Tinea Versicolor – Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment

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Tinea Versicolor, also known as Pityriasis versicolor is a frequent, benign and superficial fungal infection of the skin. The most frequently affected sites are the trunk, proximal extremities and neck whose diagnosis is often done on clinical grounds alone. It occurs more frequently in young adults and adolescents due to the increase of sebum production by sebaceous glands.

It is caused by Malassezia also known as Pityrosporum which is a dimorphic lipophilic fungus. It has been reported worldwide, but it is more common in warm and humid conditions. 

Master Charak has explained this condition under various types of kushtas along with elaborate management of the same. It is correlated with Rikshajihva in Ayurveda which is caused due to the vitiation of Vata and Kapha doshas along with Pitta dosha. Both these doshas manifest in the skin which lead to accumulation of toxins. 

These toxins thus get accumulated in the deeper tissues of the skin such as rasa, rakta, mamsa and lasika. Thus, it is a tridosha disorder having the predominance of Vata and Kapha doshas.

Causes of Tinea Versicolor

There are a number of factors that trigger the growth of the fungus. These are:-

  • Weakened immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Oily skin
  • Hormonal changes
  • Excessive perspiration is common in hot and humid climate

Symptoms of Tinea Versicolor

  • Appearance of red rashes in the form of rings on the skin.
  • Skin discoloration including nails on the chest, upper arms, and neck which may appear lighter or darker than normal.
  • Itching and burning in the groin area.
  • Cracked skin and mild itching between the toes.

Ayurvedic Reference of Tinea Versicolor

Ayurvedic Reference of Tinea Versicolor


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Ayurvedic Treatment of Tinea Versicolor

Ayurveda incorporates internal as well as external medications for the treatment of Tinea Versicolor. The unique Ayurvedic treatment protocol ensures a complete cure for the condition.

Internal Medicines for Tinea Versicolor

  • Panchatiktam Kwatham
  • Patoladi Kwatha
  • Patolamooladi Kwath
  • Nimbadi Kwatha
  • Kaisora Gulgulu Tablet
  • Vilwadi Tablet
  • Dooshivishari Gulika Tablet
  • Manibhadra Gulam
  • Avipathi Churnam
  • Triphala Churna
  • Khadirarishta
  • Patolasavam
  • Nimbamritasavam

External Medications for Treat Tinea Versicolor

  • Triphala Churna
  • Nimbadi Churna
  • Nalpamaradi Choornam
  • Aragwadhadi Kwatham
  • Guduchyadi Kwatham
  • Tuthadi Tablet
  • Rasothamadi Lepam
  • Dhanyamla
  • Dinesavalyadi Keram
  • Vitpala Kera

External Therapies to Treat Tinea Versicolor

  • Swedana (Sweating Therapy)
  • Padaavagaha (Foot Bath)
  • Lepa (Medicinal Paste)
  • Abhyanga (Oil Massage)
  • Kshalana (Washing)

Purification Therapies to Treat Tinea Versicolor

  • Virechana (Purgation)
  • Vamana (Emesis)
  • Raktamokshana (Blood-Letting)

Single Herbs to Treat Tinea Versicolor

  • Nimba (Azadirachta Indica)
  • Patola (Trichosanthes Dioica)
  • Tila (Sesamum Indicum)
  • Pippali (Piper Longum)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)
  • Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus)
  • Haridra (Curcuma Longa)
  • Kushta (Saussurea Lappa)
  • Chitraka (Plumbago Zeylanica)
  • Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis)
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Diet and Lifestyle Management in Tinea Versicolor

Pathya (Do’s)

  • Light and easily digestible food
  • Intake of spices like turmeric, curry leaves and cardamom
  • Regular bathing and washing
  • Maintaining personal hygiene

Apathya (Don’ts)

  • Intake of oily and junk food
  • Cold water
  • Night awakening
  • Exposure to dust and contaminants

Yoga Therapy in Tinea Versicolor

Effective yoga postures for Tinea Versicolor include:-

  • Suryanamaskar
  • Padmasana
  • Vajrasana
  • Paschimothasana
  • Pranayam such as

Effective Pranayam for Tinea Versicolor include:-

  • Anulom Vilom
  • Kapalbhati
  • Chanderbhedi

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Can Ayurveda treat Tinea Versicolor?

Answer: Yes, Ayurveda can treat tinea versicolor effectively. There are herbs and herbal remedies available in Ayurveda that have been used since centuries to treat fungal infections like tinea versicolor.

Question: Can tinea versicolor spread from person to person?

Answer: Tinea versicolor does not spread from person to person.

Question: How long does it take for tinea versicolor to clear up?

Answer: The duration of treatment varies from person to person. On an average, Ayurvedic treatment can take up to weeks or months for skin colour to return to normal.

Question: How can tinea versicolor be stopped from spreading?

Answer: There are various ways such as: not using oily skin products, staying out of hot and humid weather, staying away from activities that cause a lot of sweating etc.

References

  1. P V Sharma, Charak Samhita, Chikitsa Sthana Chapter No. 7, Shlok No. (18-20), Chaukhamba, Varanasi, 2014.
  2. Shastri Ambika Dutta, Sushrut Samhita, Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan Varanasi, 4th edition 1976, Nidaan Sthana 5/5, Page No. 247
  3. Tripathi Indradev evam Tripathi Daya Shankar, Yogaratnakara, Chaukhambha Krishnadas Academy Varanasi, Edition 2013, Kushta Nidana Chikitsa Prakarana, Shlok No. 22, Page No. – 644.
  4. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, Fungal Infection Chapter No. 41, Page No. 259.

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