Management of Palmo-Plantar Psoriasis by Classical Shodhan and Shaman Chikitsa- A Case Report
Background: Palmo-plantar psoriasis in a non-inflammatory skin condition in which it is capable to produce functional disability. It is the type of psoriasis which occurs in palms and soles together with features like scaling, erythema and itching, pustules cracked & pain, and is limited. Palmo-plantar is the disease which does not have a specific line of treatment, but can be assessed and treated with classical line of Ayurvedic management. This Palmo-plantar not only affects physically but also disturbs the mental health of patient In Ayurveda all the skin diseases are described under single topic; Kushtha (Skin disorders). As Palmo-Plantar psoriasis is compared with Vipadika Kshudra Kushta (cracked bilateral soles & palms) in Ayurveda, the predominant Dosha’s (fundamental bodily bio-elements) are Vata (governs movement of body & mind) & Kapha (controls immune system) in which Vaman Karma (Emesis) is useful. Aim: To evaluate the role of Ayurveda treatment modalities in Vipadika Kshudra Kushta. Materials & Methods: A case report of 56 year old male patient suffering from scaling of both palms and soles with severe pain since 16 years is presented in this article where the patient got satisfactory relief by adopting Shodhan Karma (purification treatment) followed by Shaman Chikitsa (pacifying treatment) with dietary and behavioral lifestyle modification. The symptoms were reduced by Vaman procedure. Result: Patient got about 80% relief after the treatment by which one can say that the palmo-plantar psoriasis can be treated by Ayurveda Medicine.
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