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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 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.