Psoriasis is a chronic skin ailment which is prevalent in about 4 percent of the Indian population. In India, it is mainly people within the age group of 16-22 and 57-60 have been affected by the disease. Usually psoriasis is characterised by redness and lesions on the skin and this leads to cosmetic deformity and generates social stigma. Hence, fearing alienation from the peers, people try to hide the disease and thus they delay the treatment for the disease.
Ayurveda offers effective treatment for psoriasis and the reference to the disease can be seen in ancient Ayurvedic texts. The disease is called Kitibha Kushta in Ayurveda and the responsible humours for this disease are vata and kapha. ``Ayurveda says that there will be dry silvery plaques on the body of a Kitibha Kushta patient. He will also suffer from itching. While the former is attributed to an imbalance in vata humour, the latter is due to an imbalance in kapha,’’ says Rathna Pratap, an Ayurvedic researcher.
The psoriasis ayurvedic treatment mainly aims at bringing the three humours back into equilibrium. The allopathic treatment of psoriasis mainly involves intake of some drugs and steroids. ``I went for allopathic treatment once I was identified with psoriasis. It suppressed my disease, but once I stopped taking drugs, the symptoms reappeared in my body,’’ says James, a psoriasis patient who at present undergoes psoriasis Ayurvedic treatment.
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Treatment for Kitibha Kushta
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