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You can contact us for all information on treatment of skin diseases through ayurveda, treatment of skin diseases through alternative medicine science, free online consultation of skin diseases. These hot and humid months of July and August represent the varsha ritu or the rainy season and its the prime culprit. According to Ayurveda medicinal science, this is the time for pitta aggravation and this forms the basis of all chronic ilments. All the heat that accumulates in the body in the greesham ritu (summer season) is aggravated in the rainy season and the primary reason is dietary uptake as well. There are a number of skin diseases prevalent in the rainy season and we shall here try to discuss them all. Especially in climates of all hot n humid countries, this is the time when one can see big crowds in skin clinics and hospitals. A simple knowledge of Ayurveda can help us prevent and even treat painful skin disorders and with comparative ease because herbal medicinal science always heals holistically.
 

According to Ayurveda medicinal science, the skin has a total of six layers, located not only superficially but extending to the deeper levels / tissues of the body and is one of the most complex cellular structure in our body. A skin disease is, mostly, rooted deeply into various dhatus or tissues like fat, muscles, blood etc and thats the reason why healing through herbs shall be holistic one. Most skin treatments / protocols are generally external applications like creams or Oils or ointments and basically all these fall into category of topical protocols. These, however, never reach the deeper layers of the skin and are thus non-conclusive. As a result, the symptoms disappear temporarily, and the disease is not rooted out permanently which then gives a window of opportunity for disease to relapse back again and again in life. Ayurveda medicinal science always tries to root out the disease by treating it specifically according to its cause and thus holistic health approach as we have always stated here. As the disease is deep seated it is difficult to fix the problem quickly and easily but certainly medicinal herbs are highly accountable. Ayurvedic skin treatments may take a few weeks to remove the symptoms but the diseases are treated permanently and with absolutely nil probability of any relpase.

Large community prevalence studies in United States of America and United Kingdom and elsewhere in the world as well have demonstrated that between 30 and 40 % of the population have a skin disease requiring attention but only 1 out of 5 seeks medical help which is really very worrisome situation. Skin related cancers are the most common tumours world-wide and at present in the world their annual incidence is incresing at a rate of around 7-10 % annual basis. Skin complaints affects all ages from the neonate to the elderly and cause harm in a number of ways and thus accountable treatment protocol are a must for each patient. 

The Four Ds related to Skin Ailments - 

DISCOMFORT - Most often constant / irritating itching or pain (e.g. eczema, post-herpetic neuralgia)
DISFIGUREMENT - Leading to embarrassment and withdrawal from society and often leads to mental disorders later in life (e.g. birth marks, acne vulgaris and psoriasis)
DISABILITY - Leading to loss of work and wages and thus financial implications as well (e.g. dermatitis of the hands and feet)
DEATH - rare but still seen and yes its a fact that skin ailments can be fatal at times for patients (e.g. angioedema, metastatic skin cancer and widespread blistering) 

The skin of an average adult covers an area of just under 2m square and its comparatively much large area. It consists of four identifiable layersas has been mentioned in all textbooks. The epidermis an avascular stratified squamous epithelium, is firmly attached by a complex basement membrane to the dermis and is very important layer. The dermis contains and supports blood vessels, nerves and adnexal structures such as hair follicles and sweat glands and considering pivotal structures it carries makes it as well very important layer. Below the dermis is the subcutis or hypodermis, which consists predominantly fat and here all ama gets deposited in chronic of ailments. 

The most important abnormalities related to skin are pallor, yellowness, pigmentation, cyanosis and cutaneous eruptions and these are just the superficial signs. In dehydration, the skin is dry and inelastic so that it can be pinched up into a ridge and is very much visible to naked eye. The skin is atrophied by age and sometimes after treatment with glucocorticoids and should thus be examined thoroughly by physician. It is thickened, greasy and lose in acromegaly which is also very much marked and prominent in appearance.

Causes
Two of the main causes of diseases in Ayurveda are a wrong diet and lifestyle and its the real culrpit in all the patients, which an individual follows either knowingly or unknowingly but ultimately has to suffer from skin ailments. Following a diet or life style that is against the season or the prakriti (nature) of a person, creates an imbalance in bodily energies, thus contaminating the body tissues to produce a skin disease which can thus be very troublesome for the patient. In Ayurvedic terminology, although skin diseases are caused due to imbalances in all the three doshas, the prime dosha involved is pitta and maximum emphasis should be laid on its normaizationPitta dosha symbolizes heat or fire element. Therefore all those foods or activities that increase the fire element in the body should be eliminated and is very much important milestone towards healing in ailments. This includes hot, spicy, fried,Oily and greasy foods and have to be avoided. Acidic foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits, yogurt and vinegar should be avoided and patient muct follow these guidelines very sincerely. Exposure to heat and sun, drinking too much tea, coffee, and alcohol, and smoking also aggravate the pitta so patient should take it into consideration as well.
 

