In Ayurveda, all skin disorders are grouped under a broad heading of kushta (skin disorders). Kshudra kushta, which literally means minor skin disorder, is most similar to psoriasis. Although we know psoriasis is not a minor disorder for those experiencing it!
Here’s how Ayurveda can help: the Ayurvedic approach to all skin disorders is to eat a healthy diet for your constitution, first and foremost. This means avoiding foods that are unhealthy for the persons primary dosa or body type and focusing on healthy foods specifically for you. (An Ayurvedic practitioner can help you identify those.)
Prolonged consumption of unhealthy or incompatible foods can provoke the dosas to increase out of balance—and digestion is greatly affected. The key word here is prolonged, which we describe as “excessive”. That looks different for everyone, but it’s generally when you eat too much of it, too often, versus just once in a while.
Here are some of the foods and habits known to cause digestive upset that lead to skin disorders like psoriasis:
- Excess intake of pungent foods like radish, garlic and chile
- Excess intake of meat or fish from watery or marshy environments
- Excess intake of green leafy vegetables combined with milk or dairy
- Intake of honey or meat with hot and spicy food
- Intake of barley or millet with milk, curd, or buttermilk
- Processed or old food, like leftovers
- Excess intake of honey or molasses combined with fish or radishes
- Foods that are overly oily, sour, or salty
- Eating when you’re not hungry
- Suppressing natural urges like vomiting or urinating
The above factors can imbalance all three dosas, especially vata and kapha! The dosa becomes imbalanced during digestion. Then the lymphatic fluid, blood, muscle, and skin become affected, which leads to skin lesions manifesting in various parts of the body.
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Early Symptoms of Psoriasis
- Greatly reduced sweating
- Skin feels rougher than normal
- Skin colour changes to pink or red
- Itching for no reason
- Prickly sensation
Symptoms of Full-blown Psoriasis
- Reduced sweating
- Extended skin lesions
- Scaling of skin like the scales of the fish
- Pink areas of discoloration
- Black areas of discoloration
Here are some of the important solutions for psoriasis, starting with food:
- Cleansing kichari with no oil
- Red rice and basmati rice
- Green lentils or mung beans
- Bitter and astringent foods (leafy greens, vegetables)
- Drinking boiled water after it cools
- Light, easily-digestible foods
- Bathing at regular times in the morning
- Relaxing and resting
- Listening to calm music and other relaxing activities
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Original source: Dr JV Hebbar, EasyAyurveda.com
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