Psoriasis Management: Ayurvedic Approach & Finding Relief

Psoriasis Management: Ayurvedic Approach & Finding Relief

Psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune condition, can be a source of significant discomfort and frustration. Characterized by raised, red patches with silvery scales, it often affects the elbows, knees, and scalp. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical system, offers a holistic approach to manage psoriasis and improve your quality of life.

Causes of Psoriasis:

  • Hereditary: Psoriasis has a strong genetic link, with a higher risk if a close family member has the condition.
  • Stress: Extreme stress can act as a trigger for psoriasis flare-ups or worsen existing symptoms.
  • Triggers: Certain factors, like viral infections, certain medications, or immunizations, can trigger psoriasis outbreaks.

Symptoms of Psoriasis:

  • Red Plaques: Well-defined, raised red patches with silvery scales on the skin.
  • Itching and Burning: The affected areas may be itchy and uncomfortable.
  • Scalp Psoriasis: Psoriasis can also affect the scalp, causing redness, scaling, and hair loss.
  • Nail Psoriasis: Pitting, discoloration, and thickening of the nails can occur.

Types of Psoriasis:

  • Plaque Psoriasis: The most common type, characterized by raised red plaques with silvery scales.
  • Pustular Psoriasis: This less common type features small white pustules on top of red, inflamed skin.
  • Guttate Psoriasis: Small, teardrop-shaped red plaques often appear after a strep throat infection.
  • Inverse Psoriasis: Smooth, red, inflamed patches develop in skin folds like the armpits and groin.
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis: This rare, severe form involves widespread redness, scaling, and intense itching over most of the body.

Ayurvedic Perspective on Psoriasis:

In Ayurveda, psoriasis can be correlated with disorders like "Kitibha" or "Ekakushta." These are believed to arise from an imbalance of doshas, particularly Pitta (fire and water) and Vata (air and space).

Ayurvedic Management of Psoriasis:

Ayurveda offers a two-fold approach to manage psoriasis:

  • Shodhana (Purification): This aims to cleanse the body and eliminate accumulated toxins that may be aggravating the condition. Panchakarma, a detoxifying therapy, may be used, including procedures like Vamana (therapeutic vomiting), Virechana (purgation), and Raktamokshana (bloodletting). However, these procedures should only be performed under the supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.
  • Shamana (Pacification): This focuses on pacifying the imbalanced doshas and promoting healing. It may involve:
    • Oral Medications: Depending on your specific needs, an Ayurvedic doctor might prescribe Kashayam (herbal decoctions), Gulika (herbal pills), Ghritam (medicated ghee), or Churna (herbal powders) to manage inflammation and support overall well-being.
    • External Applications: Soothing oils (Taila) and ointments formulated with herbs like neem or turmeric can be applied topically to reduce itching and promote healing.

Disclaimer: It's important to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan for your psoriasis. They can recommend the most suitable Ayurvedic interventions based on your specific condition and severity. By integrating these practices with conventional medical care, you can find relief and manage your psoriasis effectively.

Dr Sudhindra Kulkarni
Chief Ayurveda Consultant | Ayur Jaala, BTM layout
Ph: 9148403168 |
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