Psoriasis is an inflammatory disorder that affects the skin and nails. It is marked by patches of thick, red skin covered with silvery scales that occur primarily on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp. Psoriasis occurs when the immune system mistakes the skin cells as a pathogen, and sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells.
Some Common triggers for Psoriasis
- Skin trauma
- Psychological stress
- Drugs (e.g. lithium, beta blockers)
- Metabolic factors (e.g. calcium deficiency)
- Emotional stress: The disease itself could produce a reactive depression, which could further exacerbate the disease.
Ayurvedic Management of Psoriasis
- Ayurvedic treatment of psoriasis includes counseling, lifestyle management, diet management and panchakarma, especially vamana and virechana.
- In the case of scalp psoriasis shirodhara with proper oils is also a very effective treatment.
- Treatment may also include stress management, oral Ayurvedic medicines, immunomodulators for immunity, topical treatments, regular follow up appointments and yoga and meditation to relieve mental stress.
- Regular exercise is also very important.
- Avoid acidic (sour) foods, citrus fruits (lemon, orange), apple, mango, grapes, tomato, pineapple, pickles, curd and buttermilk.
- Avoid all fermented food and all bakery food items.
- No cold drinks, ice creams, fast food (like pizzas), sauces and Ketchup.
- No fruit jams, preserved juices or preserved foods.
- Avoid sweets, chocolates and paneer.
- No dried fruits (almonds and raisins are okay).
- No tobacco or alcohol.
- All non-vegetarian food should be avoided