Ayurveda treatment protocol for the management of Ek-Kushtha (Psoriasis)- A Single Case Report
Psoriasis is a non infectious, chronic inflammatory disease of skin characterized by well defined erythematous plaques with silvery scale. They may vary in severity from small and localized patches to complete body coverage. In India prevalence of the psoriasis varies from 0.44-2.88%. In Ayurveda all the skin diseases are described under the term of Kushtha. Ek-Kushtha, which comes under Kshudra kushtha described in Ayurveda, can be correlated with the psoriasis due to resemblance of signs and symptoms. There is no satisfactory treatment in modern science for this disease. Ayurveda gives good result in treatment of psoriasis (Ek-Kushtha) through its basic principles i.e. Shodhan, Shaman, and Nidanparivarjana. In this case report 12 years old girl having reddish, dry, itchy patches over skin with silvery scales spread all over the body consulted to OPD. Patient was admitted in Kaumarabhritya IPD and managed with Pachana, Shodhan (Virechana), Shaman (internal medications), Lepafor external application and Nidanparivarjana. PASI scale is used for scoring before and after treatment. After one course of treatment procedure, significant improvement was seen in patient’s condition and PASI score.