What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin condition which can be classified as an auto immune disease (where the body's immune system acts against its own tissues). This causes the skin cells to multiply rapidly which in some cases can be up to 10 times than normal. These skin cells will reach the surface causing it to be raised on the surface and then it becomes patchy, red and itchy there. In some cases, this will also lead to Psoriatic arthritis which could result in pain and joint swellings.
Psoriasis - Causes and Symptoms
Psoriasis could occur due to a variety of reasons
• Emotional stress
• Bacterial infections.
Certain medicines for blood pressure, malaria etc. are known to aggravate the condition.
Some of the common symptoms include red patches on the skin, thickened nails, dry or cracked skin, itching etc.
Ayurvedic treatment for Psoriasis
As per Ayurveda, every human being has three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) present in them. Vata dosha which governs flow and motion in the body, Pitta which governs the nutrition and metabolism/digestion and Kapha which provides nourishment and lubrication in the body. Any imbalance in the proportion of doshas would result in the person being unhealthy according to Ayurveda. Furthermore, Ayurveda stipulates that imbalances can occur because of lifestyle changes including diet changes, stress etc.
Psoriasis, as per Ayurveda, is due to the aggravation of 2 doshas- Vata and Kapha. This causes more toxins to be produced by the body which then accumulates within the body. These gets accumulated on the deep tissues in the skin thus causing Psoriasis.
Ayurvedic treatment for Psoriasis is based on the present condition of the patient. Ayurveda doctors considers the proportion of the three doshas in the person before deciding on the treatment course. Thus, each treatment plan will be highly personalized as it is dependent on the proportion of the doshas in that person.
What are the Typical treatments for Psoriasis in Ayurveda?
- body cleansing through induced purging(Virechana), vomiting & sweating,
- oleation (oil application over the body) Sarvangalepam (paste application all over the body)
- internal medication to correct digestion and metabolism.
A key part of the treatment are the Diet and lifestyle changes which are prescribed by the doctor to prevent reoccurrences.
Psoriasis Ayurvedic treatment is getting increasingly popular because
a. There is no permanent cure for this in modern medicine with the treatments focussing on controlling the growth
b. Ayurvedic treatments has a high success/satisfaction rates in treating psoriasis cases.
Psoriasis treatment cost and time
The cost of psoriasis treatment in Ayurveda would be between 1400-2300 USD. The cost would depend on the duration of treatment, type of hospital and the type of room in the hospital. The cost includes treatment charges, accomodation charges and the medicines consumed during the treatment.
Doctors generally advise a minimum of 21 days treatment and in some cases it could even be 28 days. The patient is expected to stay in the hospital during this period.