The two months July and August are months of rainy season. In Ayurveda this season is called “Varsha Ritu”. This is the time when “pitta” gets aggravated. The previous season i.e. summer season, also known as “grishma ritu” is the time of heat accumulation in the body. This heat or pitta dosha gets aggravated in the rainy season. We can observe patients flocking to the Skin Clinics especially in Indian sub-continent during this period. There are so many skin disorders which can be treated and prevented if we know basic principles of Ayurvedic life sciences.
According to Ayurveda the skin can be divided into 6 different layers. Skin is not only a superficial organ. According to Ayurveda, it rather extends up to deep levels of the body. Skin disorders usually arise because of disturbance in various “dhatus” of body like ras, rakt medo etc. or in simple terms fat, muscles, blood, lymph etc. Unfortunately most skin treatments consist of application of external skin creams, ointments and oils. These various applications won’t reach deeper layers of skin. This is the reason that the symptoms subside for the time being, but the disorder is not permanently cured. Ayurveda always focuses on the root cause of the disease and aims at treating the person permanently, not just trying to subside the symptoms. That why Ayurvedic treatment for skin disorders May take a little bit more time, but if we continue with ayruvedic treatment patiently and follow all the instructions given by the consulting physician in letter and spirit, you may be able to get yourself treated permanently and be disease free for the rest of your life. In developed countries like United States, United Kingdom, Canada etc. More than 20% of population experience some kind of skin disease at least once in their life. The incidence of skin cancer is also on the rise globally. People from any age group can suffer from skin disease.
The area covered by skin of an average adult is less than 2 square meters. According to modern science, it has four distinct layers. The uppermost layer is called epidermis. It has no blood circulation and the cells are called stratified squamous cells it is attached by a complex basement membrane to the next skin layer called dermis. Next to dermis is the skin layer third skin layer called subcutis. This layer contains mostly adipose tissue.
Causes of skin disorders according to Ayurveda:
According to Ayurveda, the two dominant causes of skin diseases are wrong diet and wrong lifestyle which a person might be following voluntarily or because of ignorance. If someone follows and eating pattern or a Lifestyle that is not in tune to the nature of a person or is not in accordance to the season. Disturbance of balance in the bodies energies take place. This disturbs the body tissues and skin disease arise. According to Ayurveda, all the skin diseases are a result of mis-balance in the three doshas, but the main dosha responsible for skin disorders is considered the pitta dosha. That is why it is considered that, if we want to avoid skin diseases, we should not indulge in any kind of activity or food, which would increase the heat element in the body. The foods which should be avoided are, acidic foods, fruits from citrus family, vinegar, tamarind, tomatoes, yoghurt etc. We should also avoid fried, greasy and spicy foods. Too hot foods should also not be taken. Over exposure to heat and sun, over indulgence in tea, coffee and alcohol should be avoided. Tobacco intake is also not recommended.
Some simple remedies in Ayurveda:
The first line of treatment in Ayurveda for any disease is avoiding the causative agent. This is called “nidan parivarjan”. Avoid all the foods and activities which are responsible to the aggravation of disease, are the mainstay of treating skin diseases.
Below are some of time tested home remedies for skin diseases :
1. Take equal quantities of dried Amla, Neem leaves and turmeric powder blend them well. Have one teaspoon of it with water two times a day.
2. If you can get fresh leaves of neem, boil them in water and when the water remains one third of its original volume, wash the diseased area with that water. Avoid using soaps and shampoos to the area which is diseased.
3. Mix 50 grams of sulphur powder in 250 ml coconut or mustard oil and apply it to your diseased area of skin. Leave the application for half an hour. Preferably sit in sun and wash thoroughly under running tap water.
4. Food grade sulphur powder can also be taken orally in the amount of 1 to 2 gms with water daily.
5. Mix 5 grams of camphor powder 200 ml of coconut or mustard oil put the mixture into an airtight bottle. Keep it in sun for a while. This is an effective application for skin problems.
6. Clear bowels are important for the treatment of skin diseases. If your bowels do not clear naturally, you should use some mild laxatives to ensure regular bowel movement a teaspoon full of Triphala powder taken at bedtime With warm water is usually effective and safe.
7. Regular use of wheat grass juice is very good for our immunity it increases the resistance power of body and is good for skin awesome.
8. Always use cotton clothes or clothes made from natural fibre, which breathe. Tight fitting and synthetic clothes are very bad for your skin and may lead to various skin disorders or aggravate an already existing skin disease.
9. Aloe Vera is another extremely beneficial plant for treatment of various diseases. You can have two to three spoons of Aloe Vera Gel everyday for clear bowel and glowing skin. Some people not able to tolerate this amount of Aloe Vera and may have diarrhoea in that case it’s better to have doses.
There are various skin disorders which can be effectively cured with Ayurveda. Here is a list of some of them:
Chronic itch or pruritis
Urticaria ,commonly known as hives
Hair loss or alopecia
Dry and wet eczema
Acne vulgaris or pimples
Leucoderma and Vitiligo