Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease affecting the skin and joints. When it affectsthe skin it commonly appears as red scaly elevated patches called plaques.
Psoriasis plaques frequently occur on the elbows and knees, but can affect any area of skin including the scalp and genital area. Psoriasis can vary in severity,from minor localised patches to extensive or even complete skin coverage. Fingernails and toenails are often affected. This is called psoriatic nail dystrophy.
Psoriasis can also cause inflammation of the joints. This is known as psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis can affect any joint but is most common in the joints of the fingers and toes. This can result in a sausage-shaped swelling of the fingers and toes known as dactylitis. Psoriatic arthritis can also affect the hips,knees and spine. This is known as spondylitis.
•Panchakarma for psoriasis
It aims at the detoxification of the body or elimination of toxins from the body. Disease manage by panchakrama prevent recurrence of the disease.
Pre-purification therapies are the first ones applied to loosen the toxins, open up the circulation channels and get the body ready for discarding these wastes.
These methods are highly relaxing for the body and mind.
The following pre-purification methods are usually adopted for treating Psoriasis.
Snehapanam: It is the oral intake of specially prepared medicated ghee. Ghee lubricates the body channels including the skin and forces out the toxins from them into the digestive tract for further elimination. Medicated ghee usually contains herbs like neem,Guduchi, tribhala etc. which has anti-inflammatory
properties s and skin healers. It’s Vatashamaka, decreases scaling & dryness of the psoriasis.
Abhyangam : Full body oil massage liquefies the impurities of the body to prepare the body to eliminate toxins. And it’s also decrease dryness & scaling of psoriasis.
Swedanam: involves the active sweating of the whole body using medicated steam. It dilates and softens the channels of the body allowing the impurities to move out through the skin.
Takradhara: Medicated buttermilk is uninterruptedly poured on to the forehead.
It relaxes the mind, and reduces stress and anxiety which is a major cause of Psoriasis. Very good for scalp psoriasis. Buttermilk is medicated using gooseberry(amla). Amla is excellent cooling agents.
Main Purification Therapy for Psoriasis
Main purification therapy is the phase of elimination of toxins that were loosened at the pre purification treatment stage. These therapies are highly potential methods. Depending on the type and intensity of the ailment, one is advised to undergo one, two or three of these therapies.
The commonly adopted Panchakarma treatments for Psoriasis are Vasti, Virechanam and Vamanam.
Virechanam: It is the cleaning and evacuation of the bowels through the use of purgative medicines. It eliminates the excess toxins from the body. When the digestive tract is clean and toxic-free, it benefits the entire body systems.
Virechana has main treatment for kushta skin diseases .it’s a Pitta dosha nashaka property and it also suppress Vata&Kapha dosha.
Vamanam: It means induced vomiting using herbal medicine. Now, the toxins of the upper parts of body which were freed into the digestive tract during Snehapanam are completely eradicated.
Vasti: is medicated enema. All the toxins that were brought into the digestive tract during the pre-purification phase are now washed out. Since medicines reach the bowels directly without enzymatic actions, its effectiveness is very high for vata predominated psoriasis.
•Oral medicines for Psoriasis
Herbal oral medicines prescribed for psoriasis are prepared specifically to help restore the lost balance of Dosas. They usually include Kashayam – Herbal decoctions, Arishtams – Herbal wines, Lehyams and other herbal formulation given.
Exrernal application of Maha Thiktaka gritam exterbal application followed by warm water bath does help.
Psoriasis is a auto immune disorder so Rasayanas having immune-modulation properties is very effective Ex; Guduchi, amla, Etc
Tuvaraka Rasayana along with the Shodhana (Virechana)proved to be an effective therapy.
Remedies for Psoriasis:
Avoid consuming incompatible foods like milk with fish
Do not control natural urges like vomiting, urination, bowel emptying etc.
Do not take bath in cold water immediately after physical exercise
Avoid excessively hot spices, sour, salty and acidic foods
Avoid consuming foods which cause indigestion.
Kapha and Pitta food should be avoided as also garlic, ginger, chilli, eggs, fish andbeef; these foods induce pitta.
Avoid using soap while taking bath; instead use gram flour and use herbal scrubber. Avoid pricking, peeling and scratching the skin Include more fruits, vegetables, fruit juices etc in your diet. Consumption of bitter gourd, curd, boiled vegetables, pumpkin etc are all effective home remedies for psoriasis.
Ayurveda provides effective and safe remedy for psoriasis.We have successfully treated several patients with Ayurvedic medicines who were suffering from this problem.
In Ayurveda, each and every patient is an individual entity and the treatment also differs from patient to patient.
We have experienced best treatment success rate in treating Psoriasis. If the patient can implement all the instructions as advised and completely follows the diet regime & healthy lifestyle, Psoriasis is completely curable without any recurrence.