Cause and cure of Psoriasis- Interview with Best Ayurveda Expert-Dr.Gaurang Joshi


011Dear Friends,

Meeting you all after a long time in a New Year and On behalf of Atharva Multi Specialty Ayurveda Hospital,we wish you all a very Healthy and Happy new Year...

This is the beginning of the new year so let's have 1 excited interview to share with you...1 of the most renowned Dermatological Center Dermatocare took my interview and published on their website on Ayurveda Aspect of Psoriasis Management and it's my pleasure to share it with you all...i hope you will like it...

Cause and cure of Psoriasis- Interview with Best Ayurveda Expert... 

Psoriasis is very common skin condition that needs constant care and treatment. While allopathy has no definitive cure for this chronic disease, lot of patients turn to alternative medicines. Today it is an honour to have  DR.GAURANG JOSHI, the President of International Psoriasis Foundation and International Ayurveda Physician and expert Ayurveda Dermatologist to enlighten us about the Ayurvedic aspect of Psoriasis.

Dr Gaurang Joshi is Medical director of Atharva Multi Specialty Ayurveda Hospital and CEO of Green Tree Botanicals,Chairman-Atharva Life Science Academic and Research Foundation. He is faculty in International Academy of Ayurved for Overseas and editor of Journal of Cancer Prevention and Current Research, Oklahoma, USA.

He can be reached at

Dermatocare-What causes psoriasis according to Ayurveda?

Dr Gaurang-All Skin diseases has been described in Ayurveda under the heading of Kushtha,and Psoriasis is been  described as Ek Kushtha by our Acharyas in which Vata and kapha doshas getting involved further vitiating  Ras,  Rakta Dhatu and then accumulated in the Twak(Skin) causing  Ek Kushtha(Psoriasis) and in Ayurveda the causative factors has been classified in 2 groups.



 But we just want to discuss about Psoriasis here, so as per our clinical experience, we have found 3 main causative factors for Psoriasis.

1.Virudhdha Ahaar(In Appropriate Food Combinations)

2.Virudhdha Vihar(Improper Life Style including Stress)

3. Adrishta Hetu(Unknown Factor may be Hereditary or Genetic)

Nowadays due to a very busy life style and schedule, people don’t have proper Diet and Life style…They are eating anything , anytime, anywhere without proper food combinations, in irregular patterns which means there is no routine in Lunch, dinner and breakfast times.

Also people are unaware about what Proper Diet or proper food combinations are…People are having lots of Stress related to work, business, family issues like: Children, Finance, Disturbed personal relationships , Lack of sleep means not taking enough sleep…these all are aggravating and main causative factors we found for Psoriasis…

Sometimes, improper use of Synthetic soaps, shampoo, Clothes, allopathic  medicines(Drug Induced)may become the causative factors for Skin disease like allergy that may be in a later stage become the causative factor for Psoriasis too. As per modern Science it’s an auto immune disease that doesn’t have any specific reason, however, there are lots of reasons that aggravate the disease, while in Ayurveda we are having above all causative factors for Psoriasis and Skin Diseases.

Dermatocare: Is there any role of diet in Psoriasis? What are your recommendations for psoriasis diet?

Dr Gaurang: Yes, of course. Diet has big role in Psoriasis both in incidence and management …as mentioned above…

We need to avoid the causative factors for the management of Psoriasis,as in Ayurveda’s 1st line of treatment is Nidana Parivarjanam which means to avoid causative factors, so I can say the Diet which aggravates the disease must be avoided, as we strongly believe that when Diet is wrong medicine of no use and When Diet is correct medicine of no need.Normally the Diet mentioned below should be followed by the patients…

  • Avoid Common Salt(one may use Rock Salt In Less Quantity)...

  • All Non Veg Food(only Boiled Eggs,Some Types of Fish with the Permission of the physician).

  • Avoid Red Chillies, Green Chillies, Chilli Powder ,Garlic ,Onion etc..

  • Avoid Fried Food Items

  • No Milk Shakes, No Fruits Salad ,No Milk After Eating Fruits For Half an Hour(to avoid in appropriate food combinations…) please refer to this link to know more about Inappropriate food combinations(/img/208/Image/2014/06/incompatible-food-contradictory-food-viruddha-ahara/)

  • Avoid Spicy, Sour tastes as well as Citric Foods and Fruits.

