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    Tinea Versicolor (Riksha Jihva)

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    Tinea Versicolor - Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment

    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. IAFA is providing effective Ayurvedic medicine for the successful treatment of fungal infection naturally and completely.

    What are the 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 that is common in hot and humid climate

    Ayurvedic Reference of Tinea Versicolor

    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, neck which may appear lighter or darker than the normal.
    • Itching and burning in the groin area.
    • Cracked skin and mild itching between the toes.

    Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is providing magnificent contributions around the globe especially in the field of Ayurvedic allergic management. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® is successfully managing fungal infections through classical Ayurvedic measures. Ayurvedic system of medicine is the only natural friendly measure for curing fungal infection naturally and completely”.

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

    Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist
    CEO & Founder of IAFA®

    Diet and Lifestyle Management in Tinea Versicolor

    Do’s (Pathya)

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

    Don’ts (Apathya)

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

    Yoga Therapy in Tinea Versicolor

    • Various Yoga postures such as Suryanamaskar, Padmasana, Vajrasana, Paschimothasana are quite effective.
    • Pranayam such as
    1. Anulom Vilom,
    2. Kapalbhati,
    3. Chanderbhedi are effective.

    Ayurvedic Treatment for Tinea Versicolor

    IAFA provides best Ayurvedic treatment for Tinea Versicolor which aims at strengthening the Agni (digestive fire) by the administration of Deepan Pachan drugs to eliminate the root cause and to balance the doshas. 

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    For External Use:

    1. IAFA AF – 7 Powder: For Paste: Apply externally as water -based paste for 15-20 minutes. For making 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.

    For Internal Use

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

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

    6. 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 made up of herbal components rather than any harmful chemicals. It safeguards the skin and is effective for skin infections and gives an instant and noticeable effect on the skin. The external application of IAFA AF – 7 Powder helps in preventing itching and redness associated with Tinea Versicolor. This powder is a combination of following 7 ingredients: 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 an Ayurvedic proprietary medicine having moisturizing effect. The anti-fungal herbal ingredients of IAFA AF – 7 Cream work wonderfully in treating the plethora of skin infections like tinea versicolor effectively. 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 an Ayurvedic medicated soap useful for fighting allergies and skin infections. IAFA AF -7 Bar is completely prepared from natural ingredients and thus suits almost all types of the skin. It does not scrap away the natural moisture content of the skin. Therefore, it is a potent bathing bar for relieving itching, inflammation associated with infections such as Tinea Versicolor. It consists of the following antimicrobial and antifungal Ayurvedic 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 Tablet:

    IAFA AF-7 Tablet is an Ayurvedic formulation which is most valuable in treating a wide spectrum of infections owing to its antibiotic and antifungal properties. It clears the waste products from the body and aids in detoxification. 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). 

    5. Changeri Capsules:

    Changeri Capsules manufactured by IAFA contain the standardized extract of Oxalis corniculata herb. These capsules balance kapha and vata doshas, appetizing in nature, stimulates digestive fire and useful in skin infections. 

    6. IAFA AF – 7 Tea:

    IAFA AF -7 tea helps to combat fungal infections like tinea versicolor effectively. It is an herbal concoction of certain high potency herbs which work together to enhance immunity and promote detoxification. It can be used regularly for better health and immunity. 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. 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.

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

    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. 


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