What is Psoriasis?


Psoriasis is a skin disease that is chronic and is caused by the auto-immune response. It can also affect the joints and the condition is termed Psoriatic Arthritis. Signs and symptoms of Psoriasis include red, itchy scaly patches on the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp. Periods of flare-ups and remissions are a common feature of Psoriasis. Causes are not very precise yet stress is considered to be the triggering factor. Attributed causes are genetic, environmental, immunological, and psychological.

What is Psoriasis in Ayurveda?


In Ayurveda Psoriasis is Kitibha, a kind of Kshudra Kushta or minor skin disease. Panchakarma is the best remedy for psoriasis. To know more about Psoriasis-Kitibha, its causes, symptoms, treatments, home remedies, and preventive aspects including diet, exercises, yoga, and lifestyle, please click here or contact us for interaction with our experts.


  • Plaque Psoriasis: Most common form with dry, raised, red silver scaled itchy tender on elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp
  • Nail Psoriasis: Pitting, abnormal discolored loose crumbling finger, and toenails
  • Guttate Psoriasis: Found in teenagers and children triggered by bacterial infection characterized by small, drop-shaped, scaly patches on the trunk, arms, or legs
  • Inverse Psoriasis: Red patches on the groin, buttocks, and breasts
  • Pustular Psoriasis: Pus-filled widespread patches on the palms and soles
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis: Red, peeling itchy burning rashes on the entire body
  • Psoriatic Arthritis: Swollen, painful stiff joints

Ayurveda Treatment for Psoriasis - Kitibha and Ayurveda


Applications and oils such as Ayyappala Thailam, Mulakadibeeja Lepam, Gomutradi Lepam, etc. are done initially. Panchakarma treatments include periodic Vamanam, Virechanam, Nasyam, and Raktamokshanam. Medicines such as Madhusnuhi Rasayanam, Thithaka Ghritham, Aragwadhadhi Kashayam, etc. are administered under strict medical supervision.

Preventive Care for Psoriasis

  • Avoid and be careful of the triggering factors and stress
  • Practice Yoga and Pranayama after getting proper instructions
  • Never scratch. Use moisturizer and oils
  • Use soft towels and do not rub
  • Avoid soap. Use gram flour with coconut milk
  • Wear light, loose and soft clothes