Psoriasis is a common, chronic, genetic, systemic inflammatory disease that is characterized by symptoms and signs such as elevated itchy plaques of raised red skin covered with thick silvery scales. Sometimes these patches will crack and bleed. Psoriasis is the result of speed up skin production process. Typically, skin cells grow deep in the skin and slowly rise to the surface. Eventually, they fall off. The typical life cycle of a skin cell is one month. In people with psoriasis, this production may occur in just a few days. Because of this, skin cells don't have time to fall off. This rapid overproduction leads to the buildup of skin cells. Psoriasis is usually found on the elbows, knees, and scalp but can often affect the legs, trunk and nails. Psoriasis may be found on any part of the skin.
Types of Psoriasis :
Ayurvedic concept of Psoriasis:
In Ayurveda, Psoriasis is correlated with Ekakushta which is a subtype of kushta Ruga. According to Ayurveda, all skin diseases are grouped under a broad heading of kushta Ruga. The features of Eka kushta closely resemble the characteristic features of Psoriasis. Hence most of the clinicians correlate it with psoriasis.
Causes of Eka kushta:
Ayurveda texts say that psoriasis arises due to an imbalance of two "doshas" known as the "Vata" and "Kapha". Vata is responsible for controlling body functions, and could cause the dryness and skin scaling associated with psoriasis. Kapha is responsible for body growth and can lead to the itching and rapid skin cell turnover that psoriasis is known for.
The energy imbalance causes toxins to build up in a person's system, leading to inflammation. As a result, Ayurveda treatments often revolve around not only herbal applications, but also diet and lifestyle advice.
Symptoms of Psoriasis/ Eka Kushta:
Treatment of Psoriasis/ Eka Kushta:
There are many Ayurveda remedies to treat psoriasis and give relief from its symptoms. Since Ayurveda associates psoriasis with toxins in the body, the first step towards treatment is to regain the balance by detoxifying the body. This is achieved by Panchakarma treatments. Virechana (therapeutic purgation) is generally recommended for people with psoriasis.
Ayurvedic herbs and herbal formulations for Psoriasis/ Eka Kushta are:
Modern medicines do not offer any effective and long term cure for psoriasis. Modern medicines either offer short term symptomatic relief or steroids which have severe side effects. The effect also comes down once you discontinue the medicines. However, Ayurveda has a long term solution for Psoriasis with no side effects. Contact expert doctors team at Life Line Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic to cure Psoriasis with best natural treatment plans.