Ayurvedic Line of Treatment
According to Ayurveda, Lichen Planus primarily occurs due to imbalance of doshas -namely ,Vata and Kapha . Improper Vata and Kapha doshas cause accumulation of toxins in the skin. These toxins further accumulate at deep skin tissues like rasa (nutrient plasma), rakta (blood), mansa (muscles), and lasika (lymphatic) which finally leads to Lichen Planus.
The treatment for Lichen Planus starts after having a clear view on the following factors:
- The seriousness of the disease
- The type of Lichen Planus
- The size and intensity of Lichen Planus patches
The treatment is ideally scheduled for 21-28 days, and further 2-3 sessions may be required as per the need.
Raktamokshana (blood-letting) - It is one of the elementary techniques of Ayurvedic detoxification,Panchkarma. Raktamokshana is an effective blood purification therapy, in which small quantity of blood is released out of the body to neutralize the toxins present in the body.
Types of Raktamoshana-
- Shastra Visravana – Metal instruments are used carefully to relinquish a controlled amount of blood.
- Anushastra Visravana – Raktamokshana is performed without the use of any metal instruments
Liver Cleanse Therapy -
Olive oil, lemon juice and spices. Citrus fruits, vitamin C, turmeric and ginger are heavily included in the diet which can help in reducing the cholesterol in the gallbladder to prevent its further build-up.
- Lepa – medicated cream is applied on the affected area
- Parisheka – sprinkling of liquids over the lesions
- Avachurana – dusting with Ayurvedic powder
- Avagahana – dipping the affected part in medicated liquid and
- Dhuma – fumigation of the affected skin area
Shatadhout Ghruta, Dashang lep, Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Chandan (Santalum album), Honey-Ghee mixture and Karanj- Kapur (Pongamia pinnata - Cinnamum camphora) oil are applied locally over the affected skin areas.