Psoriasis, derived from the word psora means “itch”, is an itchy condition of the skin. It is a chronic skin disease in which itchy, scaly, and red patches are formed on various parts of the body and the scalp. It is usually a skin condition where the life cycle of skin cells changes, leading them to build up on the surface of the skin. The resulting build-up of cells can be itchy and sometimes painful. Psoriasis is non-contagious and does not transmit from one person to another. Also, psoriasis is curable depending on type and degree of severity. There are different types of psoriasis and are categorized based on the symptoms and sub-categorized based on the location. Most commonly affected areas are elbows, knees, scalp, upper arms, thighs and lower back.
In Ayurvedic texts, Psoriasis is compared to ‘Ek-Kushta’. Ayurveda mentions about psoriasis as occurring due to vitiation of vata and kapha doshas. This causes the accumulation of ama or toxins in few of the dhatus contaminating them leading to psoriasis. Removing ama or toxins and balancing pitta dosha can help in healing psoriasis.
Ayurvedic treatment includes external and internal procedures that help in natural healing of psoriasis. Herbal medicines with blood purifying properties and panchakarma treatment for detoxification help in treating psoriasis. Psoriasis can also be treated by bringing changes to lifestyle and diet based on the body constitution.
In Psoriasis treatment, excessive accumulated toxins in the blood are loosened by administration of medicated ghee (Snehapanam) and subsequently eliminated from the body through Vamana (Emesis) or Virechana (purgation). Psoriasis treatment can also adopt some of the external procedures like Takradhara and Thailadhara to change the texture of the skin while internal medication purifies the blood. The primary goal is to stop the cells from growing so rapidly.
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