Herbal Remedies For Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis is a disease of the skin. Dermatitis means inflammation of the skin. This is one of the largest organs of our body. This is the outer part of the body that protects us from water loss and infections. Every person has a different type of texture. This organ helps in regulating the body temperature. This is an important structure which helps us to differentiate between hot and cold things or the environment. Skin is a flexible and soft organ of the body. The common skin type that suffers from skin disease is dry skin as dry skin is not able to hydrate itself. However, there are various skin conditions that affect the texture of the skin. So in this article we will talk about atopic dermatitis and its herbal remedies in detail.
Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition. In this condition the skin becomes red and itchy. This disease is one of the common disorders which occur throughout the world. It can occur at any age, but this disease most commonly occurs in children. It is also known as Eczema. This disease is a chronic condition and it may occur due to Asthma or hay fever. Dermatitis is a term known as inflammation of the skin characterized by swollen and cracked skin. This usually starts in childhood and severity changes over the years. The rashes tend to flare up and go away and then come back again over time. armpits, face, back, Chest, back of the knee etc are the common affected sites of this condition.
Ayurvedic Aspect For Atopic Dermatitis
In Ayurveda, we can simply correlate this disease with Vicharchika that comes under the heading of kshudra-Kushtha. Acharya Charka said that a person who uses cold and hot things simultaneously, doing over eating, drink milk over fish, intake of mostly cereal diet, eating over indigestion, doing exercise after having heavy meal, take honey, intake of kakamachi in excessive manner, heavy exertion and staying in intense heat, suppresses the urges of vomiting, apply too much oil over body etc then the person will become the patient of Vicharchika and this further results into the symptoms like pimples which is associated with itching, blackening of the skin and also with discharge and pain.
The exact cause of this disease is not known. But some researchers believe that the following are the causes of this disease:
- Family History
- Living in a cold and polluted area
- Some food allergies
- Stress And Anger
- Animal Dander
- Dry Skin
- Strong Soaps
- Pollen Allergies
- Dust Exposure
Clinical Features/Signs And Symptoms
People who are suffering from this disease often have dry and scaly skin. The other possible symptoms of this disease are:
- Itching (first symptom of atopic dermatitis)
- Small raised bumps which leaks fluid when scratched
- Dark circles around the eye
- Red Patches
- Hyperpigmentation on the neck (Dirty neck)
- Sensitive and swollen skin
The primary risk factors for this disease are:
- Having Family History
- Hay Fever
Diagnosis is made on the physical examination. Lab test is not required to diagnose the disease. A doctor will check the skin appearance and texture and will make a diagnosis of atopic dermatitis. But sometimes a doctor may suggest a skin patch allergy test for the diagnosis. This test is helpful to rule out the rash over the skin due to an allergy or something else.
The following preventive measures should be followed by the patient:
- Moisturize the skin twice a day
- Use only gentle soaps
- Avoid triggering factors
- Take a bleach bath
Ayurvedic management for Atopic Dermatitis
In the treatment of Kushtha roga we have to follow the following treatment protocols:
1. Nidana Parivarjana
The first treatment protocol is to avoid the etiological/causative factors for treating this disease. This is the first and foremost treatment protocol for any disease so as in vicharchika.
