Psoriasis for Ayurveda

Ayurvedic View

According to Ayurveda, Psoriasis appears due to imbalance of two doshas – Vata and Kapha . Vata and Kapha doshas manifest in the skin and cause accumulation of toxins. These toxins accumulate in deep tissues like rasa (nutrient plasma), rakta (blood), mansa (muscles), and lasika (lymphatic). These toxins cause contamination of deeper tissues, leading to Psoriasis.

Purification of blood and tissues is the primary aim of Ayurvedic treatment in cases of Psoriasis. Toxins are cleansed from the body and the digestion restored to prevent further accumulation. Nourishing herbs are then administered to strengthen and tone the tissues to promote complete healing of the skin.

Genetic aspects of psoriasis

About one out of three people with psoriasis report having a relative with psoriasis.

If one parent has psoriasis, a child has about a 10-15 percent chance of having psoriasis. If both parents have psoriasis, a child has approximately a 50-60 percent chance of developing the disease.

Other health concerns associated with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

Individuals with psoriasis are at an elevated risk to develop other chronic and serious health conditions also known as “comorbid diseases” or “comorbidities.” These include heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes. People with more severe cases of psoriasis have an increased incidence of psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, depression, obesity, and other immune-related conditions such as Crohn’s disease.

Conception and pregnancy

In general, psoriasis does not affect the male or female reproductive systems. However, many psoriasis treatments require special precautions before and during pregnancy. It is important to consult with your doctor to verify your psoriasis treatments are safe for pregnancy and nursing.

How psoriasis changes during pregnancy

Some women see an improvement in the severity of their psoriasis during pregnancy, while others report their psoriasis gets worse. Changes in severity of psoriasis vary by individual and from pregnancy to pregnancy.

What is Psoriatic Arthritis?
Anyone who has psoriasis and joint pain may have psoriatic arthritis. The signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis are:

The red, inflamed skin of psoriasis.
Pain and swelling in the joints that is worse in the morning or after rest. Stiffness lessens with activity.
Sausage-like appearance in the affected fingers and toes (in severe cases.)
Pitting (small indentations on the nail) or the nails may be pulling away from the nail beds.
Nails may have ridges or a yellowish-orange discoloration.

Psoriatic arthritis is a lifelong condition that causes deterioration, pain, and stiffness in the joints.  Some people experience only joint problems and never develop psoriasis.  About 70% of people who get psoriatic arthritis develop psoriasis first. Dermatologists urge their patients who have psoriasis that involves the nails to contact them if they experience any joint problems. Psoriatic arthritis ranges in severity. It can involve one digit or an entire hand. It can become so severe that it is disabling. Joint deterioration can be prevented with treatment.

Early warning signs of psoriatic arthritis include hand pain, foot pain, and “tennis elbow.” These early warning signs may be overlooked if psoriasis lesions are not present. Other indications are shoulder, neck, or back pain.

Why Ayurveda for psoriasis?

Ayurveda, also known as Ayurvedic medicine, aims to help a person heal their body, mind, and spirit. The practice originated in India more than 3,000 years ago.

Ayurveda aims at removing the disease from the root. The perspective of viewing a disease in Ayurveda starts from understanding the cause in each and every single patient.As without cause there is no effect, the first line of treatment in Ayurveda would be to eliminate the causative factors and understanding the triggering factors in each and every individual.

Ayurveda ensures effective removal of the disease through panchakarma treatments. As a tree can be completely eliminated by extracting its root, in the same way employment of these panchakarma treatments aims at it elimination.

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