Ayurveda Q&A: Home remedies for melasma

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.
This week’s answers:

1. I am a diabetic patient since 1992, even though my sugar level is not that high, I have diabetic foot problem. I have lost 80% sense and the feet aches and go very cold. I find it difficult to wear my underwear/pants etc. loosing my balance. Kindly suggest some remedies for the same.
Bhadange

The symptoms suggestive of Diabetic neuropathy, Ayurveda can help you better. The  Ayurveda treatment approach is to increase natural healing ability of the body.

A healing plan with detoxification therapies followed by rejuvenation therapies is very helpful to bring back the normalcy. The detoxification therapies are meant to flush out the toxins, which includes pre-purification, purification and post purification phases and include various types of therapies like oil massages, fermented liquid massages, medicinal enemas, herbal purification methods.

Rejuvenation therapies are meant to nourish the body, to bring the functional elements back to balance and to regenerate the body. This includes diet regulations, daily regimens, intake of oral medicines and yoga and a stress free life.

Pre purification therapies – Pre-purification therapies are the first ones applied to loosen the toxins, open up the circulation channels and get the body ready for discarding these wastes. These methods are highly relaxing for the body and mind. The following pre-purification therapies are usually adopted for curing Diabetic Neuropathy

a. Snehapanam is an important pre purification therapy. It is a type of Oleation therapy and consists of oral intake of medicated ghee in empty stomach for a specified number of days. This unique treatment helps flush out the toxins from the body.

b. Udwarthanam is a type of body massage using herbal powder. This massage activates the nerves and increases blood flow to the impaired parts of the body.

c. Dhanyamla dhara is the continuous pouring of warm fermented medicinal liquid on the body for nearly 40 minutes. The nerves receive a lot of nourishment from this continuous pouring and are very effective for treating all types of diseases affecting nerves.

d. Thalapothichil is the application of herbal paste on the scalp of a patient for a specific period of time. Selected medicinal herbs, thoroughly ground and made in to a fine paste, is thickly applied on to the scalp of the person. The scalp part of the head is then covered up with usually banana leaf to allow the medicine to stay on and function well. This stays on the person’s head for almost 40 to 50 minutes giving wonderful relaxation to the mind.

e. Thakra dhara is the profuse pouring of specially prepared buttermilk on the forehead of the person for one hour. This cools down the brain, relaxes the mind and reduces stress, tension and anxiety.

Purification therapies- This is the phase of elimination of toxins that were loosened at the pre purification stage. The commonly adopted detoxification treatments for Diabetic Neuropathy are Purgation (Virechana), Emesis (Vamana) and Medicated enema (Vasti)

a. Purgation is the oral intake of safe herbal medicines leading to the elimination of poisonous wastes through the anal route.

b. Emesis is also known as therapeutic vomiting. It is a treatment that eliminates the toxins and waste products through the upper gastro-intestinal track. It expels and cleanses undigested food. It has been found to be highly effective in treating Diabetic Neuropathy.

c. Medicated enema therapy, is the colon cleaning treatment. In this the medicines are introduced through the anal route for the evacuation of accumulated toxins and metabolic wastes. It is highly recommended in the treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy.

Rejuvenation for Diabetic Neuropathy

These are body nourishing therapies to rejuvenate the body and mind after the detoxification treatments. They keep the enzymes in the tissue cells in their normal functioning condition, restore and balance the body functions and maintain the overall health and well being of an individual for much longer periods after the detox course. Rejuvenation phase of Diabetic Neuropathy consists of oral medicines, diet regulation and yoga. It is important to have a lifestyle that does not disturb natural body rhythms. When we eat, sleep and exercise in constantly fluctuating and disturbing patterns, the body loses its natural balancing cycles and cannot cleanse or heal itself as effectively. Therefore, regularity in our daily routine can be extremely effective in reducing physiological imbalance to avoid chronic disease.

As a very effective passification remedy I suggest you to take Shiva Gutika 1 tablet thrice daily 30 minutes before food with warm water and Lopac 2 capsules thrice daily after food with warm water for 40 days. This will heal you.

2. Where can I get the ayurved medicines suggested by you in lucknow …

neeraj misra

Any Ayurveda Pharmacy will have it. I have googled and found the below address for you.

Mr.ASHISH AGARWAL
M/S.SANDILA PHARMA
HIG-L-6 KURSI ROAD
ALIGANG
LUCKNOW
PH:0939022376

Please do visit web sites of Dabur and Baidhyanath Ayurveda pharmacies as they have online buying facility

3. Dear Dr. Gowthaman, Just finished reading your interesting article, whilst browsing LinkedIn.
I am an Ayurvedic Physician and Spa Consultant presently based in China, developing a chain of Ayurvedic Spas.
Well, I myself am having the Melasma since almost 4 years, and have sought advise of the best skin specialists. I have tried hydroquinone 2%, with a little improvement.I am very much interested in finding out what Ayurveda has to help.
Looking forward to hear from you soon.Many thanks,

Best regards,
Dr. Pramod Mane.

These are the three effective remedies which I suggest to my patients.

Vinegar: Dilute vinegar equally with water, and use to cleanse and rinse your face. Allow to air dry to seal in moisture. Or, use the vinegar/water mixture in place of an astringent or toner. Vinegar is chemically acetic acid, and is capable of whitening and brightening, as well as making skin smoother and more radiant. It has also long been used for a skin softener. Apple cider or other natural vinegars are recommended, though some people use distilled white vinegar.

Onion Juice: To get onion juice, you can finely chop up an onion, or blend it, and squeeze the juice through a cheesecloth. Mix with equal part apple cider vinegar, apply twice daily with a cotton ball and watch for results over the next several weeks. Alternatively, you can cut a slice of onion, dip it in vinegar, and apply it to the pigmentation.

Lemon Juice: Applying the juice of a fresh lemon to the pigmentation has a similar effect to the onion remedy – it is acidic and can safely peel off the top layer of skin, causing spots to fade.

Onion, vinegar and lemon juice are excellent home remedies to relieve you of age spots, melasma, pigmentation and discoloration.

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