Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition of the skin that causes rapid skin cell production which results in reddish dry patches and scales on the skin. It is commonly seen on the elbows, knees, and scalp. Itching or burning sensation, blisters, discoloration of the skin, reduced sweating, etc. are some of the features of Psoriasis.
Ayurveda refers to psoriasis as Ekakushta which is considered one of the 11 types of Kshudra Kushta which are curable minor skin diseases. And according to Ayurveda, the vitiation of Vata and Kapha doshas leads to the accumulation of toxins in the deep tissues of blood, flesh, nutrient plasma and lymphatic, which in turns causes the manifestation of skin lesions in the body.
Causative factors of Psoriasis
- Excess consumption of contradictory foods like fish and dairy products together.
- Increases intake of sour and salty foods, yogurt, black gram, seafood, etc.
- Alcohol and tobacco consumption
- Irregular food habits
- Hereditary factors
Ayurvedic treatments for Psoriasis
The primary line of Ayurvedic treatment for Psoriasis includes the purification of the blood and tissues. The body is cleansed of toxins and the metabolism is restored to prevent further accumulation of toxins. Medications are then administered to rejuvenate the tissues and to promote healing of the skin.
The Ayurvedic purification and detoxification process of Panchakarma is advised for Psoriasis to detoxify the body and to balance the vitiated doshas. Vamana, the process of medicated emesis and Virechana, the purgation therapy are recommended to rid the body of toxins.
Consumption of medicated ghee for a specific number of days is also advised for Psoriasis according to the type of dosha involved.
The process of pouring medicated buttermilk on the forehead in a continuous stream is indicated for skin diseases like psoriasis.
Karaskara Ksheera Dhara
Pouring a warm herbal decoction prepared in milk in a continuous stream over the body is therapeutic to improve peripheral blood circulation and for reducing pain, numbness, burning sensation and inflammation. Karaskara Ksheera Dhara combined with specific oils for external oils is considered effective for psoriasis and eczema.