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    Ringworm (Dadru)

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    उत्सन्नमण्डलादद्रु: कण्डूमत्यनुषङ्गिणी ll (अ.हृ.नि१४/२४) ll

    Ringworm - Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment

    Tinea or Dermatophytosis, commonly known as ringworm is a condition of the skin characterized by copper-coloured circular or ring-like lesions on the skin that cause itching. It is a burst out condition of the skin which is commonly known as fungal skin infection. 


    Ringworm is known as Dadru in Ayurveda. Skin diseases are classified under the term kushtha roga in Ayurveda. 18 types of skin diseases have been mentioned in Ayurvedic texts.  These are categorized as maha kushtha and kshudra kushtha. Ringworm is classified as Maha Kushtha by Master Sushruta and Kshudra Kushtha by Master Charak. 

    Causes of Ringworm

    According to Ayurveda, wrong food habits lead to an aggravation of Pitta and Kapha doshas which cause symptoms such as itching and burning sensation which is the predominant symptoms.


    Wrong food habits such as excess intake of seafood, consumption of sour curd with milk for a long period of time, heavy food intake, etc. are responsible for the vitiation of Pitta and Kapha doshas. 

    Ayurvedic Reference of Ringworm

    Symptoms of Ringworm

    • Itching
    • Dryness
    • Burning
    • Scaly 
    • May peel and flake

    Institute of Applied Food Allergy® offers the best treatment for ringworm or dermatophytosis. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is the best place for treating fungal infections as it has been found in many cases that the patients develop resistance to modern anti-fungal creams and medicines therefore there are chances of recurrence. IAFA Ayurveda® herbal formulations have the power to eradicate the disease and also prevent its recurrence.

    Dr. Gupta is the right person to consult for such infections as he advises a personalized treatment plan after assessing the condition according to Ayurvedic ways.


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

    Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist
    CEO & Founder of IAFA®

    Diet Management in Ringworm

    Do’s (Pathya)

    • Maintain good personal hygiene.
    • Wear loose-fitting and clean clothes
    • Drink warm water
    • Intake of fruits such as pomegranate and gooseberry are recommended. 

    Don’ts (Apathya)

    • Consumption of sour food with milk, fish with milk should be avoided.
    • Don’t suppress natural urges.
    • Avoid sleeping during the day.
    • Avoid excessive intake of salty food items. 

    Yoga Therapy in Ringworm

    • Surya Namaskar
    • Padmasana
    • Sukhasana
    • Marichyasana

    Ayurvedic Treatment for Ringworm

    The Institute of Applied Food Allergy® offers Ringworm Care Pack for ayurvedic treatment of ringworm. This pack includes herbal medications for internal as well as external use. These herbal medications are safe, effective, and free from side effects.

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    Dosage / Usage

    For External Use

    1. IAFA AF – 7 Powder: For Paste: Apply externally as a water-based paste for 15-20 minutes. For making the paste, take 3-5 grams of IAFA AF – 7 powder in 20 ml water for paste and apply it once a day. 

    2. IAFA AF – 7 Cream: It can be applied directly. Apply 1-2 gm of the cream on the affected part twice or thrice a day. Apply cream twice a day.

    3. IAFA AF – 7 Bar: Use IAFA AF – 7 Bar for bathing.

    4. IAFA AF – 7 Oil: Apply 3-5 ml on the affected part and allow it to get absorbed for 45 minutes and wipe it off with a dry cotton cloth. Apply it thrice in a day for best results.

    For Internal Use

    5. IAFA AF – 7 Tablet: Take 2 tablets twice a day after taking meals. 

    6. Changeri Capsules: Take 1 capsule twice a day after meals. 

    7. IAFA AF – 7 Tea: ½ teaspoon (2.5 g approx.) for 1 cup of tea to be taken twice a day. 

    Products Description

    1. IAFA AF – 7 Powder:

    IAFA AF-7 Powder is considered as the best anti-fungal powder for the skin as it provides relief from redness, itching, burning sensation, etc. associated with ringworm or dermatophytosis. The regular use of this powder helps in preventing the infection from further spreading.  It is a beautiful blend of the following herbs: Aragwadha (Cassia fistula), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Asana (Pterocarpus marsupium), Triphala (Compound drug), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), and Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa).

