Ayurveda acharyas have always added new “dravya” or medicinal herbs to their treatment methods and preparations of ayurvedic medicines. This happens as Science of Ayurveda expands along with time. Even ayurvedic practitioners adopt different herbal combinations, lifestyles , etc based on kala (time) , desha(region), roga (disease) and prakruti (constitution of person) . Thus this new herb “Cestrum Diurnum” also known as DINA MALLIKA or Day jasmine has been added to Ayurveda in treatment of psoriasis or Kitibha.
Dina mallika is also known as wild jasmine, ink-brush, Chinese inkberry, din ka raja or chameli. This plant grows as a weed in Nepal, Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica etc. Cestrum diurnum is also used as an ornamental plant. This grows to a height of 1-3 meters and has lot of branches with ivory white coloured and sweet scented flowers. Fruits of this flower are eaten by pigeons. The seeds of this plant have shown antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. The oil extracted from this plant has also shown to be effective in fungal infections.
Based on principles of Ayurveda and according to researchers the bark and leaves of this plant are bitter to taste (tikta rasa). Usually bitter tasting herbs like neem, turmeric, Shweta kutaja etc are recommended in skin diseases as they break entangled doshas, increase appetite, digest the body toxin ama, detoxify skin, reduce itching and cleanse the affected part . Hence ayurvedic practitioners have adopted this herb in treatment of skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema.
Psoraze gel cream is the one external application ayurvedic cream for psoriasis , recommended by Ayurveda vaidyas. It contains only one herb cestrum diurnum or dina mallika as its key ingredient. Our patients who have used this cream for psoriasis are very happy about this product.
Caution: This plant is toxic and should not be consumed at any cost. Please consult a qualified ayurvedic physician, before using any product which has this plant as an ingredient.