Turmeric is one among the ancient home remedies that we have been using for generations. It has been in our kitchen shelves for centuries, especially in the south Asian countries.
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About Psoriatic Arthritis in Ayurveda
As we all know the medicinal benefits of turmeric, let’s see how it can be used efficiently in tackling psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. For that, we should have a basic understanding of some of its properties and also understand about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis .
In psoriasis, scalp, face, navel, tips of the elbows, knees, and areas surrounding the genitals and anus , are regions mostly affected. Researchers opine that around 10 percent of all psoriasis patients usually develop inflammation of joints , known as psoriatic arthritis. Like any other arthritis, this too is very painful and may make day to day activities very painful. Ayurveda recommends effective remedies to help in psoriatic arthritis. Turmeric or curcumin (haldi) is one among them.
How turmeric acts in Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis.
Since psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are considered mainly as vata – kapha disorder with simultaneous involvement of all three doshas, turmeric has got its power on these conditions due to the following qualities. It’s bitter (tikta rasa) and pungent (katu rasa) in taste and drying (rooksha) in nature, with these properties, it can balance the vitiated kapha. Again due to its hotness (ushna veerya) it can mitigate vata and kapha. It can do its wonders on pitta due to its bitterness (tikta rasa). Hence we can see that it has got its action on all the three doshas. Moreover it’s light (laghu) in quality and digests easily.These qualities can be made use by a wise physician to balance the predominant dosha in psoriasis and arthritis caused by it, by selecting the appropriate dosage, time and medium of administration.
It acts on vata, pitta, kapha and skin which is much needed in psoriasis. Charaka Samhita considers turmeric as lekhaniya (that which has scraping property) by which it can scrape off the excess kapha in the body. Moreover it is kushtagna (that relieves skin disorders), kandugna ( that helps in relieving itching) and krimigna (that which relieves worms or microbial infection ). It does a detox action on liver thereby purifying the blood. All these points towards its miraculous benefits in psoriatic conditions. Turmeric is eulogised as “shothahara” the one which reduces inflammation and pain. Hence it aids in reduction of pain and inflammation in psoriatic arthritis. This spice is also lauded for its detoxifying and immunity boosting effect. Good immunity is much needed to fight psoriasis and its complications.
Research on Turmeric or Curcumin
The national psoriasis foundation lists turmeric as a natural remedy that may minimize skin and psoriatic arthritis flare ups. Certain modern studies also suggests that it has anti – inflammatory , antioxidant and anti proliferative effects. Curcumin present in turmeric appears to inhibit the production of substances known as cytokines, that can lead to inflammation. Due to its anti oxidant activity it may reduce the oxidative stress of psoriatic lesions. It also has immune modulatory effect. Antioxidant in turmeric may preserve healthy cells.
Recent studies performed in autoimmune models suggests that curcumin can moderate T-helper immune responses and thus may help in improving psoriatic skin lesions. Researchers are still conflicting about its actual effectiveness but its medicinal values are clearly mentioned in the Ayurvedic classical texts written thousands of years ago.
How to Use Turmeric for Psoriatic Arthritis and Psoriasis:
-It can be added as a flavouring agent in various recipes.
-One or two pinch of turmeric can be added to the boiling water and used for drinking.
-Raw turmeric or turmeric powder can be added to sesame oil and cooked till raw smell goes. This can be used for external application for skin and joints.
-Turmeric tea can be made by adding turmeric powder to two cups of water and boiling and reducing to one cup. Honey can be added to taste after cooling. Other herbs like tulsi, cloves, cardamom etc. can also be added to it for additional flavouring.
-Concentrated turmeric is available in pill or supplement forms at pharmacies. These turmeric capsules help to detox body and skin. They also support joints and help to manage arthritis.
– Some suggests taking black pepper with turmeric as piperine can boost the absorption of curcumin in blood stream. Piperine also has anti-inflammatory effect and helps in reducing pain.
-If you are taking turmeric powder, maximum dosage of about 1-3 grams and turmeric juice of about 10-20ml can be taken daily. Better to consult a qualified ayurvedic doctor before taking, as high doses may cause undesirable effects in the body.
–Turmeric cream is best daily essential to use on face and body when you have psoriasis
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