Ayurveda and Dermatology

Skin is an organ which represents some inner abnormalities and stress condition within one’s body.

Skin in Sanskrit is called Twatcha, and Twatcha Roga means skin diseases in Ayurveda. All skin diseases are categorized under the term of Kushtha.

Some of the skin diseases include: Psoriasis, Vitiligo, Dry skin, Eczema and more.

Most people approaching Ayurveda, are seeking a cure and treatment for Psoriasis and Vitiligo.

In this article Dr. Gaurang Joshi, a specialist in dermatology by Ayurveda will explain about those diseases, their causes and of course treatment.


Psoriasis is composed of two words: Psoria which means itching, and Isis which means inflammation. This disease includes scaling of the skin, redness and itching.

Vitiligo or Leucoderma is a situation where the skin has white patches on it.


In most skin diseases including Psoriasis and Vitiligo, Vata and Kapha doshas are involved, as well as Ama (Bodily toxins).


Causes for Skin diseases:

  1. Incompatible food combinations.

In Ayurveda diet plays a very important role in our health. Like the saying says: “As you eat so you become”.

Ayurveda also emphasizes on incorrect combination of food, for example Milk and Bananas. Read more about it here.


  1. Inappropriate lifestyle.

Drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and sweating at work without proper hygiene.


  1. Stress! (The most important).

Stress is a very important factor in skin diseases, as I mentioned above, the skin reflects our inner stress and emotions.


Treatment according to Ayurveda:

  1. Panchakarma procedures

 Rakta-mokshana (Bloodletting) – letting some of the blood will be very beneficial for skin diseases. When blood is poured out of the body, the body is forced to make new blood, helping getting out the impure blood.

Virrechana (Purgation) – drinking herbs which make one purge the intestines is very important in the removal of Ama (Bodily toxins) from one’s body.

Snehana and Swedana (Oiliation and Sweating) – Oiliating the whole body and then sitting in a steam bath, helps in removal of Ama from the skin directly.

Abhyanga (Soft massage) – Massaging the skin with appropriate oils, will helps in rejuvenating it.


  1. Diet

A correct diet to treat the disease and help in preventing its recurrence.


  1. Stress management

As mentioned above, treating stress is a key role in a successful treatment. Pranayama, which are breathing exercises are very important and beneficial in treating skin diseases and helping reduce stress.


  1. A correct lifestyle

Stopping alcohol consuming, smoking and lots of sugar intake.


Some herbs beneficial in Vitiligo and Psoriasis:

Bakuchi is a very important herb for Vitiligo, as well as some sunlight. Vitiligo is considered as a cold disease, hence being in the sun with specific oil, helps in treating it. Being in sunlight will help Psoriasis as well.

Bitter herbs will be beneficial for Psoriasis, such as Neem, bottlegourd and more. The bitter taste helps in purifying the blood, and thus helps in most skin diseases.


Please visit Dr. Gaurang Joshi’s website in this address: http://www.atharvaayurvedaindia.com/

Dr. Joshi on Twitter: @drgaurangjoshi

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Atharvaayurveda


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