PSORIASIS AND AYURVEDIC TREATMENT
- Dr. Murali Manohar Chirumamilla, M.D. (Ayurveda)
Psoriasis results in patches of thick, red skin covered with
silvery scales, which usually itch and burn. Affected persons suffer from
restricted movement in their joints, and emotional distress and cracked
skin. The disease may also affect the fingernails, the toenails, and the
soft tissues inside the mouth and genitalia.
Scaling occurs when cells in the outer layer of the skin reproduce faster than normal and pile up on the skinís surface. In many ways, psoriatic skin is similar to skin which is healing from a wound or reacting to a stimulus such as infection.
Different types of psoriasis display characteristics such as pus-like blisters, severe sloughing of the skin, drop-like dots, and smooth-inflamed lesions. In Ayurveda, these may be correlated with Eka-kushta, Kitibha-kushta and Sidma-kushta.
Psoriasis affects one to two per cent of the population. One in three people reports a family history of psoriasis, but there is no pattern of inheritance. It can strike at any age, but most often between 15 and 35. Psoriasis is not contagious. About 15 per cent have joint inflammation that produces arthritis symptoms referred to as psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis can be very painful, but the pain is more than skin deep. It causes disfiguration, and daily care always demands too much time. Embarrassment, frustration, fear, and depression are common.
In extreme cases, a loss of self-esteem results in a complete withdrawal from society. However, to control it properly, one should take it lightly.
Psoriasis is aggravated by injury or irritation (cuts, burns, rash, insect bites). Medications (beta-blockers, used to treat high blood pressure, and lithium or other drugs used to treat depression), viral or bacterial infections, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, lack of sunlight, overexposure to sunlight (sunburn), stress, cold climate, and frequent friction on the skin are also associated with flare-ups of psoriasis.
Ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis includes a strict diet regimen and drug therapy. These are often combined with panchakarma procedures that cleanse the body.
As we all are genetically different with
different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many
different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually
formulated. This article is intended only for information. It is not a
substitute to the standard medical diagnosis, personalized Ayurvedic
treatment or qualified Ayurvedic physician. For specific treatment, always
consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician.
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