Ayurveda Q&A: Ayurveda’s approach to psoriasis

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.
This week’s answers:

1. Dear Sir, Please send me the remidies of soraysis (pls correct the spelling) in Ayurveda and also tell me if it is curable or not

Psoriasis is a auto immune disease. It requires strong and regular detoxification and lifestyle changes.

Ayurveda’s approach to psoriasis:

• Panchakarma treatments – These treatments are meant to flush out the toxins
• Samana Therapies – internal medicines
• Rasayana therapies – Nourish the body, to bring the doshas back to balance and to regenerate the body.

Panchakarma for psoriasis

It aims at the detoxification of the body or elimination of toxins from the body. Disease manage by panchakrama prevent recurrence of the disease .

Pre-purification therapies are the first ones applied to loosen the toxins, open up the circulation channels and get the body ready for discarding these wastes. These methods are highly relaxing for the body and mind.

The following pre-purification methods are usually adopted for treating Psoriasis.

Snehapanam: It is the oral intake of specially prepared medicated ghee. Ghee lubricates the body channels including the skin and forces out the toxins from them into the digestive tract for further elimination. Medicated ghee usually contains herbs like neem,Guduchi, tribhala etc. which has anti-inflammatory properties s and skin healers. . It’s Vatashamaka, decreases scaling & dryness of the psoriasis.

Abhyangam : Full body oil massage liquefies the impurities of the body to prepare the body to eliminate toxins. And it’s also decrease dryness & scaling of psoriasis.

Swedanam: involves the active sweating of the whole body using medicated steam. It dilates and softens the channels of the body allowing the impurities to move out through the skin.

Takradhara: Medicated buttermilk is uninterruptedly poured on to the forehead. It relaxes the mind, and reduces stress and anxiety which is a major cause of Psoriasis.Very good for scalp psoriasis. Buttermilk is medicated using gooseberry (amla). Amla is excellent cooling agents.

Main Purification Therapy for Psoriasis

Main purification therapy is the phase of elimination of toxins that were loosened at the pre purification treatment stage. These therapies are highly potential methods. Depending on the type and intensity of the ailment, one is advised to undergo one, two or three of these therapies.

The commonly adopted Panchakarma treatments for Psoriasis are Vasti, Virechanam and Vamanam.

Virechanam: It is the cleaning and evacuation of the bowels through the use of purgative medicines. It eliminates the excess toxins from the body. When the digestive tract is clean and toxic-free, it benefits the entire body systems. Virechana has main treatment for kushta skin diseases .it’s a Pitta dosha nashaka property and it also suppress Vata&Kapha dosha.

Vamanam: It means induced vomiting using herbal medicine. Now, the toxins of the upper parts of body which were freed into the digestive tract during Snehapanam are completely eradicated.

Vasti: is medicated enema. All the toxins that were brought into the digestive tract during the pre-purification phase are now washed out. Since medicines reach the bowels directly without enzymatic actions, its effectiveness is very high for vata predominated psoriasis.

Rasayanam : psoriasis is a auto immune disorder so Rasayanas having immune-modulation properties is very effective Ex; Guduchi, amla, Etc.

Oral medicines for Psoriasis

Herbal oral medicines prescribed for psoriasis are prepared specifically to help restore the lost balance of Dosas. They usually include Kashayam – Herbal decoctions, Arishtams – Herbal wines, Lehyams and other herbal formulation given.

As a very effective remedy – Seeds of Bakuchi (Psorolia Corolifolia) – is soaked in cow’s urine for the wohle night and dried under sun under sun for 15 days. This powder is taken once a day with warm milk 5 minutes before lunch. This helps the patches to go away. Same ways the oil extracted from the above seeds does help.

Exrernal application of Maha Thiktaka gritam exterbal application followed by warm water bath does help.

2. Sir I had a OGD Scopy done in April 9 2007 and found Duodenal Ulcer in 1st Part with Gastritis and Reflux Oesophagitis.

Medication given was Clarithromycin 250 mg for 7 days and Nucid 40 mg for 15 days. Got Cured
Being overweight i have joined gym 3 month before and being following a strict diet for the last 3 months which includes oats for breakfast, Fruit juice like Guava, Grapes, Apple (Sugarless). Suddenly for the last 3 days pain has developed in the abdomen. Since this pain typically associated with ulcer (Since i had experienced the same because of which OGD Scopy was done in April 9 2007), i am worried whether the ulcer has recurred. Note i do situp, and cardio excercise in the Gym.

Kindly advice what ayurvedic treatment would be suitable for the above to eliminate the problem permanently

Please go for a ultra sound abdomen and check for Gall stones. usually after a strong diet therapy its possible to develop Gall stones. To ease the pain and discomfort take the following home remedy. Olive Oil – 30 ml, Fresh Lemon Juice – 30 ml and Fresh garlic paste – 5 gm – Mixed together taken once a day im empty stomach helps to detoxify the Gall Bladder. Ayurveda medicines like Indukantam Kashayam tablets 2 no – thrice daily 30 minutes before food with warm milk helps. Avipattikara Choornam tablets 3 no at bed time with warm water.

3. hi i have a mealasma from last one year on my cheeks. Please suggest me something these are only a patches i m married no kids yet.
Melasma requires constant detoxification and life style modifications. Ayurveda can help. Maha Thiktakam Gritam – External application followed by warm water wash after 20 minutes helps a lot. in 30 days usuage you can see the the spots disappear. Internally please take Maha Manjishtadi Kashayam tablets 3 twice daily 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner with warm water. Kaseesam (101) 125 mg twice daily after food with warm water. These combinations of internal and external medications helps reduce the dark spots swiftly.

