Psoriasis - An Agonizing skin disease

Beauty is one of the main fascinating topics of present era. As skin is the first and foremost feature of human being, its deformity affects physical as well as mental aspects of life. It leads to a panic attitude towards life. Complete cure of Psoriasis is yet to be established in medicine science.

In Ayurveda, various types of skin diseases are considered under Kustha Roga. Based on symptoms the disease Psoriasis may be correlated with Kitibha Kustha, Sidhma Kustha or Ekakustha in Ayurveda. Management of Psoriasis in Ayurveda is done by considering its Dosha, Dushya, Pathya-pathya aspects. Ayurveda advocates intake of Laghu Ahara (light food), Tikta rasa (bitter taste) predominant vegetables, Triphala (Terminalia bellirica, Terminalia chebula and Emblica officinalis), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) etc. and ghee for patients of skin diseases. Many patients of Psoriasis seeking treatment at various Ayurveda hospitals are getting quite successful results. But the frequent recurrence of disease causes severe agony in psoriasis patients. The patient may be counselled time to time about continuing the treatment even if he/she gets relief. As Ayurveda has less side effects and dependency, patients would be advised to manage the disease through Ayurveda medicines and Pancha-karma therapies as required. Patient may be advised to take daily a healthy and compatible dietetic regime. Delightful behaviour and soothing counselling by a doctor may bring to half way of the treatment.


Dr Ranjita Ekka