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Amazing Benefits Of Arabian Jasmine For Skin, Hair, And Health stylecraze.com Sep 29, 2017 12:00 PM Welcome to the world of Arabian Jasmine that stretches beyond your favorite jasmine tea and jasmine hair oil. The beautiful white Arabian Jasmine flower with its sensual, exotic, musky and zesty aroma is unarguably the best natural aphrodisiac. No wonder Indian brides are adorned with oodles and oodles of these flowers during their wedding and post wedding celebrations! More than being a beauty add-on, there are benefits of Arabian jasmine flowers that are great for skin, hair, and health. The flowers of this evergreen Arabian Jasmine plant is a traditional Ayurvedic remedy for various conditions, including eye disorders, epilepsy, headache, fever, vomiting, impotence, itches, wounds, and ulcer, to name a few. Packed with powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anesthetic, and analgesic properties, this aromatic herb is a hidden treasure. Now, telling you all about them, in brief, is not enough, right? So, read on to know more about the amazing benefits of Arabian jasmine. Scroll down! Arabian Jasmine—A Brief ￼ Image: Shutterstock Scientific Name- Jasmine sambac Native- Southeast Asia Other Names- Maid of Orleans, Belle of India, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Mogra in Hindi, Gundu malligai poo in Tamil and Mallige in Kannada This aromatic flower lives up to its name that can translate to ‘A Gift From God’ with its plethora of medicinal and decorational uses. Using this flower to cure ailments is nothing new. In earlier centuries, Egyptians and Greeks used this as aromatherapy, an aphrodisiac as well as a stimulant. Our ancestors utilized its paste for healing sores and scars. Chinese people used jasmine to flavor their teas. What makes Arabian jasmine such a beneficial ingredient for health issues? Well, many studies have shown that this miraculous flower is full of active compounds like flavonoids and coumarins that are known to promote vascular health, cardiac glycosides and phenolics that detoxifies our body. Trivia—Did you know that Arabian Jasmine is the national flower of Philippines? Ironical that it’s named Arabian when it originates in Southeast Asia! Benefits Of Arabian Jasmine ￼ Image: iStock Arabian Jasmine offers a multitude of benefits to your skin, hair, and health. Let’s take a look at each one of them. The Many Benefits of Arabian Jasmine Skin Benefits Natural DeodorantSofter SkinToned, Scar-free SkinEases Skin TroublesSafeguards Skin Hair Benefits Natural ConditionerFor Stronger, Longer, And Radiant LocksAnti-lice AgentKeeps The Scalp MoisturizedTreats Scalp Infections Health Benefits Natural AphrodisiacEases Stress And DepressionInnate Antiseptic PropertiesAnti-Cancerous AgentEases SpasmsAlleviates Pain And InflammationEases Cough And ColdNatural Remedy For SnoringAids Weight LossFor A Stronger Digestive SystemCure For FeverImproves Blood CirculationPainless MenstruationEases Labor PainsImpact On Breast MilkHelps DiabeticsRegulates Cholesterol Levels In BloodOther Benefits Skin Benefits of Arabian Jasmine Who doesn’t want to have a skin that is beautiful, glowing and flawless?I bet you have tried every product out there in the market only to regret later that you spent a fortune on cosmetics that didn’t work. Why don’t to switch to a natural ingredient for a change? Yes, Arabian Jasmine, it is! But always blend jasmine with other carrier oils. Although Jasmine is safe, it’s advisable to use it after mixing it with avocado, sweet almond, jojoba, or coconut oil. ￼ Image: iStock 1. Natural Deodorant By now it’s common knowledge that even the most pricey deodorants in the market won’t last beyond a period. Try Jasmine, will you? Why Does It Work The flower as well as the essential oil has ketone in low concentrations. This, in turn, gives it a warm, yet mild fragrance that makes it a natural deodorant option (1). 2. Softer Skin Longing to have a soft and smooth skin? Add a few drops of the oil extracted from jasmine to your bath water. Soak yourself for 10 minutes for an in-bath moisturizer, and see the results for yourself. Or, you can mix jasmine oil with a little aloe vera lotion and apply it on your skin and leave on for a moisturized, soft skin (2). Believe me; you will feel just wow after a bath! 3. Toned, Scar-free Skin Crushed jasmine flowers or jasmine oil, when used along with petroleum jelly or coconut oil, helps to ease stretch marks and scars. It also tones and soothes dry skin and retains the skin’s elasticity (3). 