2019, Vol. 4, Issue 1
Nutrition and psoriasis: An overview
Author(s): Satyapal Singh
Nutrition (Ahara) is very much emphasized in Ayurvedic system of medicine not only in the disorders like psoriasis but also in other disorders. There are ample references in Ayurvedic texts regarding the use of different dietetics or nutrition in healthy state for prevention as well as for treating many disorders. In Ayurveda Ahar is termed as ‘Mahaushadha’. Poor diet/nutrition may generate chronic inflammation and it may refer as the diet-induced pro-inflammatory state. If the pro-inflammatory state is persist for longer period, it acts as the fertilizer needed to grow different types of chronic disorders. Every meal will either promote or inhibit inflammation. Here, it is important to remember that the statement of Acharya charaka, ‘Ahar Sambhavam Vastu Rogaschahar Sambhavah’. Severe inflammatory skin disorders including psoriasis have been associated with nutritional deficiencies because of an accelerated loss of nutrients. Therefore, it results in increase demand of nutrients. Thus, patient should adopt the diet like seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables and fruits, with emphasis on raw seeds and nuts and plenty of organically grown raw vegetables and fruits. These food types are easily digestible and can be assimilated faster and quicker in the human system. Diet rich in Amla Ras like citrus fruits and rich in Lavana Ras like processed foods etc. should be avoided. All animal fats, including butter and eggs, all condiments, tea and coffee, should also be avoided. There is no dought regarding the beneficial role of proper nutrition in psoriasis but furthermore researches are needed to establish the role of diet.
Pages: 1803-1807 | 281 Views 3 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Satyapal Singh. Nutrition and psoriasis: An overview. Int J Physiol Nutr Phys Educ 2019;4(1):1803-1807.