Eczema is one of the most common skin disorders and affects. Let’s look at eczema causes, symptoms, and Ayurvedic treatments for eczema. We also look at 19 Ayurvedic tips to manage eczema.
It is characterized by dry, itchy patches on the skin that usually appear on the hands, neck, face, and legs, though they can be found on any part of the body as well.
Severe itching makes one feel the need for scratching repetitively leading to bleeding. Chronic lesions take a thick leathery appearance which is called ‘lichenification’ in medical terms.
It affects all age groups and is classified into various forms as per the appearance, location, and causative factors. Inflammation of the skin is the hallmark of this disorder and itching is the most prominent and common symptom.
It can be localized or widespread.
The most common forms are atopic dermatitis (eczema occurring mainly in children and may occur right from birth and has a strong allergic component), seborrheic dermatitis (eczema resulting from dandruff), contact dermatitis (as a result of contact with a skin irritant), chronic eczema (marked by thickening of the skin) etc.
The exact nature of eczema causes is not fully known in conventional western medicine1, though certain factors which flare up irritants like preservatives, dyes and other substances added to food, synthetic clothing, wool, and various household products.
Eczema is often triggered by ordinary foods such as chocolate, citrus fruits, nuts, and meat/mushroom broth. If someone in the family suffers from this disease, then the rest of the family is at very high risk of having it in the future.
Many researchers agree that there is a link between eczema and asthma and/or hay fever- the very reason why doctors monitor children with eczema for the future development of these two diseases. As found in many sufferers, stress is one of the many possible eczema causes.
According to Ayurveda, eczema can be compared to a disorder that is called vicharika.
The symptoms of excessive itching, boil or pustule formation, discoloration/hyperpigmentation, profuse oozing and later marked lichenification, pain, and excessive dryness have great parlance with eczema.
According to Ayurveda, there are some common causes responsible for the development of skin disorders. If you have developed a skin disorder, you might check a few items off this list.
Interestingly, insulting learned people and teachers is also considered to be a cause of skin disorders (concrete research is needed to verify this statement, but it’s definitely food for thought!)
So what happens when you subject your body to these causes?
Ayurveda says that Kapha and Pitta become aggravated by these activities, leading to the aggravation of Vata as well.
Then, Vata moves through the veins and the blood, taking the vitiated Pitta and Kapha to the skin, all over the body, and lodges them there to cause skin disorders like eczema. It also causes dryness.
Conditions like eczema are often similar to auto-immune conditions. If you’d like to know more about Ayurveda’s take on auto-immune disorders, check out Dr. Akil Palanisamy’s course on Ayurveda and Autoimmune Diseases below.
The management of eczema depends upon the symptoms. Itching means Kapha or Vata aggravation whereas inflammation and pain are caused by Pitta and Vata imbalances. Oozing, on the other hand, denotes a Pitta and a Kapha that is out-of-control.
In chronic lesions, all three doshas- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha- need to be treated simultaneously.
Ayurveda makes use of specific purification therapies aimed at all three doshas.
Here’s a recipe.
Consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before trying the herbs, remedies, or dietary guidelines mentioned in this article.
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