• Dr A A Mundewadi

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is also known as atopic eczema or eczema. This disease causes characteristic inflammation of the skin followed by oozing, crusting and later dryness and fissuring of the skin. This condition is present both in children as well as in adults; the skin-wise distribution of the disease is different in children as compared to adults. Individuals who are allergic or have a family atopy (tendency of immediate onset allergic reactions) are usually predisposed to this condition and may also concurrently suffer from other allergic conditions like allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma, and food allergies. Conventional treatment is in the form of local moisturizer applications, and steroids in the form of local application or oral medication.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment for atopic dermatitis is aimed at reducing the sensitivity of affected individuals as well as strengthening the skin, subcutaneous tissue, as well as the local muscular structures in the affected lesions. Herbal treatment is given to treat and strengthen the blood tissue as well as skin and subcutaneous tissue. Herbal medicines are also given to improve the immunity of the skin as well as general immune status of affected individuals. Treatment is usually in the form of oral medication supplemented by local applications. Individuals suffering from very chronic or severe forms of the disease can also be given additional treatment modalities like Panchkarma procedures, which bring about detoxification and purification of affected body tissues.

Depending upon the severity of the disease, Ayurvedic herbal treatment needs to be given for periods ranging from two to six months. Almost all individuals affected with the disease can be cured completely. Affected individuals need to make adequate lifestyle modifications and diet restrictions in order to prevent and avoid aggravation or recurrence of the disease.

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