Skin is the biggest organ of the human body. Skin, according to Ayurveda, has seven layers. It is located not merely peripherally but extends itself to the deeper levels of the body. For this reason skin diseases have deep rooted causes; therefore its remedies also have to be penetrative. That is, most skin diseases are, rooted deeply into various dhatus or tissues like fat, muscles, blood etc. Modern skin treatments depend on external applications of creams or oils. They may help symptoms disappear temporarily as they never reach the deeper layers of the skin. Whereas, Ayurvedic treatments are not mere ‘skin deep’, it goes to the roots of the problem. Ayuveda always tries to root out the disease by treating it specifically according to the causes of each disease. Ayurvedic skin treatments may take a few weeks to show up signs of cure, but you can be sure about its permanent solutions. Psoriasis, eczema and urticaria are major skin diseases that are seen in many of patients. They are considered to be caused by outside disruptions, though these external factors do cause some aggravation in pita and vata. Psoriasis is generally caused by emotional problems poisoning the internal system and thus dirtying the blood, which then manifests in rashes and skin problems on the body’s surface. By and large Urticaria is caused by allergies, which causes both the external and internal bodies to react in the same way as with psoriasis. In Ayurvedic understanding eczema is caused by a major aggravation in kapha coinciding with slightly more minor unsettlements in vata and pitta. Ayurveda considers eczema to be a minor form of leprosy and so the factors that cause that will be present to a certain degree within eczema albeit on a much smaller scale.
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