Ayurveda sattvic diet for psoriasis

In Ayurveda treatment for psoriasis, all skin diseases are broadly classified under ‘Kushta Roga’. One of these Kushta Rogas in ‘Eka Kushta’ whose symptoms can be correlated with Psoriasis. To find the diet and regimen required to control psoriasis, let’s first take a look at the characteristic features of Eka Kushta. Understanding what causes the flareup in the first place is important.

Causative Factors (Nidana for Eka Kushta)

Excess intake of garlic and radish (Mulaka)

Virudha Ahara or incompatible food intake, especially the intake of fish and milk together or meat of animals residing in marshy land along with milk

Excessive intake of long pepper or Solanum nigrum popularly called as Kakamachi in Ayurveda along with curd

Intake of millets and grains along with curd, buttermilk, oil, etc.

Vega Dharana or suppression of natural urges

Excessive intake of honey, molasses, fried foods, salty and sour food, etc.

If you look at the above, you might notice that most of the causative factors for Eka Kushta are related to improper diet. In addition, Karma Phala or bad deeds of past life have also been mentioned as a cause for Kushta.

When you constantly get exposed to the above causative factors, there will aggravation of all the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha (Predominantly Vata & Kapha) and they further vitiate the Tissues like Tvak (Skin), Rakta (Blood), Mamsa (Flesh), and Lasika (Plasma). This can lead to the manifestation of skin lesions in different parts of the body.

In Ayurveda, the therapy in the form of ‘Rasayana drugs’ and diets cannot be effective unless the body channels are properly cleansed, and toxic materials are eliminated. That is why before the internal and external administration of medicines a proper shodhana or cleansing is often recommended. Samshodhana (detoxification) is believed to purify or cleanse all the body tissues and bring about the harmony of Doshas to obtain long-lasting beneficial effects.3 Another popular conclusion about Psoriasis treatment is that weight loss may be a useful preventative and adjunctive therapy for the treatment of psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Some patients were given gastric bypass surgery and were obtained with positive outcomes. 4

Scientific Research

After Koshta Shudhi, the patients in Group A were given “Navayasa Rasayana leha” and “Dhatryadhyo lepa” for external application. Since stress is a known precipitation factor for most of the skin diseases including psoriasis, along with these drugs for external application Medhya Rasayana tablet was also given for internal administration for patients from Group B.

The criteria for assessment were Dermatology life quality index (DLQI) and Psoriasis disability index (PDI)

It was found that both groups showed significant improvement in disease control and quality of life. [1]

There is significant clinical evidence to prove the importance of proper dietary habits in a person with psoriasis. It is important to engage in dietary recommendations and management options with psoriatic patients to shift towards comprehensive care for not only control and prevention of their skin disease but also for managing their overall and long-term health. 

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