The herb Shweta Kutaja or wrightia tinctoria is widely used in ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis. It helps to heal psoriasis, reduce inflammation and delays complications of psoriasis.
Table of content
- About shweta kutaja or Writghtia Tinctoria
- Ayurvedic medicinal properties of Shweta Kutaja which help in Psoriasis
- What modern research say about Use of Shweta Kutaja in Psoriasis ?
- 5 Pillars of ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis
About shweta kutaja or Writghtia Tinctoria
Shweta kutaja or wrightia tinctoria is a medium sized deciduous shrub or tree and belongs to Apocynaceae family. It grows up to a height of 15 meters. It has smooth, yellowish brown bark which produces white coloured latex. This plant has leaves which are simple and arranged oppositely. It produces white coloured 5 petal flowers.
This plant is known as Karayaja, Kuda, Dudhi, Indrajau in hindi speaking areas. It has an English name “Ivory wood” .This herb is referred as Girimallika, Vatsaka, Vrikshaka, Kaalinga, Indravriskha in texts of Ayurveda.
This plant contains Wrightiae (triterpenoid chemical), cycloartenone, cycloeucalenol, beta-amyrin, betasitosterol, conessin, flavonoids and saponins.
Seeds and woody parts of this plant are used for medicinal purpose. This herb is administered internally and also applied externally in psoriasis.
Ayurvedic medicinal properties of Shweta Kutaja which help in Psoriasis
Texts of ayurveda explain medicinal properties, uses and benefits of wrightia tinctoria as follows
Wrightia tinctoria is bitter and astringent to taste. It is light to digest (laghu) and dries the excess moisture in fat tissue (ruksha). It has tissue cooling property. (sheeta veerya). Ayurveda acharyas highly recommend this herb to treat “kushta roga” or skin diseases.
Action on doshas
This plant balances kapha dosha and pitta dosha. Imbalance of these two doshas causes psoriasis. Balancing these helps to calm this skin condition.
Detoxifies Body (amahara)
“Ama” is a body toxin which gets produced in body due to unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Shweta kutaja helps to eliminate ama and clear the micro channels of body and skin. Hence this herb is praised as “amahara”
Helps in Weight Loss (Sthoulyahara)
Based on principles of Ayurveda this herb helps to dry excess water in fat tissue (ruksha property). This helps in weight loss. Studies have shown that there is a link between obesity and psoriasis.
What modern research say about Use of Shweta Kutaja in Psoriasis ?
Various studies about this plant have highlighted the following
External application of Wrightia Tinctoria in Psoriasis
Extracts of Shweta kutaja have greater antipsoriatic activity than ay other modern chemical creams. Bio molecules of extracts of this plant stimulate the production of collagen in human skin. This relieves psoriasis symptoms.
( Collagen provides strength, structure and longivity to the skin. It helps to manage skin elasticity and firmness. It also helps in restoration and replacement of dead skin cells).
Wrightia Tinctoria reduces inflammation and infections
In psoriasis there will be an inflammation of tissues. Ayurveda acharyas recommend to use this herb in psoriasis for topical application, after processing with base oils like coconut oil , castor oil or sesame oil. The phytochemicals like flavonoids, saponins and beta-sitosterol in this plant, show potent anti-inflammatory properties. This helps to reduce inflammation in psoriasis. Shweta Kutaja has anti-microbial property which helps to prevent infection of skin. Naturopaths opine that this herb can be used as a adjuvant medicine along with regular psoriasis medications.
Shweta Kutaja helps to delay complications of psoriasis
Chronic Psoriasis leads to many complications like arthritis, cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance. Wrightia Tinctoria has anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties. These help to delay complications of psoriasis.
5 Pillars of ayurvedic treatment for psoriasis
While using ayurvedic herbs for psoriasis the 5 important points have to be noted.
- Always follow ayurvedic diet for psoriasis.
- Follow ayurvedic daily routine (dinacharya) and Ayurvedic seasonal routine (rutucharya).
- Practice yoga , meditation and pranayama (deep breathing exercises) to manage stress.
- Use ayurvedic herbs and medicines
- Apply ayurvedic oils for psoriasis , Ayurvedic creams for psoriasis and wash these off with ayurvedic soaps for psoriasis and ayurvedic shampoos for psoriasis.
Ayurvedic Medicines for Psoriasis
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