Skin is an important organ in the human anatomy and needs to be cared for in a good way. According to Ayurveda, the skin has six layers, located not only superficially but extending to the deeper levels of the body. A skin disease is, mostly, rooted deeply into various dhatus or tissues like fat, muscles, blood etc. Most skin treatments are generally external applications like creams or Oils and never reach the deeper layers of the skin. As a result, the symptoms disappear temporarily, and the disease is not rooted out permanently. Ayurvedic skin treatments may take a few weeks to remove the symptoms but the diseases are treated permanently.
Skin complaints affects all ages from the neonate to the elderly and cause harm in a number of ways.
The Four Ds of Skin diseases are:
DISCOMFORT – Most often itching or pain (e.g. eczema, post-herpetic neuralgia)
DISFIGUREMENT – Leading to embarrassment and withdrawal from society (e.g. birth marks, acne vulgaris and psoriasis)
DISABILITY – Leading to loss of work and wages (e.g. dermatitis of the hands and feet)
DEATH – rare but still seen (e.g. angioedema, metastatic skin cancer and widespread blistering)
As per Ayurveda, two main causes of skin diseases are a wrong diet and lifestyle, which an individual follows either knowingly or unknowingly. 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. In Ayurvedic terms, although skin diseases are caused due to imbalances in all the three doshas, the prime dosha involved is pitta. Pitta symbolizes heat or fire. Therefore all those foods or activities that increase the fire element in the body should be eliminated.
Some Home Remedies in Ayurveda for various Skin Problems are listed below:
• Prepare a powder by mixing equal quantities of turmeric, Amla, and Neem leaves. One teaspoonful of this powder can be taken twice a day with 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 water.
• If Neem leaves are available, boil them in water every day and wash the affected area. Do not use soaps and shampoos on the affected area.
• Take 50 grams of powdered yellow sulphur and mix it with 250 ml of mustard Oil or coconut Oil. Apply this mixture to the affected area everyday in the morning and wash after half an hour. It is better to sit in the sun or in a hot place after applying this Oil.
• Take 100 ml. of coconut Oil and add 5 grams of powdered camphor to it. Put this mixture in a glass bottle and screw the cap on tightly. Put the bottle in sunlight for two hours. Applying this mixture on the affected area is helpful.
• Fresh juice of apricot leaves may be applied on affected parts of the body. It gives relief in eczema and scabies.
• Wheat grass juice is also beneficial in skin diseases as it boosts the immune system, which helps to fight the disease.
• The patient should get as much fresh air as possible. Restrictive and tight clothing should not be worn. The patient should drink 3-4 liters of water every day.
• Aloe vera is also beneficial for skin diseases as it purifies the blood. Fresh aloe vera gel can be taken in the dose of two or three tablespoonfuls on an empty stomach every day.
Itoozhi Ayurveda specializes in Skin treatments and conducts regular clinics.