How To Treat Psoriasis With Ayurveda
What is Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin condition affecting up to half a million Australians. It shows itself in the form of chronic patches of dry and often red patches of thickened skin. The infected skin is often flaky and itchy, and can affect day-to-day life for those suffering.
One important thing to note is that it is not contagious, however it can often be passed down through a family, as it is associated with genes. Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis, however it can be controlled completely. When treated appropriately, the symptoms for psoriasis can be virtually eliminated.
What Causes Psoriasis
Whilst psoriasis is commonly passed down through genes, just because a family member does or does not have it, doesn’t mean you will be the same. There are certain things that can trigger its symptoms for those who may be prone to it. According to Ayurvedic practices, these triggers are:
1: Mental or physical stress.
2: Irregular lifestyle, or Mithya Vihara which can disrupt the digestive system and cause imbalance in your doshas.
3: Diet. In particular psoriasis is thought to be triggered by consumption of ‘opposite foods’ or Viruddha Aahar, such as yogurt and seafood, strong sour or spicy foods. As well as Mithya Aharajunk, or ‘improper diet’, which is excessive consumption of junk foods and fast foods, and smoking and alcohol consumption.
How Can Ayurveda Treat Psoriasis
Ayurveda treatment as been seen to be very successful for addressing the causes of psoriasis flare ups, and reducing symptoms so they no longer negatively affect your life. One of the best Ayurvedic treatments is Panchakarma treatment. Panchakarma is a treatment that focuses on purification of the body. It helps reset mind and soul to focus on better overall health. This is important for those whose psoriasis is being flared up by stress or irregular lifestyle causing imbalances in doshas.
Treatment also centres around lifestyle change. To address psoriasis, Ayurclinic suggests changes such as increase in gentle exercise, such as yoga, to address physical and mental stress. Any strong stressors in life must be addressed, for full holistic treatment. One of the biggest aspects of lifestyle change is diet change.
Ayurveda Treatment For Infected Areas
There are also Ayurvedic ways to treat painful infected areas of the skin, in natural, safe ways. One of the most popular treatments for infected areas is jasmine flower paste. When applied to the areas, this paste can reduce pain and itchiness.
Another popular method is applying fresh banana peels to the infected area, bananas natural anti-inflammatory and cooling properties have been very successful for some sufferers.
Aloe Vera is also favoured by some sufferers. Aloe Vera is known for its soothing and cooling nature, and Aloe Vera gel, applied directly from the leaf for natural healing, can help soothe the burning feeling of psoriasis.
Diet changes are important to implement when attempting to treat psoriasis. It is important to review what potential diet habits may have bought on the disease, and adjust those. One must also focus on consuming foods that can help address psoriasis symptoms. Recommended diet changes for flare ups are:
1: Eliminating ‘opposite foods’ such as dairy and fish eaten together.
2: Control intake of strong intake of salty and acidic food
3: Consider a full or partial vegetarian diet
4: Reduce intake of junk foods
5: Avoid cold drinks
6: Avoid tobacco and alcohol consumption
7: No fermented foods
8: Avoid overly sweet foods
9: Increase intake of anti-inflammatory foods such as turmeric, ginger and garlic.
Be Careful With Treatment
Psoriasis, its symptoms, and its causes differ strongly from person to person. Before attempting to start treatment on your own, it is important to see a trained Ayurveda doctor. At Ayurclinic, we can helps assess you and your personal situation, considering your health in a holistic way. Treatments will be catered for individual situations, and address whole health. If treatment is attempted without first consulting with a doctor, they may cause more harm, damage your health.