Psoriasis


Overview

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease characterised by flaky skin, redness, inflammation, itching and pain. It typically affects the elbows, knees, scalp and nails.

According to modern science, there is no exact cause for psoriasis, however research shows that genetics and the immune system plays a major role in causing psoriasis.

 

Symptoms

  • Red patches of skin with silvery scales or plaques
  • Dry cracked skin that may bleed
  • Itching, burning or soreness of the skin.
  • Swollen and stiff joints.
  • Thick pitted nails.
  • Scaly and crusty scalp.

Causes

  1. Incompatible food like having milk and fruits together
  2. Navadhanya (freshly harvested grains)
  3. Consuming excess -
    • Dairy products
    • Alcohol and green leafy vegetables along with milk
    • Honey and meat after having the hot and spicy food or vice versa
    • Fish
    • Radish
    • Honey
    • Intake of oily and fat rich food.
  4. Eating before the previous meal is digested.
  5. Unmindful eating causing indigestion.
  6. Suppression of natural urges (vomiting and urinary urge)
  7. Remain awake during night.
  8. Stress.

 

According to Ayurveda, there are three biological elements/doshas present in our body; vata, pitta and kapha which should be in balance. Because of the above said causative factors three doshas get vitiated causing weak or impaired digestive fire. Impaired digestive fire produces toxins(ama) that spread to the entire body affecting the twak(skin), rakta(blood), mamsa (muscle), lymph and produces the following symptoms which can be different for each individual.

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at:

  1. Treating inflammation of the skin and maintaining normal texture of the skin.
  2. Prevent recurrence by healing and repairing the tissue.
  3. Regular intake of supplements can help in long term relief and rejuvenating the whole body.

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol.

  • Skin itching and red patches, Silvery scales or plaques  - all these skin conditions  are as a result of overreaction of the immune system with skin cells. Avipattikar churna, Bibhitaki, Aragvadha,  Khadira, Sariva, Manjistha, Kaishora guggulu, Nimba, Arogyavardhini vati will normalise the immune response by purifying the blood and body channels from toxins (ama), also helps to heal and repair of skin cells.
  • Dry cracked, Burning skin and Joint stiffness - Extreme dryness in the body as a result of inflammation and the immune triggers new cells to form and  also causes swollen stiff joints and pitted nails. Panchatiktaghruta guggulu regulates the immune system, reducing inflammation and dryness.

(The above mentioned Ayurvedic drugs are Herbs and Herbomineral preparations)

Other Therapies - Vamana (emesis) virechana/Purgation therapy (cleaning digestive tract and purifies blood), Blood letting therapy.

Herbs

Avipattikar churna, Bibhitaki, Aragvadha, Khadira, Sariva, Manjistha, Kaishora guggulu, Nimba, Arogyavardhini vati, Panchatiktaghrutha guggulu

When to see a doctor?

1)If your skin condition gets aggravated or worsens.

2)If you feel itching

3)If you have joint pain ,swelling, or stiffness in one or more joints, especially the fingers or toes. pain or tenderness in the lower back, feet, or ankles. joints that feel warm to the touch.


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