Manage Psoriasis, Naturally
Winsoria oil is the most-preferred choice in the management of Psoriasis, on a long term basis with no toxic side effects. It helps minimize hyperkeratinization, silvery scales, inflammatory responses, exfoliation, and discoloration of the skin, naturally. The phyto-ingredients of Winsoria oil, viz., Vidapala (Wrightia tinctoria), Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia), and Sariba (Hemidesmus indicus) in a coconut oil base help prevent itching and formation of scales and sores. Winsoria oil does not cause skin rashes, inflammation, or any other types of allergic skin manifestations.
Helps in the long term management of psoriasis
It is a non-toxic formulation with no noticeable side-effects
Helps reduce inflammation and skin exfoliation
Helps minimize itching, discoloration of skin and formation of scales and sores
Each 100 ml is prepared out of:
Vidpala (Wrightia tinctoria) ………………………………………………………………… 400 g
Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia) …………………………………………………………………. 10 g
Sariba (Hemidesmus indicus) ………………………………………………………………… 10 g
Coconut oil ……………………………………………………………………………………… 100 ml
Vidpala (Wrightia tinctoria)
There are two types of Kutaja or Vidpala. The male variety is Pun Kuataja and the female variety is Stri Kutaja. Winsoria oil uses the female variety of Vidpala.
The main chemical constituents in Wrightia tinctoria are B-sitosterol, B-amyrin, isoricinoleic acid, lupeol, cycloartenine, rutin, wrightiadione, and cycloeucalenol
It is classified as a bitter and astringent herb in Ayurveda
It balances the Kapha and Pitta Doshas
It is used in Ayurveda to strengthen and nourish the body tissues or Dhatus, as a nourishing herb and aphrodisiac
It is used in Ayurvedic treatments for purification of the blood, skin issues, bleeding disorders, burning sensations, heart issues, gout, diarrhoea, herpes, colic pain, indigestion, and thirst
It is also used as a natural herb to strengthen the digestion, remove tiredness and eliminate Ama from the body
Helps in the treatment of psoriasis and non-specific dermatitis
Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia)
Helps to improve the color and complexion of the skin
Can help as a blood purifier (Raktha shodhaka)
It calms the Pitta in the body and also balances the Kapha and Pitta Doshas
It is used in Ayurvedic medicine to enhance the complexion and voice. It is used in Ayurveda to help treat skin problems, ear pain, eye pain, blood sugar issues, inflammatory problems, urinary tract, and gynaecological disorders
Sariba (Hemidesmus indicus)
Helps in increasing the complexion
Helps in destroying the burning sensation
This herb balances the three Doshas particularly Kapha and Vata Doshas
It is a coolant and is useful in Ayurvedic treatments of skin diseases, itching, fever, excessive thirst, sugar issues, urinary tract issues, respiratory problems, digestive problems, burning sensation and as a detoxifier to cleanse breast milk and improve sperm quality and quantity
It is an Ayurvedic blood purifier, diaphoretic, demulcent, alterative, diuretic, and antipyretic
The anti-oxidant, protein, and Vitamin E content of coconut oil boosts skin health and is believed to also be anti-ageing. It eases the dryness that is caused by the toxic buildup of Ama (metabolic waste)
Coconut oil is used as a base and ingredient in many Ayurvedic formulations. It is also used for cooking in some parts of the world
It is used in Ayurveda to nourish the tissues that are undernourished
It helps lower the level of Vata and Pitta while increasing the Kapha Dosha
Coconut oil is used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties that relieve respiratory problems, skin irritation, and itching
Cold-pressed or virgin coconut oil is an integral component in traditional skin and hair care routines
It is also used as a home remedy for a host of skin and scalp issues
Coconut oil applied topically to the skin forms a moisture-locking barrier that helps the skin to retain hydration
Coconut oil is also rich in medium-chain fatty acids that are useful in the Ayurvedic treatment for skin disease eczema, anorexia, diabetes, emaciation, urinary troubles, respiratory problems as well as other skin infections
Helps in moisturizing dry skin
Helps in loosening psoriatic scales
Skin cells are normally replaced every 10 to 30 days in healthy individuals. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that results in the rapid growth of skin cells. The exact cause is unknown but it is believed to be caused by an immune reaction that triggers the inflammation. New cells will be growing rapidly in 3 to 4 days causing rough red patches covered with silvery scales. The patches are red, dry and itchy and sometimes painful. They mostly appear on the knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp. This condition affects people of all age groups. Psoriasis cannot be spread from person to person and it runs in families. Psoriasis can also cause inflammatory arthritis called Psoriatic arthritis in those with psoriasis. It is an autoimmune condition that affects the joints and tissues.
