Millions of people in the UK suffer from skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, severely affecting their quality of life and the well-being of many children. Western medicine has not found a cure for these conditions, often prescribing creams which can be ineffective or provide only short-term relief. Could Ayurveda offer a natural cure? Read on, because in the majority of cases YES it does!!
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the world's oldest holistic health system originating from the Indian sub-continent. It has been used for thousands of years to cleanse and restore balance to the body and mind. According to Ayurveda, illness is caused by an imbalance in the Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). These are the principles which govern all our bodily and mental processes. Every individual has a unique constitution made up of the Doshas, (akin to the Western notion of DNA) and so treatment given is specific to the individual - this means that what could be a healing diet and lifestyle for one person could create illness for someone else.
There is a vast body of theory and literature relating to illness and the Doshas and Srotas which are the channels of circulation around the body.
Vata - has the qualities of the elements air+ether, such as dryness and movement
Pitta - has the qualities of the elements fire + water e.g. heat and control
Kapha - has the qualities of earth and water e.g. stability and coolness
What does Ayurvedic treatment involve?
The first stage of Ayurvedic treatment involves enhancing the bodies own system for dispelling toxins from the body, by strengthening “Agni”, this is our digestive capacity. When our digestion is not working optimally this creates toxins, known as “Ama” which circulate around the body and lead to illness. Herbs are taken to stoke one's digestive fire, (usually taken before a meal) and to support the detox process . A diet of easy to digest foods that also address the Dosha imbalance are prescribed for the patient together with suggestions for recipes. Lifestyle changes are also given to the patient which could relate to a persons exercise, work and stress management. In addition, Dermaved cream addresses the symptoms of the skin condition providing relief for the patient until the causal factors of the illness have been stopped and balance has been restored.
Some general guidelines
Although Ayurvedic treatment is unique to each patient there as some general guidelines for healing skin conditions which may help most sufferers, these are:
Moisturise the skin daily with a healing cream, such as Dermaved
Protect the skin from extreme weather conditions, e.g. wind and sun
Improve circulation by staying properly hydrated and taking regular exercise, especially stretching, yoga or walking
Gentle sweating helps eliminate toxins via the skin
Adopt a diet which supports healthy, regular bowel movements. Take well cooked food and eat 3 meals a day.
Avoid acidity (e.g. vinegar and pickles), red meat, red fish, tropical fruit, red/white wine, tomatoes, cold raw salads, nuts and seeds.
Reduce caffeine and cut out fresh coffee.
Reduce stress levels through meditation or other relaxing activities such as singing, hanging out with some lovely children or stroking animals
Follow the body's urges to go to the loo - don't hold on!
Interested in trying Ayurveda for your or your children's skin condition?
Please get in touch for a free 20 minute introduction (by telephone) or to book a consultation. Consultations last 1 hour and cost £55. Herbs are at an additional cost of £20 for 3 weeks supply.
Tel: 07792 274 916
If you're interested in learning more about Ayurveda visit the Ayurveda Institute UK