4. Eases Skin Troubles Jasmine, when used as a tea, is known to be an effective cure for scratches, wounds, and cuts (4). It is also an effective home remedy for rashes and redness caused by sunburn. Jasmine juice is an effective cure for cornstoo. 5. Safeguards Skin You already know that the essential oil extracted from Jasmine can keep your skin moisturized and hydrated. Did you know that it can also heal the post acne marks? This way it can protect your skin from the cruelties of the weather too. Why Does It Work The antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties of jasmine can be utilized in the form of its oil to improve the immunity power of the skin (5). Regular application of this oil on your skin can fight infections and weather impacts. Hair Benefits Of Arabian Jasmine Arabian jasmine offers a whole lot of benefits to the hair too. Here’s how. ￼ Image: iStock 6. Natural Conditioner Aromatic Jasmine serves as an easy and perfect natural conditioner as well. What You Need To Do Prepare jasmine water by steeping 10 to 15 jasmine flowers in plain water. Allow it to cool down and use it as the last hair rinse. It can be mixed with baking soda to be used as shampoo as well as a conditioner. Jasmine water can also be used as a serum to keep your hair conditioned. Jasmine, in the form of oil, can be applied to keep frizzy, curly, and unmanageable hair under control by padlocking the moisture (6). 7. For Stronger, Longer, And Radiant Locks The extract of jasmine leaves strengthens your hair roots, makes hair tensile and prevents it from turning brittle. This also ensures that your strands grow longer and thicker. Fresh extract of jasmine infused with coconut hair oil also gives you longer, fuller hair. Along with maintaining its natural color and sheen, this extract also ensures that you own thicker locks (7). 8. Anti-lice Agent Are lice and bugs making your scalp itchy and irritating? Add a handful of jasmine flowers to a carrier oil (coconut, almond or any other of your choice) and apply it regularly on scalp and hair to shield your hair from the attacks of head lice. 9. Keeps The Scalp Moisturized Jasmine extracts when used along with coconut oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil is known to lock the moisture in the scalp, keeping the scalp hydrated while preventing hair fall and dandruff. So, say bye-bye to dry and itchy scalp with Jasmine (8). 10. Treats Scalp Infections Come monsoon and bacterial-fungal infections attack your scalp. If you are looking for an easy remedy, jasmine can help. What You Need To Do Crush jasmine flower and steep it in coconut oil. Apply this on your infected scalp to treat an infection. The antiseptic and anti-microbial actions of both the ingredients work together, thereby ensuring that the infection subsides at a faster pace (9). Health Benefits Of Arabian Jasmine Last on the list is the sub-section about health benefits that is the most critical portion of this article (I’m sure many of you agree with me!). So, let’s go through the most important ones. ￼ Image: iStock 11. Natural Aphrodisiac Jasmine has been used to enhance libido since time immemorial. Why not make use of it then? Why Does It Work These white flowers have this compelling masculine and sensual fragrance, which bestow them with their magical aphrodisiac powers. It relaxes the person completely, unlocking the sexual inhibitions. It prepares the man and the woman to express themselves while nurturing the reproductive system by triggering the secretion of essential sex hormones (10). 12. Eases Stress And Depression The fragrant and lively jasmine flowers are known to lift your mood and ease stress. Jasmine can also bring you out of depression. What You Need To Do Smell a handful of fresh jasmine buds to counter your stress levels. Alternatively, you can use the pure oil extracted from these leaves. The aromatic ingredients of the flower soothe the senses thwarts off negative thoughts and fill you with energy. Just 2 drops—that is what you need to beat the stress caused by work and exam, fatigue, nervousness, anxiety, tension, and even addiction. While jasmine can ease postnatal depression too, make sure you use the oil instead of flowers for that benefit. Or, add about 10 to 12 jasmine flowers to your water and take a bath to boost your confidence levels, and put your emotions at ease. Why Does It Work Jasmine soothes the nerves by relaxing the automatic nerve activity and decreasing your heart rate. It is full of flavonoid antioxidants that are known to fight oxidative stress. Also, it carries mild sedative property that calms the mind and soul by regulating blood sugar and blood pressure levels (11). 