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Ayurveda and Skin Conditions

Skin conditions

Many skin disorders include simple bruises, pimples, blemishes, rashes, and hives to more severe and chronic conditions like fungal infections, eczema, and psoriasis. 


These disorders can be explained by immune dysfunction or hereditary factors. They can be aggravated by allergic reactions brought on by seasonal changes, environmental allergens, pets, soaps and detergents, fabrics, and certain foods like gluten. 


In Ayurveda, skin conditions can be associated with any or all of the three doshas and are most notable when the seasons change and the doshas increase. 


The three doshas are generally understood as;
Vata is associated with dryness, scaling, itching, and pain. 

Pitta is associated with redness, burning, and infections. 

Kapha is associated with itching, oozing, and skin thickening. 


These conditions can be acute and pass quickly for some people, while others experience lifelong symptoms. Though not a life-threatening condition, it does cause psychological stress and extreme self-consciousness. 


Modern medicine believes there is no cure for these conditions and uses steroids, creams, or oils to mask symptoms. However, Ayurveda uses holistic treatments that look to the root cause of the imbalance and then use diet, lifestyle, and five-sense therapies to bring balance. 


Cleansing the body can also be a significant factor in removing toxins and bringing balance. Many followers of Ayurveda use the Panchakarma modality (cleansing and rejuvenation process) to bring balance to the body, mind, and spirit. This practice can be done at a designated Panchakarma center in the US or India. Although it is heaven to do this modality inpatient, It can also be done outpatient, accommodating your regular work schedule and life. 


Once you understand your constitution (Prakruti) and the current state of health (Vikruti), you can work to create daily practices that keep the body, mind, and spirit balanced. These practices include lifestyle practices (possibly changes), foods, spices, herbs, and five-sense therapies. 


If you are experiencing any imbalances, the first step is to have an Ayurvedic evaluation to determine your constitution and current state of health. On the front page of my website, there is an option to set up a FREE phone appointment to discuss your concerns and decide what might be best for your health. 


I Look forward to speaking with you soon. 

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