Category: Skin Pigmentation

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.

Superfoods to Make Your Skin Glow This Winter

Overview

Most of the people like the winter season but some don’t like it because it brings uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. In some cases, the skin gets so much dry which causes cracking and flaking of skin. The chilly dry wind, low temperature make your skin texture dry, and cracks on your lips.

Tips For Winter Glowing Skin

What lifestyle you have to follow for glowing skin?

  • Along with proper skin care routine, you should opt for a healthy lifestyle. This will helps to maintain your proper glow throughout the winter season.
  • A healthy diet helps you to protect your skin from UV sun damage, skin irritation, dryness, wrinkles, and aging.

What are the disease that cause dullness of skin?

  • Winter has its own charm but have you ever realized that it could wreak on your skin. The cold air absorbs the natural content of oil from your skin and makes it dry.
  • Sometimes it causes severe problems such as eczema and psoriasis.So you should be very careful with your skin during winter.

What are the superfoods that make your skin glowing in winters?

  • There are numbers of superfoods which internally helps you to maintain the skin moisturizer content.

Health Benefits of carrot

1.    Carrots:

  • Carrot is a very good source of beta-carotene which is skin friendly nutrient which converted into vitamin A inside the body. Along with vitamin, Carrot is also loaded with vitamin C.
  • Carrot has an antioxidant property which protects your skin from oxidative damage caused by free radical. Lycopene present in carrot protects your skin against UV damage.

How to Use

  • If you add fresh juice of carrot in your daily diet than it’s a great way to keep your skin hydrated and protect it from dryness.
  • To make this drink cut some carrot in small pieces and put them in juicer along with some mint leaves.
  • After that drain it and add some lemon juice to it for better taste.
  • You can make a moisturizing carrot face-mask which helps to soothe your skin externally.

almond oil

2.    Almonds:

  • Almonds  are another healthier superfood for your skin. It is packed with healthy fats, proteins, fibers, minerals such as manganese, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and vitamins such as vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin E.
  • Vitamin E in carrot can do wonders for your skin because it helps to nourish and protect your skin from UV damage. It also contains an anti-aging property which prevents your skin from wrinkles and fine lines.

How to Use

  • You can either eat them or use almond oil to do massage before bath. This will provide you with glowing and radiant complexion.  You can also use almond as a scrub.
  • For this soak handful of almond overnight and next day peel them, grind thoroughly and add some milk and yogurt to form a facial scrub. Use this scrub 2-3 time in a week.

Oilve Oil Benefits for Skin

3.    Olive oil:

  • As we well known that olive oil has been used for many years to moisturize your skin and provide a soothing effect. It has very good anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, which hydrate your skin during winters and protect your skin from autoimmune free radical damage.
  • Being rich in vitamin A and E it also contains several minerals and fatty acids which are good for your healthy skin.

How to Use

  • To get proper benefits of olive oil take some drops of oil on your hand and massage gently on your body, over your face. Rest it for some time and after that take a warm bath.  You can also use this oil in cooking and salad dressing.

Avocado Health Benefits

4.    Avocado:

  • Avocado is high in nutrient value because it contains a high content of vitamin A, C, and E along with monounsaturated fats. Along with these vitamins, avocado also contains folic acid, magnesium, and potassium which provides very good health benefits.
  • This fruit locks the skin moisture content and helps to make your skin moist during winters. So you should add this fruit in your diet daily.

How to Use

  • You can also make a hydrating face-mask by crushing and mashing it properly in the mixer. Add some drops of olive oil and honey to it.
  • Mix it well and make a fine paste with good consistency so that you can apply it on your face easily. Rest it for 15-20 minutes and after that rinse it off with warm water. Avocado oil is also good for dry skin during winters.

Health Benefits of grape fruits

5.    Grapefruit:

  • Due to its antioxidant property firstly it protects your skin from free radical damage and secondly vitamin C in grapefruit protect your skin from dryness. One of important mineral such as potassium in grapefruit prevents the skin from wrinkles, fine lines, and harmful UV sun rays. Grapefruit is a good source of phytochemical naringin which reduces the toxicity of the liver and ultimately makes your skin healthier.

How to Use

  • So add fresh juice of grapefruits in your diet. You can also prepare the face-mask of grapefruits by adding ½ cup of oatmeal, and one tablespoon of honey to it.
  • Apply it on your skin for 10-20 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.

broccoli health benefits

6.    Broccoli:

  • Broccoli is included in one of healthier vegetable for our skin. It is a great source of vitamin A, C, and some natural estrogen’s. All these nutrients show some very good effect on your skin.
  • Vitamin C in Broccoli act as a stimulant for the production of collagen which keeps your skin healthy.
  • Vitamin B in broccoli prevents dryness, itchiness and flaky patches on your skin. Due to all these benefits, you should add this vegetable to your daily routine.

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7.    Spinach:

  • It is a very good source of vitamin A, C, E, fibers, and proteins, minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Spinach contains antioxidants which protect skin from toxins and fight against various skin disorders.

How to Use

  • You can add spinach juice in your daily routine for the healthy glowing skin. Eating spinach will helps you to clean your skin internally.