You are here

Ayurveda Tips to Treat Psoriasis Symptoms

August 23, 2013

Main Image

Psoriasis is a very common noninfectious autoimmune disease that causes skin irritation and itchiness. So common, in fact, that up to 3% of the world’s population has psoriasis, and it is particularly prevalent among 15 to 40 year old people in North America and Europe.

People with psoriasis often have thick red skin, with flakey, silver-gray patches called scales. While the disease is not life-threatening, it can be uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing for those that have it.  The cause of psoriasis is unknown, but it is thought to be at least partially genetic, and the symptoms can be aggravated by stress or changes in environment. 

There is no known treatment for the condition, but dermatologists often prescribe topical medications to lessen the symptoms and control the irritation of the skin. However, if you have psoriasis, the food that you eat and your lifestyle could contribute to the condition. Using Ayurvedic medicine, there are several ways that you can naturally keep the symptoms of psoriasis at bay.

According to Ayurveda, the presence of skin conditions, such as psoriasis is a sign of imbalance in the three bodily humors (known as doshas), particularly in Vata and Kapha. Vata is said to mobilize the functioning of the nervous sytem, while Kapha relates to bodily fluids and the distribution of nutrients. The dosha becomes out of balance because of lifestyle or nutrition choices, causing the skin to become irritated. It is thought that excessive stress and food intake, too much yogurt, seafood, or sour or salted foods can irritate the dosha and cause a skin reaction.

To treat the symptoms, Ayurvedic doctors recommend several ways to restore balance to the dosha. The main goal is to detox the body, particularly the fluids in the body. One can do this by eliminating all of the aforementioned foods from the diet, as well as avoiding the consumption of spicy foods and animal fats. People with the disease are encouraged to eat neutral, easily digestible foods, and increase their intake of fruits, vegetables and bitter foods such as buttermilk and bitter gourd.

There are several topical remedies that can be employed to treat symptoms. The application of avocado oil to the affected area, as well as applying a natural moisturizing cream, like aloe vera, can speed up the recovery process and reduce skin irritation.  Soaking in a salt-water bath is also effective in psoriasis treatment. It is very important to chose a mild, scent-free soap, and avoid scratching the affected area, as these things can increase irritation.

In addition to food consumption and topical skin care, mental health plays a big role in treating and preventing psoriasis outbreaks. Avoiding stress as much as possible is key to recovery. People with psoriasis should get plenty of sleep and try deep breathing exercises or meditation to reduce stress.

While there is no guaranteed treatment for psoriasis, using these Ayurvedic techniques could greatly reduce symptoms and help those living with the condition to lessen their discomfort in a natural way.

Do you have any natural tips or tricks for treating psoriasis symptoms?