Herbal Remedies for Lichen Sclerosus(Skin Disorder)
Skin is one of the essential parts which covers the whole body and is also one of the sensitive organs. Everybody wants their skin to look clear and beautiful without any scars or patches. There are many diseases related to the skin which make the skin look patchy like Vitiligo, dermatitis, etc but there is one more rare disease known as Lichen Sclerosus. There are not many people with this skin disorder and it mostly affects the skin around the genital region. Today in this article we are going to discuss Lichen Sclerosus in detail and its management through herbal medicine.
WHAT IS LICHEN SCLEROSUS?
Lichen Sclerosus is basically a lymphocyte-mediated inflammatory skin disorder that is bought by the overwork of lymphocytes. It is mainly characterised by white patches on the skin and is typically seen on the anogenital region including the skin around the penis and anus in men and the vulva in women. Mostly seen in females after their menopausal age and in children it is very rarely noted. It is non-contagious and does not spread through sexual contact. Lichen sclerosus should be treated on time in order to avoid any kind of complications.
WHAT ARE THE SIGN AND SYMPTOMS OF LICHEN SCLEROSUS?
People who suffer from mild lichen sclerosus do not suffer any kind of symptoms. The signs mostly are seen on the genital area but it can also affect the upper body as well. Common symptoms seen are:-
- Itching and irritation
- White patches make a change into wrinkled patches.
- Skin can tear easily.
- Bleeding or ulcerated lesions
- Pain while having intercourse.
- Bruising on the skin
- Urine retention
In some cases when chronic results in a very painful condition in women due to tenderness and itching. Along with that, the opening of the vagina becomes very narrow due to scar formation. There are cases where lichen sclerosus causes thinning and tightening of the foreskin making eating difficult in urination in males and painful erection.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES FOR LICHEN SCLEROSUS?
- The main cause for lichen sclerosus is not known but it is believed it is caused due to an overactive immune system.
- Hormonal imbalance is also considered one of the reasons for lichen Sclerosus.
- Previous skin damage can also result in lichen sclerosus on the particular affected part.
- Postmenopausal women are also at risk.
WHAT TYPE OF DIAGNOSIS CAN BE DONE?
The physical examination can help in diagnosis because of its distinctive characteristic of white color patches.
Biopsy where the affected part of the tissue is diagnosed under a microscope.
TREATMENT OF LICHEN SCLEROSUS
According to Allopaths the treatment for lichen sclerosus is by providing corticosteroids and creams which will only affect the skin but not the cause. This medicine will treat the disease only externally but the symptoms might return after some days. This can also cause some other complications for the patient.
According to Ayurveda Lichen sclerosus is considered as Kushtha and the etiology for this disease is Visha (Autoimmune) which is caused by exposure to harmful chemicals, contaminated foods, stress and many more. Stress is one of the reasons for violating the Rasa dhatu (Plasma) and Rasa Vaha srotas (Plasma channels). The vitilation can be easily managed through herbal medicine which will not only treat the disease but will remove the main cause of the disease.
HERBAL MEDICINE FOR LICHEN SCLEROSUS BY PLANET AYURVEDA
Planet Ayurveda provides 100 percent pure, natural, and vegetarian herbal medicine that helps in treating the disease. All the herbal medicines are free from chemicals, additives, and preservatives making them free of side-effects. Each herbal is made under the supervision of an MD Ayurvedic Doctor and also clinically tested as well. All the medicine are safe to use and here is the list of herbal medicines
- Manjishtha Capsules
- Dermo-Plan Syrup
- Pitta balance
- Kaishore Guggul
- Nirgundi oil
1. Manjishtha Capsules
This is formed from the herbal extract of Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) which is one of the excellent remedies for skin problems. It helps in removing toxins from the blood and contains antioxidant properties. Manjishtha is very useful in making the immunity stronger and fighting with the main cause of the disease. It is best for treating lichen sclerosus.
Dosage:- One capsule twice daily with plain water after having meals.
2. Dermo-Plan Syrup
This is a natural herbal syrup that is very useful in skin problems and is packed with herbs like
- Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus)
- Shatara (Fumaria Officinalis)
- Haridra (Curcuma longa)
- Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)
- Khadir (Areca catechu) and many more
This helps in making the skin healthy and free from wrinkles. It helps in reducing ailments like irritation, rashes, dry skin, pain, etc which is commonly seen in patients with Lichen Sclerosus. Due to its anti-inflammatory property, it is useful in reducing inflammation from the skin.
Dosage:- One capsule after meals twice a day with water.
3. Pitta balance
This is made from the herbal formulations of Praval Pishti (Coral), Akik Pishti (Agatae), Jawar mohra psihti, Giloy satva (Tinospora cordifolia), etc. The combination of all the herbal minerals helps in balancing the Pitta Dosha and reducing the burning sensation from the body. This helps in reducing stress and anxiety which is also one of the causes of lichen sclerosus. It helps in making the skin, hair and nails healthy along with that it also removes complaints like headaches or migraines. Especially very useful for women who have post-menopausal problems.
Dosage:– One capsule twice daily with plain water after meals
4. Kaishore Guggul
It is very helpful in reducing skin problems caused by a violation of rasa dhatu and is made from herbs like Guggul Resin (Commiphora mukul), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), and many more. It is useful in detoxifying the body and making the body clean, making it very effective in skin diseases like eczema, acne, and lichen sclerosus as well.
Dosage:- One capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.
5. Nirgundi oil
This is an excellent herbal oil made from the leaves of Vitex negundo along with other herbal extracts like Manjishtha, Haridra, etc. They all are full of antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which help in reducing pain as well as infection. The application of the oil will reduce all the external complaints as well as making the skin healthy.
Usage:- Apply it directly on the affected part of the body.
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Thus, it is concluded that Lichen sclerosus is a non-contagious disease but can cause other complications if not treated. Allopaths will only prescribe medicine on the basis of disease without even any cure of the disease. It can be easily managed through herbal medicine and the above-mentioned medicine are best for the management of Lichen sclerosus.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan
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