Atopic Dermatitis - Cure in Ayurveda


Atopic Dermatitis is a serious skin disorder. Also known as Eczema and is very common amongst children. Atopic Dermatitis is known by many other medical names like dermatitis, atopic eczema and atopic dermatitis as well. Being a chronic skin disease but it is not contagious. The condition of the disease differs with climate and also fluctuates from mild to severe.

If we talk about the most affected age group than mostly its among infants but the grown up are also affected by it. But, we can say that any person from any age group can be affected. The most affected areas by atopic dermatitis are elbow, front and back of the knees for the children and feet and hands for the adults.

Causes of atopic dermatitis

  • Heredity
  • Weak immune system
  • Unhygienic lifestyle
  • Exposure to allergens
  • Difficulty in skin permeability
  • Abnormal functioning of body’s immune system
  • Hot bath with hard water
  • Cold
  • Stress

Signs and Symptoms

  • Dry skin with scales on the entire body
  • Itching
  • Red patches
  • Raised lesions in legs, face, neck and arms
  • Oozing out of clear fluid
  • Cracking
  • Swollen and cracked lesions

Irritants

  • Wool or fibers
  • Soaps
  • Certain make up products and perfumes
  • Dust
  • Sand
  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Substances like solvents, chlorine, mineral oil
  • Harsh soaps and detergents

Allergens

  • Mold
  • Dander of cats and dogs
  • Pollen
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy products
  • Dust mites
  • Fish

Other than Allergens and Irritants, there are many other reasons due to which atopic dermatitis reaches to its worst condition - frustration, anger and stress. Temperature, climate and skin infections also aggravate the situation to a huge extent. Low humidity, dry climate, hot showers and baths, sudden fluctuation in temperature, microbial infections are some other factors.

Ayurvedic Concept of Atopic Dermatitis

  • The inflammation on epidermis is the main cause for atopic dermatitis. According to Ayurveda, this disorder is “Vicharchika”. Atopic dermatitis as per Ayurveda is the imbalance between vata and kapha. Kapha governs various functions of the immune system of the human body and vata controls the dryness of the skin due to which skin related complications occur. Ayurveda focuses on keeping a balance between vata and kapha, which is very helpful in the improvement of the skin texture, purity as well as the quality of skin.
  • Many good companies offers the atopic dermatitis care packages. This includes combination of all the herbs which are beneficial and useful for skin disorder and herbs are free from chemicals and side effects.

The Herbs Commonly used are:

  • Neem Capsules
  • Gandhak Rasayan
  • Navkarshik churna
  • Brihat Manjisthadi Ghan Vati
  • 777 oil
  • Karanj oil
  • Manadarin Orange soap

Neem Capsules

  • Neem Capsules are made of extract of Azadirachta Indica bark which is a pure vegetarian formulation. Regular intake of neem capsules can help us purify our blood efficiently.
  • Amazing antibacterial qualities.
  • Can detoxify our body perfectly.
  • Various minor to major skin conditions like rashes, itching, scabies, warts, boils, and so on are cured by Neem Capsules.

Gandhak Rasayan

  • Helps to maintain a healthy skin
  • Maintains the female reproductive system
  • Purifies blood
  • Helps in getting rid of skin diseases like ringworm, scabies, itching and other fungal infections.

Navkarshik Churna

Removes the toxins from within the body. It is combination of herbs Neem, Kutki, Manjishtha which purify the blood and corrects the metabolism of “Pitta” and heat regulation in our body. Giloy is immunomodulatory and improves immunity whereas Daruhaldi acts as an anti-inflammatory herb.

777 Oil

777 oil is a perfect solution to the problems of dry skin, hyper melanosis, Lichen Planus, Ichthyosis, and Eczema. It offers quick recovery by control of itching, lichenisation and preventing further damage to the epidermis.

777 Oil is beneficial for

  • Dry skin
  • Hyper melanosis
  • Lichen Planus
  • Ichthyosis
  • Eczema

Karanj Oil

Karanj is an important Ayurvedic medicine, used predominantly in skin diseases.

Brihat Manjisthadi Ghan Vati

Mahamanjisthadi Ghan vati for Skin - This bitter formula directly clears heat from the plasma and blood. When pitta overflows into the tissues it can irritate the skin and manjisthadi clears these inflammatory toxins from the site of bhrajaka kapha. It clears heat by cleaning the liver, purifying the blood, increasing diuresis and promoting bowel movements. These actions combine to reduce itching, redness and swelling. Especially useful in stubborn conditions where there are chronic lesions that have become deep-seated into the muscle tissue with purpurea, itching, lichenification, scarring and desquamation. Used in chronic Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Acne, Acne rosacea, Systemic lupus erythematosus and Vitiligo.

Article by Dr. Tapan H. Gandhi

Dr. Tapan Gandhi is MD in Ayurvedic Medicine and an expert ayurvedic consultant from Ahmedabad and Kalol in India. He has wast experience of herbs and their uses. He is also associated with Shree swaminarayan Ayurvedic College and PSAM Hospital at Kalol. He has given lectures and presented papers at various national and international forums.

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