By Dr. Hiren Raval, Ayurveda
Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which patches of dry and red thickened skin occur. This is caused by a very rapid reproduction of skin cells and is a fairly common non contagious skin disease. The rapid rate of cell reproduction causes the build-up of dead skin cells, thereby making the skin surface look dry and scaly. The condition usually affects the skin in areas such as the elbows, scalp and knees.
Causes of Psoriasis
Psoriasis can be caused due to a variety of reasons, a few of them being –
- Heredity- a child has 15% chances of suffering from psoriasis if a parent is affected.
- Consuming incompatible foods such as fish and milk together.
- Excessive smoking
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Huge mental stress or enormous psychological trauma.
- Trauma on skin such as repeated cuts or bruises.
Ayurveda and Psoriasis
Ayurveda is one of the most ancient forms of treatments which is based on the understanding that good health is dependent on a healthy body, mind and spirit. According to Ayurveda, every individual has a certain pattern of energy which is made up of three types of energies or doshas-
- Vatadosha- controlling bodily functions.
- Pitta dosha- controlling the metabolic functions.
- Kaphadosha- controlling growth in the body.
The practitionersof Ayurveda believe that all sorts of diseases are caused due to an imbalance between the three doshas. The basic goal of Ayurvedic treatments are to keep the doshas balanced. According to Ayurveda, psoriasis is caused due to an imbalance occurring between vata and kaphadosha.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Psoriasis
Panchakarma therapy is the main Ayurvedic therapy which is used to treat Psoriosis. The panchakarma therapy uses dietary changes and plant-based remedies to detox and purify the body. Usually, a vegetarian diet is recommended. The treatment includes consuming medicated ghee, purging and vomiting, dripping of medicated buttermilk on a person’s head, covering the entire body in medicinal mud paste and performing various medical enemas. The efficiency of the treatment depends mostly on the commitment of the person towards the treatment and the severity of the disease.
Other Ayurvedic remedies for treating psoriasis include-
- Intake of garlic and onion for purification of blood
- Usage of black nightshade juice to reduce inflammation.
- Neem is used to boost the immune system and also to purify blood.
- Turmeric can also be used to reduce inflammation, swelling and redness.
- Jasmine flower paste can be used to relieve itching and reduce inflammation.
- Boswelia or frankincense can be used to reduce the inflammation and boost the immune system.
According to Ayurveda, the mind and body connection plays a really important role in overall wellness and standard Ayurveda lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, practicing yoga, meditation, exercising etc. help to strengthen this connection. Visit an Ayurvedic practitioner today.