Dr SP  Priya* PG Scholar

SDM College of Ayurveda and Hospital Hassan



The Skin is the largest among the organs of the body and provides an immediate barrier between the internal tissues and environment. Skin protects the body from the effects of temperature and chemical and microbial attack. Skin has a great cosmetic importance. The disorders of skin greatly affects the mental and physical state of a human being. Among the various disorders of the skin Psoriasis has prime importance and has raised challenges for  medical fraternity. According to the Ayurvedic science the skin disorders are mentioned under the term Kushta. There are 18 types of Kushta. Among them Eka kushta andKitibha which are mentioned under Kshudra Kushtas have similarities with the symptoms of Psoriasis. There are various treatment modalities mentioned for Psoriasis. This paper reviews some of the single drug remedies mentioned for the treatment of Eka kushta and Kitibha in various Ayurvedic classics and nighantus.


Eka Kushta, Kitibha, Psoriasis, Single drugs


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