Eczema is known in Ayurvedic terminology as Vicharchika. The meaning of the term ‘Eczema‘ is boiling over of the skin.
Eczema is characterised by spontaneous eruptions of skin. These eruptions are of the papulo-vesiculated types.
Primarily, Eczema is of two types: wet and dry.
In the former type, watery substances ooze out from the affected portions. Such watery exudation generally follows intense scratching or itching of the affected portions by the patient.
In the latter case there is no watery exudation as such.
Eczema can also adversely affect children.
Avoid hot and sour food items like pickles and curd.
The patient should regularly consume vegetables having the bitter taste. Mention may be made of bitter gourd and drumsticks.
The person concerned must totally avoid salt. This point is especially noteworthy if the person is on the Ayurvedic medication – Rasa manikya.
The patient must daily have raw turmeric mixed with milk.
The Dose: One teaspoonful in a cup of warm milk; twice daily.
Turmeric can be made into a paste and applied on the affected and surrounding areas. Turmeric is an effective antiseptic as well as curative agent.
OTHER IMPORTANT POINTS
Wear only cotton clothes. Such clothes facilitate sweating.
Therefore, stop wearing clothes made from synthetic fibres like terylenes and nylon. Such clothes block the natural evaporation of sweat.
It is always advisable to keep the eczematous areas open to air. Don’t keep them covered.
AYURVEDIC TREATMENT CONSTIPATION CURE MUST FOR FAST RECOVERY FROM ECZEMA
Ayurvedic treatment for Eczema concentrates first on curing constipation. Actually, the Ayurvedic medications work best when constipation is cured. The recommended medicine is Triphala powder.
The Dose: The patient should have one teaspoonful of Triphala powder prior to retiring at night.
The main Ayurvedic medications to treat Eczema are Brihat marichyadi taila, Guduchyadi taila, Rasa manikya, Paradadi malham, and Shuddha Gandhaka.
BRIHAT MARICHYADI TAILA & GUDUCHYADI TAILA
Brihat marichyadi taila and Guduchyadi taila are prescribed for infants. These medicated oils are to be used externally at and around the affected parts of the body.
Application Mode: Either or both these oils should be used alternatively
Rasa manikya contains the purified form of arsenic. Rasa manikya is recommended in the acute and chronic form of Eczema.
Hence, it should be prescribed for only adults. It is available across the counter in small pieces or elongated forms. Rasa manikya must first be grinded into a fine powdery form prior to administering it to the patients.
The Dose : Approximately 0.125 gram of Rasa manikya powder should be mixed with a teaspoonful of honey. The adult patient should have the medication twice daily.
Paradadi malham is an Ayurvedic ointment. It is recommended only for adults suffering from Eczema.
The main ingredients of Paradadi malham are mercury and sulphur among others.
Application Mode: Paradadi malham should be applied at and around the affected portions thrice daily.
Note of Caution : Neither Paradadi malham nor Rasa manikya is meant for infants. This is particularly because both Rasa manikya and Paradadi malham induce several complications. Moreover, infants cannot digest the toxicity of these medicines.
Shuddha Gandhaka is prescribed for patients suffering from the chronic and acute form of Eczema.
The Dose: Approximately 0.200 gram of the medications should be mixed with half a teaspoonful of honey. The patient needs to consume the medication twice daily.