January 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Tips for Ayurveda

Psoriasis  is a non infectious, inflammatory disease of the skin . Psoriasis is associated with dryness, itching, silvery scales on the skin and flakes on the scalp. Psoriasis can begin at an age of 20 or between 5 and 60 years too. It affects both the genders and the exact reason for Psoriasis is not known.

There is no treatment for psoriasis that can guarantee 100% result. Psoriasis is an auto immune disorder of the skin resulting in hyper proliferation of the skin especially at the elbows, knees, scalp. A natural psoriasis treatment that may help one person may have no effect on another person. Psoriasis treatment requires strict dietary restrictions and life style practices.

Ayurveda believes that impurities in the blood associated with emotional factors are the cause of the disease. Psoriasis known as Sidhma Kushtam  is believed to occur due to vitiation of vata and kapha according to the ayurvedic concept. Irregular food habits, consumption of food items that cannot be eaten together for eg: diary products with fish, excessive intake of yogurt, black gram, seafood, jaggery ,sour and salted items etc can activate skin ailment. Alcohol and tobacco consumption will act as a catalyst here. Ayurveda emphasizes on the effect of stress which worsens the person affected by psoriasis.

Panchakarma treatment for psoriasis

ayuvedic treatmentPanchakarma, the basic body purification method is used in the treatment of psoriasis. Ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis goes through several stages .

  • Lepanam (application of ointments),
  • Abhayangam (oil massage),
  • snehapanam (taking medicated ghee),
  • pizhichil (full body massage),
  • avisnanam (medicated steam bath),
  • sirovasti (keeping oil on head) and
  • bastis (medicated enema).

Both systemic and topical treatments are used and can include drinking medicated ghee, purging and vomiting to detoxify.

  • Detoxifying, by inducing vomiting (Vamana) and purgation (Virechana).
  • Using medicated buttermilk dripping overhead (Dahara)
  • Followed by pasting the entire body topically with a paste of medicines and mud,
  • Finally medicated enemas (Basthi’s) are given for a week.

Internal medications in the form of herbal concoctions and medicated ghee has to be consumed for atleast three months.

Herbs used in Ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis

  • Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and will help relive pain, reduce inflammation. Due to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, it relieves the pain, swelling and inflammation associated with psoriasis, arthritis etc.
  • Garlic (Allium sativum) – helps purify the blood and get rid of toxins
  • Neem – purifies and detoxifies, helps the immune system and has antis, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It enhances immune system and neem oil is an antiseptic in itself. Will help with the redness and itching of psoriasis.
  • Guggul a resin from a tree that grows in India it is anti-inflammatory and helps remove excess fats and fluids from the body. Kaishore guggul is useful remedy for psoriasis.
  • Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum)- Kakmachi – The juice of the leaves of the black nightshade can be applied locally on the affected regions. It helps in reducing the inflammation of the skin, and also has beneficial properties in minimizing discomfort and itching.
  • Aloe vera:  The gel extracted from the medicinal herb may be affected directly on the affected parts. The anti burn property is helpful to minimize itch and gives a cooling effect on the skin. Moisturizes skin and extremely helpful for plaque psoriasis.
  • Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum)–The flowers of the jasmine reduces pain, inflammation and soothes itching.


September 18, 2012 by  
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Nothing makes a person more beautiful than healthy glowing skin. Natural home remedies offer a variety of unique treatments that work besides those offered by major department stores.

An Ayurvedic skin care regimen includes procedures for cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and moisturizing the skin. Ayurveda also has special formulas to help with specific skin care problems, such as eye treatments and special techniques for facial massage.

If the skin is not cared properly and neglected it suffers from premature aging, becomes dull and blemished. Regular consumption of milk, honey and yogurt are good nourishment for skin and prevents premature aging.

Important Habits to Get Glowing Skin

Few important habits that one would need to inculcate in the daily routine life to get a smooth, flawless glowing skin.

  • Cleanse the skin at least twice a day with a mild cleanser.
  • Complete body exercise shows up an attractive healthy glow on face. Gymming or yoga on a daily basis is essential for beautiful skin.
  • Have a good night’s sleep for at least eight hours at night.
  • Expose skin to sunlight for at least 15 mins a day that too without any UV  protection.
  • Drink loads to water, i.e. 10-12 glasses a day.
  • Mix equal quantities of cucumber juice, rose water and lime juice. Wash the face and apply it overnight. Rinse off in the morning. This clears the complexion and keeps it healthy.
  • Take 50 ml. of tomato juice and mix with one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this mixture to the face. It helps to make the skin soft and glowing.
  • Take equal quantities of turmeric powder and wheat flour and make a paste with sesame oil. Apply it to the face to remove unwanted hair.
  • Apply orange juice to the face for smooth and soft skin.
  • Take 30 ml. of cabbage juice and mix one teaspoon of honey in it. This mixture, if applied regularly to the face, helps to keep the wrinkles away.
  • Make a paste of raw carrots and apply it to the face. Wash it after one hour. The skin will become glowing.

