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Concept of Atopic Dermatitis in Ayurveda


In ayurveda dermatitis or eczema is termed as Vicharchika. It is believed that vitiation of all the three doshas vata, pitta and kapha causes atopic dermatitis. The pitta vitiated vicharchika is the most common vitiation of skin.

In ayurveda, vitiation of all three doshas can cause dermatitis

1. Kapha Dosha

Imbalance of kapha is more distinct on the skin. The skin appears thick with itching and oozing.

2. Pitta Dosha

It may cause bleeding from affected area along with burning sensation and fever.

3. Vata Dosha

It causes the dermatitis due to dryness of skin. It is leads to severe itching and pain.

Atopic dermatitis is caused by imbalanced vata which makes the skin patchy, rough, dry, inflamed, itchy and scaly. Ayurvedic treatments depends on age, physical, mental, emotional, social and environmental constitution of an individual. Ayurveda involves the process of blood purification like snehan therapy, swedana therapy, panchkarma therapy to correct imbalanced doshas by diet and natural herbs and panchkarma blood purification process which involves vaman, virechan, nasya, basti and raktamokshan.

Herbs for Atopic Dermatitis

The main purpose of using herbs for treating dermatitis is to remove the root cause of the disease.

Below are some of the best herbs available to cure various skin ailments including atopic dermatitis:-

1. Almond Oil and Walnut Oil

Sweet almond oil is very popular carrier oil as it is absolutely light and easily available. Almond oil is generally cold pressed but most of the almond oil available is extracted using solvents. Almond oil is a great emollient which nourishes and rejuvenates dry skin. It is beneficial in treating the itching caused by dermatitis. The walnut oil is brown coloured oil which is most often used in hair care and skin care products and being an excellent emollient it is very effective in treating dermatitis.

2. Neem

Neem helps in blood purification and detoxification. Stem, root and bark of neem has astringent tonics which contains fatty acids that quickens wound healing, maintains skin elasticity and builds collagen. It has an antioxidant, immunity building properties. Being anti-allergic and anti-microbial herb it treats all types of skin ailments like healing of wounds, ulcers, inflammatory skin diseases, dermatitis, acne, skin redness, skin irritation, blemishes, skin itching, dry skin. It basically helps in balancing pitta and kapha. It is useful to treat scalp problems, acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, skin rashes, and skin eruptions, skin allergies such as urticaria, vitiligo and dark circles around the eyes.

3. Aloe Vera

Pulp and juice of aloe vera essentially treats dermatitis by soothing skin inflammation. It enhances healing process as it is a rich source of vitamin B, C, E and minerals which helps in curing inflammation. It generates new healthy skin cells which replaces damaged and dead skin cells. It reveals scar free, radiant and younger skin. It is an excellent skin moisturiser with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is popularly used in the treatment of wrinkled skin, dark circles around the eyes, burn scars, blemishes, sunburn, stretch mark, uneven pigmentation and tanning.

4. Chamomile

It has antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Chamomile is also known to be hypoallergenic which eliminates skin irritants. It is one of the few herbs that has been included in clinical trials to study its effectiveness in skin care regimen. It is available in form of chamomile cream or ointment. Chamomile has been found more effective than hydrocortisone when applied locally.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric has antiseptic, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities and hence it has wonderful wound healing activity. It is widely used to treat dermatitis. The prime ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which contains anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties and hence it may help to care skin inflammation related with dermatitis. It also boosts immune system.

Planet Ayurveda's Herbal Remedies for Atopic Dermatitis


  1. Gandhak Rasayan - 2 tablets twice in a day with plain water after meals.
  2. Navkarshik Churna - One teaspoonful to 1 tablespoonful twice daily.
  3. Radiant Skin Hair Nails Formula - One capsules two times in a day with plain water after meals.
  4. Vetpalai Thailam - Apply it on affected area.
  5. Lippu oil - Apply it on affected area.
  6. Manadarin orange soap - Apply gently all over the body.

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