Psoriasis is a non-infectious, inflammatory disease of the skin. It is characterized by well-defined reddish plaques with severe itching, dryness of the skin, and large, adherent, silvery-white scales. The main abnormality in psoriasis is an increased proliferation of the skin layers due to excessive division of the cell in the basal layers of the skin.
The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown. Scientists believe that a person’s genetics and immune system are responsible for this condition. Deprivation of sunlight along with mental stress plays an important role in aggravating the condition. Under normal conditions, skin cells grow deep inside the skin and rise to the surface once every month. This process is hastened in a person suffering from psoriasis, thus dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of the skin.
Psoriasis may cause psoriatic arthritis. In psoriatic arthritis, there is a mild involvement of a few joints, especially those found in the toes or fingers. In some people, the disease may be severe and affect many other joints, including the backbone. When the spine is affected, the patient presents with symptoms such as stiffness and pain, often in the lower spine. People who suffer from arthritis usually also see changes in their skin and nails.
According to Ayurveda, psoriasis may occur due to vitiation of Vata and Kapha doshas. Some of the reasons can be incompatible food habits, accumulation of toxins, etc. Accumulation of low potency poisons (Dooshi vishas), are the basic pathological changes taking place in the system. Irregular food habits, consumption of food that cannot be eaten together, excessive intake of yogurt, black gram, seafood, and sour and salted items can activate the pathogenesis. Alcohol and tobacco consumption will act as a catalyst here. Ayurveda also emphasizes the effects of stress in the pathogenesis of psoriasis.
The treatment of psoriasis using Ayurveda focuses on detoxification of the body or elimination of toxins from the body fluids. It is achieved by “Panchakarma” treatments with medicated herbal oil body massage and Ayurvedic therapies. Through Ayurveda, one may have better control of psoriasis. Treatment includes internal and external dietary herbal supplements purely of plant origin. A strict diet regime has to be followed during the entire treatment period, which emphasizes vegetarianism. Ayurveda encourages not controlling natural urges like vomiting, urination, bowel emptying etc., as these are natural body movements that help with detoxification.
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Divya Ayurveda, Congressional Office Park, 3086 Route 27 Suite 2, Kendall Park 08824. 732-821 3047 / 917-945-9708.
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