Ayurvedic treatment for eczema aims to cure the root cause of the disease. The procedure involves small alterations in diet along with certain therapies and natural herbs.
Eczema is inflammation of outer layer of skin. It is also known as Vicharchika. According to ayurveda it is caused because of vitiation of all the three doshas namely- kapha, pitta and vata.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Eczema
Since eczema is a constitutional and deep rooted disease, external medications are not effective for its treatment. Such medications can only work upon manifestation of a problem and leave the underlying causes. Ayurvedic treatment for eczema adopts an elaborate process to purify blood to cure the root cause of the disease.
- Snehana: It is an oleation therapy that makes the skin smooth. Snehana works on the doshas and loosens blocked channels. There are two types of snehana namely bahya snehana and abhyantara snehana. In Bahya. ghrita (ghee), taila (oil), vasa (muscle fat) or majja (marrow) oil is externally applied on the body. While in abhyantara, oils are internally administered .i.e consumed by the patient.
- Swedana: Swedana removes srotovarodha (obstructions in channels) that are loosened by snehana. It is a fomentation therapy wherein, sweating is induced to get rid of excess toxins from the blood. This can be done by exercise, with the aid of fire or through sauna. There are two main types of swedana namely saagnisweda (done with help of fire) and anaagni sweda (done without fire).
- Panchkarma: This process pacifies the aggravated doshas by natural herbs and appropriate diet.
- Panchkarma is a blood purification process that involves five procedures namely Vaman, Virechan, Basti, Nasya and Raktamokshan.
Ayurvedic Remedies for Eczema
- One teaspoonful of Panchatikta ghritam twice a day and one tablet of Arogyavardhini thrice a day are prescribed to all patients of eczema.
- Chaturmukha and Khadirarishta are the other ayurvedic medicines for eczema.
- The affected area must be massaged with Guduchyadi taila or Mahamarichyadi taila.
- Neem, Karanja seeds and Banyan tree peel poultices are the aryurvedic herbs that are effective in eczema.
- Ayurvedic treatment for eczema also includes massage with different oils such as sesame, almond, olive, linseed and ghee.
- To minimise the discomfort of eczema you can apply a paste of turmeric and mahamarichyadi taila on the affected area.
- Mix linseed oil in lime water and directly apply on the skin.
Diet adjustments to cure Eczema
- According to the Ayushveda Health and Lifestyle Portal, ayurveda also recommends restrictions on diet.
- Dietary supplements are an important part of ayurvedic remedies.
- Vegetables that have high content of antioxidants and vitamins are useful to cure eczema. Tomato, spinach, carrot, turmeric and spinach juice are some of the examples.
- The vegetables that must be avoided by people with eczema include cucumber, ginger, radish and onions. Avoid eating sour foods.
The best part of ayurvedic treatment is that you need not worry about side effects. It is for this reason that ayurvedic treatment for eczema is largely used for babies as well.
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