2. Samshodhan Chikitsa (Detoxification Therapy)
Along with nidana parivarjan, we have to do detoxification therapy for treating skin disorders. This chikitsa therapy helps in eliminating the toxins from the body. These procedures include:
- Vaman (induce vomiting)
- Virechan (induce purgation)
- Raktamokshan (blood-leting)
- Basti (medicated enema)
- Nasya Karma
3. Samshamana Chikitsa
This is known as palliative management. This includes some classical Ayurvedic formulations which have been used for the treatment of kushtha roga for centuries. They include:
- Antah parimarjana (oral drugs)
- Bahay parimarjan (for local application)
Antah Parimarjana include:
- Shuddha Gandhak
- Ras Manikya
- Gandhak Rasayan
- Talkeshwar Ras
- Swaran Makshik Bhasma
- Shudh Shilajit
- Kustha Kuthar Rasa
- Arogyavardhini Vati
- Yograj Guggul
- Kaishore Guggul
- Panchtikta Ghrit Guggul
- Bakuchi Churna
- Manjistha Churna
- Narsingh Churna
- Panchanimbadi Churna
- Patoladi Kwath
- Khadirashtaka Kwath
- Brihad Mahamanjishthadi Kwath
- Mahatiktaka Ghrita
- Panchatikta Ghrita
- Mahakhadir Ghrit
Bahay Parimarjan includes:
- Bakuchi Tail
- Kushta Rakshasa Taila
- Somraji Tail
- Manah Shiladi Lepa
- Karviradi Lepa
- Haritakyadi Lepa
- Haritaki Rasayan
- Somraji Rasayan
- Bhallatak Rasayan
- Haridra Rasayan
- Shilajatu Rasayan
Herbal Remedies For Atopic Dermatitis
Planet Ayurveda, which is a manufacturing company, provides a care pack for this disease. Basically this is a leading manufacturing company which manufactures various herbal products from the standardized extracts of various potential herbs. The products of this company are 100% natural and vegetarian. The efficacy of the herbs is checked in the labs before making any formulation and also these are made by using the ancient time-tested formulas. This is an internationally certified company. This herbal company provides a care pack for atopic dermatitis i.e. Atopic Dermatitis care pack. This pack includes:
- Gandhak Rasayan
- Navkarshik Churna
- Gleaming skin hair nails formula
- Vetpalai Thailam
- Mandarin Orange Soap
- Lippu Oil
1. Gandhak Rasayan
This is a classical herbal formulation. This formulation is prepared from the extracts of pure Gandhak (purified sulphur). It has proven anti-inflammatory properties and anti-bacterial properties. It enhances the functioning of the immune system as well. As discussed above, gandhak has anti-inflammatory properties hence it subsides the swelling of affected sites and treats this condition from its root cause. It improves the immune system in the body and eliminates the harmful toxins from the blood.
Dosage: 2 tablets twice a day after meal with plain water.
2. Navkarshik Churna
This is a herbal Ayurvedic formulation in powder form and this classical Ayurvedic formulation from Chakardatt samhita is a combination of natural herbs that helps to maintain the healthy bones tissues as well as skin such as Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Neem (Azadirachta indica) etc. It helps in cleansing the blood from various toxins and thus prevents many skin diseases.
Dosage: ½ teaspoon twice a day after meal with plain water.
3. Gleaming skin hair nails formula
This is a poly herbal formulation of Planet Ayurveda. The herbs in this formulation are very effective for skin, hair and nails such as Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Pitta papda (Fumaria officinalis), Chiretta (Swertia chirata), Ghritkumari (Aloe barbadensis). It clears toxins from the blood and treats skin problems. It is also the best anti-aging formula. This formulation not only gives youthful and bouncy skin but also helps in repairing the damaged skin parts and hairs.
Dosage: 2 capsules twice a day after meals.
4. Vetpalai Thailam
It is an herbal medicine for external use. It should be applied on the affected part of the skin to maintain a healthy appearance of the skin and get rid of irritation or itching.
How to apply: Apply directly on the skin and gently massage with this oil.
5. Mandarin Orange Soap:
This is a herbal soap. This soap is recommended for those persons who have sensitive skin. It is free from chemicals and it moisturizes the skin and protects it from infections. It clears the skin pores from dirt and oil.
How to use: Use it on the skin just like other soaps while taking shower.
6. Lippu Oil:
This herbal oil helps in soothing the skin. It also helps in reducing the irritation of the skin. On Applying, it will help the skin in skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. This herbal oil hydrates the skin and is especially recommended for people with dry skin.
How to apply: Apply directly on the affected part of the skin.
We concluded that Ayurveda is the best for the treatment of various diseases. This holistic science has no limitation for treating diseases. As we said above, modern science has limitations for treating any disease or we can say they treat the disease on the basis of symptoms, but Ayurveda treats any disease from its root cause. So it is better to switch to Ayurvedic treatment and see the best results and live a happier and healthier life ahead. For more enquiries, kindly visit www.planetayurveda.com
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