Psoriasis is an auto immune, non-infectious disorder that cassesplaques, which are itchy or sore patches of thick,red,dry skin.The word “Psora” is a greek word meaning “Itch”.Psoriasis affects any part of the body.
Psoriasis has a genetic pre-disposition,can develop at any age though often occurs between 15 and 35 years of age.Itchiness is the most common and nagging complaint in people with psoriasis which not only leads to physical ill-health but also a psychological distress.
It has significant impact on quality of life and profoundly alters their daily activities with impact on social,physical and psychological well-being.Ayurveda describes psoriasis as Kitibha Kushta Kushta meaning that which makes the skin look disgraceful.Psoriasis occurs due to vitiation of Vata , Kapha, Pitta & Raktadosha.
Dairy products such as curd, Buffalo
Lentils such as black gram, horse gram, field
beans, newly harvested rice
Sweet dish prepared from sugar, carbohydrate
Citrus fruits, tamarind, tomatoes, green chillies
Consumption of food items that can’t be eaten
together (dairy products with fish)
Lifestyle:Stress, Day Sleep, Suppressing the natural urges such as defeacation and hunger, excessive exposure to sunrays,excessive worry, grief, excessive physical exercises.
1. Etiological Factors leads to Dosha prakopa
2. Dosha prakopa leads to Spread all over the body through channels
3. Spread all over the body leads to Vitiates skin, blood, muscles
4. Vitiation in skin, blood, muscles leads to Patches over the skin
5. Patches over the skin leads to Kitibha (Psoriasis)
Nidanaparivarjana– Nidanaparivarjana (abstinence from etiological factors)
Pancakarma– To detoxify the body using the panchakarma therapies of Vamana, Virechana, Basti, Nasya and Raktamokshana based on doctor’s advise
Naturopathy-Therapies such as neutral enemahelps to improve digestion and reduce inflammation. Other treatments such as mud therapy, diet therapy and acupuncture.
Yoga therapy– Includes a combination of Asana, pranayama and meditation for better mind body coordination
Pathya (Do’s and Don’ts) – Ayurveda, explains that there is no need of medicine when one follows healthy diet, and when one doesn’t follow, then there is no essfect of medicine. It’s therefore importance to note diet is more crucial.
Wholesome Diet : Old rice, barley, green gram, bitter vegetables and meat of wild animals.
Unwholesome Diet: Sour, salty,heat producing items like pepper, green chillies, curd, milk, jaggery, meat of marshy animals, seasame seeds, black gram are contra indicated: and alcohol are to be avoided.
Olive oil – Olive oil has developed a reputation for being an effective treatment for mild cases of plaque psoriasis. It can be used for massage before bathing or as applicant after bath.
Aloe Vera – Topical application of aloe vera is a safe and natural psoriasis remedy to soothen skin.
Turmeric – Turmeric has a long history of being used for infections andthe anti-inflammatory components help heal skin.Oral consumption of turmeric in cooking and topical use of its extract is found to be useful.
The above insights help us understand Psoriasis and also throw light that a holistic management using Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy is crucial in initiating a change towards We have regular updates andrecovery. Being a Psycho-somatic disorder, Psoriasis needs to be addressed by balancing the mind body complex.
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