Eczema is a skin condition with rashes appears that have redness, dryness, swelling, itching, and flaking. The skin itches and results in a rash when scratched.This disease is known as Vicharchika in ayurveda. When the immune system becomes unbalanced then It occurs. And is often associated with other allergic conditions like hay fever and allergic asthma, etc. Genetic factors, climate, debility, and psychological factors can also aggravate the condition.
Causes of Eczema
Excessive consumption of foods that are dry, cold, stale, salty, sour, spicy,
fermented or fried, late night working, regular late night meal, excessive physical, mental, and sexual activities. Stress can also be responsible in
cause of eczema. Excessive intake of tea, coffee , alcoholic beverages,
aerated drinks, indigestion, constipation, acidity, flatulence too can lead to
Symptoms of eczema
Redness on skin
Rough and thickened skin
Dry and flaky skin
Inflammation of skin
Ayurvedic View on Eczema
According to Ayurveda it is caused due to faulty diet and lifestyle, which cause impairment of digestion and aggravation of Pitta Dosha which is Ayurvedic humor representing the Fire. Pitta causes accumulation of heating toxins known as ama and manifests in the skin. These toxins accumulate in body tissues where these contaminate at a deep level and cause Eczema. Use of local creams, antibiotics and steroids only relieve the symptoms but they do not affect the root cause of this disease and because of this problem mostly reappears. Individualized treatment plan for patients is recommended in ayurveda which includes proper diet and specialized herbal combinations of medicines. Pitta is pacified by enhancing the body’s digestion, and cleansing the body from accumulated
What one should do for relief?
Avoid spicy or oily food also hot and humid atmosphere.
One should wear loose, cotton clothes and avoid synthetic fibers
because they inhibit perspiration.
Avoid soap and use mild herbal soap for bathing.
Use a soft and smooth towel and avoid rubbing the skin.
Avoid hot spices, tea, coffee,and preserved and canned foods.
Home Remedies to get relief :
Prepare a decoction by boiling 25-35 neem leaves in about 5-6 cups
of water for 20 minutes. Let it cool and use this water to wash the
Mix 1 teaspoon licorice root powder with a small amount of sesame
oil. Warm this in a pan and then apply to the affected part. Wrap a
bandage over it and leave for 3-4 hours. Repeat twice a day.
Boil 30 grams of Indian gum tree (babul) bark and 30 grams of
mango tree bark in 1 liter of water for 30 minutes. Use this water to
make a hot compress (fomentation) on the affected part. After
fomentation for about 15-20 minutes, clean the skin with dry cloth and
apply purified butter as an ointment.