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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.

Natural Ways to Treat Psoriasis in Ayurveda

Psoriasis, a skin condition with red patch which is dry and itchy in nature, is non-infectious and inflammatory. It is derived from Greek word ‘Psora’ means itch or scale and ‘Iasis’ defines condition. It is chronic in nature, characterized by erythematous (reddish) demarcated papule covered with silver scaly patches.This condition happens due to increase in skin layer proliferation due to uncontrolled division of cells in the skin in its basal layer.

Psoriasis, an auto-immune disease misread the skin cells as pathogen, and sends out faulty signals which stimulates the increased division of skin cells.

Areas affected are scalp, ears, elbows, genitalia and on the palm and feet.

Different Types of Psoriasis:

Different Types of Psoriasis

  • Plaque psoriasis – Raised and reddish patches on skin covered by silver scaling.
  • Pustular psoriasis -White pustules surrounded by red skin.
  • Psoriatic arthritis – Which leads to inflammation of joints.
  • Guttate psoriasis – Small, red spots on the skin
  • Inverse psoriasis – Smooth, red lesions form in skin folds.
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis – Affecting the large area of the skin and there is redness and increased shedding of the scaly skin.

Psoriasis as per Ayurveda says :

Ayurveda explains Psoriasis occurs due to vitiation of two doshas– vata and kapha. This causes accumulation of toxins in the deeper tissues of skin like rasa (nutrient plasma), rakta (blood), mansa (muscles), and lasika (lymphatic). This contamination of deeper tissues causes Psoriasis.

Some Causes for Psoriasis :

Exact causes or etiology of Psoriasis is not known but certain factors are considered to be the reason for this condition:

  • Infections such as streptococcal infection.
  • Psychological stress and emotional stress.
  • Hormonal changes as in pregnancy.
  • Certain Drugs: Beta blockers, NSAIDS, Anti-depressant, Corticosteroid therapy withdrawal, Alcoholic beverages etc.
  • Traumatized or injured skin.
  • Sunburns.
  • Genetic factors and Family history
  • Smoking and Tobacco also enhances its effect

Causative Factors in View of Ayurveda

  • Improper diet (Mithya Ahara)
  • Incompatible foods (Viruddha Aahar )
  • Increased intake of salty foods, black gram and sour foods, fermented foods, spicy foods, maida (Refined flour), bakery products, junk foods and fast foods, refrigerated and cold foods may contribute to psoriasis.
  • Improper lifestyle disturbing the digestive process of the of the body (disrupting doshas)
  • Un known cause- Adrista Hetu
  • Excessive Mental and physical stress

Symptoms of Psoriasis :

  • Raised red patches and scales on the skin covered by loose silvery scales, involving skin area such as knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet or lower back.
  • Skin patches are dry and itchy
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Skin patch may bleed
  • Emotional Stress
  • Restricted joint motion

Complication occurring in Psoriasis

Scratching done to relieve itching may cause skin infections and thickening of the skin.

  • Thickened skin and bacterial skin infections caused by scratching in an attempt to relieve severe itching
  • In case of severe condition of pustule psoriasis, it results in fluid and electrolyte imbalance.
  • Patient may  develop low self-esteem
  • Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Social isolation
  • Patient suffering from Psoriasis is at high risk of developing some disease like metabolic syndrome, agglomeration of disease including high blood pressure and elevated levels of insulin; inflammatory bowel disease; cardiovascular disease and, possibly cancer.
  • Add on disease is psoriatic arthritis is painful and may weaken the patient. Patient feels difficulty in performing daily activities.

Restricted Diets in Psoriasis:

  • Abstain from acidic (sour) foods, citrus fruits (mango, lemon) , apple, , grapes, tomato, pineapple, pickles, buttermilk and curd
  • Keep your diet free of fermented food and bakery products.
  • Avoid using whey and refined flour in your diet.
  • Stop use of cold drinks, ice creams, fast food (like pizzas), sauces, Ketchup and even fried foods.
  • Fruit jams, preserved juices or preserved foods should be avoided in diet.
  • Avoid sweets, chocolates and paneer.
  • Dried fruits (except almonds and raisins) to be avoided
  • Stop alcohol and tobacco use.
  • Avoid the use of common salt, it can be replaced with little use of rock salt.
  • Avoid the use of red and green chilies, chili powder, garlic, onion, etc.
  •  Stop having milk shakes, fruit salad, and milk after eating fruits for half an hour.

