Psoriasis in Ayurveda is well-known disease as “Kithibha” is an autoimmune ailment that causes plaques, which are itchy or sore patches of thick, red, dry skin. Psoriasis affects any part of the body.


  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Climate
  • Low immunity
  • Use of certain medication
Types of Psoriasis
Plaque Psoriasis
Plaque Psoriasis is the most communal type of Psoriasis. It occurs to red and inflamed patches that cover over the area of the skin. These patches are covered with whitish-silver scales or plaques which are found on elbows, knees and scalp.

Guttate Psoriasis
Guttate Psoriasis commonly occurs in children. This causes small pink spots which occurs on torso, arms and legs.

Pustular Psoriasis
Pustular Psoriasis is very common in adults. This causes white, pus filled blisters and broad areas in red, inflamed skin. Generally, it is localized to smaller areas of the body such as hands or feet.

Inverse Psoriasis
Inverse Psoriasis occurs in the bright areas of red, shiny, inflamed skin. These patches grow under armpits or breasts or around skinfolds in the genitals.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis
Erythrodermic Psoriasis is a rare type of Psoriasis often covers large sections of the body at once. This type of Psoriasis can be life threatening and hence individuals should consult doctor immediately.

Ayurveda Management for Psoriasis
Ayurveda believes that impurities in the blood related to emotional aspects are the cause of the disease. Psoriasis is believed to occur due to reduction in all three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) in varying degree, but mainly Vata and Kapha according to the Ayurvedic treatments.

The vata mainly causes pain, dryness and scaling of skin. Pitha vitiation leads to burning feeling, redness, inflammation etc. and that of kapha causes rashes, itching, discharge, thickening of skin etc. From these symptoms, the involvement of Dosha is analysed carefully in each patient, which is most important in the management of the disease.

The irregular lifestyle, consumption of foodstuffs such as dairy products with fish, yogurt, paneer, black gram, seafood sour and salted items that are advised not to be eaten together which activates the pathogenesis. The consumption of alcohol and tobacco will act as a catalyst here. Ayurveda also looks on to the effect of stress in the pathogenesis of Psoriasis.