    2. IAFA AF – 7 Cream:

    IAFA AF-7 Cream is a polyherbal preparation consisting of herbs that are antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory in nature. Since it is devoid of any harsh and harmful ingredients, it is extremely safe to use for both kids and adults. It contains herbs such as: Haridra (Curcuma longa), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Sirisa (Albizia lebbeck), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Sigru (Moringa oleifera), Senna (Cassia angustifolia), Chakarmard (Cassia tora), and Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera).

    3. IAFA AF – 7 Bar:

    IAFA AF-7 Bar is a medicated soap designed for the effective management of fungal infections of the skin. It provides much-needed protection to the skin against fungal infections and it reduces itching, redness without scraping the natural moisture of the skin.  It is prepared from the following natural herbs: Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Asana (Pterocarpus marsupium), Darvi (Berberis aristata), Sirisa (Albizia lebbeck), Chakarmard (Cassia tora), Rakta Chandana (Pterocarpus santalinus) and Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera).

    4. IAFA AF – 7 Oil:

    IAFA AF – 7 Oil is an herbal oil that contains a mixture of herbs that have been used for centuries for treating fungal infections. This oil has potent anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties that treat the fungal infection naturally without causing any side effects. It contains herbs such as: Aragwadha (Cassia fistula), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Triphala (Compound drug), Asana (Pterocarpus marsupium), Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Sariba (Hemidesmus indicus), Kamal Kesara (Nelumbo nucifera), Padmaka (Prunus cerasoides), Sarjarasam (Vateria indica), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Dadima Patra (Punica granatum), Priyangu (Callicarpa macrophyllum), Sirisa (Albizia lebbeck), Saindavam (Rock Salt) and Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera).

    5. IAFA AF – 7 Tablet:

    IAFA AF – 7 tablet is a purely herbal formulation that is depurative, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic in nature. Due to these properties, it helps in healing the fungal infection like ringworm and prevents it from further spreading as well.  IAFA AF – 7 tablet consists of several ingredients like: Khadira (Acacia catechu), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Tvak (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Chakarmard (Cassia tora) and Triphala (compound drug). 

    6. Changeri Capsules:

    Changeri Capsules by IAFA contain the standardized extract of Changeri herb. Its botanical name is Oxalis corniculata. In Ayurvedic texts, the herb Changeri is described as Kushtanashani (useful in skin disorders). These capsules improve skin health by balancing the vitiated doshas. 

    7. IAFA AF – 7 Tea:

    IAFA AF -7 tea contains natural herbs. Due to the mixture of various herbs, this tea is an excellent source of antioxidants. It is a mixture of all skin-friendly herbs that provide glow and luster to the skin-enhancing immunity and treating the infections. It consists of the following antioxidant herbs: Katurohini (Picrorhiza kurroa), Pada (Cissampelos pareira), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica), Khadira (Acacia catechu) and Chirayata (Swertia chirata).


    1. Trikamji Yadavji Acharaya, Agniveshakrita Charak Samhita, Chakrapani Commentary, Chikitsa Sthana, Chapter 7, Kustha Chikitsa, verse no. 23, Varanasi, Chaukhambha Surbharti Prakashan, p. 451, Reprint 2011.
    2. Shastri Ambika Dutt commentary on Sushrut Samhita, Sutra Sthana, Chapter 33, Avarniya, verse no. 4, Varanasi, Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan p. 156, Reprint 2007.
    3. Srivastava Shailja, Sharaghdhara Samhita, Madhyam khanda Chapter 7, Vataka Kalpana, verse no. 71-80, Chaukhambha Orientalia, p.204, Reprint 2009.
    4. Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, by Sahil Gupta, Fungal Infection Chapter No. 41, Page No. 249-260.

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: Can Ayurveda Treat Fungal Infection like Ringworm?

    Answer: Yes, definitely. There are various anti-fungal herbs mentioned in Ayurveda that treat fungal infections effectively. 

    Question: Is Ringworm Contagious?

    Answer: Yes, it is a contagious infection so maintaining personal hygiene is essential.

    Question: What will Happen if Ringworm is Not Treated?

    Answer: If not treated, ringworm can spread and the skin can become irritated and painful. 

    Question: Is Sunlight Good for Ringworm Infection?

    Answer: Yes, sunlight is good for ringworm infection as fungus likes to grow in dark spaces such as on debris.


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