It is a common skin condition that at sometime and to a varying extent, affects well over eighty million people Worldwide. Psoriasis is in simple terms only a vast acceleration of the usual replacement processes of the skin. Normally a skin cell matures in twenty one to forty days during its passage to the surface where a constant invisible shedding of dead cells, as scales takes place. Psoriatic cells, however, are believed to turn over in two to three days and in such chaotic profusion that even live cells reach the surface and accumulate with the dead ones in visible layers. It appears as raised red patches of skin covered with silvery scales. It can occur on any part of the body, although knees, elbows and the scalp are usual sites. There is often accompanying irritation. It cannot be caught from other people, nor can it be transferred from one part of the body to another.
Coming to the treatment aspects of Psoriasis according to Ayurveda, it aims at the detoxification of the body or elimination of toxins from the body fluids. It is achieved by "Panchakarma" treatments. Our schedule, comprising various treatment aspects of Ayurveda is aiming at a better control of Psoriasis. This includes internal and external medications purely of plant origin, consumption of medicated ghee, considering the Dosha type of the Psoriasis and the person, this is followed by medicated buttermilk dripping overhead (Dhara) and applying a paste of medicines on the entire body. Medicated ghee has to be consumed for certain duration as per the physician's advice. For some, Leech Therapy is also advised.