High levels of emotional and mental stress is one of the major reasons for skin getting dehydrated. Meditation and breathing are effective stress busters. To remove stress do this exercise-  yogic breathing, follow these steps:

  • lie on your back or seat comfortably
  • place one palm on your belly, and another one on your chest.
  • start inhaling into your belly, letting it slightly rise, then keep inhaling into your ribs, expanding the ribcage up and out, letting the air completely fill up your lungs by inhaling all the way up into your chest.
  • mentally keep track of your breathing — your belly, ribs, and chest.
  • on your exhales, let the air move in the opposite order — chest, ribs and  belly sinking in.

Do this simple yet very effective breathing technique for 5-10 minutes when you need to calm down whether it is before an important meeting or right before you fall asleep.

Ayurvedic Beauty and Skin Care Tips

Try the following ayurvedic suggestions to get beautiful results you desire: Here are some simple home remedies which can be tried using easily accessible and other ingredients available in your kitchen cabinet

Wrinkle-free Soft Skin: Smooth castor oil on the face to keep it soft and wrinkle free.

Clear Skin and Pores: Clean the skin and pores with unpasteurized milk on cotton wool.

Natural Moisturizer: Make your own moisturizer for normal skin. Mix eight ounces of yogurt with a tablespoon of both lemon juice and orange juice to use on the face as a mask. Remove with damp cloth in about fifteen minutes.

Skin Conditioner: To condition the skin, make a paste of two tablespoonfuls of cream stirred with one of honey. Leave mixture on skin for five minutes and remove with a wet facial cloth.

Skin Tone and Pigmentation: A raw potato rubbed on the skin helps lighten pigmentation problems and improves skin tone.

Natural Mask and Mixtures: It is possible to make a powerful mask by mixing turmeric powder, milk, and sandalwood powder. Leave this mixture on the face for several minutes and remove with water to give the skin vibrancy. It improves skin complexion.

Smooth Complexion: Apply orange juice to the face for a smoother complexion.

Facial Hair: Remove facial hair with an application of sesame oil, turmeric powder, and wheat flour in equal proportions.

Treat dark circles under the eyes: Take cucumber juice and rub it on your face for some time. Wait for few minutes and wash your face with cold water. It is a good skin care remedy for treating spots and marks on skin and getting clear and glowing skin. It also proves effective to treat dark circles and dull skin.

Skin moisturizer: Once a week apply coconut oil on the entire body so that the skin is hydrated. You can do this 15-20 minutes prior to bath.

Treat skin problems like acne and pimples: Apply on your face paste of neem, mint and tulsi leaves. Wash with tulsi water . Do this regularly to note the change in skin.

Natural Sunscreen Lotion: Combine rose water with glycerin and cucumber juice. Refrigerate and apply this mixture before sun exposure each day.

Natural Face pack: A mixture of besan or gram flour, milk and turmeric powder is used as a natural face pack. It helps to deal with oily skin and get a flawless and beautiful glow on your skin. Many people use this mixture while bathing their children also.

Glowing skin: A quick remedy for glowing skin instantly . Put few drops of moisturizer or malai on a cube of ice. Massage your face with this cube for 4-5 minutes. You can try this remedy during winters when your skin becomes very dry and scaly. This remedy can also be used when you are feeling tired and dull to get quickly refreshed.

If your skin is dry, use curd. You can massage your skin with curd at least once in fifteen days. It will help you to get rid of dry skin as well as get glowing skin with an ease.

If your skin is oily use ripe papaya as a beauty and skin care remedy. Churn ripe papaya into a thick paste. Apply this paste on your skin and massage slowly for few seconds. Use clean and cold water to wash your face after 10 -15 minutes. Wipe your face with a soft dry towel. Try this remedy once in every two weeks to get a refreshing look and glowing skin.

Special care during summer:

Mix honey with some lemon juice and make a paste out of it. Apply this paste evenly on your facial skin. You can also use this paste on your hands, legs, neck and back. Let this pack stay on your skin for at least 5-10 minutes before you wash your face. This remedy will help you to get soft and glowing skin in minutes. It also acts as a substitute for skin bleach and helps to deal with oily skin. You can use this remedy during summers when skin tends to become oily quite often.

During summer when you come home during peak hours , apply a paste of rice flour and milk on the exposed areas of your body i.e hands, legs, face, neck. Leave for 5 mins and then wash with cold water. Skin coloration will be reduced.

Special care during winter:

In Winter season, right after a bath while the skin is still wet, rub some Baby oil into the skin gently to avoid dryness.

Mix 1 teaspoon Vaseline with 1 teaspoon Glycerin and leave overnight. This is good for dry skin and also during winter season.

Mix 1 teaspoon of Vaseline with 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil and 1 teaspoon of Glycerin and apply over the entire body. Have a bath after an hour repeat this for a week or two.

NATURE has the products which can best keep you beautiful, and the traditional potions prescribed by ayurveda use many of them in their most basic forms.