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Ayurveda about Psoriasis

Unlike other treatment methodologies, rather than giving symptomatic treatment, Ayurveda focuses on treating the root cause of the diseases. The underlying root cause for psoriasis is  vitiation of vata and rakta hence first a set of Panchakarma procedures is recommended followed by a strict medication schedule that has to be followed. It doesn't matter if you have patches  isolated to a small area of body or the entire body, to treat Psoriasis completely the whole body has to be detoxified. Along with the medicines, a good diet and good lifestyle habits also play important roles in curing the disease, following recommended diet and lifestyle practices will boost the treatment process.

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales.

In Psoriasis there is a rapid buildup of skin cells which causes scaling on the skin’s surface.

Psoriasis occurs because the overactive immune system speeds up skin cell growth. Normal skin cells completely grow and shed (fall off) in a month. In Psoriasis, this process now happens every three to four days. Instead of shedding, the skin cells pile up on the surface of the skin creating the silvery scales of Psoriasis.

Our immune system is the body's defence mechanism against disease and infections, but in case of Psoriasis our immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy skin cells leading to excess skin cell production.

Plaque psoriasis is the most common type. About 80% to 90% of the population with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis.

Psoriasis tends to go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a while or going into remission. Treatments are available to help you manage symptoms and you can incorporate lifestyle habits and coping strategies to help you live better with psoriasis.

Psoriasis signs and symptoms can vary from person to person. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Red patches of skin covered with thick, silvery scales
  • Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed or itch
  • Itching, burning or soreness
  • Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
  • Swollen and stiff joints

Psoriasis patches can range from a few spots of dandruff-like scaling to major eruptions that cover large areas. The most commonly affected areas are the lower back, elbows, knees, legs, soles of the feet, scalp, face and palms.

Currently, most experts conclude that environmental, genetic and immunologic factors interact to cause this disease.

Members of all generations and genders are affected by Psoriasis. Even though psoriasis can occur at any time in your life span, the majority of cases are diagnosed in the early adult years. The effect that Psoriasis has on one's skin leads to a low self esteem and quality of life.

People with psoriasis can also get a type of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis. It causes pain and swelling in the joints. The National Psoriasis Foundation estimates that between 10% to 30% of people with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis.

Psoriasis is not contagious. Unlike chickenpox or a cold, psoriasis cannot be transmitted from one person to another. For example you CANNOT get psoriasis if you swim in a pool with someone who has psoriasis or touch someone who has psoriasis.

Many people who are predisposed to psoriasis may be free of symptoms for years until the disease is triggered by some environmental factor. Common psoriasis triggers include:

  • Infections, such as strep throat or skin infections
  • Weather, especially cold, dry conditions
  • Injury to the skin, such as a cut or scrape, a bug bite, or a severe sunburn
  • Stress
  • Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Certain medications — including lithium, high blood pressure medications and antimalarial drugs
  • Rapid withdrawal of oral or systemic corticosteroids