According to Ayurveda, eczema can be compared to a disorder that is called “ Vi-char-chi-ka”. The symptoms of excessive itching, boil or pustule formation, discoloration/hyperpigmentation, profuse oozing and later marked lichenification, pain, and excessive dryness have great parlance with eczema.
According to Ayurveda, there are some common causes responsible for the development of skin disorders. If you have developed a skin disorder, you might check a few items off this list:
- You frequently eat incompatible food items (see incompatible food items here).
- You have an excessive intake of oily, fatty and heavy-to-digest foods like dairy products.
- You tend to suppress natural urges – this also includes suppressing your feelings.
- You expose yourself to physical exercise and/or intense heat after heavy meals.
- You bathe with cold water immediately after intense exposure to the sun, exertion or fear.
- You eat food during indigestion or when the previous meal is not properly digested.
- You consume excessive amounts of grains that have been harvested within a year.
- You consume excessive amounts of curd or yogurt, fish, salted foods, dairy in general, and sesame seeds.
- You have intercourse within 3 hours of having meals.
- You sleep regularly during the day.
- Interestingly, insulting learned people and teachers is also considered to be a cause of skin disorders (concrete research is needed to verify this statement, but it’s definitely food for thought!)
So what happens when you subject your body to these causes? Ayurveda says that Kapha and Pitta become aggravated by these activities, leading to the aggravation of Vata as well. Then, Vata moves through the veins and the blood, taking the vitiated Pitta and Kapha to the skin, all over the body, and lodges them there to cause skin disorders like eczema. It also causes dryness.