4. Dear Dr Gowthaman, i have been following your responses to many questions. I am extremely impressed with the solution as I have tried some. Is there any way I can go through a program about Ayurveda, which enables me to have access to authentic material. The only issue is my work makes me to move across countries and I spend very less time in India. This gives rise to my second question. There is always an underlying stress. Is there any way I can handle stress better.

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5. Any one kind enough to tell how can i get turmeric juice (turmeric powder mix in water to make juice) Also please home remedies for ED thanks

Turmeric should never be taken with water as most of its chemicals are not water soluable.  So please mix 1 gm with 20 ml of warm milk and take for any therapeutic use. Ayurveda does not recommend turmeric for ED.

Understanding the cause is very important to manage the ED. ED is mostly related to Hypothyroidism, Diabetes, Low Vitamin D, Poor Iron and Folic acid metabolism. Ayurveda has effective therapies and remedies to heal this problem completely.

Ayurveda recommends Vaji karana therapy or virilification therapies for ED. This therapy claims to make the patient as ‘virile as a horse’ and makes use of various aphrodisiacs, tonics to be used internally and externally, and appropriate diet plans. The remedy includes –

1. Powder of Indian ginseng to be taken with milk
2. Velvet bean powder to be taken with milk
3. Flowers of drumstick tree in the diet
4. Crab extract in the diet
5. Fig fruits in the diet
6. White pumpkin juice and pumpkin seed oil

6. I have been suffering from freckle and melasma form last ten years and have consulted many dermatologist as of now but nothing was worked out and due to using different creams and medicines the patches are become more prominent and my face looking very ugly.

Vinegar: Dilute vinegar equally with water, and use to cleanse and rinse your face. Allow to air dry to seal in moisture. Vinegar is chemically acetic acid, and is capable of whitening and brightening, as well as making skin smoother and more radiant. It has also long been used for a skin softener. Apple cider or other natural vinegars are recommended.

Onion Juice: To get onion juice, you can finely chop up an onion, or blend it, and squeeze the juice through a cheesecloth. Mix with equal part apple cider vinegar, apply twice daily with a cotton ball and watch for results over the next several weeks. Alternatively, you can cut a slice of onion, dip it in vinegar, and apply it to the pigmentation.

Lemon Juice: Applying the juice of a fresh lemon to the pigmentation has a similar effect to the onion remedy – it is acidic and can safely peel off the top layer of skin, causing spots to fade.

Onion, vinegar and lemon juice are excellent home remedies to relieve you of age spots, melasma, pigmentation and discoloration.

Background : Initially i had acne(pimples) it was started in the age of 14, whenever an acne had appeared on my face i used to squeeze/ break it to get rid of the pain and ugliness and after 25 it was automatically stopped to appear but left brown patches on my face. i think it is mark of acne(pimples) but not sure.

Kindly advise/prescribe ultimate medication which will help me to cure this permanently.
Vivek Mishra

Acne is the speciality of Ayurveda. Ayurveda has specialised therapies which can heal the Acne marks in no time.

Home remedies for acne

(i) Applying Syzgium cumini seeds rubbed with water on the pimples will reduce the growth of the pimples.

(ii) Application of papaya paste followed by warm water wash, (After 15 minutes) and application of coconut oil after 45 minutes will help a lot in removing the pimples and their residual marks from the face. Apart from that, the face will look moister and get a youthful sheen.

(iii) Rubbing the face with the peel of an orange also shows good results.

(iv) One more method of combating pimples is to wash the face with buttermilk at least twice a day.

(v) Make a paste of 10 grams of flour of chickpea) and 10 grams of turmeric in curds. Apply this paste on the face using massaging techniques. This method provides relief within seven days of continuous application.

(vi) A paste of Symplocos racemosa, coriander and Acorus calamus also promises results within seven days. This is one of the best acne treatments.

(vii) Extract the milk of the sharp thorns of the cotton tree, Bombax malabarica. Apply this milk on the pimples directly and wash after it is dried off. Continue this process for just three days to get results.

(viii) Take powders of roasted mustard seeds, orange peels and Buchanania latifolia in equal proportions. Grind them into a very fine constitution. This mixture is applied to the face.

(ix) Make a paste of nutmeg and red sandalwood. Apply this on the face to reduce pimples.

(x) Prepare a mixture of lemon, coffee pods or java beans and extract of the Indian basil and dry it in the sun. It will become more viscous when it is dried. Apply it on the face in this concentrated form. This is a sure method of reducing pimples. This acne remedy is helpful in acne cure.

(xi) A very simple remedy is to put the roots of the Azadirachtha indica in water and apply this concoction on the pimples. This method also gives fast relief from pimples.

(xii) Make a paste of red lentils with milk, camphor and ghee. Apply this mixture on the face. This will not only reduce the pimples, but also take care of the pockmarks that can remain when the pimples are dried off. This is the best acne treatment

(xiii) Make a paste of lemon juice, milk and seeds of fennel flower in very fine powder form. Apply this paste on the face at night when retiring to bed. In the morning, wash the face with lukewarm water. This method is a quick way to eradicate pimples and can be used if you have to go to a party or a function.

(xiv) Apply a paste of fine powder of dried orange peel in rose water. This will not only remove the pimples quickly but also improve the texture of the skin in no time
(xv) Mix a cup of milk with a cup of lemon juice. This acne remedy is helpful in acne cure.

(xvi) Add a spoonful of salt in a bowl of hot water. Apply this with a rough towel on the face like sponging the face. This is a mildly painful process as the salt will create a tingling sensation with the open areas of the pimples. However, you will obtain sure results in ten days.

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