Ayurveda says that unhealthy, disordered and improper food habits along with unhealthy lifestyle vitiate the blood and whole system of the body. The corruption in blood manifests through diseases affecting skin like psoriasis and eczema.
Psoriasis is a non-contagious common skin condition. It accelerates skin cell reproduction, leading to red, dry patches of thickened skin. This will eventually lead to dry flakes and skin scales. Psoriasis commonly affects the skin of the elbows, knees, and scalp.
The most common symptoms are extensive red patches, severe itching, and pain, in acute cases. Even though psoriasis is prone to affect anyone with irregular food habits and lifestyle, adults with a family history are more probable to get affected. Environment and immunological factors too play a role in this. As per Ayurveda system, psoriasis is triggered when the balance of Vata and Kapha is upset. The treatment protocol too follows this logic – that of restoring the natural balance of the body.
Ayurveda Treatment for Psoriasis
The treatment for psoriasis is usually decided on the basis of the seriousness of the disease, the nature of affection, the size and intensity of the patches and finally, the way patient responds to treatment.
Since the priority in Ayurveda is to restore the balance of Vata and Kapha, the first step will be to correct food habits. Patients will have to abstain from unhealthy food habits like too much intake of yogurt, black gram, seafood, sour or salted food stuff and consumption of opposite foods, like fish and milk together.
This will be followed by an investigation into other causes like trauma on the skin like cuts, bruises or burns, some medicines or skin irritants, excessive smoking, alcohol consumption and mental stress or psychological trauma.
Panchakarma, which leads to complete detoxification of the body and elimination of harmful toxins from the body fluids, can cure to a great extent. The treatment has to be supported by steps like continued distance from food that can cause psoriasis, daily practice of yoga and avoiding cold water bath immediately after returning from work, exercise or a long walk. Food that can trigger psoriasis could be excessive salty and acidic ones, radish, urad dal, sesame, jaggery (gur), curds, fish and other sour food stuffs.