Ayurveda literally means ‘the knowledge of life’. It is an ancient Indian system of medicine to achieve harmony of the mind, body and soul. Ayurvedic therapies and practices are used to treat diseases for thousands of years.
In Ayurvedic principles, an individual’s physical constitution is determined by the vital energy that governs how living beings function, including all physical and mental processes. This energy is derived from the five elements that make up the universe – earth, water, fire, air and space. According to core Ayurvedic philosophy, an individual can be classified into one of three types based on the combination of these elements – space and air, fire and water, and earth and water. For good health, the current state should be close to their natural constitution. A divergence indicates a state of imbalance that leads to diseases. The cures and treatments implemented by the ancient practitioners often work wonders for many ailments and diseases.
Ayurvedic treatments are popular as they tend to have no adverse side effects, an unavoidable aspect of most modern treatments. It is thus becoming commonly accepted as a form of alternative medicine to cure many common diseases and infection, including those of the skin. A healthy skin is an indication of good overall health.
Ayurveda is known to be very effective in treatment of skin ailments. The first step in Ayurvedic herbal skin treatment is to assess the balance of energies in an individual. Common skin disorders and their treatment are listed below based on Ayurvedic classification.
Type: This skin type is generally dry, thin, delicate and cool to touch. It is extremely vulnerable to weather conditions, especially dry windy weather and easily gets dehydrated. Such skin may age faster and tends to be rough and flaky when out of balance.
Care: Essential oils and herbs should be used to nurture the skin. Drinking plenty of water to keep the skin rehydrated is a must. Meditation and breathing exercises help too. It is also recommended that one eats warm, nourishing food and maintain a disciplined daily routine. Oil massages, Vata medicines and Vata tea are used to nourish and balance the skin.
Type: People with this skin type have fair, sensitive, soft, and warm skin of medium thickness. It is susceptible to freckles and moles. When out of balance, the skin may develop rashes, acne, or sunspots.
Care: This skin requires cooling and nurturing. Skincare products and sunscreen protect it from harmful UV rays. Synthetic chemicals and cosmetics are best avoided on this skin type. Eating organic food and avoiding hot and spicy food is beneficial. Pitta medicinal powders and Pitta tea have a cooling effect, and drinking water prevents breakouts.
Type: This type is characterised by oily, thick, pale, soft, and cool skin. Such skin is more tolerant towards UV. So tanning is possible, but overexposure is harmful. It ages slower and forms less wrinkles than the other two skin types. People with this skin type may face problems of dull complexion, enlarged pores, excessive oil, blackheads, and acne. Some individuals may develop moist types of eczema and water retention.
Care: Toxins are the bane of people with this skin. One should cleanse the skin regularly by scrubbing and exfoliating. Cooked vegetables should be consumed with spices such as those found in kapha powder. Oily food should be avoided but olive oil in small quantities is beneficial. Drinking kapha tea helps in overall skin care. Individuals also need to exercise more and maintain a healthy digestive system.
About the Author:
Dr. Gurnam Singh Saini is an efficient, well experienced and fully qualified Ayurvedic Doctor with several success stories. His “PURE HERBAL AYURVED CLINIC” is situated in Northcote, one of the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Pure Herbal Ayurveda Clinic offers safe and reliable Ayurvedic Treatments for chronic and lifestyle induced diseases. They also provide online Ayurvedic consultation for all diseases including skin related problems, hyper anxiety, migraine and many more. They figure in the list of the Best Herbalists, Naturopath and Ayurvedic Doctors in Melbourne, Australia. For more information, you can visit their site www.pureherbalayurved.com.au.