Psoriasis is an inflammatory, autoimmune condition. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. It is a complex disorder that involves all three doshas, making it rather tricky to treat. It involves both the skin and the joints, which are governed by Pitta and Vata, respectively and is often attributed to a vitiation of both Vata and Kapha dosha. Only a consultation with an Ayurveda expert trained in pulse assessment can reveal an individual’s exact needs in this area and can determine the specific course of action that should be taken to eliminate this uncomfortable condition.
There is one old remedy, however, that may help by gently cleansing impurities from both skin and joints.
Mothers around the world have used castor oil as a home laxative for many generations. In addition to being a natural laxative, castor oil can be used to gradually draw accumulated impurities and toxins from the cells and tissues into the eliminative organs. Small quantities of oil can be used for this purpose without creating a laxative effect. To help the castor oil penetrate into the joints and cells, take up to one teaspoon of castor oil with your main meal — which should be at lunch — for six months. If a laxative effect occurs, simply reduce the quantity of castor oil.
If the idea of taking castor oil by the spoonful is too unpleasant, try making castor oil cookies;
- Take a handful of organic whole-wheat flour and add enough water to make sticky dough.
- Add a teaspoon of caster oil
- Add sweetener: raw sugar, stevia, and maple syrup. Do not add honey. According to Ayurveda, honey should never be used in baking, as it becomes a toxin when exposed to heat. If you use honey in your tea, wait until the tea is comfortable to sip before adding the honey.)
- Bake the cookie at 375 for around 10 minutes.
Panchakarma therapies are often recommended for those with psoriasis. Panchakarma provides a full range of treatments to pacify the doshas responsible for the outbreak. It also allows for the successful elimination of harmful toxins, which may be triggering the body’s autoimmune response.
For more information on Ayurveda treatments for psoriasis, contact The Raj, Ayurveda Health Spa.