Skin is the outer covering and is the largest organ of the body. Skin disorders account for great deal of misery, suffering, economic loss, loss of confidence and humiliation. Skin diseases are a frequently occurring health problem which affect all age groups from the neonates to the elderly.
Herbs used in Ayurveda for skin disorders have relatively low cost and they are a rich source of active ingredients and can be safer and cost-effective treatment for skin disorders ranging from rashes to dreadful skin cancer.
In Ayurveda, skin diseases are known by the term ‘Kushta’. It is believed that skin disorders are caused due to the imbalance of all the three doshas but the prime dosha involved is Pitta dosha. Over exposure to hot conditions, genetic disorders, stress and intake of wrong food combination leading to formation of Ama are the most common factors for majority of skin disorders.
Best Ayurvedic Treatment for Skin Problems
Now-a-days, medicinal plants are gaining popularity for the treatment of skin disorders such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, allergy etc. because they have fewer side-effects, being relatively expensive, better patient tolerance and acceptable due to a long history use.
Triphala, a formulation of three fruits – Emblica officinalis, Terminalia chebula and Terminalia bellirica is one of the Rasayanas used in Ayurveda. Triphala is a rich source of phytochemicals which improve skin condition and restore its vitality. Triphala shows anti-bacterial, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, chemoprotective and chemo-preventive properties. Triphala is useful in all types of skin disorders like atopic dermatitis, allergy, scleroderma and psoriasis. It helps to clear body channels and therefore clears Ama (toxic) material from the body.
2. Neem (Azadirachta indica)
In Ayurveda, the benefits of neem leaves, seeds, roots and bark have been described. Neem is generally considered as anti-septic. Neem is efficacious against a variety of skin disorders. It heals the wounds, acts as a natural detoxifier and its leaves balances Pitta dosha.
3. Manjista (Rubia cordifolia)
Manjista, commonly known as Indian Maddar is generally used for skin disorders due to its astringent, antioxidant, immunomodulator and hepatoprotective properties. It is reputed as an efficient blood purifier and extensively used against skin disorders. It has remained as a potent herb for the treatment of obstinate skin disorders such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, allergies, scleroderma etc.
4. Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)
The stem of giloy is of immense utility because of abundant medicinal properties. It makes the skin healthy by removing toxins from the body. It is one of the few herbs in Ayurveda that balances all the three doshas. It is used as a Rasayana herb that undergoes sweet taste under digestion and useful in liver and skin disorders. Best herb for fever and body infection.
5. Daruharidra (Berberis aristata)
Daruharidra is an Ayurvedic herb used since ancient times. The plant is useful as anti-hepatotoxic, anti-oxidant, anti-cancer and anti-microbial. It is an excellent herb used in pitta aggravated skin disorders. It can be applied in the form of paste externally and internally its decoction is effective for skin disorders. Being inflammatory, it is useful in skin disorders like itching, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, scleroderma etc.
6. Ghritkumari (Aloe barbadensis)
Ghirtkumari is commonly known as Aloe vera plant. It has shown excellent results in skin disorders like atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, allergy etc. The gel of aloe vera has the properties that are harmful to certain types of bacteria and fungi. Its gel can be applied externally. Aloe vera also delays the appearance of the skin damage during and after radiation treatment.
7. Chirayata (Swertia chirata)
Chirayata has a wide spectrum of pharmacological properties. This herb is commonly known for its bitter taste. The bitter taste is caused by the presence of different bioactive compounds. Its leaves and twigs are a rich source of active constituents. These bioactive compounds are highly beneficial for the treatment of skin diseases, liver disorders and fever. Applying the paste of chirayata powder reduces the inflammation and prevent infections due to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
8. Vacha (Acorus calamus)
Vacha, commonly known as Sweet flag is a traditional Indian medicinal herb which is useful in treating a wide range of health ailments. Due to its tikshana (piercing) and tikta (bitter) properties, it controls fungal and bacterial skin infections. Vacha also shows ropan (healing) properties and helps in wound healing too. The oil of vacha is applied externally to prevent skin infections.
Thus, these herbs are useful in all skin disorders and make a best herbal treatment for atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, allergy and scleroderma. One can use them in the form of supplements also for easy convenience. Contact your Ayurveda Expert for the right guidance!
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