Useful Natural Remedies for Psoriasis :

  • Try to avoid any kind of injury to the skin.
  • Exposure to morning sun is very beneficial for reducing the inflammation and scaling on effected part of the skin.
  • Don’t try to control any urge for natural phenomenon like vomiting, urination or bowel clearing.
  • Application of vitamin E rich oil and linseed oils makes the healing faster in affected area.
  • Prefer to wear neat, clean, dry cotton clothes.
  • Do regular exercise, Yoga and Meditation in day to day routine.

Herbs useful in Psoriasis treatment:

  • Aloe Vera– Helpful in reducing redness and itching in Psoriasis.
  • Capsaicin – Ingredient in Chillies helpful in reduction of pain, inflammation, redness and scaling.
  • Guggul – Having anti- inflammatory and lipid lowering properties, which is helpful in removing fats and excessive fluids in the skin.
  • Turmeric – Useful being an anti- inflammatory and antioxidant.
  • Neem – Useful in purifying blood and a good detoxifier, enhances body’s immune system.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Psoriasis

Ayurvedic Treatment for Psoriasis

 

Herbal formulations available in Planet Ayurveda for Psoriasis.

1) NEEM CAPSULES:

Ingredients – Neem leaves (Azadirachta indica), rich in fibers and carbohydrates.

Benefits – It is very efficacious for skin problems. It is beneficial to lessen disturbed Pitta, Vatta and Kapha doshas. It’s a good blood purifier and an anti-oxidant as well.

It boosts up the immune system also. It also acts as anti-arthritic it relieves from inflammation and pain.

Dose:1 cap twice daily with plain water after meal.

2) NAVKARSHIK CHURNA (Powder):

  • A pure herbal formulation without any added chemical in to it.

Ingredients (herbs) – Amla, Haritaki, Baheda, Vacha, Neem, Majistha, Kutaki, Giloy and Daruharidra.

Benefits:It contains triphala which helps to remove the toxins from the body and strengthens the immune system too. It removes the toxins from the body.

  • Neem, kutaki, majistha are blood purifier which help to corrects the metabolism of the body.
  • Giloy act as an immunomodulator and improves immunity whereas Daruharidra is anti-inflammatory herb.

Dose:1 teaspoon once daily with plain water after meal.

3) KAISHORE GUGGUL (Capsule):

Ingredients: Amalaki, Bihibitaki, Haritaki, Guggul (resin), Guduchi, ginger, Black pepper, Long Pepper, Vidhanga, Indian jalp and Red Physic Nut.

Benefits: Triphla, a good anti-biotic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and booster of immune system.

  • Black Pepper helpful in decreasing pain and inflammation.
  • Long pepper- useful in respiratory disorders.
  • Vidhanga, blood purifier.

Dose:2 Tablets twice daily with plain water after meal.

4) RADIANT HAIR SKIN NAIL CAPSULES:

  • MaintainS healthy skin, hair and nails.

Ingredients: Majistha, Pit papada, Chirata, Ghritkumari.

Benefits:Majistha, herb- Effective in treatment of skin disorders due to its rejuvenative property.

  • Pit-papada an analgesic and anti-inflammatory
  • Chirata maintains the balance of three doshas of the body, acting as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.
  • Ghritkumari, maintains the balance of the body system, stimulates the defense and adaptive mechanism of the body. Good wound healer. It also helps in rejuvenating the skin, by supplying oxygen to the skin cells, improves the flow of blood to the skin and strengthen the skin.

Dose:2 Cap twice daily with plain water after meal.

5. RADIANT SKIN LOTION:

  • Treating psoriasis by reducing skin patches.

Dose:Apply locally morning and evening on the affected area.

6. GREEN TEA-ALGAE ALOE VERA GEL SCRUB (Gel)

  • Used as bathing soap. It  removes the impurities out of the skin.

Dose: Gentle Massage on the affected part while bathing.