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Case Studies | Ayurveda | India | Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023

Management of Psoriasis (Ekakustha) by Ayurvedic Shodhan, Shaman & Nidanparivarjana: Case Report

Dr. Sushil Kumar Mishra

Abstract: Skin is the mirror which reflects the harmony of internal functions of body. Any change in skin colour disturbs the patient both mentally and physically. In Ayurvedic texts the skin diseases Ekakushtha is described as one of the Kshudra - Kustha. In Charak Samhita Chikitsasthan chapter 7, Ekakushtha is described as - Vata - Kaphaj disease. Ekakushtha has signs and symptoms i. e. Aswedanam (absence of sweating), Mahavastu (big size lesions) and Matsyashakalopamam (scaling) which can be compared with Psoriasis. We have reported a 45 years male patient having symptomsof Ekakushtha since last 17 years. He was suffering from large round erythematous scalypatches over his trunk, both hands, both legs and head and also severe itching and drynessover affected lesions. Simultaneously he was suffering from constipation, loss of appetite, physical and mental stress and disturbed sleep. The patient was treated with Vamana and Virechana therapies in Panchakarma followed by Sanshamana therapy (Oral medications). Patient reported symptomatic improvement after the course of Vamana andVirechana. The improvement was significantly increased during course of oral medications (Shanshamana Chikitsa) with Nidan parivarjana. The exact etiology of Psoriasis is not known but many precipitating factors like genetic, dietary, immunological and psychological has been found. It is spreading fast because of unsuitable life - style changes such as dietary pattern, busy schedule and stress. There is no satisfactory treatment available for Psoriasis. Ayurveda has good results in Psoriasis. The unique treatment modality of Ayurvedaprovides long lasting results and abetter life to patients through its three basic principles i. e. Shodhana, Shamana and Nidan - parivarjana.

Keywords: Eka kushtha, Psoriasis, Vamana, Virechana, Nidan parivarjana

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023,

Pages: 898 - 901

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