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    Autoimmune Skin Disorders

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    Ayurvedic Treatment of Autoimmune Skin Disorders - Causes & Symptoms

    Autoimmune disease is a medical condition where the body attacks its own cells. Usually, white blood cells secrete antibodies that attack microorganisms and other harmful substances in the body. In autoimmune diseases, the antibodies attack healthy tissues in the body instead of harmful cells. This can affect different parts of the body like the joints, internal organs, and skin. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is a prestigious institution that is involved in the treatment of various allergies and infections. IAFA provides effective treatment for autoimmune disorders that affect the skin and other body parts. Ayurveda explains this spectrum of disorders under Kushta.

    Causes of Autoimmune Diseases

    The body has several protective techniques to resist autoimmune attacks. Autoimmune diseases can occur when such protective mechanisms are failed. It includes:

    • Removal of mature T lymphocytes in the thymus
    • Absence or deficiency of T-regulatory cells that suppress immune responses 
    • Changes in B lymphocytes and their receptors 
    • Lack of stimulation of T and B lymphocytes 

    Other risk factors include:

    • Genetic factors
    • Infections
    • Hormonal changes
    • Use of certain drugs.

    Ayurvedic Reference of Autoimmune Skin Disorders

    Symptoms of Autoimmune Skin Diseases

    Major symptoms of autoimmune skin diseases include:

    • Rashes
    • Blisters
    • Lesions
    • Fatigue
    • Scaly patches.

    Types of Autoimmune Skin Diseases

    Following are the important types of autoimmune skin diseases

    • Behcet’s Disease
    • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
    • Dermatomyositis
    • Lichen Planus
    • Linear IgA Disease
    • Lupus of the skin
    • Morphea/Scleroderma
    • Ocular Cicatrical pemphigoid
    • Pemphigoid 
    • Pemphigus
    • Vasculitis

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    Dr. Gupta’s IAFA provides genuine Ayurvedic treatment for all types of skin disorders. Autoimmune skin diseases can be effectively treated through Ayurvedic treatment measures followed in Institute of Applied Food Allergy®”.

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    – Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

    Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist
    CEO & Founder of IAFA®

    Diet Management in Autoimmune Skin Disorders

    Do’s (Pathya) in Autoimmune Skin Disorders

    • Green gram
    • Pomegranate
    • Goose berry
    • Include more fruits and vegetables in diet
    • Drink warm water
    • Take easily digestible food
    • Have warm and fresh food always
    •  Drink adequate water
    • Take food only after digestion of previous meal
    • Mild to moderate exercise
    • Expose to mild sunlight daily at morning and evening
    • Positive and stress-free mind

    Dont’s (Apathya) in Autoimmune Skin Disorders

    • Non-vegetarian diet
    • Curd
    • Pappad
    • Black gram
    • Excessive sweet, salty, spicy and sour food
    • Fermented food
    • Heavy to digest food
    • Old and refrigerated food
    • Reheated food
    • Taking food before digesting the previous meal
    • Day sleep
    • Stress and mental tension]
    • Lack of personal hygiene

    Yoga and Pranayama in Autoimmune Skin Disorders

    Various yoga postures help to make the mind and body relaxed. This reduces the intensity of various skin diseases including autoimmune disorders. It helps to increase blood circulation. Following postures will be especially beneficial in fungal infections:

    • Sarvangasana
    • Savasana
    • Vajrasana
    • Paschimothasana
    • Suryanamaskar
    • Supta Baddha Konasana
    • Padmasana

    Pranayama helps to attain relaxation to mind. Pranayama ensures blood flow to all body parts. It helps formation of new cells.


    Ayurvedic Treatment for Autoimmune Skin Disorders

    Ayurveda incorporates internal as well as external medicines in the management of autoimmune skin disorders. 

    Internal Medicines in Autoimmune Skin Disorders

    Following medicines can be advised based on type of disease.

    • Panchatiktakam Kashaya
    • Manjishtadi kashaya
    • Nimbadi Kashaya
    • Vilwadi Gulika
    • Manibhadra Gula

    • Avipathi Churna
    • Triphala Churna
    • Khadirarishta
    • Patolasava
    • Nimbamruthasava

    External Medicines in Autoimmune Skin Disorders

    External medicines as listed below can be provided based on stage of disease.

    • Triphala Churna
    • Nimbadi Churna
    • Nalpamaradi Churna
    • Tuthadi Tablet

    • Rasothamadi Lepa
    • Dineshavalyadi Kera
    • Vitpala Kera

    External Therapies in Autoimmune Skin Disorders

    Following procedures help in easy healing of wounds and ulcers.

    • Lepa (Medicinal paste)
    • Abhyanga (Oil massage)
    • Kshalana (Washing)

    Purification Therapies in Autoimmune Skin Disorders

    • Virechana (Purgation)
    • Vamana (Emesis)
    • Raktamoksha (Blood-letting)

    Single Herbs in the Management of Autoimmune Skin Disorders

    Use of the following single herbs can be suggested in different forms as per the condition of the patient.

    • Satavari (Asparagus racemosus)
    • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
    • Kushta (Saussurea lappa)
    • Nimba (Azadirachta indica)

    • Patola (Tricosanthes dioica)
    • Pippali (Piper longum)
    • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
    • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis


    1. Shastri A, editor. 10th ed. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Amarbharati Prakashan; 2015. Vagbhata, Rasa Ratna Samuchchaya, 20/87 – 93; p. 435-436.
    2. Acharaya YT, editor. Sushruta. Sushruta Samhita, Nidana Sthana 13/18. Reprint. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Surbharati Prakashan; 2013. P. 320.
    3. Ashtanga Hrudaya by Vagbhata, Nidanasthana, Kushtaswitrakrimi Nidana (Chapter 14), Sloka 4. 
    4. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, Bullous Disorders Chapter No. 24, Page No. 146-152.

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: What are the causes of autoimmune skin disorders?

    Answer: Autoimmune skin disorders are caused by various factors like genetic changes, hormonal variations, use of certain medicines, body’s own failure in certain protective systems etc. 

    Question: What are the common symptoms of autoimmune skin disorders?

    Answer: The common symptoms of autoimmune skin disorders include rashes, scaling, oozing, discoloration etc. on skin.

    Question: Is Ayurvedic treatment effective in autoimmune skin disorders?

    Answer: Yes. Ayurveda provides effective treatment for autoimmune skin disorders through internal medicines, external therapies and purification methods.

    Question: Can Ayurveda treat auto-immune skin disorders?

    Answer: In Ayurveda, various herbal and herbo-mineral preparations are found to be effective in the treatment of auto-immune skin disorders.

    Question: What is the cause of auto-immune skin disorders according to Ayurveda?

    Answer: In pathogenesis of auto-immune skin disorders, vitiation of tridoshas is involved with the predominance of pitta and kapha doshas.

    Question: Is Ayurvedic treatment for auto-immune skin disorders effective?

    Answer: Ayurvedic management is a good alternative therapy in auto-immune skin disorders as Ayurvedic treatment includes immuno-modulatory, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, blood purifying herbs that are safe and free from side effects.


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