The cause of psoriasis is unknown but research suggests that genetic factors, environmental conditions, and abnormal functioning of the body’s immune system can cause this condition.
Genes and Immune system – The Immune system that is supposed to protect the body from bacteria, viruses, and other foreign invaders, gets mixed up and promotes inflammation and abnormal growth of cells. Psoriatic patients have around 25 genes that are different from healthy individuals.
Hormones – The disease can flare up during specific growth periods like puberty. Psoriasis can be triggered by Menopause as well.
Alcohol – Excessive alcohol intake can result in the condition.
Smoking – It increases the risk of psoriasis and also impacts the treatment.
Stress – Stress can influence the immune system and can cause psoriasis.
Medications – Some medicines like lithium, blood pressure treatment drugs, antimalarials can cause psoriasis.
HIV – The condition is worse in the initial stages of HIV.
Sunlight – Exposure to sunlight can cause this condition in some individuals.
Weather – It gets worse during the winter season.
Ayurveda is a holistic form of treatment that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit balanced for good health. Ayurvedic physicians observe the condition of the skin to assess the health of the person. The skin is an indicator of one’s general health and Dosha condition. When the Doshas of a person are in balance and there is the absence of diseases a literal ‘glow of health’ is observed on the skin.
Ayurveda describes three Doshas that govern the different aspects of the body. These Doshas have individual features that are essential to the functioning of a body. Different kinds and levels of imbalance cause different problems. The Dosha that is causing the problems can be identified by the characteristics of the skin. The Vata Dosha when aggravated causes skin problems that exhibit roughness, pain, prickling, and dryness. The hot Pitta Dosha causes skin issues that are reddish in colour with or without oozing. Kapha causes pale, oily, and itchy skin problems. In Ayurveda, psoriasis is called ‘Kushtha’, a chronic condition that has no cure (krucchasadhya). According to Ayurveda, Psoriasis is caused by an imbalance of “Vata” and “Kapha” doshas.
Vata controls body function and is responsible for the dryness and scaling of the skin. Kapha is a dosha related to growth and is believed to be responsible for itching and rapid increase in skin cells.
Too much fire or Pitta in the mind-body can also cause eczema and psoriasis. It manifests as toxins on the skin which result in the itchy, scaly skin. Balancing Pitta is essential to control the condition. Psoriatic individuals should avoid foods that aggravate Pitta like pungent (raw onion) or acidic foods (coffee and alcohol). They should also avoid food that causes allergy. Ayurveda also defines a toxin called Ama. This is a metabolic toxin that is formed when the digestive process is inefficient. Digestion is governed by the digestive fire Agni. When one has a weak Agni, Ama is formed. Bad habits, poor lifestyle choices, and Dosha imbalances weaken the Agni. Ama collected in the body over time becomes a strong and toxic Amavisha. This pervades the tissues or Dhatus of the body and causes health issues. The more Ama that is formed, the more Dhatus it enters. This causes autoimmune issues when the body reacts against its own tissues. The toxins can accumulate in cases of too much fire and hence to be eliminated Ayurvedic treatment with blood cleansers. This is why Ayurvedic treatment for skin issues such as Psoriasis focuses not only on the relief of symptoms but also on purifying the blood and removing Ama. This is achieved through medication as well as a lifestyle that enhances digestion and metabolism. Ama relieving purifiers can cleanse the tissues but it is an overall lifestyle change that can stop more Ama from being formed. Ayurvedic treatment of eczema and psoriasis focuses on diet, plant-based skincare, and the state of mind. The diet should be rich in food that is nutritious and freshly prepared. Preserved and overly processed food are best avoided. Food should be eaten warm and the heaviest meal in the middle of the day. One should also take herbs and follow habits that strengthen the digestive fire. If the Ama accumulation is severe, an Ayurvedic doctor may also prescribe Panchakarma treatments to relieve Ama.
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