Basic Home Remedies in Ayurveda medicinal science for various Skin Problems 

Removing the root cause is the main line of treatment in Ayurveda Medicinal Science and its this particular aspect which makes ayurveda treatment highly effective. Therefore eliminating all the foods and activities that increase pitta is the main treatment and dietary regimen holds the key here

Here are some general home remedies for all kinds of skin diseases.
 

  • 1) Prepare a powder by mixing equal quantities of turmeric, Amla, and Neem leaves and the important aspect being all must be equal. One teaspoonful of this powder can be taken twice a day with lukewarm water. In case Amla and Neem are not available, only turmeric powder can be used in the dosage of half a teaspoonful twice a day with lukewarm water but still all of them are highly accountable. 
  • 2) If Neem leaves are available with ease, boil them in water everyday after washing in running water and then wash the affected area properly. Soaps and shampoos should not be used on the affected area as its usage can complicate the problem further.
  • 3) Take 50 grams of powdered yellow sulphur and mix it with 250 ml of mustardOil or coconutOil whichever is easily available at your place. Apply this mixture to the affected area everyday in the morning with sincerity and wash after half an hour with ease so all the topical applications are washed off. It is better to sit in the sun or in a hot place after applying this Oil to maximize the health benefits.
  • 4) If purified sulphur (certified good for internal use) is available, it can be taken in the doses of 1-2 grams twice a day with water but should only be done under the supervsion of medical practitioner.
  • 5) Take 100 ml. of coconut Oil and add 5 grams of powdered camphor to it and mix thoroughly with spoon. Put this mixture in a clear glass bottle and screw the cap on tightly so no air is let inside out. Put the bottle in sunlight for close to two hours and its then ready. Applying this mixture on the affected area is very helpful indeed and highly beneficial as well.
  • 6) Taking soft or mild laxatives to clear the bowels is also beneficial in the treatment of skin diseases and thus should be opted. A teaspoonful of Triphala powder can be taken at bed time every night, with warm water or milk but if taken with warm water shall be best. Any other natural laxative such as prunes, figs and raisins can also be taken and are equally effective.
  • 7) Fresh juice of apricot leaves may be applied on affected parts of the body and its a proven home remedy. It gives relief in eczema and scabies and is almost instant in health benefits.
  • 8) Wheat grass juice is also beneficial in skin diseases as it boosts the immune system, which helps to fight the disease and thus patients can take with ease as its easily available everywhere.
  • 9) The patient should get as much fresh air as possible for skin to breath. Restrictive and tight clothing should not be worn as its not good for skin. The patient should drink 3-4 litres of water everyday and its very pivotal for patient.
  • 10) Aloe vera is also beneficial for skin diseases as it purifies the blood and is a time tested remedy. Fresh aloe vera gel can be taken in the dose of two or three tablespoonfuls on an empty stomach everyday and its useful in many other areas as well not just skin diseases. 

    Some of the Diseases of Skin which Ayurveda Medicinal Science heals with accountability and upto the roots are listed here - 

        ITCHING (PRURITUS)
    Ayurvedic Treatment of Itching, Itching treatment in Ayurveda, Itching Remedies in Ayurveda, Online Free Consultation of Itching are all very important areas covered under Ayurveda Medicine. Itching is defined as a sensation that provokes the desire to scratch and can be very irrtating. It is a phenomenon attributed to both central and peripheral neural mechanisms and thus affects on many levels. Nerve endings in the region of the dermo-epidermal junction transmit the sensation of itch via slow conducting C fibres and it is probably modulated centrally and its this reason why itching can cometimes be very troublesome. Pruritus (Itching) is a common presenting symptom of both primary skin diseases and underlying medical disorders and must be analyzed by ayurveda physician. 

        SUDDEN WIDESPREAD SCALY RASH (PAPULOSQUAMOUS ERUPTIONS)
    Ayurvedic Treatment of Papulosquamous Eruptions, Papulosquamous Eruptions treatment in Ayurveda, Papulosquamous Eruptions Remedies in Ayurveda, Online Free Consultation of Papulosquamous Eruptions are all very important areas covered under Ayurveda Medicine. A common presenting complaint in general practice is an eruptive scaly rash sometimes associated with itching and is very much noticeable. The main causes may be Eczema / Psoriasis / Pityriasis Rosea / Lichen Planus / Drug Eruption / Pityriasis versicolor and if you can share the pictures of your affected skin on our email DrAmit.Nakra@gmail.com we shall be able to analyze and then prescribe the accountable herbal protocol.

        ERYTHRODERMA
    Ayurvedic Treatment of Erythroderma, Erythroderma treatment in Ayurveda, Erythroderma Remedies in Ayurveda, Online Free Consultation of Erythroderma are all very important areas covered under Ayurveda Medicine. Eczema, Psoriasis, Drug Eruptions and Lichen planus rarely progress to erythroderma, defines as erythema with or without scaling of almost all of the body surface and with herbs it can be checked with ease. Such patients may be systemically unwell with shivering, due to loss of temperature control and pyrexia and thus the signs are a bit confusing. The pulse rate may be elevated and the blood pressure low due to volume depletion and thus herbs can effectively manage the condition.

        URTICARIA (NETTLE RASH, HIVES)
    Ayurvedic Treatment of Urticaria, Urticaria treatment in Ayurveda, Urticaria Remedies in Ayurveda, Online Free Consultation of Urticaria are all very important areas covered under Ayurveda Medicine. Urticaria is a common reaction pattern charaterized by the presence of itchy or 'burning' oedematous swellings (wheals) occuring anywhere on the body and lasting for less than 24 hours and this itching can be very severe to aggressive in nature with red scales as well. The symptoms of urticaria and angioedema are due to mast cell degranulation with release of histamine and internal immunity of our body needs to be worked upoon for healing aspect. .

        PHOTOSENSITIVITY
    Ayurvedic Treatment of Photosensitivity, Photosensitivity treatment in Ayurveda, Photosensitivity Remedies in Ayurveda, Online Free Consultation of Photosensitivity are all very important areas covered under Ayurveda Medicine. Sunlight is a causative or exacerbating factor in many skin diseases and thus it can never be ignored in protocols as well. Photosensitization is limited to exposure from ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and visible light which is a medically established fact. When a rash is related to sunshine then the sites affected tend to be light-exposed sites; the face, particularly the nose and the cheeks but excluding the eyelids, an area under the chin and an area in the shadow of the nose; the dorsae of the forearms and hands, with sparing of the finger webs and palms and its in all these multiple areas which makes the process as well on a longer duration.

        BLISTERS
    Ayurvedic Treatment of Blisters, Blisters treatment in Ayurveda, Blisters Remedies in Ayurveda, Online Free Consultation of Blisters are all very important areas covered under Ayurveda Medicine. The skin can separate at any level in the skin and, together with the accumulation of fluid, this causes the formation of vesicles (<0.5 cm) or bullae (>0.5 cm) and is often very much painful in nature.

        LEG ULCERS
    Ayurvedic Treatment of Leg Ulcers, Leg Ulcer treatment in Ayurveda, Leg Ulcer Remedies in Ayurveda, Online Free Consultation of Leg Ulcers are all very important areas covered under Ayurveda Medicine. Ulceration of the skin is the complete loss of the epidermis and part of the dermis and is deep rooted always. When present on the lower leg, it is usually due to vascular disease and the vast majority (75 %) of cases are due in part to venous hypertension and can be very effectively addressed through ayurveda medicinal science and ayurveda consultation.

        TOO LITTLE OR TOO MUCH HAIR
    Ayurvedic Treatment of Hair Loss, Hair Loss treatment in Ayurveda, Hair Loss Remedies in Ayurveda, Online Free Consultation of hair Loss are all very important areas covered under Ayurveda Medicine. A patient who complains of too little or too much hair should be treated with sensitivity as hair are very important part of our body. The term Alopecia means nothing more than loss of hair but needs to be taken care of very minutely. Hair Loss or Alopecia can be Tinea Capitis, Alopecia aerata, Androgenetic alopecia, Traumatic Alopecia, or due to some other metabolic illness and we explain all these in depths to our patients. .