13. Innate Antiseptic Properties Jasmine is also a favorite wound healer. No wonder then that it was used as an alternative to medicines in earlier days. Why Does It Work The presence of benzyl benzoate, benzoic acid, and benzaldehyde in jasmine makes it an effective antiseptic. Choose a fresh homemade oil for topical application on wounds to prevent infections. Inhalation of jasmine scent is also known to ease infections affecting the respiratory system, thwarting cold and cough (12). 14. Anti-Cancerous Agent You can even stem the growth and spread of cancerous cells with jasmine. Why Does It Work Numerous studies conducted on this flower suggest that it is known for its anti-cancerous and cytotoxic activities, both of which can help in easing and preventing cancer. If we look into the past, we can see that the flowers, as well as leaves of jasmine, have been used to shield women from breast cancer (13). 15. Eases Spasms Sometimes, using up different lotions and potions for painful conditions can make it worse. Why not use a single ingredient that can cure everything? Why Does It Work A natural antispasmodic agent, it can be used to ease painful conditions such as congestion, cough, asthma, and spasmodic cholera. It relieves spasms, alleviating the pain experienced under such conditions (14). 16. Alleviates Pain And Inflammation Suffering from a headache or a backache? Apply a drop of jasmine oil and massage. Yes, it heals, and it is a proven grandma’s home remedy for different kinds of pains and aches, including those from arthritis and rheumatism. Why Does It Work Jasmine, along with its anti-noci-perceptive and anti-inflammatory properties, also possesses anesthetic properties, the synergic effects of which helps in faster recovery from painful inflammatory conditions (15). 17. Eases Cough And Cold Sneezing and coughing throughout the day can reduce us into a cranky and grumpy soul. Try something new this time. Why Does It Work The oil extracted from jasmine flowers is a natural expectorant. This clears the phlegm accumulated in your respiratory tracts during cold and cough, giving you a good night’s sleep (16). 18. Natural Remedy For Snoring The unnatural and untimely habit of snoring can be embarrassing for you and annoying for the others too. But, did you know that Jasmine can spare you the awkward situation? Why Does It Work The expectorant property of this oil can be a natural cure for snoring. Sniffing the flower or oil eases the throat, widens the air passage, and keeps snoring at bay (17). Thanks to this wonderful flower, you can now have a sound sleep. 19. Aids Weight Loss Unbelievable but true, jasmine helps you lose weight. Why Does It Work Tender jasmine flowers are picked and infused with tea—green, black, or white. Studies suggest that intake of at least 3 cups of jasmine tea, along with a proper diet and exercise routine, can help cut unwanted flab and trim your waistline by increasing metabolism (18). 20. For A Stronger Digestive System Jasmine can improve your internal system by regulating digestive enzymes and making them effective. Why Does It Work Along with easing the spasms experienced during various digestive disorders, an infusion of jasmine tea is known to offer a cure for ulcers and gastritis too. It not only keeps your gut clean by paving the way for the growth of good bacteria, but it also strengthens your digestive system, developing immunity against infections (19). 21. Cure For Fever The Arabian jasmine flowers, as well as oil, have been used as a time-tested home remedy to bring down the temperature levels during a high fever. Why Does It Work Jasmine improves the circulation levels, eases stress, and relaxes muscles, helping in lowering and reducing fever (20). 22. Improves Blood Circulation Using jasmine can benefit you in a million other ways, especially in making your organ system fit and fine! Why Does It Work Jasmine, when consumed as a tea or massaged topically as oil, is known to improve blood circulation levels. It can be used to keep blood pressure levels under control and thwart off various dreaded cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis, thrombosis, and strokes (21). 