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Ayurvedic Management of Psoriasis

Written by
Dr. Mohd Zahoor Bhat
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Feb 11, 2017 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  2 min read

Abstract

Abstract

In allopathy, the treatment of psoriasis has many limitations and after effects. But, ayurveda has an answer to all this. And, here we are going to discuss the same.

Ayurvedic Management of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder wherein patient's skin has typically red, itchy and scaly patches. Sometimes, the patches are whitish in nature. There are five main types of psoriasis. They are plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic.

In allopathy (modern medicine), management of psoriasis is by topical agents, light exposure, immunosuppressants, etc. But, this treatment does not have a long lasting effect. These procedures often result in developing resistance to the drugs and patient is always immunocompromised. The patient can catch any communicable infection very quickly. Moreover, these medicines never prevent after effects of psoriasis like psoriatic arthritis, sexual weakness, etc. In females, if the disease is advanced, then pregnancy is avoided in the modern medical system. However, ayurveda has an answer to all this.

In ayurveda, it is regarded as one of the many types of kushta rog, more precisely Eka kushta or Mandal kushta. Some of the ayurvedic scholars even co-relate it with kitibha kushta. The management of most of the skin disorders in ayurveda is the same with some variations according to the disease and prakruti (composition) of the patient.

I am at this moment giving a generalized viewpoint of ayurvedic management for all types of psoriasis. Treatment may vary from person to person as and when needed.

1) Virechana:

To start with, ensure the patient's GIT (gastrointestinal tract) is cleared of all toxicity. In the case of psoriasis, Virechana is done at the beginning of the treatment to remove toxicity and ensure proper absorption of the drugs, which shall be administered later during therapy. Virechana can be done as Mridu virechana, Madhya virechana or Tikshan virechana as per agni bala of the patient, which shall be determined by the doctor.

2) Shaman Chikitsa:

In Shaman chikitsa, a lot of ayurvedic drugs can be used ranging from blood purifiers to skin repairing agents. The drugs and the regime to be followed is determined by the doctor.

3) Raktamokshan:

Raktamokshan has tremendous results in psoriasis. It can be done every 15 days or as per need. After the completion of treatment and subsiding of the symptoms, the patients need to continue with raktamokshan every six months at least.

4) Bala Chikitsa:

There are a lot of Bala chikitsa options available in ayurveda ranging from rasayanas to food and drugs. The bala (strength) of the patient is increased after the completion of treatment to avoid future encounters with the disease.

Overall there is a huge success rate in ayurveda regarding psoriasis. We have treated a good number of patients suffering from this dreadful disease, and they are leading a healthy life now.

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