Psoriasis - Know How Can Siddha Help?
There is no visible symptoms of Psoriasis or Kalanjagapadai. True or False? Take this quiz to know more about Psoriasis.
Q1. According to Siddha medical system, Psoriasis is defined as ___________?
- A joint disorder
- A dermatological problem associated withjoint disease
- A dermatological disorder caused by some parasite
- A bone disease
Answer: A dermatological problem associated with joint disease
Psoriasis or Kalanjagapadai, as per Siddha Medicine, is a dermatological problem associated with joint disease. It is similar to Psoriasis Vulgaris in the modern disease classification. It is a common skin problem and can be influenced by fluctuating temperatures, sunlight, or stress.
Q2. There are no visible symptoms of Psoriasis or Kalanjagapadai.
There are visible symptoms of Psoriasis or Kalanjagapadai such as thickness, redness, and scaling of skin with clearly defined skin patches. It is an autoimmune problem identified by the clearance of psoriatic skin wound. This skin condition is difficult to handle both physically and psychologically by the patient.
Q3. What is Gandhaga Rasayanam?
- Herbal and mineral medicine for the treatment of Psoriasis
- Special diet for the treatment of Psoriasis
- Both A and B
- None of the above
Answer: Herbal and mineral medicine for the treatment of Psoriasis.
Gandhaga Rasayanam is a Herbo-Mineral medicine developed for the treatment of Psoriasis with 46 herbal ingredients. The key ingredient of its formulation is sulphur processed with white onion juice and ginger. This medicine is consumed until the very last skin lesion is fixed. It takes 2-3 months for Psoriatic skin lesions to heal completely. However, 80% skin lesions are treated in 20 days. During this treatment, patients are advised to alter their diets and avoid consuming salty and sour food, citrus fruits, seafood, and egg products. It is advisable to increase the consumption of pulses, milk, rice, and leafy vegetables in the diet.
Q4. What are the causes of Psoriasis or Kalanjagapadai?
- Environmental factors
- Genetic Factors
- All of the above
Answer: All of the above
There are multiple factors that can lead to Psoriasis. Both genetic and environmental factors act together. It can be triggered by a number of factors such as any kind of skin injury, infections, etc. Stress is another major factor.
According to Siddha Medicine, Kalanjagapadai or Psoriasis develops with the imbalance in Vata dosha which leads to the deterioration of the body’s Saptha Dathus. This progressively weakens the immune system and lets an infection increase Psoriasis.
Q5. How does Siddha Medicine work for the treatment of Psoriasis or Kalanjagapadai?
- Limiting the symptoms
- Balancing doshas
- Purifying blood
- Both B and C
Answer: Both B and C
Siddha Medicine, for the treatment of Psoriasis, largely focuses on balancing the imbalanced doshas and purification of blood. The treatment begins with the detoxification of the body and balancing the doshas to their normal state. Medicines are used for blood purification and strengthening the immune system. Herbal oils are used to treat the scaling skin. As this condition can affect one’s daily life, the treatment also includes stress reduction and reducing emotional imbalance.