23. Painless Menstruation Those five days of menses can be painful. And that makes us reach out for any possible pain-relieving options. Jasmine is one of them! Why Does It Work The oil extracted from Arabian Jasmine is efficient as an emmenagogue, which helps to alleviate the spasms and pain experienced during menstruation. This property also helps in regulating the cycles as well as keeping various premenstrual symptoms, including fatigue and mood swings under control. A nerve-soothing tonic, it helps women smoothly deal with this period. Mix 2 drops of jasmine oil in 1 ml sesame seed oil. Apply on your lower abs, massage gently to get over the pain (22). 24. Eases Labor Pain Now, it may sound absurd, but Jasmine is known to smoothen the delivery process. Why Does It Work A parturient cum uterine tonic, application of jasmine oil is known to ease the anxiety experienced during labor while helping the women relax completely. Once the muscles relax, labor becomes easier (23). What You Need To Do Mix 4 drops jasmine oil with 2 ml jojoba oil for more natural delivery and pain-free recovery soon after. 25. Impact On Breast Milk It’s not wrong to say that Jasmine is perfect for pregnant and lactating ladies because of the plethora of benefits it offers. Why Does It Work While the oil extracted from jasmine flowers is known to be a galactagogue, the flowers as such are known to be a lactifuge. Yes, Jasmine oil has been known to enhance the secretion of breast milk. Women who wish to stop breastfeeding can use jasmine flowers as it is known to halt breast milk secretion within 48 hours. 26. Helps Diabetics Among other things, jasmine can even keep your blood sugar levels under control. Why Does It Work Tea infused with jasmine leaves is known to maintain the blood sugar levels, normalizing the production of insulin. Consuming this tea can help people with diabetes balance their sugar levels. Studies also suggest the regular use of jasmine-infused tea to lower the chances of diabetes, especially if you are obese (24). 27. Regulates Cholesterol Levels In Blood Jasmine, when consumed as tea, is known to lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood. It also keeps a tab on the cholesterol levels and keeps health conditions such as heart attacks and strokes at bay. 28. Other Benefits Arabian Jasmine is also known to be therapeutic for conditions such as Leprosy, Otorrhea, Rectal bleeding, Urinary infections, Paralysis, Mental Debility, Giddiness, Liver cirrhosis and Hepatitis. A Word Of Caution ￼ Image: iStock Arabian Jasmine, in the form of flowers, tea, and oil, has countless magical benefits for humankind and have not shown any strong adverse reactions. However, if you are a sensitive person, then it is always advisable to consult your physician before using Jasmine, in any of its forms. How To Use Arabian Jasmine Now, when I have shared multiple benefits offered by Jasmine, it’s only fair that give some incredible usages revolving jasmine. 1. Jasmine Tea What can be better than beginning this list by a delightful jasmine tea recipe? And trust me, it’s simple yet yummy. What You Need Jasmine flower petals 10-12Green tea leaves (to your choice)Hot waterSweetener (honey, sugar to taste) How To Do Mix the petals and green tea leaves and let them infuse overnight. Remove the jasmine petals and store the green tea in a tight jar. Take a pitcher and add hot water to it. Now, add the green tea leaves and leave for 3-5 minutes. Strain in a cup, add sweetener and pour into a cup. Jasmine tea is ready to savor! 2. Jasmine Potpourri For this air-freshener, use up dried jasmine flowers and mix it up with cinnamon sticks, cloves, mace, and dried rose petals. Now, put a few drops of jasmine essential oil and store in an earthen pot for spreading the natural fragrance everywhere! 3. Jasmine Massage Oil To use jasmine as a massage oil, mix a few drops of jasmine essential oil with any unrefined carrier oil of your choice. It works the best when added to coconut and almond oil, though. Massage the oil throughout your body and take a warm bath for relieving stress. 4. DIY Jasmine Perfume Make your favorite jasmine perfume at home by following these simple guidelines. What You Need 1 tablespoon unflavored alcoholHalf tablespoon distilled water15-20 drops of jasmine essential oil6 drops pure vanillaGlass spray bottle How To Make Mix up all the ingredients and transfer them into the glass spray bottle. Store the solution in a cool and dry space and you are done! Arabian jasmine, indeed, is a miraculous flower. Along with its appearance that makes it a beautiful ornamentation for women, the benefits it imparts are also fabulous. Have we missed out any health, skin, and hair benefits of Arabian jasmine? If so, do share with us. 