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REVIEW ON EKAKUSTHA (PSORIASIS) AND ITS MANAGEMENT

*Dr. Prabhu Nath Das and Dr. Suresh Kumar Jaiswara

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A skin condition in which scaly skin is present like fish scales. Ekakustha (Psoriasis) is noninfectious chronic inflammatory disease of skin characterized by well-defined erythmatous plaques with silvery scale which have a preference for extensor surface and scalp and by chronic fluctuating course. In Ayurveda, all skin disorders are covered under the heading of Kustha. Ekkustha can be compared to psoriasis based on its signs and symptoms. The disease not only disturbs the patient physically but also interrupts the mental and social health of the patient, as the appearance of patient may be embarrassing. Ekakustha is the skin disease among the Kshudra kustha which has symptoms of aswdanam (not perspire), mahavastu (extensive), yana masyoshakalalopamam (looks like fish scale) and aruna varna (discoloration). And it can be compared with psoriasis in modern science. It is an auto immune disorder. Psoriasis patient can benefited through sodhana chikitsa in Ayurveda.

Keywords: Ekkushtha, Psoriasis, Shodhana.


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