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LITERARY RESEARCH ON EKA KUSTHA WITH SPECIAL REFERANCE TO PSORIASIS

Dr. Kanchan Chowdhury

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ABSTRACT The term Eka Kustha is found in various Ayurvedic texts and its characteristic features gives a clear picture of what the disease is, like Aswedanam, Mahavastu and Matsyashakolopama. It is a vata-kapha predominant tridoshaja vikar. It can be easily treated by both shodhana and shamana chikitsa. Raktamokshan,Vaman and Virechan are the mainstay. Amlaki, Rasanjan, Manjistha, Lelitaka are important among internal medications. The disease is quite similar to Psoriasis in modern medicine. According to them, it is a hereditary, autoimmune chronic inflammatory skin disease of unknown etiology. The five main types of psoriasis are: 1. Plaque 2. Guttate 3. Inverse , 4. Pustule and 5. Erythrodermic. It typically manifests as red and white scaly patches on the top layer of the skin. Skin biopsy is confirmatory.

Keywords: Aswedanam, Eka Kustha, Mahavastu, Matsyashakolopama, Raktamokshan, Vaman, Virechan etc.


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