Management of Plaque Psoriasis and Ayurveda - Dr. Vidhyaprabha Pillai
Management of Plaque Psoriasis (Sidhma Kushta) through Ayurvedic Intervention
Abstract: Psoriasis is a common dermatologic disease, the most common type of which is plaque psoriasis. This skin condition is characterized by erythematous sharply demarcated lesions with stable growing plaque. The etiology of this skin condition is not yet clearly understood. Management of psoriasis in modern medicine include topical application of glucocorticoids, ultraviolet light therapy and drugs like methotrexate which does not give a permanent solution and moreover causes side effects on long term use. This skin condition is an area where Ayurveda can give effective solution and has potential opportunity. In Ayurveda, psoriasis may be correlated to Sidhma Kushta. This presentation aims towards understanding and assessing the symptoms of plaque psoriasis, implementing the Ayurvedic treatment principles, planning a treatment protocol, and assessing the disease by PASI score, through a case report. This case is a proof of effectivity of Ayurvedic treatment in managing conditions like psoriasis.