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Morphea Treatment and Management with Ayurvedic Herbs - Localised scleroderma - Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Posted 1/17/2019 3:41:00 AM By Dr. Vikram Chauhan
Dr. Vikram Chauhan
Morphea Treatment and Management with Ayurvedic Herbs - Localised scleroderma By Dr. Vikram Chauhan

 

Morphea rare skin condition which leads to the formation of localized  painless skin patches which are reddish to purplish in color. These patches mostly  occur on the stomach, back, face, arms, and legs. The appearance of morphea is of ivory -colored  plaque along with inflammation on its borders.

Morphea a limited form of scleroderma, along with skin discoloration it causes  a wide variety of disease like difficulty in muscles and joint functioning. It affects the outermost  skin that is dermis and the fatty tissue beneath the dermis.

Classification of morphea or localized scleroderma

     
  • One or several patches : localized
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  • Spreadover the large  surface of the body: generalized
        lesions over outer and deeper skin. It affects people with early age of 20.
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  • Linear lesions  classification:
        Limited thart  involves deeper skin and bone underneath, other than outer skin. It restricts the  movement of joints:  pansclerotic
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  • It is an uncommon disease. In this women are 3 times  more affected as compared to men. It affects mostly an age group between 20 to 50 years. Morphea subsides by its  own and it has chances to reoccur.

What are the Symptoms of morphea?

     
  • Oval patches over the skin  which are reddish to purplish in color mostly found over chest, abdomen,  arms, and legs.Patches are white  or light in color over its center
    patches present over arms and legs are known as linear patches.
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  • The skin becomes thickened,  hard, dry, and shiny.
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  • Loss of sweat glands and hairs  in the affected area.

What are the Causes of morphea?

  • The exact cause is still  unknown. It is believed as an immune disorder. This disorder is due to  overactivation of collagen-producing cells and hence there is an overproduction  of collagen fiber.
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  • Due to more  collagen, the hardening of the skin occurs. It gets worse by radiation therapy, repeated  injury or trauma to the skin, exposure to environmental agents or any kind of  infection.
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  • Risk factors:  Sex: Women get more affected as compare to  men
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  • Races: White people likely to  develop more, as compare to dark.

What are the Complications of morphea?

  • It affects  movements. Morphea affects arms and  legs make the joint immoveable.
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  • A condition of generalized morphea occurs due to joining of newly formed  patches of hard discolored skin.
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  • It affects the eyes of children suffering from head and neck morphea.
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  • It makes one's confidence low due to body image, particularly discolored  patches present over arms, legs or face.
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  • Cause itching and burning of genitalia areas due to genital lichen sclerosis.


Diagnosis of morphea

  • It is done by physical examination by seeing skin texture
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  • A small sample of affected skin is taken for biopsy and for lab examination.
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  • Eye examination in case of children affected by head  and neck morphea.
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  • USG OR MRI done for monitoring the progression of the disease and effect of  treatment.

Is there Any Treatment of morphea?

     
  • In modern medicines, there is no treatment for morphea. The treatment pattern depends upon the  severity of morphea. The main aim is controlling its symptoms until it  precedes.


The modern treatment is:

  • Phototherapy: use of artificial ultraviolet light  for the treatment.
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  • Use of Dovonex, a vitamin D cream.
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  • Oral medications like methotrexate or other  steroids
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  • In severe cases, use of corticosteroids, methotrexate, and physical therapy if  movements become restricted.
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  • These all treatment  make the situation worst after stoping the medications.


What are the Precautions?

  • Avoid hot and cold showers.
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  • Applying moisturizers immediately after taking a  bath<
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  • use nonfragrance herbal products.
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  • Use of a humidifier to add moisture during  winters.
        Do exercise daily to improve the blood circulation of the body.


Ayurvedic aspect  on morphea:

  • According to Charaka , all skin diseases occur due to an imbalance between  Vata, Pitta and  Kapha doshas which affect the tvak (skin), ambhu (lymph rasa dhatu), rakta  dhatu and mamsa dhatu.
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  • Morphea is mainly a pitta vridhi which causes redness, itching, pain and  tenderness of the skin. The skin tightening is due to Vata doshas.
  • It spreads  to fingers, feet, face, and neck and decreases the motions of jaw, fingers, all  these occur due to vata vriddhi.

Treatment

  • Langhana (purification): It  is mainly done to remove doshas / ama / mala from rasa and rakhta dhatu.
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  • Shamana: Pacify doshas and eliminates ama.

Natural Treatment 

  • Consume vitamin D rich  foods like fatty fish, cheese,  egg yolk.
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  • Use essential oils like peppermint and lavender  oil.
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  • Consume ½ tsp of turmeric with milk daily.
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  • Rub garlic cloves on the affected skin.
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  • Consume ginger tea daily.

Best Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda

1. Gandhak Rasayan Tablet

  • It is prepared from using purified  Gandhak (Sulphur).  It is useful in retaining healthy skin/complexion and texture, improving the  body's immunity by fighting infections. Gandhak rasayan helps in reducing inflammation.  The Gandhak aids in absorbing moisture from the environment into the skin,  thereby making the skin look healthy. It is a strong blood purifier and acts as  an analgesic. It controls skin patches and reduces the pain in the affected  areas.

Dose: The recommended dosage is 2 tablets twice a day with plain water after  meals.


2. Ashwagandha Capsules

  • These capsules are made from the pure extract of "Ashwagandha" herb,  also known as Withania somnifera.  It enhances the physical and mental capabilities of the body.
  • The medicine  works towards balancing the doshas by eliminating excessive toxins out of the  body. It works in improving circulatory, reproductive and adrenal systems too.  The medicine helps in reducing the stress and anxiety levels of the patient.

Dose: The recommended dosage of Ashwagandha capsules is one to two capsules  twice a day with plain water after meals.


3. Neem Capsules

  • These capsules are formed by the pure extract of (Azadirachta indica) or neem. They act as a blood  purifier and immunity modulator. Neem is known to be best anti-allergic,  anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and is very beneficial in all kind of skin problems  ranging from skin allergies, rashes, irritation, itching, inflammation and also  for respiratory tract infections.
  • Neem is known to have anti-inflammatory and  antiseptic properties too.
  • Neem stimulates the production of T cells and gives a head-on attack against  all kinds of infections. This medicine is useful in problems like acne, eczema,  dandruff, psoriasis, hives, herpes, ringworm, shingles, and warts etc.

Dose: The recommended dosage is two capsules two times a day with plain water  after meals.


4. Arjuna Capsules

  • These capsules are prepared using a standardized extract of pure Arjuna herb (Terminalia arjuna).  Arjuna is a very good antioxidant and blood purifier.

Dose: The  recommended dosage for Arjuna capsule is 1 to 2 capsules two times a day with  plain water after meals.

Important tips

  • It is recommended to apply moisturizers that soften your skin. Long, hot showers or use of harsh soaps  should be avoided. It is advised to apply sunscreen.
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  • Use  humidifiers to add moisture in the air and exercise regularly for better blood  circulation and faster recovery.

 


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