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Article: MANAGEMENT OF PLAQUE PSORIASIS (SIDHMA KUSHTA) THROUGH AYURVEDIC INTERVENTION: A CASE REPORT
Article Category: Case Reports
Author: Vidhyaprabha R. *, Meera S
Abstract: Psoriasis is a common dermatologic disease, the most common type of which is plaque psoriasis. This skin condition is characterized by erythematous sharply demarcated lesions with stable growing plaque. The aetiology of this skin condition is not yet clearly understood. Management of psoriasis in modern medicine include topical application of glucocorticoids, ultraviolet light therapy and drugs like methotrexate which does not give a permanent solution and moreover causes side effects on long term use. This skin condition is an area where Ayurveda can give effective solution and has potential opportunity. In Ayurveda, psoriasis may be correlated to sidhma kushta. This case report is of a 50-year-old man who came to OPD with erythematous scaly lesions with associated itching all over body which was diagnosed as plaque psoriasis. The treatment protocol opted was amahara-jwarahara treatment, followed by Snehana, Shodhana and Shamana. The symptoms were assessed by PASI score throughout the treatment course on first, seventh, twenty first and twenty eighth days as well as on first and second follow up on fourteen and forty-five days respectively after discharge. The patient got significant relief from the treatment and the PASI score changed from 24.6 to 0 after the treatment. This case is a proof of effectivity of Ayurvedic treatment in managing conditions like psoriasis.
Keyword: Plaque Psoriasis, Sidhma Kushta, PASI Score, Takra Dhara, Mahatiktakam Kashaya, Aragwadha Mahatiktakam Ghrutam.