ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: A REVIEW ON MANAGEMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR THE TREATMENT OF SHVITRA IN AYURVEDIC TEXT WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO VITILIGO
Article Category: Review articles
DOI: DOI: 10.7897/2277-4343.100233
Author: Shruti Devi *, Rajpreet Singh, Veenu Malhotra, Pushpinder Singh
Abstract: Shvitra (vitiligo) is an acquired de-pigmentation disorder manifested as white macules on the skin which causes significant psychological stress and social stigmatization. This disease is triggered by to the improper functioning of the melanocytes which are responsible for skin pigmentation. The correlation of vitiligo in Ayurveda is considered with shvitra. The three type of shvitra are mainly treated with different types of samshamna, lepa and samshodana karma like vamana, virechana etc. The reasons to develop this disease are also considered as the un-truthful, ungratefulness and disrespect the gods, sinful acts etc. These causative factors including oral as well as mental sinful disposition of this present life and previous life. So clinically this study requires some validation of various therapies like samshodhana, samshana, phototherapy etc. in shvitra as acharyas considered this disease in a karmaja category over the vitiligo, as modern science does not add any specific treatment like this as mentioned in Ayurvedic texts with special reference to vitiligo.
Keyword: shvitra, vitiligo, skin, dhatus, shodana, internal therapy