Manibhadram is an Ayurvedic medicine from Kerala Ayurveda that helps in the treatment of skin diseases. It is beneficial in the treatment of a number of skin diseases, bronchitis, breathing issues, and spleen disorders. The antimicrobial properties of Manibhadram also make it an efficient medicine to help treat skin diseases of several types.
It is one of the prescriptions for treating leukoderma, psoriasis, ringworm, eczema, and scabies.
It is a natural healing medicine and helps to heal wounds and provide relief from skin discomforts like itching, dryness, rashes, and sores.
It is used in the treatment of asthma, cough, bronchitis and many other respiratory illnesses.
It is one of the prescriptions for treating dyspnea also called shortness of breath (SOB) which is a feeling of not being able to breathe well enough.
It aids in the regulation of bowel movements and helps to eliminate intestinal worms.
Vidanga – Embelia Ribes
Amla – Emblica Officinalis
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula
Trivrit – Operculina turpethum
Melanin is the pigment that provides skin its appearance and color. The absence of melanin over the skin leads to colorless white spots which are termed Vitiligo or Leukoderma. The whitening of the skin happens due to the destruction of melanin-producing cells and is also called piebald skin or acquired leukoderma.
Vitiligo is a condition in which pigments, produced by cells called melanocytes (specialized cells located in the skin) are lost from areas of the skin, causing whitish, smooth patches.
Hair that grows in these areas may also be affected, turning white as well. Vitiligo is neither dangerous nor contagious.
Vitiligo is more common in individuals with certain autoimmune diseases. An autoimmune disorder is any of a number of conditions in which an individual’s immune system reacts against the body's own organs or tissues, producing antibodies.
The location and prevalence of symptoms vary depending on which type of vitiligo an individual has. The main types are:
This is the most common type of vitiligo where the patches are visible on both sides of an individual’s body and are typically symmetrical. The spots are most commonly found in areas exposed to the sun or on skin subjected to pressure, friction, or trauma.
When an individual has this form of vitiligo, which is much less common than non-segmental vitiligo, it affects only one segment of skin and tends to stop growing once the initial patch is established.
For individuals experiencing this condition, there is a combination of both segmental and non-segmental vitiligo.
Vitiligo minor or Hypo-chromic vitiligo
This type of vitiligo is characterized by a few white patches on the trunk and scalp, and it is often found in dark-skinned people.
The primary symptom of vitiligo is a loss of pigment that occurs in patches on any area of the body. Other symptoms can include:
Premature whitening or graying of the hair on the head, eyelashes, eyebrows, or beard
Itching and discomfort in the affected areas
Loss of color in the mucous membranes ie. tissues that line the inside of the mouth and nose
Loss of or change in color of the inner layer of the eyeball
Vitiligo belongs to a group of autoimmune diseases, in which the body's immune system attacks its own tissue or cells, in this case, the melanocytes. There is no clear-cut reason why the melanocytes die, but genetics are thought to play a role. Apart from which, vitiligo is associated with:
Autoimmune thyroid diseases
Inflammatory bowel disease
Type 1 diabetes
Some individuals are predisposed to vitiligo, especially those how have experienced the below stressors:
Stressful events or chronic stress
Exposure to harsh chemicals
Ayurveda is a system of health and wellness that developed in ancient India over 5,000 years ago. At the core of Ayurveda is a functional medicine approach based on a simple classification system. This system matches diet, lifestyle, and herbs to the individual to improve their overall health and wellness.
According to this science, there are three primary life forces or energies formed by the combination of the five elements. These three energies are known as Doshas and are classified as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. When all these elements are in a state of balance, an individual is said to be in perfect health - mentally and physically. Imbalance leads to diseases and illnesses.
Shwitra or Shwet-Kushtha can be co-related with the skin disease ‘vitiligo’ also known as Leukoderma. According to Ayurveda, the skin is one of the most essential sense of organs. In Ayurveda, Vitiligo or Shwitra is a Tridoshaj, which means that it is caused by a vitiation of all three doshas together. The Pitta dosha has the greatest imbalance. Pitta is of five types, one of them being the Bhrajak Pitta which is responsible for the coloration of the skin. Vata and bhrajaka pitta reside in the skin and since the skin covers the entire body, both need to be maintained at a proper state. An imbalance in Vata and bhrajaka pitta can lead to skin diseases.
Switra can be classified into the following types:
Daruna: If the dosha vitiates the blood (rakta dhatu), the patches turn red
Aruna: If the dosha vitiates the muscle tissue (mamsa dhatu), the patches turn out to be coppery in color
Kilasa: When doshas vitiate the fat tissue( medho dhattu), the patches turn out in white color
According to Ayurveda, below are some of the causes of leukoderma:
Excessive pressure or stress
Chronic gastric issues or liver dysfunction,
Worms or parasites in the stomach
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