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Skin ailments, referred to as “Kustha” in Ayurvedic texts, arise from the imbalance of the three Doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—and the disturbance of the four body elements: skin (twak), blood (rakta), muscle (mansa), and water (ambu).

Various causative factors contribute to skin diseases, including:

  1. Dietary Causes

  2. Behavioural Causes

  3. Psychological Factors

Skin conditions under the influence of

  • Vata manifest with dry, rough skin, black or grey discoloration, and a sensation of pin-pricking pain.

  • Pitta-dominant skin diseases exhibit local burning sensations, red discoloration, foul smells, and pustular discharge.

  • In Kapha-dominant conditions, symptoms include white discoloration, itching, coldness, and infected wounds.

Ayurveda offers two primary modalities of treatment:

1) Shodhana Chikitsa: This involves radical removal of vitiated Doshas and the disease from the body. Shodhana chikitsa focuses on purification through various methods, such as:

  • Snehapana

  • Virechana

  • Abhyanga

  • Takra Dhara

2) Shamana Chikitsa: In Shamana chikitsa, Doshas are pacified within the body using oral medicines.

Through these Ayurvedic treatments, the root cause of skin diseases is addressed, providing a comprehensive approach to skin wellness. By harmonizing the Doshas and eliminating vitiated elements, Ayurveda offers a holistic path to skin health and overall well-being.

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