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Effective Herbs for Atopic Dermatitis in Ayurveda


Vicharchika is the ayurvedic term for atopic dermatitis. It is believed that deterioration of all the three doshas vata, pitta and kapha causes atopic dermatitis. Generally, atopic dermatitis is caused by imbalanced vata that makes the skin patchy, rough, dry, hard, inflamed, itchy and scaly. Ayurdeda is an ancient holistic healing science which considers every individual unique. Ayurvedic treatments depends on age, physical, mental, emotional, social and environmental constitution of an individual. Ayurveda elaborates the process of blood purification which includes snehan or oleation therapy, swedana or sweating therapy, panchkarma therapy to pacify aggrevated doshas by diet and natural herbs and panchkarma blood purification process which involves vaman, virechan, nasya, basti and raktamokshan. The best thing about ayurvedic treatment is it doesn't have any side effects.

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 care various skin ailments including atopic dermatitis.

1. Neem

Neem is a very popular natural remedy for blood purification and detoxification. Stem, root and bark of neem has astringent tonics. Neem oil contains fatty acids which quickens wound healing, maintains skin elasticity and builds collagen. It has an antioxidant, immunity building and cooling properties. Neem is the best anti allergic and anti microbial remedy to treat all types of skin ailments such as healing of infested wounds and ulcers, inflammatory skin conditions, wet dermatitis, acne, scaly flakes, skin redness, skin irritation, skin itching, dry skin. It basically helps in balancing pitta and kapha. It is administered internally as well as applied locally.

It is useful to treat hair problems, acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, skin rashes, blemishes, and skin eruptions, various types of skin allergies such as urticaria, vitiligo and dark circles around the eyes. It has detoxification and purification properties which helps to flush out the toxins from the body. It also promotes wound healing.

2. Aloe Vera

Pulp and juice of aloe vera effectively 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 youthful 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.

3. 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.

4. Dandelion

According to a research drinking dandelion tea or juice can treat dermatitis associated with blisters and severe itching. Dandelion can also used externally by applying it on the affected area to treat dermatitis. It has anti-microbial and ant-fungal activities. Dandelion flowers are rich source of lecithin which is a moisturising agent widely used in skincare. Dandelion roots contains inulin which is a humectants as it draws moisture through skin to hydrate the outer layer of the skin.

5. Liquorice

It is a leafy plant in which the root is used in food and medicine. The main compound is glycyrrhizin which possesses anti-inflammatory property. When applied locally on dermatitis, liquorice significantly reduces skin redness, swelling, itching and burning sensation. Liquorice extract is also very useful for treating dermatitis.

6. Oats

A very popular herb for its soothing quality and it also relieves irritation, itching and dry skin. Oat contains a compound called avenanthramides which possesses highly anti-inflammatory and ani-oxidant activities. Oats along with baking soda is widely used in bathing infants who are suffering from atopic dermatitis. It reduces skin redness, dryness, itching, irritation, scaling, flaking, burning sensation and erythema. It is suitable for infants as well as adults.

7. Calendula

It is immensely useful in treating broad spectrum of different types of skin disorders due to its anti-inflammatory quality. It is beneficial in curing dermatitis as it reduces skin inflammation, destroys bacteria and quickens healing process. It gives soothing effect and locks the moisture in the skin. It is widely used to treat acute dermatitis.

Ayurvedic Medicines 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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