Ayurveda has explained many skin diseases, which resembles Psoriasis. Psoriasis can be considered as the vitiation of :- Vata(air) and Kapha(water+earth)(Two of the basic energies/humors, which maintains our body equilibrium).
Accumulation of low potency Toxins (Dooshi vishas/Ama), are the basic pathological changes taking place in the system.
NOTE – Check the previous post for details on TOXINS
Role of Diet:- consumption of foodstuffs that cannot be eaten together food items like:- excessive intake of yogurt, black gram, seafood, sour and salted items etc are some of the aggravating factors. Alcohol and tobacco consumption will act as a catalyst here. Ayurveda do emphasize on the effect of stress in the pathogenesis of Psoriasis.
Treatment: Coming to the treatment aspects of Psoriasis according to Ayurveda, it aims at the detoxification of the body or elimination of toxins from the body fluids. It is achieved by “Panchakarma” treatments.
This includes internal and external medications purely of plant origin as follows :-
(i) Consumption of medicated ghee
(ii) Detoxifying, by inducing vomiting (Vamana) and purgation (Virechana). Followed by either medicated buttermilk dripping overhead (Dhara) and pasting the entire body with a paste of medicines and mud.
It can be cured if the patient is ready to accept the protocol and conditions fixed by the Ayurveda doctor for treatment as well changing the lifestyle. If it is in the initial stage it can be cured without much delay. Otherwise regular treatment continuing for months will be needed. All depends on how the patient accepts the treatment modalities and how strictly follows the dietary protocol for the rest of the life.
Advise from Doctor – A strict diet regime has to be followed during the entire treatment period and it is better to continue as vegetarian.
Yogurt, black gram, chilies and salted thing have to be restricted. It is better to avoid refrigerated/chilled foods. Psoriatic must keep a state of mental calmness.