Atopic Dermatitis (विचर्चिका)
सकण्डूः पिडका श्यावा बहिस्राव विचर्चिका ॥
Ayurvedic Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis - Causes, Symptoms
Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition especially observed in children and it is characterized by pruritis (severe itching), swelling, exudation, and skin changes including cracks. Early infancy period children are comparatively more prone to this medical condition. The children who are getting infected with Atopic dermatitis may get affected by allergic rhinitis or asthma and this progression is called Atopic march. Ayurveda has categorized Atopic dermatitis under “Vicharchika”. Vicharchika is a condition that comes under various Kushta Roga (skin diseases). The predominant dosha involved in this condition is Kapha. Ayurveda assures a complete cure in treating Atopic dermatitis. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is the best Ayurvedic destination for treating Atopic dermatitis.
Stages of Atopic Dermatitis
In general there are three stages for Atopic dermatitis namely,
- Acute stage
- Sub acute stage and
- Chronic stage
In the acute stage, extreme pruritis (severe itching) and cracks can be observed on examination. In the subacute stage, it may show an erythematous and scaling lesion. Thickening of the skin or lichenification with fibrotic papular changes can be observed in the chronic stage.
Ayurvedic Reference of Atopic Dermatitis
Causes of Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition which has genetic factor involvement in the etiology. Along with genetic factors,
- Skin barrier defect
- Immune response in a reduced state and
- Exaggerated response of T-cells towards various allergy causing factors and microbiological entities.
The pathology of atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema is entirely different from that of non-atopic dermatitis. The precipitating factors for Atopic dermatitis includes,
- Cow’s milk
- Synthetic products like clothes or detergents
- Weather changes
Ayurveda also explains the causes of skin diseases including Atopic dermatitis. Incompatible or improper food habits, sinful acts, sins of previous life are considered to be the major causes of skin diseases along with external and environmental factors. The doshas namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha will be aggravated by the above-mentioned causes and invade skin, blood, lymph and muscle tissues to manifest Atopic dermatitis or Atopic eczema. In general, this disease is having Kapha predominance with the involvement of all the other doshas. Dr. Gupta’s method of keen observation, identifying the root cause and differential dosha involvement in atopic dermatitis management helps an individual to avoid the precipitating factors along with dosha increasing situations to attain the treatment result faster.
Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema may show a wide range of symptoms. The major symptoms include,
- Skin changes including cracks over all extremities including forehead, elbow, and neck
- Rarely swelling and
In addition to the above mentioned symptoms, Ayurveda adds eruptions and presence of exudation of lymph in case of Atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis may also be associated with the complications of fever, sleeplessness, indigestion, stress and tastelessness.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis
The Ayurvedic treatment of atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema includes internal ayurvedic medicines, external ayurvedic medicines, a special diet, and lifestyle measures.
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Diet in Atopic Dermatitis
Ayurveda suggests taking light food, wheat, bitter vegetables, green gram, and ghee in case of Atopic dermatitis for maintaining a good digestive system and a good skin condition. Heavy food, fermented milk products, alcohol added products, fish, meat, old food, and milk is suggested to be avoided for making the curing process fast.
Avoiding strenuous exercises, over-exposure to the sun, exposure to chemicals, and other external factors like allergens, microbes, etc. must be controlled by self-care measures.
- Light food
- Sweet and bitter taste food
- Ghee and butter intake
- Green gram
- Bitter vegetables and
- Walking in shade with proper protection
- Heavy food
- Alcoholic preparations
- Fermented milk products
- Milk intake
- Salty and sour food items
- Jaggery and
- Over exertion
Yoga in Atopic Dermatitis
Yoga helps in relieving stress generated due to the condition of Atopic dermatitis. The techniques like Pranayama and Pavanamuktasana helps in relieving stress and thus reduces the symptoms of Atopic dermatitis.
Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis in Ayurveda
There are two types of treatment for atopic dermatitis in Ayurveda. Single herb treatment and treatment with a combination of medicines.
Single herb treatment for Atopic dermatitis includes Neem (Azadirachta Indica), Pointed gourd (Trichosanthes Dioica), and Malabar nut (Adathoda vasica).
Triphala choornam (The medicated powder made of three herbs scientifically named Phyllanthus emblica, Terminalia chebula and Terminalia bellerica), Patolakaturohinyadi kashayam, Nimbadi kashayam, Tikthaka gritham, Mahatiktaka gritham and Manibhadra gudam are the various internal medicines used in the treatment of Atopic dermatitis.
Ayurveda also suggests Panchakarma in the treatment of Atopic dermatitis. The Panchakarma treatment methods including Vamana (vomiting treatment) and Virechana (purgation treatment) are performed along with various external procedures like medicated paste application, herbal bathing, etc. Dr. Gupta is treating Atopic dermatitis using a combination of medications along with some unique herbs which is attained through ancestral knowledge sharing.
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- Child Health and Ayurveda, Edition 2021, by Sahil Gupta, Eczema in Children, Chapter No. 24, Page No. 103-107.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist