Psoriasis in an inflammatory disease of the skin with hyperproliferation of the skin layers.
Visible symptoms are erythematous plaques with silvery scales accompanied by itching.
The cause of the disease is unknown but there is a strong genetic predisposition. Sun deprivation and streptococcal infection of the upper respiratory tract can aggravate this condition.
Ayurvedically speaking, psoriasis is the vitiation of vata and kapha. It is the accumulation of poisons (dooshi vishas) that is made worse by irregular food habits.
Psoriasis can be treated through panchkarma, which is the ayurvedic detoxification of the body and elimination of toxins from body fluids.