Pityriasis Alba (Mandala Kusta)

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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.

Etiology of Pityriasis Alba

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.

Symptoms of Pityriasis Alba

  • 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

Diagnosis of Pityriasis Alba

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

Ayurvedic Reference of Pityriasis Alba

Ayurvedic Reference of Pityriasis Alba
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Ayurvedic Treatment for Pityriasis Alba

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

Internal Medicines

  • Nimbadi kasayam
  • Kaisora Guggulu
  • Khadiraristam
  • Aragwadaristam
  • Rasagandhi mezhuku

External Application

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

Purifactory Therapies

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

Single Herbs Used in Pityriasis Alba

  • Neem (Azadirachta indica)
  • Aragwada (Cassia fistula)
  • Katuki (Picrorrhiza kurroa)
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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 (Don’ts) in Pityriasis alba

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

Yoga Therapy

  • Uttanasana
  • Janushirsasana
  • Bhunjagasana
  • Trikonasana

Pranayama / Meditative Therapy

  • Sitakari pranayama
  • Kapalbati pranayama

Mudra Therapy

  • Brahma mudra
  • Prana mudra

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?/h3>

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.


  1. Charak Samhita Sutra Sthana, Tasyasiteeya, Chapter 6, Sloka 49.
  2. Charaka. Charaka Samhita. Vidhyotini commentary. Chaukhambha Bhartiya Academy, Varanasi. 1st volume, Sutrasthan 20/17.
  3. Dr. Ravi Dutt Tripathi. Ashtang Sangraha, Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan, Varanasi, Viman Sthan 1/10.
  4. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, Alcohol Allergy Chapter No. 20, Page No. 123-128.

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Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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