Skin is the organ of sense of touch, pain, pressure and temperature. In Ayurveda, healthy skin indicates the good health of a person. However, Skins diseases are among the most common diseases worldwide.
These diseases are more than just Psoriasis skin disorders because sufferers often shy away from others and feel disfigured. Psoriasis is also this kind of skin diseases due to which a person feels embarrassment and suffers from emotional stress as well.
Emotional stress worsens the condition and symptoms of the psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic and recurrent inflammatory skin disease characterized by red patches and silvery scales on the skin. It affects around 2 % of the population in the world.
Causes Of Psoriasis
The cause of psoriasis is not known, but it may be related to immunity problems. Some triggers can worsen the symptoms of psoriasis. These triggers are:
In ayurveda, psoriasis is termed as Mandal Kushta, which is caused by imbalance in three humors. However, it involves all three humors, but Pitta aggravation is more prominent in this disease. The aggravation Pitta manifests in the skin and results in accumulation of AMA (toxins) in the skin. This accumulation of toxins and imbalance in three body humors cause manifestation of various symptoms of psoriasis.
Symptoms Of Psoriasis
Psoriasis symptoms vary from person to person, but following symptoms are most common symptoms found many psoriasis patients. All symptoms may not present in a patient, but one or a few of listed below may appear in the patient.
In most cases, psoriasis flares up for a few days or weeks and then subsides. It appears and goes through cycles of flare-ups and complete remission.
Herbs that detoxify the skin and reduce skin inflammation are beneficial in the treatment of psoriasis. The effective herbal formula to manage stubborn disease like psoriasis requires an appropriate ratio of herbs. The following herbs are added in the veggie capsule to make the best possible mix for treating psoriasis, which is only available at one of the best Ayurvedic Clinic in Melbourne "Pure Herbal Ayurved clinic"
Kutki (Picrorhiza kurroa)
Kutki contains kutkin, an active alkaloid that helps in skin and abdominal ailments. Kutki is also used for jaundice, indigestion, liver diseases, asthma, allergies and viral infections. It is very helpful in the treatment of eczema, vitiligo and psoriasis. In skin diseases, it reduces skin inflammation and alleviates the itching and burning sensation. It reduces redness of the scaly patches in psoriasis.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric has been used in Ayurveda for more than 5000 years to treat skin and inflammatory diseases. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant herb. It contains curcuminoids and curcumin, which are responsible for its efficacy in a variety of ailments including psoriasis. In psoriasis, it reduces skin inflammation and swelling. It also gives relief from itching and pain.
Neem (Azadirachta Indica)
Neem is the most important ayurvedic herb used in a various diseases, including eczema, psoriasis, skin infections, immunological and blood disorders. It is a powerful anti toxic ayurvedic herb. It purifies the blood and removes the accumulated toxins from the body. It increases immunity against viral and bacterial infections. In psoriasis, it also prevents secondary skin infections. It alleviates the redness of the skin and reduces itchiness due to scaly patches of psoriasis.
Guggul (Commiphora mukul)
Guggul is a resin of commiphora mukul trees. This resin contains guggulipids that have great anti-inflammatory properties. Due to this property, it is used in joint pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, atrophic dermatitis and psoriasis. It also cleanses the blood vessels and removes accumulated cholesterol from the blood vessels. It penetrates deep into the body tissues and removes the toxins. In Ayurveda, it is present in a hundred of medicines used for arthritis, skin diseases and abdominal disorders.
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Garlic purifies the blood and lowers the inflammatory responses in the body, so it is helpful in psoriasis as well. Including garlic in the diet also helps to provide protection against heart and skin diseases.
Boswellia (Boswellia serrata)
Boswellia is also known by the name of salai guggul and shallaki. It is also a resin, which contains Boswellic Acids. Boswellic acids possess anti inflammatory and analgesic characteristics, so it is widely used in both western medicines as well as in traditional medicines. It acts to lower the inflammation and pain in psoriasis. In addition, it prevents re-current flare-ups of the disease. It is also a very important herb for psoriasis because it also prevents the occurrence of joint pain and stiffness that may lead to psoriatic arthritis.
Manduka Parni (Centella asiatica)
Manduka Parni contains many alkaloids, including glycosides, tannins, sterols and triterpenes. These alkaloids have a calming influence on the brain, thus, it reduces mental stress. Mental stress is a trigger for flare up of psoriasis and it may worsen the psoriasis symptoms and overall health condition. Therefore, Manduka Parni is very important herb in this combination that prevents re-current attacks of the disease. In addition to these benefits, it also has anti-inflammatory property, which makes it an ideal herb for psoriasis.
Panchkarma therapies have important role to remove all the deep rooted toxins related to Psoriasis.From many years Ayurvedic Panchkarma detoxifiaction treatments have given best results to cure this disease. At Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic,Melbourne one can get all type of Ayurvedic treatments to manage Psoriasis permanetely and naturally with herbs. Following Ayurvedic treatments are usually given to the one suffering from Psoriasis.
Shirodhara becomes a crucial part of the psoriasis treatment because emotional stress worsens the symptoms. So, Shirodhara helps the patient with psoriasis to calm the mind and reduce the mental stress. In addition to this, specific ayurvedic oil is used for scalp psoriasis, which helps to reduce scalp inflammation, dandruff like scaling and itching on the head.
Ayurvedic detoxification therapy includes a series of panchakarma treatments that helps in psoriasis. Virechana (therapeutic purgation) is generally recommended for people with psoriasis.
Some ayurvedic oils are very disease specific, which help in lowering skin inflammation, reducing skin eruptions and alleviating pain and itchiness of the skin.
Most of the Ayurvedic classical recipies which are known to show best results and used more commonly in Psoriasis are listed below. One can get all these Ayurvedic Products in Australia from Pure Herbal Ayurved clinic.
Yoga includes some gentle exercises for the psoriasis. However, it may not have a direct influence on the psoriasis, but it can affect the immune system positively and decreases the stress level. Stress is considered as a major contributing factor for psoriasis.
Various types of breathing exercises reduce stress and release negative energies from the body. These breathing exercises of yoga are known as Pranayama. Yoga posture can also help to bring harmony in three body humors. These are Agnisara Asana (Combining yoga poses with breathing exercises), Surya Namaskar (sun salutation), Bhujangasana (cobra pose) and Sarvangasana (shoulder stand).
Lifestyle to Manage Psoriasis
Lifestyle changes and good diet can slow down the progress of the disease and prevent recurrent exacerbations of the psoriasis. The lifestyle tips are given underneath:
However, psoriasis has no permanent cure with modern medicine, but we can control this disease by using ayurvedic herbs and ayurvedic detoxification therapies. Ayurveda treats a person, not only a disease or symptom. Ayurveda balances the three body humors, so when three humors are in harmony, there are less chances of flare-ups of the disease. Thus, Ayurveda prevents and reduces recurrent exacerbations of the disease.
Dr Gurnam Singh Saini
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
MD Alternative Medicine
Panchkarma Detox Expert
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