Shwitra is a special type of Kushtha described in texts.
Kilasa is the synonym. Pathogenesis of Shwitra is
restricted upto level of skin only. It cannot reach further
deeper level and also it is devoid of secretions. This is
the main differentiating point between Shwitra and
Mahakushtha. Charaka Samhita explains three types of
Shwitra as, Daruna, Charuna and Shwitra.
The primary difference between Kushtha and Shwitra
is, It is caused due to acceptance of relevant causes and
therefore aggravation of all the three dosha. Occasionally
it can be caused due to dominance of single dosha or combination of two dosha in the pathogenesis.
Shwitra displays symptoms according to its involvement
with dhatu. Symptoms can be displayed as,
Dosha reaching at level of Rakta dhatu - patches are
of reddish color.
Dosha reaching at level of Mamsa dhatu - patches are
of coppery color.
Dosha reaching at level of Meda dhatu - patches are
of white color.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Psoriasis
The word Psoriasis is derived from Greek
word meaning itching condition or being
itchy. It is a commonly found skin disease,
of relapsing of immune mediated disease,
characterized by skin lesions including red,
scaly patches, papules, and plaques, with
severe itching. The skin lesions seen in
psoriasis may vary in severity from minor
localized patches to complete body coverage.
It is not purely a skin disorder and can have
a negative impact on many organ systems.
Psoriasis has been associated with an increased
tisk of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease,
and other immune-mediated disorders such
as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It is
generally considered a genetic disease. Psoriasis
develops when the immune system mistakes
a normal skin cell for a pathogen, and sends
out faulty signals that cause overproduction
of new skin cells. It is not contagious disease
The causes of psoriasis are not fully
Some factors may be counted as;
Side effect of some medicines - eg.
withdrawal of a systemic corticosteroid