medicine have also shown good results.
6. For scalp psoriasis ayurvedic treatment involves the application of Neem oil, Karanj oil locally with addition to the internal psoriasis ayurvedic medicine.
7. Siddharthak Snaan (Herbal water bath):
Musta, Madanphal, Triphala, Karanja, Aragvadh, Indrayav, Daruharidra, Saptaparna- All of these herbs or whichever are available are boiled together in the water. This water should be used for bathing by the patient.
8. The above herbal water can also be consumed orally.
9. The powders of the above herbs should be rubbed on the skin before bathing.
10 . Nowadays, Psorolin bathing bars are available especially for Psoriasis.
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11. Bathing with the water boiled with Triphala and Adulsa is also beneficial. Such herbal water baths prove to be a great aid in psoriasis ayurvedic treatment.
12. Massaging the affected area with Shatadhouta ghrita can pacify the burning of the Psoriasis patch.
13. Your ayurvedic doctor may advise you to have medicated ghee- Having to eat medicated ghee like Tikta ghrita is a pain in the ass, but it is all worth it. A small trick to make things easy for you in this case- Eat Ova (Ajwain/Carom seeds) before consuming Tikta ghrita. The taste sensation will be lost and you can have it easily.
14. There are many ayurvedic medicine for Psoriasis like Gandhak Rasayan, Khadirarishta, etc. But they should only be taken after consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor.
15. Lastly, stopping the causes that lead to this condition is the foremost treatment of any disease. Hence, avoiding the causes listed above is an important part of ayurvedic psoriasis treatment.
Repeated Shodhan, that is, timely Panchakarma therapy is necessary for Psoriasis. This, along with the right ayurvedic medicine for psoriasis, oils for external application and the correct diet is the key to psoriasis treatment in Ayurveda.