Category: Psoriasis

Safe & effective treatment of Psoriasis with Pranayama & Ayurvedic herbs

Psoriasis: Overview

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition which is characterized by the appearance of silvery scales or fish scale-like plaques on the skin. The thick, scaly plaques characterizing Psoriasis are caused by the excessive and rapid growth of skin cells.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease involving eruptions of superficial papules and big patches with phenomena of chronic inflammation. The condition also generally causes the dryness of skin as well as persistent itching. In some cases, the itching is so severe that Psoriasis patients have blood oozing out of the affected skin, which is often accompanied by pus and secondary infections.

Psoriasis Treatment With Ayurveda

In people affected by Psoriasis, the thick, scaly plaques or lesions generally occur first on the elbows, scalp, knees, and lower limbs, and subsequently spread to all parts of the body. The disease, however, is not contagious.

The reason behind the occurrence of Psoriasis is that new skin cells are produced at a faster rate than the cells which die or are lost. The over-production of new skin cells results in excessively thickened skin. The common factors which can cause Psoriasis are genetic factors, viral/bacterial infections, antidepressants and some other medications, local and systemic trauma, cold climate, withdrawal of systemic steroids, physical/emotional stress, obesity, alcohol consumption, problems with the immune system, and sunburn or lack of sunlight.

Psoriasis typically goes through cycles of relapses and remissions. The condition can lead to a kind of complication called Psoriatic Arthritis, in which the patients experience joint discomfort, swelling, throbbing, or stiffness.

Psoriasis: Ayurvedic Perspective

According to Ayurveda, Psoriasis can be classified as a ‘Kushtha’ health condition. It is considered a chronic condition that is intractable (Krucchasadhya) and incurable (Asadhya).

Ayurvedic experts believe that the occurrence of Psoriasis is a result of the imbalance of two ‘doshas’ or areas of energies, namely, the Vata dosha and the Kaphadosha. The imbalance of the two doshas normally results from irregular eating habits, the consumption of wrong foods, controlling natural urges, exposure to severe climatic conditions, and the intake of tobacco and alcohol.

The dryness and skin scaling experienced by Psoriasis patients are attributable to the Vata imbalance because it is the energy which is responsible for controlling bodily functions, while the itching and rapid skin cell turnover are attributable to the Kaphaimbalance because it is the energy which is responsible for growth.

Due to the imbalance of the Vata and Kapha doshas, the skin and blood tissues are affected. Moreover, there is a build-up of toxins in the affected person’s system, which leads to inflammation. When the skin is affected by the imbalance of the doshas, as is the case in Psoriasis, the skin becomes discolored and scaly.

The treatment of Psoriasis in Ayurveda is aimed at the detoxification of the body or elimination of toxins from the body fluids.

Psoriasis treatment with Pranayama

Psoriasis can be treated safely and effectively with the help of Yoga. Since Psoriasis can be triggered by emotional and physical stress, Yoga is beneficial for Psoriasis patients because Yoga is a stress-buster through physical exertion and meditative reflection, along with deep breathing techniques like ‘Pranayama.

Pranayama is an ancient Indian practice that implies ‘Control of Breath.’ The term Pranayama is a combination of the word ‘Prana’ which means the breath or vital energy in the body, while the word ‘ayama’ means control. Hence, the practice of Pranayama is concerned with deep or controlled breathing to regulate the ‘Prana,’ and is thus referred to as ‘controlled breathing.’

Psoriasis treatment with Pranayama

The Pranayama techniques that can be beneficial for the treatment of Psoriasis include the following techniques:

Anulom Vilom Pranayama (or Nadi Shodhan pranayama)

This breathing technique can calm the mind, purify the blood, and clear blocked energy channels called nadis. Hence, the regular practice of this technique is beneficial in managing skin problems and giving a natural glow to the facial skin.

Kapalbhati Pranayama:

This ‘inhalation and exhalation’ breathing practice can manage skin diseases and lead to soft, supple and glowing skin. The benefit of this breathing exercise is that it can eliminate toxins from the body and clear sinus.

Bhastrika Pranayama(or Bellow-breathing)

This is a powerful and energetic Pranayama which involves exhalation of breath in such a way that air is forced out in short and quick breaths. This Pranayama technique can improve the circulation of blood and lead to better oxygenation in the facial parts.

Psoriasis treatment with Ayurvedic herbs

Besides Pranayama, another safe and effective Ayurvedic treatment for Psoriasis is the use of some well-known herbs which have proven abilities to manage skin disorders.

Some of the Ayurvedic herbs which can be useful for treating Psoriasis are:

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)

Turmeric or ‘haldi’ is a common household spice that is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and properties. The herb — available in the form of capsules or dietary supplement — has the ability to relieve inflammation and pain associated with Psoriasis and several other medical conditions.

