Psoriasis in Ayurveda is a well-known disease as “Kithibha” is an autoimmune ailment that causes plaques, which are itchy or sore patches of thick, red, dry skin. Psoriasis affects any part of the body.
Psoriasis happens in all racial groups but at variable rates. Psoriasis often occurs between the ages between 15 and 35, but it can develop at any age. Itchiness is the most communal complaint in people with psoriasis. People feel itchy especially when psoriasis affects their scalp, palms of the hands, or soles of their feet. Inflammation and redness around the scales are common. Generally, psoriatic scales are whitish-silver and develop in thick, red patches. Sometimes, these patches will crack and bleed.
Ayurveda believes that impurities in the blood related to emotional aspects are the cause of the disease. Psoriasis is believed to occur due to a reduction in all three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) in varying degrees, but mainly Vata and Kapha according to the Ayurveda. Ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis involves a holistic approach that addresses the root cause of the disease by restoring balance to the body and mind. The vata mainly causes pain, dryness, and scaling of the skin. Pitha vitiation leads to a burning feeling, redness, inflammation, etc. and that of kapha causes rashes, itching, discharge, thickening of the skin, etc. From these symptoms, the involvement of Dosha is analyzed carefully in each patient, which is most important in the ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis or the management of any disease. The irregular lifestyle, and consumption of foodstuffs such as dairy products with fish, yogurt, paneer, black gram, seafood sour and salted items that are advised not to be eaten together activates the pathogenesis. The consumption of alcohol and tobacco will act as a catalyst here. Ayurveda also looks on to the effect of stress on the pathogenesis of Psoriasis.
Shathayu Ayurveda Retreat focuses on blood purification and balancing the effect of dosha and aiming for a symptom-free stage.
- Shodhana chikitsa (Detoxification) can be done through Panchakarma therapies like Vamana, Virechana, Rakta mokshna, etc., for chronic cases of 5 plus years of psoriasis repeated detox may be advised
- Shamana chikitsa through proper management of internal medication and external applications
- Rasayana chikitsa (immunomodulation) to arrest recurring and boost immunity
- Changes in diet and lifestyle
- Management of Stress
Drinking lots of water and eating green, leafy vegetables is thought to help with psoriasis. Foods and drinks to avoid include alcohol, red meat, spicy food, junk food, and acidic foods. Turmeric. This bright yellow-orange spice is used as a psoriasis treatment in Ayurvedic medicine.
- Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
- Reduce your risk of developing diseases linked to psoriasis, including fatty liver disease and heart disease.
- Reduce stress, depression, and anxiety.