Eczema Treatment

Best Ayurvedic Treatment For Eczema

Eczema is a condition where patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, red, cracked, and rough. Blisters may sometimes occur. The word “eczema” is also used specifically to talk about atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema. The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it's thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body's immune system to an irritant. It is this response that causes the symptoms of eczema. In addition, eczema is commonly found in families with a history of other allergies or asthma.

Symptoms

Eczema signs and symptoms can vary from person to person. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • In infants (below 2 years) – Extreme itching and rashes on scalp and cheeks

  • In children (from 2 years to puberty) – Rashes behind creases of elbow or knees, neck, wrist and ankles. Rashes may lighten or darken in color and may become thickened.

  • In adults – Rashes appear in the creases of elbows, knees. Skin becomes permanently itchy, scaly and dry.

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Ayurvedic view

An unhealthy diet and lifestyle causes vitiation of digestive fire leading to the production of partially digested food gaining toxic nature or Ama, which causes the disease. .Due to certain factors, all three doshas Vatha ,Pitha and Kapha are vitiated and cause pathological changes of tissues (dhatu) such as Twak (skin), Mamsa (flesh), Raktha (Blood ) and water principle of the body. Thus in Vicharchika , Kandu (itching) the symptom of Kapha vitiation, Pidaka (pustules, vesicles and papules) the symptom of Pitha vitiation and Shyavata (erythema with discoloration) the symptom of Vatha vitiation are present. If the disease is not treated early, it will affect deeper dhatus or tissues.


Ayurvedic Treatment For Eczema

Since this is a chronic disease, detoxification procedures are required to remove the root cause. Thus oral medicines for detoxification or purification are necessary in the beginning. In the next stage medicines for external application are used. In the final stage of the ayurvedic treatment for eczema, Rasayanas or rejuvenatives will be given to nourish the skin.

Ayurvedic treatment for Eczema generally involves:

  • Oral medication

  • Snehana (mild sweating)

  • Vamana (induced vomitting)

  • Mridu virechana (administration of medicated laxatives)

  • Raktha sodhana (Bloodletting and Blood purification - Leech therapy)


After attaining detoxification of the system skin which is damaged by this chronic disease deserve revitalization. Classically mentioned rasayana or nourishing drugs are employed here.


External medication

 

All external medications for ayurvedic treatment for eczema are applied only after proper detoxification procedures and relief of the signs and symptoms by internal medicines.

Lepa (Herbal Paste Application)


Paste made of herbal powder suitable for the patient is applied over affected area.Parisheka ( Cleaning with herbal decoction) Here suitable herbal decoctions are poured continuously for specified time.


Udvarthana ( Rubbing with herbal powder)


In the case of rough and thick skin (lichenified) rubbing with suitable herbal powder is effective.


Avagaha ( Dipping in herbal decoction)


Sitting in big vessel filled with herbal decoction for specified time is useful where big areas of body are affected.


Dhupana (Medicated fumigation)


Fumigation with suitable herbs is useful in Vatta and Kapha predominant conditions.


Dos and Don’ts


Dos

 

  • Warm bath

  • Moisturizer, mild soap

  • Cotton fabrics

  • Easily digestible food

  • Bitter vegetables

  • Green gram

Don’ts

  • Tight fitting clothes

  • Heavy to digest food

  • Dairy products

  • Sour food

  • Fish

  • Jaggery

  • Black gram

  • Spicy and fried food

  • Excess salt intake

  • Pickles, Curd, Egg & Nuts

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