The term dandruff generally refers to the condition of the skin where in shiny, silvery scales separate from the scalp and collect amidst the hair. The condition can become troublesome when the skin gets infected.
The main causes of dandruff are impairment of general health, development of a toxic condition mainly due to taking of wrong foods, constipation, and a low vitality due to infectious diseases.
Other factors contributing to this disorder are emotional tension, harsh shampoos, and exposure to cold, and general exhaustion.
Diet and lifestyle modification:-
Go to bed early.
Avoid day sleep.
Do regular exercises(to avoid stress,pranayama is the best).
Avoid using hot water for head bath.
Don’t use too much of shampoo.
Avoid using the comb of others.
Avoid intake of tea/coffee,curd,bakery food,red chilli powder,pickles and salt,processed sugars.
Application of oils like dhurdhoorpatradi thailam, intake of blood cleansing liquids like Khairarishtam or sarivadyasvam(under consultation).
Application of herbal paste(shirolepam for minimum 7 days).
FROZEN SHOULDER (apbahuka):-
Apabahuka is a disease that usually affects the Amsa sandhi (shoulder joint).It is produced by the Vata dosha. Acharya Sushruta and others have considered Apabahuka as a Vataja vikara. Amsa shosha (wasting of the shoulder) can be considered as the preliminary stage of the disease, where loss or dryness of sleshaka kapha from amsa sandhi occurs.
Modern View :-
Frozen shoulder is the result of inflammation, scarring, thickening, and shrinkage of the capsule that surrounds the normal shoulder joint. Any injury to the shoulder can lead to frozen shoulder.
Management through Ayurveda:-
The general line of treatment mentioned for Vatavyadhi in Ayurvedic classics include oliation (Snehana)(both internal and external), Sudation(Swedan), Mild cleansing(Mrudusamshodha), Medicated Anema(Basti), Holding the medicated oil on the head & Administration of nasal drops (sirobasti & Nasya), and so on.
Charaka further states that, depending on the location and dushya (tissue element vitiated by Vata) each patient should be given specific therapies. Vagbhata has mentioned Nasal drops (Nasyakarma) in the disorders related to the upper body (jatroordhva Vikaras).
Ayurveda deals with this condition through PANCHKARMA OR DETOX procedures, as ayurveda believes in removing the root cause of the condition. Ayurveda treatment includes internal administration of medicated Kashayams (decoctions), Aristams (concoctions), oils for both internal and external use, and local application of herbal paste (lepam).
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.
SINUSITIS (Dushta Pratishtaya)
Sinusitis, Dushta Pratishtaya or Peenas is an inflammatory and infectious condition of sinuses. Ayurveda has effective treatment to offer for this disease. Sinusitis usually starts with some infection or allergic reaction in the paranasal sinuses. Poor diet, digestion and elimination can create an internal environment in the sinuses that allows infection and allergies to more easily occur (see the “allergy” section in our web page for discussion of the Ayurveda approach to allergies). Stress, poor lifestyle, bad circulation and lack of rejuvenative regimens can deteriorate the body’s immune response to invading organisms in the sinus area.
Nasyam treatment is found useful for the sinusitis. In Nasyam treatment, medicated oil is administered to each nostril by trained practitioners. This treatment is very effectively managing the sinusitis condition.