        ECZEMA
    Ayurvedic Treatment of Eczema, Eczema treatment in Ayurveda, Eczema Remedies in Ayurveda, Online Free Consultation of Eczema are all very important areas covered under Ayurveda Medicine. The terms eczema and dermatitis are synonymous with each other. They both refer to distinctive reaction patterns in the skin and are thus elaboratory mentioned in protocol. Symptoms can be redness and swelling, usually with ill defined margin and Papules, vesicles, blisters, exudation, cracking and scaling and it does varies in patient to patient basis.

        PSORIASIS
    Ayurvedic Treatment of Psoriasis, Psoriasis treatment in Ayurveda, Psoriasis Remedies in Ayurveda, Online Free Consultation of Psoriasis are all very important areas covered under Ayurveda Medicine. Psoriasis is a non-infectious, inflammatory disease of the skin, characterised by well defined erythematous plaques with large adherent silvery scales and the itch is quite severe. The main abnormality in Psoriasis is increased epidermal proliferation due to excessive division of cells in the basal layers and is an immune disorder. This disease can be treated very well in Ayurveda with the help of karanj Oil Therapy available with us and its highly accountable. Patients are requested to send us an email on dramit.nakra@gmai.com for successful Ayurvedic Treatment of Psoriasis.  

        LICHEN PLANUS
    Ayurvedic Treatment of Lichen Planus, Lichen Planus treatment in Ayurveda, Lichen Planus Remedies in Ayurveda, Online Free Consultation of lichen Planus are all very important areas covered under Ayurveda Medicine. Lichen Planus is a condition characterised by intensely itchy papules invloving the flexor surfaces, genitalia and mucous membranes and many patients nowadays are comin up with this disorder. Lichen planus tends to start on the distal limbs, most commonly the volar aspects of the wrists and the lower back. Intensely itchy, flat top , pink-purplish papules appear and some develop a characetristic fine white network on their surface and its also painful at times.

        ACNE VULGARIS
    Ayurvedic Treatment of Acne, Acne treatment in Ayurveda, Acne Remedies in Ayurveda, Online Free Consultation of Acne are all very important areas covered under Ayurveda Medicine. This affects many teenagers and particularly in females. Its prevalence is similar in both sexes but the peak age of severity in females is 16-17 years and in males 17-19 years and as teenagers are involved thats why its a cause of concern. Acne clears by the age of 23-25 years in 90% of patients but 5% of women and 1% of men still need the treatment and medicinal herbs are very accountable in acne. Lesions are limited to face, shoulders, upper chest and back and as face is also involved so its a matter of concern for all patients. Greasy skin is also present and it further raises the aggression in ailment . Open comedones (blackheads) due to plugging by keratin and sebum of the pilosebaceous orifice, or closed comedones (whiteheads) due to accretions of sebum and keratin deeper in the pilosebaceous ducts are always evident and its this very reason why medicinal herbs are highly accountable.

        PRESSURE SORES
    Pressure sores are caused by ischaemia due to sustained or repeated pressure on skin overlying bony prominences and can be easily treated by ayurveda medicinal science. The sores starts as a localised area of erythema and progresses to a superficial blister or erosion and thus intake of medicinal herbs are very pivotal. 

        VITILIGO (LEUCODERMA)
    Ayurvedic Treatment of Vitiligo, Vitiligo treatment in Ayurveda, Vitiligo Remedies in Ayurveda, Online Free Consultation of Vitiligo are all very important areas covered under Ayurveda Medicine. Little or no melanin is made in the skin and in the eyes in this disorder and as soft tissue is concerned so herbs are highly accountable. Vitiligo is an acquired condition affecting 1% of all races, in which circumscribed depigmented patches develop and due to chronic nature of ailment, vitiligo treatment is very effective in ayurveda medicinal science. Generally vitiligo is often symmetical and frequently involves the wrists, knees and neck as well as the area around the body orifices and by ayurveda medicine vitiligo can be completely cured. The hair of the scalp and beard may also depigment and thus speaks of the chronic nature of ailment. 

    One should avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, hot spices, fried foods, acidic and sour foods as these can aggravate the issue. White sugar, white flour products and preserved or tinned foods should also be avoided as these are also not good to betaken by any patient suffering from white patches. Consumption of meat, especially red meat, should be minimized for best health benefits. Following these simple remedies and dietary tips can relieve even the most irritating skin problems and patient can live with ease. Thousands of patients suffering from chronic and irritating skin disorders have received relief through Ayurvedic remedies and its very much accountable. Asmi Ayurveda Consultancy & Herbals has also formulated a combination of Ayurvedic tablets, syrups and powder to treat skin disorders and patients can avail treatment of white patches by intake of medicinal herbs.