AYURVEDA

PSORIASIS

It is a skin disease result in patches of thick red skin covered with the silvery scale. Theses patches are referred as plaque which usually occur on the elbow, knees, legs, scalp, lower back, face, palm, and sole of the feet.

The etiological factor's includes genetic factors, autoimmune reaction, infection, injury to skin, idiopathic cause (unknown cause) stress, obesity, smoking, alcohol.

Symptoms are pain, itching and burning sensation, dandruff on scalp, pus filled blisters, yellow discolored nail.

Ayurveda explains all skin disorders under heading of Kustha. Ekakustha can be compared to psoriasis due to similarity in symptoms.

Ekakustha is caused due to vitiation of vata and kaphadosha which affects twak (skin) and rakta. It causes raised area of inflamed skin covered with silvery white scaly skin.

Treatment of Kustha:

  • Vamana: It is best for reducing kaphadosha.
  • Virechana: The dosha which is liquified after oleation is eliminated by virechana karma. It also removes the vitiation of rakta dhatu.
  • Raktamokshana: It eliminates vitiated raktadosha from the skin and gives immediate relief.
  • Lepa: The active principles of lepa gets absorbed by cutaneous skin pores and reduces the inflammation and skin lesions.
  • Takradhara: It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and reduces the stress hormones.