Ayurveda Q&A: Treating lichen planus

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, I am suffering from Cervical Spondylosis since April 2007, having neck pain, headache, tingling sensation on left hand.
I have taken 15 days Ayurveda treatment July 2007, from Kerela, I am working with a private company, since 2009 company closed and not
sattle with my job so due to that i can’t taken treatment again.
Need your advice & help.

Goutam Karmakar

Hi Goutam,

Cervical problems are the specialty of Ayurveda. Ayurveda medicines and therapies can very well help you. Please take Dasamoolam Kashayam 15 ml + 60 ml of warm milk twice daily 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner + Cervilon 2 tablets + Gandha Thailam 2 tablets, Recalci 2 tablets thrice daily 30 minutes after food with warm water. External application of Dhanvanthram Thailam around the neck, hands followed by warm water bath helps you to improve blood circulation there by reduces the pain and tingling sensation.

2. i am suffering with diabetic neuropathy.i stay in chandigarh.plz suggest the best treatment and its initial expenses.iam a school teacher age 59.

sushil bhardwaj

Hi Sushil,

Diabetic neuropathy involves diet, exercise and Ayurveda therapies, medicines. Reducing the rice and direct sugar components, exercise at least 30 minutes a day with the following medications can help you. Siva gutika 1 tablet and Vita Noni 2 tablets – 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner with warm water and External application of Sahachardi Thailam + Kottanchukkadi Thailam external application followed by warm water wash after 30 minutes. Please continue these medications and oil applications for 30-45 days for better results.

3. If only such gentlemen’s advice is followed. our life would be simpler and happier. Thanks to Dr. Gowthaman.

What is the remedy if the skin becomes too dry?

Hi Anil,

Thanks for the comments. Coconut oil is the best moisturizer. External application of Maha Thiktakam gritam followed by warm water wash after 30 minutes helps dry skin.

4. I used to develop mouth ulcers in the 1980s. It used to get cured with a cortisone cream from UK. I did not have relapes since 2000.I came to UK in Sept. 2010 and since then developed lichen planus / mouth ulcer in my mouth again. Despite several years medication in Guy’s Hospital, UK there was no cure.Twice, biopsy was also done at Royal Berkshire Hospital. Some 6 months back, my husband browsed the net and saw some personal experiences of person getting cured / part -relief with various home remedies. At that time my husband’s elder brother , a GP, suggested that I use Munaca honey from New Zealand. It took only two bottles ( 2 x 500 gm.@ £ 8 each) of the honey application to cure the mouth ulcer. Only a small patch is remaining. It is not paining. Since last 3 months I started hair fall in large quantity. Today the dermatologist at Windsor told it is due to lichen planus in the head – a rare occurrence. He has given some medication which is yet to be issued. He said the lichen planus destroys the hair follicles and hair cannot grow again. Please advise me URGENTLY on a suitable Ayurvedic treatment for me and how to grow the hair again.

With regards,
Yours sincerely
Pushpa Madhu

Hi Pushpa,

Please take 20 ml of Maha Thiktakam gritam – melt it and fill it in the mouth and leave it for 30 minutes followed by warm water gargle. This will heal and prevent the mouth ulcers.

For Skin, take Aragwadadi Kashayam + Manjishtadi Kashayam each 15 ml + 60 ml of warm water twice daily 30 minutes before food with Gandhaka (101) heals the hair problem.

External application of Amla powder mixed with Curd followed by warm water wash after 30 minutes heals and stops the hair problems completely.

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