Use of Enbrel Injections Along with Ayurvedic Herbs for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin disorder that affects the person socially and psychologically. The chronic and recurring nature of the disease hampers the quality of the life of the patients to a large extent. It is an auto-immune disorder in which the scaling and itching in the papulosquamous lesions of the skin disturb the daily activities of the patients.
The integration of Enbrel injections along with Ayurvedic herbs is an important move in the effective and safe management of psoriasis.

Psoriasis

What is the Ayurvedic Perspective of Psoriasis?

  • In Ayurvedic literature, Psoriasis is termed as ‘Kitibha’. It is a well-known disease in Ayurvedic fraternity from the times immemorial as the pathogenesis, treatment, etc. of psoriasis are well defined in Ayurvedic text Charak Samhita.
  • It is one of the varieties of eleven kshudra kushthas and caused by the vitiation of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas. It is clear that Psoriasis mainly occurs due to the vitiation of Rasa, Rakta and Mamsa dhatus. The remaining other dhatus are not involved but after the long course of the disease, nail and joint involvement are also found which indicate the involvement of deeper dhatus as well.
  • In psoriasis, dhatus are involved and vitiation of dhatus takes place due to the vitiated doshas. Dhatukasahaya (vitiation of dhatus) will lead to ojokashaya (vitiation of immunity) and ojas also gets depleted due to stress, anger, etc. which are considered as the triggering factors.

ancient reference

(Reference: Charak Samhita Chikitsa Sthan, Chapter No. 7, Shlok No. 21)

Meaning: According to this shloka, ekkushta is defined as the disease in which there is no perspiration, it affects the large areas and looks like fishy scales.

As per Ayurveda, the causes of all the skin disorders are common such as

  • Intake of contradictory food items like fish with milk, sour fruits with milk, intake of heavy drinks, suppression of natural urges like sleep, vomiting, etc.
  • Intake of cold water immediately after coming from the scorching sun.
  • Intake of uncooked food before the previous meal is digested.
  • Physical exercise after taking heavy meals.

Treatment

  • According to modern medicine, topical corticosteroids, topical retinoids, anthralin, phototherapy, Enbrel injections are prescribed.
  • Doctors generally start the treatment with the prescription of creams or lotions that go directly onto the skin. Light therapy or phototherapy is also prescribed which also works on the surface of the skin but for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
  • Now doctors are turning towards biologics which work inside the body. Biologics are a type of treatment that is made from the living cells. Enbrel injection is one of the examples of biologics which works on the immune system and useful in the treatment of psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and to prevent joint damage from these conditions.
  • These injections are used to treat a wide range of auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, etc.

How do Enbrel Injections Work?

  • Etanercept prevents the action of TNF which works by transporting the white blood cells to the areas of inflammation, due to which inflammation gets worse.
  • In this way, Enbrel injections are effective in the treatment of psoriasis.
  • Enbrel Injections can be used in the treatment of psoriasis along with Ayurvedic treatment and later should be stopped. Both of these treatments can provide relief from psoriasis.
  • There is no harm in taking both Enbrel injection and ayurvedic medicines simultaneously. In due course of time, the Ayurvedic doctor may reduce the dose of Enbrel injection depending on the condition of the patient.
  • Some people suffer acute infections by using Enbrel injections so Ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis can be prescribed in parallel to allopathic treatment as Ayurveda works by ‘defense strategy’ rather than ‘offense strategy’.
  • Planet Ayurveda offers Psora Care Pack which helps in the purification and detoxification of tissues which is the primary aim of the treatment.

Psora Care Pack by Planet Ayurveda Includes

Herbal Supplements

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1. Navkarshik Churna

1. Planet Ayurveda’s Navkarshik Churna is a mixture of dried extract of various herbs that act as immunomodulators and improve immunity. This churna is a unique formulation that acts as anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial as well. It removes toxins within the blood and helps to strengthen joints and ligaments. These properties make Navkarshik Churna an excellent remedy for the treatment of psoriasis. Ingredients of Navkarshik Churna are Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bahera (Terminalia bellerica), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Neem (Azadirachta indic
, Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), etc.
Dose: Take 1 teaspoonful powder twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

2. Radiant Skin Hair Nails Formula

These capsules contain the standardized extract of the herbs that are useful in relieving skin problems naturally without causing any side effects. These capsules contain natural ingredients that aid in skin cell repair and growth and very helpful in relieving relapsing psoriasis. Ingredients of these capsules are: Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Pit papda (Fumaris officinalis), Chirata (Swertia chiretta) and Ghrit Kumari (Aloe barbadensis).
Dose: 2 capsules to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

3. Neem Capsules

1. Planet Ayurveda uses the standardized extract of the herb Azadirachta indica for the preparation of these capsules. Neem is an ancient remedy for all types of skin diseases. It helps in the detoxification of the blood and useful in acute and chronic disorders of the skin such as psoriasis, acne, eczema, ringworm, etc.
Dose: 1 capsule to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals

4. Manjistha Capsules

1. The standardized extract of the herb Rubia cordifolia is used in the preparation of Planet Ayurveda’s Manjistha Capsules. This herb is considered as one of the best remedies for skin problems. It is known for detoxifying the blood, promotes blood circulation, balances Pitta and Kapha doshas and removes ama or endotoxins.
Dose: 2 capsules to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

5. Pitta Balance

Pitta Balance is a unique formulation of Planet Ayurveda that works wonderfully in skin disorders. It consists of natural cooling compounds that remove excess heat or Pitta within the system as there is an increase in Pitta dosha in psoriasis and these capsules help in the management of psoriasis naturally. Ingredients of these capsules are Praval Pishti, Akik Pishti, Jawar Mohra Pishti, Kamdudha Ras, Mukta Pishti and Giloy satva.
Dose: 2 capsules to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

6. Lippu Oil

Lippu oil is single herb oil that is prepared from Pongamia glabra commonly known as karanj indicated for the management of various skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, increased skin senescence, etc.
How to Use: Apply locally on the affected areas after bath followed by exposure to the sun for 3 minutes.

7. Psorlin Ointment

Psorlin Ointment is an herbal preparation which can be applied locally as it decreases dead cells or scales on the psoriatic skin, retards the abnormal thickening of the skin and provides relief in psoriasis in a natural way.
How to Use: Apply locally on the affected areas at night.

Therefore, for the treatment of psoriasis, the amalgamation of Enbrel injections along with Ayurvedic herbs can accentuate the therapeutic effectiveness by their synergistic action.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical based treatments.
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