Ayurveda is an ancient branch of science, which originated almost 5000 years ago. It offers the best Psoriasis treatment because it takes a holistic approach with no side-effects. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition, where due to the rapid growth of cells, patches of thick, red, and itchy skin appear.
According to Ayurveda, psoriasis is the result of an imbalance between the Vata Dosha and the Kapha Dosha. Vata is responsible for all the bodily functions. Therefore, the dryness and redness of the skin are caused by Vata. Kapha is responsible for growth. Therefore, the rapid cell production is due to the imbalance of Kapha.
How Ayurveda treats Psoriasis
- Yoga and Meditation
In Ayurveda, it is important to maintain a balance between;
- The person’s universe
- The constitution of the body, which is known as ‘Prakriti’ in Ayurveda
It is severely necessary to maintain the harmony between these three elements. And, it can be done with the help of yoga, meditation, and pranayama. These techniques help reduce psoriasis and keep your mind calm.
Ayurveda firmly believes in following a vegetarian diet. It promotes a well-balanced diet, where excess carbohydrates and sugar is prohibited. It also believes that one must not consume anything that is ‘in extreme’, such as food which is too salty, too sour, etc. One must always listen to their body and follow its needs accordingly. For example, urinating and defecating removes the toxins from the body.
- Topical remedies for Psoriasis
One of the most important herb/spice in Ayurveda is the turmeric. It is said that applying pure turmeric powder on the affected area helps reduce psoriasis to a great extent. Other topical solutions include; aloe vera, black nightshade, Boswellia, garlic, guggul, jasmine flower paste, and neem. These wonderful herbs help reduce the inflammation and treat psoriasis. However, one must not use the remedies without consulting an Ayurvedic Practitioner as it can have adverse effects.
- Herbal baths and lotions
One must always take a bath regularly to keep the area of psoriasis clean and bacteria free. The Ayurvedic practitioner may ask you to use herbs and oils in your bath to treat the condition. Soothing oils, such as coconut oil, olive oil etc. can help relieve itching, which comes with psoriasis. Oral medications also may be part of the treatment.
Panchakarma is a detox treatment, which completely cleanses the body. It is an intense treatment that comes with several benefits. These include; reduction is psoriasis, improves digestion, strengthens the immune system, treats anemia, jaundice, migraines, headaches, arthritis, piles, etc.
Panchakarma helps eliminate all the harmful toxins from the body, healing the mind-body. This treatment consists of 5 steps- Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Basti, and Raktamokshana. Depending on the individual, the practitioner might opt for all the 5 steps or just a few accordingly.
Panchakarma treatment takes about 10-15 days. Every day, the session will last from 2-4 hours. It is important to maintain the healthy lifestyle even after the completion of the treatment for a long-lasting effect.
Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic treatment, which is crucial to treat the psoriasis of the scalp. In this treatment, the medicated oils are gently poured all over the forehead. It can also be practiced as one of the steps of Panchakarma. Apart from that, this exquisite treatment helps reduce emotional stress and anxiety.