Ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis and eczema
Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious.
Psoriasis commonly occurs as red, scaly patches on the skin, although some patients have no dermatological symptoms. The scaly patches caused by psoriasis, called psoriasis plaques, are areas of inflammation and excessive skin production. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites and takes on a silvery – white appearance. Plaques frequently occur on the skin of the elbows and knees but can affect any area including the scalp, palms of hands and soles of feet, an aspect of the joint.
According to Ayurveda, Psoriasis is regarded as Ekakushta, a type of kshudra Kushta according to Ayurveda. This is a curable skin disease.
Psoriasis can be considered as the vitiation of Vata and Kapha. Irregular food habits, consumption of incompatible food, excessive intake of yogurt, black gram, seafood, sour and salted items etc. can activate the pathogenesis.
Balancing the body doshas, detoxification and cleansing the body is very important in the management of psoriasis. Toxins are cleansed from the body and digestion restored to prevent further accumulation. Nourishing herbs are then administrated to strengthen and tone the tissues to promote complete healing of the skin.
Ideal Ayurvedic Treatment offers special ayurvedic treatments like :
Lepanam: In this treatment medicines along with some herbal liquids are mixed in the form of paste is applied to the affected parts of the body. The lepanam acts as a body scrub used to smooth the skin, rejuvenate blood circulation, relieve aches, remove skin disorders, pain management etc.
Abhyanga: External oleation or abhyanga is a specialized oil massage and as per ayurvedic theory, abhyanga helps to move toxins towards the intestines in order to encourage their removal from the body. Abhyanga is also known to reduce dryness of the skin and to reduce the severity of scaling.
Snehapanam: Internal oleation (snehapanam) is consuming medicated oil. Type and volume(dosage) is decided based on patient’s constitution. Dosage and combinations are also based on individual’s dosha constitution and the progression of the disease. Medicated ghee for psoriasis related cleanses usually contains liver cleansing, anti-inflammatory, and immune modulating herbs. snehapanam decrease scaling, itching, and dryness of psoriasis.
Pizhichil: For this therapy, we pour medicated oils continuously on the patient’s body for a few minutes. The therapy tones, relax, nourishes and improves the immunity of the body by enabling detoxification.
Takradhara: In Takradhara a solution of buttermilk and medicated herbs are poured on the entire body of the patient. The treatment helps in nourishing the skin and the medicated herbs help repair the skin cells and reduce inflammation.
Diet: We advised our patients to follow a strict containing menus that are easily digestible and are balanced with ingredients to maintain appropriate levels of Pitta and Kapha doshas.