Ayurveda: Home Treatments For Skin Problems
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According to Ayurveda, eliminating all the foods and activities that increase pitta is the main treatment for most skin disorders. Some home remedies are applying a powder of Turmeric, Amla, and Neem leaves, using purified sulphur, applying a mixture of coconut oil and powdered camphor, consuming wheatgrass juice and triphala powder and applying aloe vera.
Apart from taking medical help for keeping your skin looking healthy, there are many inexpensive home treatments suggested by the traditional ayurveda. In this post, you will find an outline of easy and effective home treatments and foods that are traditionally avoided by to attain healthier skin.
Removing the root cause is the main line of treatment in Ayurveda. Therefore eliminating all the foods and activities that increase pitta is the main treatment for most skin disorders.
The skin naturally contains bacteria that play a key role in keeping the skin slightly acidic to prevent infection. These bacteria are linked to the health of the gut bacteria, and thus problems with diet, including sugar consumption can alter the bacterial ecology and promote skin problems such as acne.
Here are some general ayurvedic remedies for all kinds of skin diseases:
Prepare a powder by mixing equal quantities of Turmeric, Amla, and Neem leaves. One teaspoonful of this powder can be taken twice a day with water. In case Amla and Neem are not available, only turmeric powder can be used in the dosage of half a teaspoonful twice a day with water.
If Neem leaves are available, boil them in water every day and wash the affected area. Soaps and shampoos should not be used on the affected area.
Take 50 grams of powdered yellow sulphur and mix it with 250 ml. of mustard oil or coconut oil. Apply this mixture to the affected area every day in the morning and wash after half an hour. It is better to sit in the sun or in a hot place after applying this oil.
If purified sulphur (certified good for internal use) is available, it can be taken in the doses of 1-2 grams twice a day with water.
Take 100 ml. of coconut oil and add 5 grams of powdered camphor to it. Put this mixture in a glass bottle and screw the cap on tightly. Put the bottle in sunlight for two hours. Applying this mixture on the affected area is helpful.
Taking soft or mild laxatives to clear the bowels is also beneficial in the treatment of skin diseases.
A teaspoonful of Triphala powder can be taken at bed time every night, with warm water or milk. Any other natural laxative such as prunes, figs and raisins can also be taken.
In the same way that a scum forms on the surface of hot milk, Ayurveda suggests that the skin is a product of the blood. The blood is generated from digestion, filtered by the liver, and its wastes excreted in the stool. Thus, when treating skin problems consider remedies that support the liver and bowel such as Turmeric rhizome (Curcuma longa), Barberry root (Berberis spp.), and Triphala.
Fresh juice of apricot leaves may be applied on affected parts of the body. It gives relief in eczema and scabies.
Wheatgrass juice is also beneficial in skin diseases as it boosts the immune system, which helps to fight the disease.
Try to get as much fresh air as possible. Restrictive and tight clothing should not be worn. You should also drink 3-4 litres of water every day.
Aloe vera is also beneficial for skin diseases as it purifies the blood. Fresh aloevera gel can be taken in the dose of two or three tablespoonful on an empty stomach every day.
Food also plays a major part in ayurvedic treatments. So, avoiding the following food items, one can relieve even the most irritating skin problems.
Acidic and sour foods
White flour products
Preserved or tinned foods
Consumption of meat, especially red meat, should be minimized.
A favorite remedy for itchy skin is to have the patient fill a sock full of rolled oats, tie off the end, and place it in a very hot bath. When the water isn’t too hot, the patient gets in the bath, and repeatedly squeezes the sock over the affected areas for relief.
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