Psoriasis is a non-infectious, inflammation of the skin. There is increased proliferation of the skin layers due to excessive division of the cell in the basal areas. There is frequently a Genetic Predisposition.
Causes of Psoriasis-
Psoriasis is the cause of the faulty balance of Vata and Kapha. [Two of the primary energies, that maintain our body’s equilibrium, according to ayurveda]. The build-up of mild poisons called Dooshi Vishas is the first change occurring in the body. Improper eating habits, consuming the wrong food combinations, excessive intake of yoghurt, seafood, sour foods, etc., can aggravate the pathogenesis.
Ayurveda is an ancient, holistic and natural form of treatment. It is based on the fact that good health depends on a healthy body, Mind, and Spirit.
It relies on herbal remedies and living a healthy lifestyle, which include—
- Exercises such as Yoga
- Ayurvedic therapies
- Detoxification and most importantly –
- A timely, healthy Diet
Ayurveda practitioners believe that every person has a well-defined energy pattern which includes three types of energies, called doshas. They are Vata [controls bodily functions], pitta [controls metabolic functions] and Kapha [controls growth in the body] energy. When these doshas go out of balance, you may feel over-stressed or fall sick. Therefore, Ayurvedic therapies aim to keep your doshas balanced for optimal health.
The first medication used to correct psoriasis is Panchakarma therapy. This treatment involves plant-based medicines and dietary changes that are meant to detox and purify the body. A ‘Vegetarian Diet’ is often recommended.
The Panchakarma treatment includes—
- Consuming medicated ghee, considering the dosha type
- Covering the entire body in a paste of medicines and mud
- Detoxifying by introducing purging [Virechana] and vomiting [Vamana]
- Dripping medicated buttermilk on the forehead [Dhara] and
- Introducing medicated enemas [Basthies]
The success of the treatment depends on the severity of psoriasis, and how committed one is, to the treatment.
The following Ayurvedic Remedies may also be used to treat psoriasis:
- Onions and Garlic, to purify the blood
- The paste of jasmine flower, to relieve itching and reduce inflammation
- Guggul Vati or powder to reduce swelling and puffiness
- Neem leaves to boost the immune system and purify the blood
- Turmeric to reduce inflammation, redness and swelling
Psoriasis can be triggered by physical or emotional stress. Meditation and exercise can help reduce stress-related psoriasis flare-ups. Some herbal remedies can also help to reduce stress. For example, an Ayurvedic herb ‘Ashwagandha’ determined that the herb has anti-stress properties and is a very beneficial restorative tonic. Ashwagandha is also known as ‘The Indian Ginseng’. Ayurvedic treatments should always be taken under the direction of a trained practitioner.
Talking to your Ayurvedic Vaid [doctor]
If you suspect to have psoriasis, it’s essential to consult a medical doctor for a diagnosis first. The mind-body connection seems to play a role in overall wellness. Ayurvedic treatment that helps one person may not be of help to another. So, developing a plan that includes both mainstream and Ayurvedic medicine, can hopefully give the best of both worlds and satisfying results as well.
Visit our ayurvedic centre at ‘Madras Institute of Ayurveda’, Chennai for a wide range of treatment plans for various health issues. Madras Institute of Ayurveda offers dedicated services by trained therapists. Care begins with an accurate diagnosis, based on which the doctors create a customised treatment plan to correct the disease and not the symptoms alone.
So, log on to www.miayurveda.org for any further queries you may have.