Ringworm is a highly contagious disease that is caused by fungal infection. Ringworm disease is a misnomer as it is neither caused by worms nor are there worms involved at any stage of the disease. It is known by other names like dermatophytosis or tinea infection, in Ayurveda it is known as ‘dadru’.
A person infected with disease develops red coloured circular lesions on the skin surface with elevated and sharp edges. As the infection progresses the area inside the ring keeps getting recovered but the boundary continues to be red in colour with tender skin in the center. The infected skin is generally itchy and flaky. Once diagnosed with the disease, it should not be taken lightly or else it may become chronic and then it is difficult to treat it.
Ayurveda is a blessing for mankind. The different kind of treatment methodologies offered are inspired by nature and as a result, they do not have side effects. The ayurvedic medicine offers dual benefit of eradicating the disease from the body and increasing the vitality of an individual.
According to Ayurveda, a disease occurs when there is dosha imbalance in the body. In the case of ringworm disease Kapha and Vata dosha are vitiated. These vitiated doshas lead to the accumulation of toxins in the deeper tissues of the body and thus the occurrence of ringworm disease. The aim of ayurvedic medicine is to resolve the dosha imbalance and thus restore health. The herbal treatment for ringworm disease fights the infection in a natural and healthy way thus leaving the body re-energised and clean.
Causes and symptoms of ringworm disease
Ringworm disease is a contagious skin infection and one can easily catch ringworm by touching an infected person or by coming in contact with already contaminated items like combs, unwashed clothes and pools. Ringworm can also be contracted by coming in contact with infected pets, cats are one of the most common carriers of this infection. The fungus that causes ringworm infection thrives in warm and moist areas, therefore, it is important to keep one’s body clean and dry.
It takes an experienced practitioner to tell the symptoms of ringworm infection from the other skin infections. The common symptoms are as follows:
• Red, itchy and flaky skin
• Inflamed red patches on the infected skin
• Generally, ring-shaped infection is seen, although the shape may be irregular sometimes
The science of Ayurveda brings home the richness of nature through herbs. The herbal combinations used to treat ringworm improve immunity, endurance and strength. The different herbs used for natural treatment of ringworm are as follows:
The magical neem leaf (Azadirachta indica) - Neem leaf is famous in the ayurvedic texts for having magical effects on the skin. It has anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is very effective in treating ringworm. Traditionally neem leaves are crushed into a paste and applied on the infected skin. It is useful in balancing the Vata disorders. It removes toxins from the body, purifies the blood and neutralises free radicals.
Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) – Giloy is used for immune and Pita (inflammatory) diseases. It purifies the blood and therefore is of great help in skin diseases. Continuous intake of giloy has shown a marked improvement in body’s immune system. In a study, it has been found out that giloy increases the killing ability of macrophages, the cells that are responsible for fighting different kinds of invaders attacking the body. It is a rich source of anti-oxidants.
Aragvadha (Cassia fistula) – This ancient Indian herb has found wide usage in the treatment of a wide array of skin diseases. The paste or scrub of the leaves is extremely useful for local application on infected skin. The fruit pulp of this tree has anti-fungal properties and therefore is used for treating this ailment.
Haridra (Curcuma longa) – It is one of the most widely researched and commonly used herbs in Ayurveda. It is widely used in the treatment of skin diseases. Its powerful anti-oxidant properties help the cells function properly. It removes the toxins from the body and improves the skin complexion. It has amazing healing properties and is useful for both local application and oral intake too. It’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties also help in faster healing.
Khadira (Acacia catechu) – It is one of the best herbs for skin infections. It also relieves inflammation. Khadira decoction is very useful for drinking and bathing in the case of skin diseases.
These herbs work very well as remedies for ringworm on skin.
Ringworm is very common in children as their skin is still developing and it lacks essential fatty acids that are helpful in preventing the same. However, the following home remedies for ringworm work equally well for both children and adults:
Papaya- It is a rich source of vitamin A. Pieces of raw papaya can be rubbed over the infected skin for relief from this infection.
Carrot juice- A concoction of carrot juice and spinach juice prepared in the ratio 3:2 when taken orally is very effective for small children. Carrots are a rich source of vitamin A and are very helpful in maintaining healthy skin.
Coriander and turmeric paste- A teaspoon of coriander paste mixed with turmeric powder can be applied externally over the infected area. Coriander leaves are cool and they help in relieving the itchiness. Turmeric powder has antiseptic properties and relieves the fungal infection. This works as an excellent treatment for ringworm in children.
Apple cider vinegar- It has excellent anti-fungal properties. Apply undiluted apple cider vinegar to the infected area 4-5 times a day for 3-4 days for relief.
Garlic extract- It has ajoene which is a natural anti-fungal agent. To use, peel a clove and cut thin slices, put these on the infected area and wrap it overnight for best results.
Coconut oil- This oil can work wonders in case of ringworm on the scalp. The oil provides relief from itchiness and makes the infected skin smooth and soft.
Ayurveda thus provides one of the best treatments for ringworm. It has been found in many cases that people using the modern medicine tend to develop a resistance to anti-fungal creams and oral medicines. The infection tends to recur once the medicine is stopped. Whereas the ayurvedic herbs eradicate the disease from the body preventing its re-occurrence. But, before using the home remedies it’s always better to consult a doctor.
Ayurveda, the ancient healing science originated in India but now it has arrived on the world stage. People across the world have understood its benefits and believe in its healing methodology.
One such ayurvedic clinic that firmly believes and practices Ayurveda is the Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic in Melbourne. They work on the ideology that every individual has a unique constitution and therefore needs a different treatment.
The treatment starts with a detailed case study to understand the constitution and the dosha imbalance. Great care and caution are observed while sourcing the herbal medicines so that they deliver the best results.
They take pride in their team of ayurvedic doctors who are always there by the patient’s side with a smile. Panchakarma detox is also practiced wherever necessary to eliminate toxins from the body. They have brought happiness and health to scores of people through their ayurvedic treatment.
Dr. Gurnam Saini
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
MD Alternative Medicine
Panchkarma Detox Expert
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