In Ayurveda, all skin diseases are grouped under a broad heading of Kushta Roga. The pathology of skin diseases originates from the deranged physiology of seven factors connected to the skin. The three dosas vata, pitta and kapha are vitiated and this effects four factors, rasa, rakta, mamsa and ambu (lymphatic system).
There are seven major types of Kushtha and eleven Kshudra Kushta (minor skin ailments) manifested by these seven morbid factors. Both preliminary and fully manifested Kushtha gradually afflicts the whole body.
Seven Major Kushtha
Eleven Kshudra Kushtha (minor)
Variations in a single dosa cannot cause Kushtha and even with similar presentations there are varying clinical features including the sensation, color, location, and level of vitiation from each of the dosas. Therefore, there are innumerable types of Kushtha.
Ekakushta (Related to Psoriasis)
Ekakushta is one skin disorder explained under the heading of Kshudra kushta. Even though in terms of severity, incidence and prognosis, Psoriasis is not considered minor. The features of Ekakushta closely resemble the characteristic features of Psoriasis, hence it is related as such.
Causative Factors of Ekakushta
Origin of Ekakushta
Due to the above causative factors, all three dosas (mainly vata and kapha) are vitiated and they further vitiate twak (skin), rakta (blood), mamsa (flesh) andambu (lymph). This manifests in skin lesions in various parts of the body.
Premonitory Symptoms of Ekakushta
Clinical Features of Ekakushta
Vicharchika (related to Eczema)
Another skin disorder grouped under a broad heading of Kushta Roga is called Vicharchika, which is related to eczema. Vicharchika symptoms appear as a spreading red rash with raised bumps with a profuse discharge, intense itching and often black or blue discoloration. Some people experience painful, dry, and mild to moderate itching lesions.
Causative Factors for Vicharchika
Premonitory Symptoms of Vicharchika
Clinical Features of Vicharchika
Products for Skin Disorders
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There are many types of skin disorders understood by Ayurveda and it takes a trained Ayurvedic doctor to fully understand the correct holistic management. If you have a chronic skin condition, we recommend consulting with Dr. Vishwanath, our own senior Ayurvedic Doctor, who is also a staff member.
An Ayurvedic consultation will help you understand the root cause of your skin condition as well as the best protocol for fast relief from the discomfort caused by skin disorders. If you would like an Ayurvedic consultation, visit our website to meet Dr. Vishwanth and schedule your appointment.
Original source: Dr JV Hebbar, EasyAyurveda.com
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