Let’s begin with a discussion on what is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that leads to severe inflammation of the skin. Parts of the skin affected by Psoriasis become flaky and reddish in color accompanied with dry, scaly silvery patches. Individuals suffering from Psoriasis may experience severe itching sensations in the areas that are affected along with joint pains and swelling.
Ayurveda Psoriasis
Ayurveda Psoriasis – Reasons for Psoriasis

Ayurveda recognizes the problem of Psoriasis primarily as a condition caused by an imbalance or dysfunction between the Vata and Kapha doshas that are prominent in the body. This coupled with an accumulation of ama (toxins) in the body can lead to psoriasis.

Some of the other common reasons for Psoriasis include –

  1. Mental trauma and unhealthy levels of stress in life.
  2. Excessive consumption of food items that is too salty or sour.
  3. Heredity may be another cause of psoriasis which means that if even one parent suffers from psoriasis, the child can develop psoriasis related symptoms at any point in life.
  4. Trauma caused to the skin due to severe climatic conditions, overexposure to sunlight and cuts etc.
  5. Consuming food items that are opposite in nature and further aggravate imbalanced doshas in the body instead of pacifying them.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Psoriasis

Though there are several thoughts on how psoriasis should be treated, here are some simple tips that are recommended under ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis –

  • Reduce stress and practice meditation.
  • Pay attention to what you eat, how you eat and when you eat so that there is a regular and timely disposal of toxins from the body.
  • Avoid eating such food that is excessively oily, pungent and salty.
  • Drink lots of water everyday and apply skin creams that suit your skin to keep it hydrated.
  • Depending on your body type, avoid food items that are opposite in nature. Instead, eat healthy and fresh food that can reduce the imbalances between your doshas.
  • Aim towards achieving a healthy digestion.
  • Do not take a bath with cold water immediately after vigorous physical work such as exercising etc.
  • Avoid eating curd, fish and urad daal.
  • Protect your skin from overexposure to extreme weather conditions.
  • Make sure to answer all your bodily urges on time such as vomiting, emptying the bowel and urination.
  • Ayurveda Panchakarma is another commonly used detoxification and purification treatment which is a combination of 5 different therapies aimed at cleansing the body of all toxic wastes (ama) that accumulate over time due to faulty lifestyle, poor eating habits, excessive stress and prolonged illnesses.

It is recommended to understand your body type, the ayurvedic doshas prominent within you and the overall needs of your body so that you can work towards cleansing and caring for your body the Ayurveda way. In case you notice any symptoms of Psoriasis, consult a good Ayurveda practitioner who will guide you and suggest to you the best Ayurveda treatments you can benefit from.

About the Author

Dr. Sonica Krishan is an Author, Freelance Health Writer, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach based at Chandigarh, India. She has a Bachelor’s in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and also an Advance Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga.  She has authored three natural home cure books: Herbal Healers, Home Remedies, and Healing Through Ayurveda. You may contact her at sonicakrishan@gmail.com or visit her website http://www.herboveda.co.in.

Note – Information presented in this article is solely for the purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a qualified health professional.