Preventive measures for dermatological disorders: An Ayurvedic perspective
Ayurveda is one of the oldest life and health science of the world. Ayurveda emphasizes more on preventive and health promotive aspects. While dealing with the maintenance and promotion of health, it takes into consideration, the whole body, mind and the spirit, i.e. holistic approach, which is gaining increasing acceptability worldwide. Skin is an important organ of communication with the external world and has an eternal relationship with Manas (psyche/mind). Therefore, more than a cosmetic nuisance, a skin disease produces anxiety, depression and other psychological problems that affect the quality of life. Ayurveda advises, Pathyapathya (doís & doníts regarding diet and behavioral conducts), Dincharya (daily regimen), Ritucharya (seasonal regimen), Sanshodhan (bio-purification) and regular use of Rasayana (rejuvenative measures) as preventive measures to achieve the balanced status of body, mind and consciousness. Sanshodhan is claimed for its preventive, health promotive, prophylactic and rejuvenative effect. Regular use of rejuvenative measures is reputed to promote physical as well as mental health, improve defence mechanism and enhance longevity. Therefore, the proper and regular use of these preventive measures help in the prevention from wide range of dermatological disorders viz. psoriasis, atopic dermatitis etc, which is the main focus of the present article.
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