Psoriasis is a widespread and chronic skin related disorder. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis characterized by red skin covered with silvery scales and inflammation.
An individual with psoriasis typically has patches of red, raised, scaly areas on the skin that may itch or burn. The patches are frequently found on the knees, elbows, trunk, or scalp. About, 9 out of 10 people with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis. The flare-ups can last for weeks or months. The psoriasis goes away for a time and then returns (chronic).
Many basic Ayurvedic texts have explained skin diseases, which resembles Psoriasis. According these references, Psoriasis can be considered as the vitiation of Vata,Pitta and Kapha. Accumulation of low potency poisons (Dooshi vishas), are the basic pathological changes taking place in the system. Irregular food habits, consumption of foodstuffs that cannot be eaten together (Eg: diary products with fish), excessive intake of yogurt, black gram, seafood, sour and salted items etc can activate the pathogenesis. Alcohol and tobacco consumption will act as a catalyst here. Ayurveda do emphasize on the effect of stress in the pathogenesis of Psoriasis.
Coming to the treatment aspects of Psoriasis according to Ayurveda, two treatments plans are executed according to the severity of disease, Shodhan ( detoxification) and shaman( treatment with medicines). Shodhan aims at the detoxification of the body or elimination of toxins from the body fluids. It is achieved by "Panchakarma" treatments.
Internal medicines like herbal formulations, concoctions; medicated ghee etc. has to be consumed for at least 90 days. In this condition we normally use coconut oil infused with herbs like wrightia tinctoria, Rubia cordifolia, Hemidesmus indicus,Tinosporia cordifolia, Azadirachta indica etc or some other oils like Jeevantyadi Yamakam, Eladi Kera Tail, Nalpamaradi Tail etc. depending upon the condition of the Patient for external application. In most of the cases these are found to be highly effective. These oils can be applied on and around the patches ever when patient feel like scratching.
Psoriasis can be cured if the patient is ready to accept the protocol and conditions fixed by the Ayurveda doctor for treatment as well changing the diet &lifestyle. If it is in the initial stage it can be cured fast. Otherwise in chronic cases, regular treatment continuing for months will be needed. All depends on how the patient accepts the treatment modalities and how strictly follows the dietary protocol for the rest of the life.
Avoid any kind of hot and spicy food. Salt and curd should be avoided. Bitter gourd, bitter varieties of drumstick and all other bitter food are very useful in this condition. Flowers of neem tree are really helpful in treating Psoriasis. A strict diet regime has to be followed during the entire treatment period and it is better to continue as vegetarian. Yogurt, black gram, chilies and salted thing have to be restricted. It is better to avoid refrigerated/chilled foods.
One should strictly avoid junk food, oily food and spicy food.Citrus foods or fruits are to be restricted as a food. Preserved, fermented items like bread, pizza and pickles are best to be avoided. One should avoid alcohol; smoking and if possible non-vegetarian diet till the disease is cured fully. Red meat can be considered as trigger for psoriasis.
Try to use only cotton fabrics. Nylon and synthetic fabrics aggravates this condition. Try not to scratch with nails. Psoriatic must keep a state of mental calmness.
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