Panchakarma in Psoriasis - Dr. Prakash Paltye
Shodhana Panchakarma and Shamana Chikitsa in Kitibha Kusta w.s.r. to Psoriasis
Abstract: All the skin diseases in Ayurveda have been discussed under the broad heading of “Kustha”. Psoriasis is a proliferative autoimmune skin disease which is affecting 2% of worldwide population. In India, overall incidence of Psoriasis among total patients attending skin OPD is 0.28 to 0.44%. This disease characterized by scaling, thickened-rough skin lesions, itching, in severe cases covers entire body. Modern medical science treats psoriasis with Psoralen and Ultraviolet therapy (PUVA). But the disease has high recurrence rate and the modern medications have serious side effects like liver failure, renal failure, and bone marrow depletion etc. Ayurveda treatment is known to provide safe and effective remedy for psoriasis. Management of Kitibha kusta in Ayurveda includes Panchakarma and Shamana Chikitsa.