Pityriasis Versicolor is a skin disease that causes demarcated oval or round macules on the neck, trunk, and upper arms where the density of sebaceous glands is high and these appear as hyper-pigmented patches on the dark or tanned skin. It’s also called Tinea Versicolor.
It is caused by the yeast Malassezia which is a member of the normal skin flora of human beings but under some circumstances, it transforms into filamentous pathogenic forms.
Causes of Pityriasis Versicolor the United States
The overgrowth of yeast is caused by the following factors:
- Increase in temperature
- Use of immunosuppressants
- Hormonal imbalance
- Excessive oily skin
How does Ayurveda Help to Treat Pityriasis Versicolor in the United States?
The science of Ayurveda gives importance to building the immunity of an individual rather than focusing on different kinds of micro-organisms.
Even the ancient Ayurvedic sages were well aware of skin conditions and various descriptions regarding this have been mentioned in different classical Ayurvedic textbooks.
In Ayurveda, it is said that vitiation of Vata and Kapha doshas are responsible for Pityriasis versicolor (Sidma kushtha). Therefore, Ayurvedic treatment of Pityriasis Versicolor is focused on balancing the Vata and Kapha doshas along with krimi nashaka and srotoshodhana of rasadi srotas.
What IAFA® Offers to Treat Pityriasis Versicolor in the USA?
Institute of Applied Food Allergy® (IAFA®) follows the core principles of Ayurveda and treats skin disorders like Pityriasis Versicolor by the use of herbs, herbal formulations along with changes in diet and lifestyle.
IAFA® offers various herbal formulations that help in breaking or reversing the samprapti (pathogenesis) without causing any side effects. These formulations are potent in their own way for the Successful Treatment of Pityriasis Versicolor in the United States.
Herbal Formulations of IAFA® for the Treatment of Pityriasis Versicolor
1. IAFA AF – 7 Cream
IAFA AF – 7 Cream possesses strong antifungal action which shows significant anti-inflammatory property as well. This cream is purely an herbal formulation consisting of: 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). This cream is absolutely a safe alternative to chemical and steroid-based creams.
How to use: It can be applied directly. Apply 1-2 gm of the cream on the affected part twice or thrice a day.
2. IAFA AF – 7 Powder
IAFA AF – 7 Powder can be applied in the form of paste as lepan is described as “Sadya Siddhi Karaka” by Master Charak. The external applications play a key role in the treatment of tinea pityriasis. The ingredients present in IAFA AF – 7 Powder reach to the deeper tissues and allow the local toxins to flow out. Ingredients of IAFA AF – 7 Powder are: Aragwadha (Cassia tora), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Asana (Pterocarpus marsupium), Triphala (Compound drug), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), and Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa).
How to use: 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 and apply it once a day.
For Wash: For washing, mix 5-10 grams of IAFA AF-7 Powder in 1-liter water.
3. IAFA AF – 7 Bar
IAFA AF – 7 Bar is a medicated soap that is quite effective in dealing with dermatological issues. It brings much-needed relief to those suffering from skin problems. This soap is formulated by using 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), Rakt Chandana (Pterocarpus santalinus) and Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera).
Use IAFA AF – 7 Bar for bathing purposes.
4. IAFA AF – 7 Tablets
IAFA AF – 7 Tablets consists of various skin-friendly herbs such as: 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). All the herbs present in IAFA AF – 7 tablets have laghu and ruksha properties which check the itching caused by vitiated Kapha dosha and balance the vitiated pitta dosha as well.
Dose: Take 2 tablets twice a day after taking meals.
5. Changeri Capsules
Changeri Capsules by IAFA® contain the standardized extract of Changeri (Oxalis corniculata) herb. These capsules have katu (pungent) taste and ushna veerya (hot potency) which act on the digestive fire and help in the digestion of toxins.
Dose: Take 1 capsule twice a day after meals.
6. IAFA AF – 7 Tea
The anti-oxidant and immunity-boosting herbs in IAFA AF – 7 Tea are: Katurohini (Picrorhiza kurroa), Pada (Cissampelos pareira), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica), Khadira (Acacia catechu), and Chirayata (Swertia chirata). Thus, the overall formulation has predominantly katu (pungent), tikta (bitter), Kashaya (astringent) rasa (tastes) with katu vipaka (undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion). These properties particularly act on agni (digestive fire) and help in amapachan (digestion of toxins) and form proper ahara rasa which is kleda rahita (properly metabolized food).
Dose: ½ teaspoon (2.5 g approx.) for 1 cup of tea to be taken twice a day.
Thus, it can be concluded that IAFA® has the potential for the treatment of Pityriasis Versicolor in the United States effectively through herbal remedies that do not cause any side effects.