Eczema

Eczema, also known as epidermis, is a whole group of skin ailments, in which the skin becomes dry with severe itchiness>. It is an inflammation of the upper layers of the skin and is an infectious disease. Hereditary factors also do play a vital role in the spread of this disease. It will lead to rashes when scratched and affects all age groups but found mostly in children. Eczema is found even in 12 year olds.
According to ayurveda, Eczema is a constitutional disease and its cause is deep-seated within the body. The disease affects a person when his Pitta dosha becomes out of balance with the other doshas. The method used is an elaborate process to purify the blood of the individual as ayurveda considers all skin diseases to be a result of impure blood.
>In the chronic stages, there may be oozing of pus, bleeding from the affected regions and skin can also come out. In Ayurveda eczema is termed as Vicharchika.
Cause of Eczema in Ayurveda

  • Eczema is caused due to the vitiation of all the three doshas - vata, pitta and kapha
  • Allergic reaction
  • Fungal growth on the skin
  • Constant dryness of the skin
  • Unhygienic clothing

Symptoms of Eczema

  • Redness of the skin
  • Severe itching,
  • Blistering,
  • Cracking,
  • Pigmentation, 
  • Scratch marks, Oozing of puss, Bleeding etc.

Ayurvedic Treatments for Eczema
Ayurveda treatments for eczema are aimed to bring pitta dosha that has become out of balance with other doshas in to perfect harmony. Eczema will disappear when pitta dosha works in perfect harmony with the kapha and pitta dosha in the human system. A perfect harmony among all three doshas in the human body will ensure perfect health of an individual
Ayurveda treatments for eczema will then include panchakarma treatments, rasayana treatments, and diet restrictions. Raktamosha (Blood letting), a form of blood purification is resorted to remove the impure blood from the blood stream. Snehana (Oilation), Swedana (Induced sweating which removes toxins) and other Panchakarma treatments are prescribed for the eczema patient.
The patient is then administered oral medicines including kashayams, lehyams and choornams as per the requirement of the patient.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Eczema

  • Keep your environment clean and dust free.
  • Identify and avoid the use of allergenic materials such as artificial jewellery, footwear etc
  • Stay away from very cold and dry climate
  • Avoid sweating
  • Sour foods must be avoided. This includes all pickles, curds, etc.
  • Avoid too prolonged and frequent baths.
  • Take only warm water bath with a very small amount of mild soap.
  • Do not allow the affected skin to remain wet.
  • Apply moisturizer to the affected areas.
  • Do not rub the skin.
Ayurveda & Skin Disorders

Herbal medicines are effective in the treatment of Skin Disorders. Ayurveda uses several herbal plants in preparing oral medicines for cirrhosis patients. The herbal preparations such as kashayams, lehyams choornams and arishtams use herbs such as guduchi (tinospora cordifolia), amalaki (emblica officinalis), yashtimadhuk (glycerrhiza glabra) and gokshur. Ashwagandha (withania somnifera), shatavari (asparagus racemosus), bala (sida cordifolia) and nagbala (sida humilis) are also frequently used to treat cirrhosis by ayurveda practitioners. Herbal medicines used in the ayurvedic treatment for cirrhosis are highly effective and carry no side effects. These herbal medicines have the potential to remove the disease from its very roots. Ayurveda does not merely treat the symptoms. It goes to the very root cause of the disease and eliminates it. Herbal medicines used in the treatment of cirrhosis also ensure that the disease will not re appear in future.

Patients suffering from cirrhosis are advised to consume organic foods and drink large quantities of milk. Spicy and oily foods are to be avoided and the consumption of induppu instead of salt is advisable. Alcohol, meat, eggs, ghee, oil etc as also canned, processed and refined foods are best avoided.

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