  • Avoid the Food that aggravate Vata and Kapha as these 2 are the main doshas which are involved in Psoriasis according to Ayurveda. These include Sweets, food items of the dry and pungent taste, Frozen Food, Left Over Food, Fermented Food, Fast Food etc.

Psoriasis Patients should take fresh cooked food each time.

Cooked vegetables are highly recommended.

Dermatocare: Is there cure for psoriasis in Ayurveda?

Dr Gaurang: According to Ayurveda there are certain diseases which come under the category of Yapya(Manage able). We can definitely manage Psoriasis with Ayurvedic Treatment. Certain Treatment Protocols are including: Diet,Life style management, Stress Management, Ayurveda Panchakarma Treatment, Herbs, Yoga and Meditation…

A patient can become asymptomatic with this protocols, however, the patient  has to follow the Diet, Life style and stress management throughout one’s life.

Dermatocare: Please recommend some natural therapy for psoriasis that can be tried at home?

Dr Gaurang:Diet and Life style recommend by Ayurveda Physician. In Psoriasis Skin becomes dry often, along with scaling of the Skin. In this condition patients need to apply moisturizer, and the best natural moisturizer that is available in our home is Virgin Coconut oil, which is the best natural application for Psoriasis patients, along with natural sun light…for further line of treatment you need to consult qualified Ayurveda Physician.

Dermatocare: What kind of psoriasis treatment is given in Ayurveda?

Dr Gaurang:Treatment aspects of Psoriasis in Ayurveda based on following protocol

1.Diet and Life Style Management(Stress Management is very important)

2.Internal Purification with the help of Ayurveda Panchakarma(Specially Virechana Treatment,Blood letting, Shirodhara for stress Management, Abhyanga(Massage) with Herbal oil to moisturize the skin etc.)…Acharya Charaka has said: “Punah Punah Shodhan” which means often and often. This indicates the requirement of purification for disease free survival, and this is the best line of treatment in Psoriasis. All the mentioned above must be done under a qualified Ayurveda Physician…

3.Some Herbal Formulations(Ayurveda having some good Herbs that are very good for Skin diseases) Internal and also for external application.

4.Yoga and Meditation for the management of stress in addition to the Panchakarma Treatment…

Dermatocare: What is the average duration of psoriasis treatment in Ayurveda?

Dr.Gaurang -It’s depend upon severity, toxicity and patient’s mental status with the disease…still it requires a long term treatment plan with regular follow up and then after Diet,Life style and stress management throughout the life as Psoriasis may get re occur with a little carelessness in Diet and life style…

Here again I would like to warn patients not to go for Ayurveda treatment from an unauthentic Ayurveda Doctors who are claiming to cure Psoriasis and other diseases.Nor do any treatment by reading articles in newspapers or on internet… consultation with a qualified Ayurveda Physicians only for better quality and ethical treatment is a must. Hope you enjoyed and have some good tips on Psoriasis...

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Have a pleasant week end ahead…

Dr.Gaurang Joshi

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  • Shirodhara Massage

    Atharva Ayurveda that offer shirodhara are careful to create a comfortable and tranquil environment with atmospheric background music and a soft treatment table.
    Lying on your back, your body will be cocooned in warmed towels and your head will be positioned under the oil ‘fountain’ – a metal bottle with a slow-flowing spout from which the oils will stream gently onto the forehead.

  • Abhyanga Massage

    Abhyanga, the Ayurvedic form of massage, functions as both a strengthening and reducing therapy. There are four main reasons for giving or receiving an Abhyanga:
      • The eliminate excess water and fat deposits
      • To purify the blood and tissues of toxins
      • To strengthen and rejuvenate
      • To maintain strength and balance

  • Panchakarma

    Panchakarma therapy is also used as a purification therapy to cleanse the body before starting a treatment. A diseased body can be compared to a soiled cloth which can not be colored as we desire. Hence to attain the maximum benefits , the body has to be purified or cleaned before starting the treatment.The cleared channels help medicines to penetrate the deeper tissues.

  • Research At Atharva Ayurved India

    Currently Doing Research Project Title “Clinical study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Polyherbal powder in patients with vitiligo.”with The Department Of Pharmaceuticals Sciences,Saurashtra University,Rajkot. Currently Doing One More Research Project Title “An open label study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Polyherbal formulations in patients with mild to moderate psoriasis”

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