Ayurvedic Management of Ekakustha (Psoriasis) - a case report
Ekakustha (Psoriasis) is noninfectious chronic inflammatory disease of skin characterized by well-defined erythmatous plaques with silvery scale which have a preference for extensor surface and scalp and by chronic fluctuating course. The disease not only disturbs the patient physically but also interrupts the mental and social health of the patient, as the appearance of patient may be embarrassing. Ekakustha is the skin disease among the Kshudra kustha which has symptoms of aswdanam(not perspire), mahavastu(extensive), yana masyoshakalalopamam (looks like fish scale) and aruna varna(discoloration). And it can be compared with psoriasis in modern science. It can be define as well-defined, erythematous scaly plaques, particularly affecting extensor surface. It is an auto immune disorder. Here a 37 years old male patient came with complain of itchy scaly lesion on leg, head and hands. He was diagnosed with ekkustha (psoriasis). Sodhana, samana chikitsa was given for the patient. All the symptoms was resolved in 3 month. Psoriasia patient can get benefits from Ayurveda treatment.