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Pityriasis Alba (Mandala Kusta)

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Pityriasis Alba (Mandala Kusta)

Pityriasis alba is a common skin condition usually affecting children aged 3 to 16 years of age and characterized by hypo-pigmented, circular or irregularly shaped, dry, and scaly patches on the skin. It is more noticeable in people with darker skin and the lesions most commonly appear on the face followed by the upper arms, neck, cheek, back, etc. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is successfully managing Pityriasis alba through Ayurvedic measures.


  • Round or oval or irregular-shaped lesion of 0.5 to 5cm in diameter
  • Lesions are the hypopigmented, dry, scaling type with minimum or no itching
  • Drying and scale appearance is more commonly seen in winter


The exact cause of pityriasis alba is not known. It is considered as a low-grade form of eczema or dermatitis. This disease is mostly associated with sun exposure, Malassezia yeast infection, low levels of serum copper and often trace elements, the aggressive response of the immune system towards skin irritants, etc.


It is usually clinical based on symptoms and examination of skin. Mycology examination and fungal culture are negative in Pityriasis alba.

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Diet in Pityriasis alba

PATHYA (DO’s) in Pityriasis alba

  • Avoid exposure to the sun, extreme weather, wind, etc.
  • Follow personal hygiene, low carbohydrate, and light vegetarian food.

APATHYA (DONTS’s) in Pityriasis alba

  • Avoid yougurt,chocolates,jaggery ,non-vegetarian foods and prawns (similar products)


  • Uttanasana
  • Janushirsasana
  • Bhunjagasana
  • Trikonasana


  • Sitakari pranayama
  • Kapalbati pranayama


  • Brahma mudra
  • Prana mudra 



Pityriasis alba can be correlated to mandala kusta, a type of mahakusta mentioned by Acharya Charaka in Charaka samhitha chikitsastana chapter 7.


  • Kaphahara and mandala kustahara chikitsa based on extend of dosha vitiation.


  • Nimbadi kasayam
  • Kaisora guggulu
  • Khadiraristam

  • Aragwadaristam
  • Rasagandhi mezhuku


  • Guggulu marichadi tailam
  • Triphala churnam
  • Eladi churnam
  • Lodradi churnam


  • Virechana (purgation) – manibhadra gudam
  • Nasya (errhines) – madhuyashtyadi taila


  • Neem (Azadirachta indica)
  • Aragwada (Cassia fistula)
  • Katuki (Picrorrhiza kurroa)


  1. Shloka No. 16, Kushta Chikitsa, Chikitsasthanam, Charak Samhita by Acharya Agnivesha.
  2. Sushruta. Kushtachikitsa Adhyaya. In: Ayurveda Tattva Sandipika Hindi Commentary, Kaviraj Ambikadutta Shastri, Sushruta Samhita Purvardha Chikitsa Sthana, Reprint Edition. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan; 2018. p. 63.
  3. Charaka. Shyamatrivritakapla Adhyaya. In: Vidyotini Hindi Commentary, Pandit Kashinath Shastri, Dr. Gorakhnath Chaturvedi, Charak Samhita Uttarardh Kalpa Sthana, Reprint Edition. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Bharati Academy; 2017. p. 920, 7:23.


Pityriasis alba, a common skin disease is not one to panicked. It is a self limiting disease and goes away on its own. Adequate care must be taken to prevent secondary infections and further complications. FollowingAyurveda will help in better healing and recovery through safe and complete nature friendly treatment modalities.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Question) What is Pityriasis alba?

Answer) Pityriasis alba is a common skin condition usually affecting children aged 3 to 16 years of age and characterized by hypo-pigmented, circular or irregularly shaped, dry, and scaly patches on skin.

Question) What are the major symptoms of Pityriasis alba?

Answer) Round or oval or irregular shaped lesion of 0.5 to 5cm in diameter and Lesions are hypopigmented, dry, scaling type with minimum or no itching are the major symptoms of pityriasis alba.

Question) Is there any Ayurvedic remedy for pityriasis alba?

Answer) Yes, Ayurveda is having successful treatment for the management of pityriasis alba.

Question) What is Pityriasis Alba?

Answer) In Ayurveda, Pityriasis Alba is very much similar to  Mandala Kusta which is one of the most common but miserable Twak vikara (skin disorder) affecting all the population groups.

Question) What is the cause of Pityriasis Alba?

Answer) According to Acharya Sushruta, it is a Kaph Pradhan vyadhi most commonly occurs in Urdhva hasta i.e., hasta, ura and mukha. It starts with kandu (itching) which is mild and also results in the formation of white thin patches without pain.

Question) What is the treatment of Pityriasis Alba?

Answer) Ayurvedic treatment of pityriasis alba involves a holistic approach particularly correcting the root cause through Sanshodhan (cleansing), specifically for skin disorders like pityriasis alba. The treatment involves expelling out toxins present in rasadi dhatu and purifies dushya of skin disorders.

Question) What are the herbs useful in Pityriasis Alba?

Answer) There are many herbs available in Ayurveda for Pityriasis Alba such as: Trivrit, Khadira, Devdaru, Daruharidra, Triphala, Vidanga etc.

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