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Beat the Heat: Ayurvedic Remedies for Prickly Heat (Miliaria)

Prickly heat, also known as miliaria, is a common skin condition that plagues many during hot and humid weather. It manifests as tiny, raised red bumps accompanied by a prickling or stinging sensation. These itchy and uncomfortable bumps typically appear on areas covered by clothing, such as the chest, back, neck, and arms.

Understanding the Causes of Prickly Heat:

Prickly heat arises when sweat gets trapped beneath the skin due to clogged pores. This can be triggered by various factors, including:

  • Hot and humid weather: Excessive sweating becomes a challenge to evaporate, leading to blocked pores and prickly heat.
  • Dry skin: Dry skin lacks the natural lubrication to allow smooth sweat flow, further contributing to blocked pores.
  • Sweaty skin: Engaging in strenuous activities or wearing tight clothing can lead to excessive sweating and prickly heat.

Symptoms of Prickly Heat:

The telltale signs of prickly heat include:

  • Small, red, raised bumps on the skin
  • Prickling or stinging sensation
  • Itching, which can be quite bothersome
  • Burning sensation, especially on affected areas

If left unchecked, the intense itching may lead to scratching and secondary bacterial infections.

Ayurvedic Perspective on Prickly Heat:

In Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical system, prickly heat is considered a type of "Pidaka." It is believed to be an imbalance of Pitta dosha, which governs fire and water elements in the body.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Prickly Heat Relief:

Ayurveda offers a two-pronged approach to treating prickly heat:

  1. Shodhana (Purification): This initial stage aims to cleanse the body of accumulated toxins that aggravate Pitta dosha. In some cases, "Sadyo Virechana," a specific type of Panchakarma (purification therapy), might be recommended by an Ayurvedic practitioner.
  2. Shamana (Pacification): This stage focuses on pacifying Pitta dosha and alleviating the symptoms of prickly heat. Treatment options may include:
  • Oral medications: Ayurvedic doctors may prescribe Bhasma (herbal ash), Gulika (herbal tablets), or Asava (herbal fermented liquids) to address Pitta imbalance internally.
  • Oil for external application: Soothing oils formulated with herbs like sandalwood, neem, or aloe vera can be applied topically to cool and soothe the affected areas.

Disclaimer:  It's important to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner for proper diagnosis and treatment of prickly heat. They can recommend the most suitable Ayurvedic remedies based on your individual needs and health condition.

Stay Cool, Stay Comfortable:

By following these tips and seeking professional Ayurvedic guidance, you can effectively manage prickly heat and enjoy the summer months with a clear, comfortable complexion.


Dr Sudhindra Kulkarni
Chief Ayurveda Consultant | Ayur Jaala, BTM layout
Ph: 9148403168 | www.ayurjaala.com
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