Guggul(Commiphoramukul)

This herb can play an important role in treating Psoriasis because of its anti-inflammatory and lipid-lowering actions. The herb has effective Vata- and Kapha-pacifying abilities and can help remove fat and excess fluids from the body. The herb is also capable of deep penetration into the tissues.

Neem(Azadirachta indica)

In Ayurveda, Neem is considered an excellent antiseptic, blood purifier, and detoxifier. It can effectively treat Psoriasis because of its capability to strengthen the immune system, destroy fungus and bacteria, and manage several skin conditions like itching and redness of the skin.

Kakmachi (Solanumnigrumor Black Nightshade)

The herb has proven beneficial properties in alleviating the pain and the itchiness experienced by Psoriasis. The herb can also reduce the inflammation of the skin.

Garlic (Allium sativum)

This herb is a remarkable blood purifier that can provide protection against Psoriasis. Chewing a few cloves of garlic every morning on an empty stomach can eliminate toxins from the blood and improve skin disorders. .

Jasmine (Jasminumpolyanthum)

The flowers of Jasmine can have a favorable effect in treating Psoriasis. The use of the herb can reduce the pain, inflammation, and itching which Psoriasis patients undergo.

Conclusion:

Ayurvedic treatments are safe and effective and can soothe the symptoms of Psoriasis. However, it is advisable to use Ayurvedic treatments as a substitute for other medical treatments or alternative therapies only in consultation with an expert Ayurveda practitioner.

Natural Treatment for Psoriasis

Overview

Symptoms of Psoriasis

Skin plays a major role in the physical and mental well being of an individual because the unbroken skin is the nature’s dressing over the body and it also acts as a protective barrier against the entry of disease causing pathogens.

Psoriasis is considered as a non-contagious skin condition that causes rapid skin cells production because of this, skin cells don’t have time to fall off which results in piling up of dry, thickened and red patches of the  skin. This disorder mainly affects the skin of the elbows, scalp and knees.

Psoriasis can be a very persistent complaint which is responsible for the great deal of unhappiness and depression among the patients. Thus those living with Psoriasis have a higher risk of being diagnosed with depression. Hence, psychological aspect of psoriasis is also important in the etio-pathogenesis and the management of psoriasis.

What are the symptoms of Psoriasis?

The signs and symptoms of psoriasis are different for every patient but the common signs and symptoms include:

  • Red patches on the skin which are covered by thick and silvery scales.
  • Itching and burning sensation on the skin.
  • Nails appear as thickened, pitted or ridged.
  • Swollen or stiff joints

Diagnosis:

  • The diagnosis of psoriasis can be done by taking the medical history of the patient, by analyzing the skin, hair and nails.

Treatment:

  • Modern treatment of psoriasis includes the application of topical corticosteroids, Vitamin D analogues, topical retinoids, phototherapy, oral or injected medications etc.

Psoriasis according to Ayurveda:

In Ayurvedic classical texts, the word ‘Kushtha’ is a broad term which is mentioned for all types of skin disorders. Ekakushtha is classified under Kshudra Kushtha which has a close resemblance with psoriasis due to its maximum similarity with the symptoms.

Comparison between Psoriasis and Kshudrakushtha

Ekakushtha Lakshana

Psoriasis signs and symptoms
Aswedanam The lesions are dry and rough.
Matsya Shakalopamam There are well defined raised papules and erythematic plaques which are covered with silvery scales.
Twaka Parushya Dryness in the skin
Mahavastu Bigger lesions are deep rooted and found all over the body
Krishna Aruna Varna Erythematous thick lesions become black in colour.
Ayurvedic Medicines for Psoriasis
(Reference: Charak Samhita, Chikitsa Sthan, Chapter 7, Shlok No. 21)

Meaning: According to this shloka, ekkushta is defined as the disease in which there is no perspiration, extensive which means it affects the large area and looks like fishy scales. This condition is known as ekkushta.

What is the natural treatment of Psoriasis?

Planet Ayurveda offers ‘Psora Care Pack’ which helps in the purification of blood and tissues which is the primary aim in the treatment of psoriasis. These remedies help in the cleansing of the toxins and restoration of digestion to prevent their further accumulation. This pack consists of the nourishing herbs that strengthen and tone the tissues for the complete healing of the skin.

Psora Care Pack of Planet Ayurveda includes:

  • Navkarshik Churna
  • Radiant Skin Hair Nails Formula
  • Neem Capsules
  • Manjishtha Capsules
  • Pitta Balance Capsules
  • Lippu Oil
  • Psorolin Ointment

Navkarshik Churna

  • Navkarshik Churna by Planet Ayurveda is a blend of dried extracts of various herbs that are useful in the purification of blood. This churna is also very effective in the condition of painful and swollen joints. Therefore, this churna is very effective for the treatment of psoriasis.

