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How to treat Plaque Psoriasis in Ayurveda-Home Remedies for Plaque Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a systemic inflammatory disease of immune dysfunction whose obvious clinical feature is plaque elevated and inflamed skin. Plaques are generally scaly, red and bumpy areas of skin that cause itching. They are often found on the scalp, knees and elbows. Plaque psoriasis is quite common among all types of Psoriasis. It is prudent to seek medical help in Psoriasis to confirm the diagnosis of Psoriasis when the disease begins. According to modern medicine, Psoriasis is not the curable disease in the usual sense.

Allopathic treatment options are chosen that are appropriate to the severity of the condition. Localised and mild psoriasis is treated with topical therapy while more extensive and severe disease will require systemic and potentially hazardous treatment. In addition, topical steroids of various potencies, tar and Vitamin D like molecules are recommended. UV light is administered under controlled conditions by a modern physician of various wavelengths. All these treatments when stopped, the psoriasis will typically return so there is a need of alternative treatment which cures the plaque psoriasis from its root.

Home Remedies for Plaque Psoriasis

Plaque Psoriasis according to Ayurveda

  • In Ayurveda, EkaKushta and Kitibha are the generalised terms which are used to describe Psoriasis. In Ayurveda, 18 types of skin disorders have been mentioned. Among these, the clinical representations of these two types of Kushta resemble the symptoms of plaque psoriasis. These are—Kitibha Kushta and Ekakushta or Charama Kushta. .
  • The lesions of Eka kushta resemble upper layer of fish that are scaly in nature and thick, hard which resembles the skin of an elephant. Plaque Psoriasis also can enter deep into the tissues causing damage of those tissues which include—bone, joints and muscles. .

According to Ayurveda,

  • Plaque psoriasis is predominantly caused by the vitiation of Kapha and Vata doshas in the body. If Vata dosha is predominant, then excessive dryness and flaking is noticed but if Kapha dosha is predominant, there is silvery wet scaling with lot of itching. When the lesions get dry and on itching, the flakes fall in the form of dust wet lesion, Kapha dosha is vitiated. Again, the flakes are formed and the condition looks like a Vata dosha predominant one. Thus, both Vata and Kapha symptoms are present together at any given point of time.

How to treat Plaque Psoriasis

  • Ayurvedic treatment includes application of paste made from seeds of radish, mustard seeds, lac (laksha ras), turmeric, Berberis aristata, seeds of Cassia tora, extract of Pinus roxburghii, ginger, pepper and Saussurea lappa made in cow’s urine must be applied locally or the paste made from Chakramarda (seeds of Cassia tora) and twak (Cinnamon) in milk should be applied. The roots of Kasamarda (Cassia occidentalis) should be grounded with Sauveerka (fermented herbal wine) should be applied locally.
  • Various Panchkarma therapies like—Vamana followed by Virechana is always the best option in treating Plaque Psoriasis. Snehpana can be considered in excessive scaling and dryness condition but Snehpana can be considered as pre-treatment procedures for Vamana and Virechana.

Various single drugs which are quite beneficial in psoriasis are:

  1. Neem(Azadirachta indica)
  2. Chandana(Santalum alba)
  3. Khadira(Acacia catechu)
  4. Sariva(Hemidesmus indicus)
  5. Manjishtha(Rubia cordifolia)
  6. Chandana(Santalum alba)
  7. Raktachandana(Pterocarpus santalinus)
  8. Patola(Trichosanthes dioica)
  9. Guduchi(Tinospora cordifolia)
  10. Patola(Trichosanthes dioica)
  11. Yashtimadhu(Glycrrhiza glabra)
  12. Haridra(Curcuma longa)
  13. Daruharidra(Berberis aristata
  14. Indian gooseberry(Amla)
  15. Kutaja(Holarrhena antidysentrica)
  16. Yashtimadhu(Glycrrhiza glabra)

Tips

  1. Patient suffering from Psoriasis dominated by Vata is administered with medicated ghee internally.
  2. Patient suffering from Psoriasis dominated by Pitta imbalance is given Virechan- emetic therapy.
  3. Patient suffering from Psoriasis with more vitiated doshas is given Shodhana therapies for several times with lot of care.

What are the causes of Psoriasis and risk factors?

  1. Prolonged intake of aquatic animals
  2. Intake of Pippali(Long pepper) with curd
  3. Intake of radish with jaggery
  4. Excess intake of radish
  5. Excess intake of garlic
  6. Excess intake of green leafy vegetables along with milk
  7. Repeated and excess intake of food intake irrespective of hunger
  8. Unwholesome food
  9. Intake of barley, millets and grains along with milk
  10. Excess intake of sour and salty food together
  11. Food poisoning
  12. Suppression of vomiting etc.
  13. Genetic/Environmental factor

What are the symptoms of Plaque Psoriasis?

  • The characteristic cutaneous finding in Psoriasis is small, scaly red bump. These bumps join together into elevated plaques of skin and are visible on the knees, elbows, scalp although any area of skin is involved. These plaques are quite itchy. In rare cases, the skin surface is affected.

Home Remedies for Plaque Psoriasis

  • Simple herbs like– neem is very useful in skin conditions like- eczema and psoriasis. .
  • Taking 20-30 ml of bottlegourd juice twice daily provides relief in skin diseases.
  • Taking Aloe vera juice helps in providing relief in variety of skin conditions. It helps to cool down the system and cleanses the system and hence helps in getting rid of toxins. Applying Aloe vera gel on area affected with psoriasis also provides relief in itching. It is one of the most simple home remedy for psoriasis..
  • Seawater helps in relieving itching and pain due to psoriasis. Bathing or swimming in sea water is quite beneficial.
  • Avoid acidic diet like– fried food, junk food, frozen food and alkaline diet must be followed as it is caused due to the imbalance of fire energy and acidic diet increases the fire levels in the body thus worsening the condition.
  • Massaging the affected part with olive oil and calendula oil is recommended. This is a wonderful treatment for psoriasis.
  • Applying mudpacks on the psoriasis patches can provide relief from pain and swelling. It is one of the simple remedies for psoriasis.
  • Applying cashew nuts oil is an effective natural treatment for psoriasis..
  • Applying fresh cabbage leaves is one of the natural remedies of psoriasis.
  • Drinking coconut water regularly provides relief from psoriasis.

Diet for for Plaque Psoriasis

  • Red rice, green gram, easily digestible food, bitter and astringent food, warm water must be included in the diet.
  • Almonds are the rich source of Vitamin E. Soaking 7 almonds per day and taking regularly are good for psoriasis. Also include carrot juice, beet root in your diet as these are the rich source of Vitamin A.

Things to be Avoided

  • Alcohal, garlic, fish, incompatible food stuff like- fish with milk, spicy food, stress, fear must be avoided.

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.