Skin Disorders


Overview

Skin is the largest organ in the body. The skin protects us from ultraviolet light, chemical and infective organisms in the atmosphere. And regulates body temperature, gathers sensory inputs from the environment, stores water, fat, and vitamin D, and plays an important role in our immune system, protecting us from the disease.

Ayurveda explains twak as one among the 5 gyanendriya, attributed with the function of sensation of touch and is the location (ashray sthana) of sweat channels (swedavaha strotas) and hairs (loma).

According to Ayurveda there are three elements in the body: vata, pitta and kapha which affect the body functions when imbalanced. In skin diseases, all the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) are involved either solely or in combination vitiating them to the tissues (Dhatus) level; Rasa (plasma), Rakta (blood), Lasika (lymph) and Mamsa (muscle). As the disease progresses more tissues (Dhatus) may get involved.

Symptoms

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Vitiligo
  • Urticaria/Hives
  • Scabies
  • Lichen planus
  • Folliculitis
  • Melasma
  • Erysipelas
  • Dermatitis
  • Fungal skin infection
  • Fungal nail infection
  • Allergies etc.

Causes

  • Intake of food articles of different qualities (incompatible). Ex: yoghurt and fruit, dairy products and sour fruits
  • Suppressing any natural urges
  • Physical exercises after a heavy meal
  • Travelling or going out in sun after a heavy meal
  • Excessive intake of food articles like yoghurt, slat fish, sour foods etc
  • Improper application and administration of therapy and medication
  • Hereditary
  • Unmindful and lack of food/personal hygiene.

Treatment

  • Diet and lifestyle Modifications
  • Herbs and Herbo-Mineral Preparations

Example:

  • Cure itching - Aragvadha
  • Stop discharge - Lodhra, Triphala.
  • Helps to purify blood, clear the skin - Manjistha ,Khadira, Sariva.
  • Wound healing - Panchatiktaghruta guggulu, Karanja ,Daruharidra.

(The above mentioned Ayurvedic drugs are Herbs and Herbo-mineral preparations)

Other Therapies:  Virechana/Purgation therapy (cleaning digestive tract and purifies blood), Blood letting therapy.


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