Ingredients of Navkarshik Churna are:

Sr. No.

Indian Name Botanical Name Parts Quantity (200 gm)
1. Amla Emblica officinalis Fruits 22.22 gm
2. Haritaki Terminalia chebula Fruits 22.22 gm
3. Bahera Terminalia bellerica Fruits 22.22 gm
4. Vacha Acorus calamus Roots 22.22 gm
5. Neem Azadirachta indica Leaves 22.22 gm
6. Manjishtha Rubia cordifolia Whole 22.22 gm
7. Katuki Picrrorhiza kurroa Stem 22.22 gm
8. Giloy Tinospora cordifolia Stem 22.22 gm
9. Daruhaldi Berberis aristata Rhizome 22.22 gm

Dose: Take 1 teaspoonful powder twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

Radiant Hair Skin Nail Formula

  • This product is a unique combination of Planet Ayurveda that contains standardized extracts of the herbs which are useful in relieving skin problems such as psoriasis naturally. This herbal formula is helpful in keeping the skin moist, glowing and lustrous.

Ingredients of Radiant Hair Skin Nails Formula are:

Sr. No.

Botanical Name Indian Name Quantity
1. Rubia cordifolia Manjishtha 200 mg
2. Fumaria officinalis Pit papda 100 mg
3. Swertia chiretta Chirata 100 mg
4. Aloe barbadensis Ghrit Kumari 100 mg

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily after taking meals.

Neem Capsules (Azadirachta indica):

  • When it comes to skin disease, there is no herb equivalent to neem. Neem Capsules by Planet Ayurveda contain the standardized extract of this herb. The neem tree is known by the name community pharmacy in Indian villages because of its immense medicinal benefits. Neem is quite useful in the treatment of acute and chronic disorders such as acne, eczema, ringworm, psoriasis etc.

Dose: 1 capsule twice daily after taking meals.

Manjishtha Capsules (Rubia cordifolia):

  • The standardized extract of the herb is used for the preparation of Planet Ayurveda’s Manjishtha Capsules. This herb acts as a  natural blood cleanser which helps in the detoxification of blood, removes excess heat, promotes circulation, removes ama (endotoxins), balances Pitta and Kapha doshas. These capsules provide relief in psoriasis in a natural way.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily after taking meals.

Pitta Balance Capsules

  • Pitta Balance Capsules is a wonderful product of Planet Ayurveda that contains natural calcium compounds which are cooling in nature. These compounds remove the excess heat or correct the vitiated Pitta within the system. In psoriasis, the compromised digestive system leads to an increase in pitta dosha in the rasa dhatu. So, these capsules alleviate excess Pitta and help in the management of psoriasis.

Ingredients of Pitta Balance Capsules are:

Sr. No.

Ingredient Name Common Name Quantity
1. Coral Calcium Praval Pishti 125 mg
2. Agate Calcium Akik Pishti 125 mg
3. An Ayurvedic Calcium Compound Jawar Mohra Pishti 125 mg
4. An Ayurvedic Calcium Compound Kamdudha Ras 125 mg
5. Pearl Calcium Mukta Pishti 50 mg
6. Tinospora cordifolia extract Giloy Satv 125 mg

Dose: 1 capsule twice daily after taking meals.

Lippu Oil

  • Lippu Oil is a unique single herb formulation that is indicated for the effective management of skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, increased skin senescence etc. This oil contains an extract of Pongamia glabra commonly known as karanj.

How to use:

  • Apply locally on the affected areas after bath and expose to sunlight for 3 minutes.

Psorolin Ointment:

  • Psorolin Ointment is prepared from the extracts of the oils Wrightia tinctoria and Cynodon dactylon. This ointment decreases the dead cells or scales on the psoriatic skin, retards the abnormal thickening of the outer layer of the skin and acts against the enzyme elastase that is responsible for psoriasis.

How to use:

  • Apply locally on the affected areas  in the night.

Diet and Lifestyle:

  • Avoid taking wrong food combinations such as fish with milk, milk with fruits, milk with sour foods etc.
  • Fruits should not be combined with the dairy products like milk, yogurt etc.
  • Fruits should not be taken immediately after taking meals because fruits digest easily whereas grains and cereals take time to digest so there can be fermentation and formation of ama takes place.
  • Adding fruits to ice-cream is really worse.
  • Taking non-vegetarian food such as meat with milk is a bad combination because meat is hot whereas milk is cool in nature therefore they contradict one another and produce toxins.