Eczema is a non-contagious and inflammatory skin disorder in which the skin becomes red, dry, cracked and itchy. It is classified as a disease under Kshudra Kushta or minor skin disease in Ayurveda and is known as Vicharchika.
There exist many conventional and non-conventional treatments for eczema. However, one of the best treatments lies in Ayurveda, in which therapies, herbs and dietary changes are used to treat the disease.
Knowing the symptoms of eczema are extremely important to avail treatment on time. Some of the common symptoms of eczema are:
Apart from knowing symptoms, you should also know the causative factors to prevent and treat the disease more efficiently.
There are many factors that can cause eczema, such as genes, abnormal function of the immune system, environmental factors, etc. It is usually visible when the skin is triggered by dry skin, irritants, stress, infections, hormones, etc.
According to Ayurveda, eczema or Vicharchika is caused due to aggravation in the Pitta Dosha in the body. The vitiated Pitta Dosha leads to the accumulation of toxins or Ama in the skin and causes eczema. Therefore, the treatment of eczema in Ayurveda primarily revolves around pacifying Pitta Dosha and eliminating toxins from the body.
The Ayurvedic treatment of eczema involves three major components: Ayurvedic cleansing and detoxifying therapies, herbs to balance Pitta Dosha and lifestyle and dietary changes to restore the health of the skin.
Abhyanga involves massaging the infected area with medicated herbal oils to treat the disease. It helps to improve the blood circulation in the body, prevent dehydration and improve the healing of the skin.
Vamana is an Ayurvedic therapy in which vomiting is induced with the help of various herbs. It is considered one of the most effective treatments for eczema as it helps to remove toxins or Ama from the body.
In Virechana, purgation is induced with the help of herbs to remove Ama from the body and restore the balance of Doshas. It is highly effective in pacifying Pitta and Kapha Dosha in the body, and therefore, is considered one of the best treatments for eczema.
Raktamokshana is an Ayurvedic treatment to remove toxic blood from the body. It is used to treat various Pitta disorders, including eczema, headache, hypertension, etc.
A Lepa is a semisolid paste applied to the skin to treat various skin disorders, including eczema. It is usually prepared with a combination of herbs and ghee.
Panchakarma treatment is an Ayurvedic detoxifying and cleansing therapy that involves five procedures: Vamana, Virechana, Basti, Raktamoskhana and Nasya. Your Ayurvedic doctor may recommend a complete Panchakarma therapy instead of availing these therapies separately. It will help eliminate all the toxins and restore the balance of Doshas in the body.
Ayurveda mentions many herbs to treat eczemas such as cardamom, Haridra or turmeric, Triphala, Neem, Kumari or aloe vera, Bakuchi and Indian sarsaparilla. They help purify the blood, reduce inflammation and eliminate toxins from the body.
Ayurveda also recommends using herbs such as Ashwagandha and Brahmi, to relieve stress and prevent eczema from worsening.
Eczema is one of the most common skin disorders in the world. However, it can be easily treated with the help of Ayurvedic therapies, herbs and dietary recommendations. Most skin diseases are psychosomatic, so if the mind is balanced, the skin conditions can be managed very well.
This article is reviewed by Dr. Ashwini