Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Now under treatment....

Before treatment.....

  • Psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent, inflammatory skin disease of unknown origin.
  • It is characterised by well-circumscribed erythematous, dry elevated lesions of various sizes, covered with mica like scales.
  • It is said to be a disorder of excessive growth and reproduction of skin cells.
  • Psoriasis affects both sexes equally and can occur at any age, although it most commonly appears for the first time between the ages of 15 and 25 years.


  • Specific cause is not found yet,but it is believed to have a genetic component.


  • These include stress, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking.
  • Individuals with psoriasis may suffer from depression and loss of self-esteem.


  • Common features of psoriasis include red scaly patches to appear on the skin.
  • This scaly patches caused by psoriasis is called psoriatic plaques.
  • These plaques are formed very quickly over the skin and accumulates at these sites like silvery-white appearance.
  • The common sites where the psoriatic plaques frequently occur are skin of the knees and elbows,but can affect any area including the scalp and genitals.
  • The disorder is a chronic recurring condition which varies in severity from minor localised patches to complete body coverage.
  • Finger-nails and toe-nails are frequently affected.Psoriasis can also cause inflammation of the joints, which is known as psoriatic arthritis.


  1. Plaque psoriasis ,
  2. Flexural psoriasis,
  3. Guttate psoriasis, and
  4. Pustular psoriasis,
  5. Erythrodermic psoriasis

are the common forms.


  • Psoriatic arthritis,Psoriatic nails-leading to deformity of joints and nails.


  • A diagnosis of psoriasis is usually based on the appearance of the skin.
  • There are no special blood tests or diagnostic procedures for psoriasis.
  • Sometimes a skin biopsy, or scraping, may be needed to rule out other disorders and to confirm the diagnosis.


  • Psoriasis is usually graded as mild (affecting less than 3% of the body), moderate (affecting 3-10% of the body) or severe.
  • The Psoriasis Area Severity Index (PASI) is the most widely used measurement tool for psoriasis.


  • Beyond the physical sufferings like itching and some pain,Psoriasis patients are also affected mentally due to strain.
  • Other chronic diseases such as depression, myocardial infarction, hypertension, congestive heart failure or type 2 diabetes are also common among them.
  • Individuals with psoriasis may also feel self-conscious about their appearance and have a poor self-image that stems from fear of public rejection and psycho sexual concerns.
  • Psychological distress can lead to significant depression and social isolation.


  • The treatment is based on the type of psoriasis, its location, extent and severity.
  • The patient’s age, gender, quality of life, commodities, and attitude toward risks associated with the treatment are also taken in to consideration.
  • Variation between individuals in the effectiveness of specific psoriasis treatments are common.
  • Because of this, dermatologists often use a trial-and-error approach to find the most appropriate treatment for their patient.
  • As a first step, medicated ointments or creams, called topical treatments, are applied to the skin.
  • If topical treatment fails to achieve the desired goal then the next step would be to expose the skin to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
  • This type of treatment is called photo therapy.Photo chemotherapy[PUVA] is also related to this.
  • The third step involves the use of medications which are taken internally by pill or injection.
  • This approach is called systemic treatment.
  • The three main traditional systemic treatments are methotrexate, cyclosporine and retinoids.
  • Antibiotics are not indicated in routine treatment of psoriasis.
  • However, antibiotics may be employed when an infection, such as that caused by the bacteria Streptococcus, triggers an outbreak of psoriasis, as in certain cases of guttate psoriasis.


  • Patients undergoing systemic treatment are required to have regular blood and liver function tests because of the toxicity due to medication.
  • Pregnancy must be avoided for the majority of these treatments.


  • Most people experience a recurrence of psoriasis when systemic treatment is discontinued.
  • Psoriasis is a life-long condition.
  • There is currently no cure but various treatments can help to control the symptoms.
  • Many of the most effective agents used to treat severe psoriasis carry an increased risk of significant morbidity including skin cancers, lymphoma and liver disease.


  • Psoriasis is known as 'KALANJAGA PADAI NOI' in Siddha system.
  • It comes under 18 types of skin diseases mentioned in the Siddha literature.
  • Siddha system calls different varieties of psoriasis by various names.

*Piththa Vedippu,

*Namattu chori,

*Chenthil uthir noi ,

*Yannai chori ,

*Kalanja padai,

*Varal thirambi are some among them.

  • The famous Siddha Text "Yugi Sindhamani-800" describes a vatha disease "KALANJAGA VATHAM" characterised by pain and swelling over the joints associated with some pealing skin lesions.
  • Based on this Prof.Dr.RAMANAN,MD(s) named the skin disease as 'KALANJAGA PADAI NOI'.


  • Psoriasis cases are common in Siddha practice.
  • Usually the cases I have met are very chronic and challenging.
  • Resistant cases also seek siddha medicine after getting a very long treatment from Dermatologists.
  • Before treatment,I use to investigate the patients thoroughly to rule-out for other systemic diseases.
  • This is very essential for choosing a drug.
  • The treatment is individualised according to the body constitution and condition of the patient.
  • We are preparing an "external medicine for psoriasis" in the form of OIL which gives remarkable results.
  • Initial stage cases respond very well to this external medicine.
  • Internal medicine is administered to the patients who are chronic and resistant to other drugs.
  • The recurrence rate is very minimal.
  • Even recurrance occurs, the interval is too long.

-Psoriasis patients should be aware about the disease and the treatment methods.

-It will be very safe & effective if the patient go for a Siddha treatment from a reliable source.



montclair dermatology said...

It is a good subject to explore,its better to know the cause of this skin disease to help us or easy to us to prevent this.

by: sphin

jrksiddha said...

Hi, Caring for ur health Siddha Research (:

siddharesearch said...

Dear Selvin,

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Dr.Karthick said...

Really very useful sir... thank u for kind sharing..

Anonymous said...

sir is national institute of siddha tambaram chennai is reliable source

Subhasree Dutta said...

I am suffering from scalp psoriasis from last 4 years.. nw i start my treatment with ayurvedic medicine.. m 22 years old.. my question is scalp psoriasis totally cureable.? If yes than how much time it takes.?

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