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Panchakarma- Five Teatments -1 Pancha Karma is the cornerstone to Ayurvedic management of disease. Pancha Karma is the process which gets to the root cause of the problem and corrects the essential balance of 'Tridosha' in body. Pancha Karma is not only good for alleviating disease but is also a useful tool in maintaining excellent health. Ayurveda advises undergoing Pancha Karma at the seasonal changes to clean the body, improve the digestion and to improve the metabolic processes. Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means "five actions" or "five treatments ". This age-old science of purifying the body is an ancient branch of Ayurveda, The Treatment in Ayurveda consists of two main types. One is Shaman Chikitsa, used to subdue the vitiated Doshas, due to which any ailments may be produced. It is administered by using various medicinal herbo-mineral preparations. However, if the Doshas are vitiated beyond a particular level, they give rise to various endotoxins, which have a tendency to be accumulated in the minute channels. These are beyond the level of pacification and hence need to be eliminated or removed from the body. In such cases, the second type of treatment, which is Shodhan Chikitsa or cleansing therapy, is indicated. Since it consists of the five types of main therapies, it is known as the Panchakarma Chikitsa. Panchakarma has been given a special place in all the ancient Ayurvedic texts. Aacharya Charak, the author of the most important ancient text on internal medicine, has described a wide use of Panchakarma therapy for almost all the major diseases. Two separate sections, Kalpa Sthanam, and Siddhi Sthanam in Charak Samhita describe the details of special decoctions and other preparations used for Panchakarma therapy. Panchakarma includes three parts namely: Poorva Karma (Preparatory Methods)which includes : Paachan (Digestion) Snehan (Internal and external oleation) Swedan (Fomentation) Pradhan Karma (Main methods)which includes : Vaman (Induced vomiting) Virechan (Induced purgation) Basti (Medicated enema) Nasya (Nasal medicine) Rakta Mokshan (Artificial bloodletting) Pashchat Karma (Post-Therapeutic Measures)which includes: Sansarjan Krama (Specific dietetics), DhumaPana (smoking of medicinal cigars) and some rules to follow specific activities. Purvakarma : Pre-purification Measures Before the actual operation of purification begins, there is a need to prepare the body in prescribed methods to encourage the body to let go of the toxins. The two procedures are 'snehan' and 'swedan'. Snehan is the oil massage. Oil is applied to the entire body with a particular type of massage which helps the toxins to move towards the gastro-intestinal tract. Oil massage also makes the superficial and deep tissues soft and supple. Snehan is given daily for three to seven days, as indicated. Swedan is sudation or sweating and is given every day immediately following the snehan. An herbal concoction may be added to the steam to further loosen the toxins from the individual. Swedan liquefies the toxins and increases the movement of toxins into the gastro-intestinal tract. After three to seven days of snehan and swedan, the doshas become well "ripened". A particular panchakarma method is then given according to the individual's constitution and disorder, prakruti and vikruti, respectively. Panchakarma - Five Basic Shodhans: Cleansing Methods 1) Vaman : therapeutic vomiting or emesis 2) Virechan : purgation 3) Basti : enema 4) Nasya : elimination of toxins through the nose 5) Rakta moksha : detoxification of the blood Vaman: Emesis Therapy When there is congestion in the lungs causing repeated attacks of bronchitis, colds, cough or asthma, the Ayurvedic treatment is therapeutic vomiting, vaman, to eliminate the kapha causing the excess mucus. First, after the snehan and swedan, three to four glasses of licorice or salt water is administered, then vomiting is stimulated by rubbing the tongue which triggers the vomiting center through the gag reflex. One may alternatively take two to three glasses of salt water which will also aggravate kapha and then rub the tongue to induce vomiting. Once the mucus is released the patient will feel instantly relieved. It is likely that congestion, wheezing and breathlessness will disappear and that the sinuses will become clear. Therapeutic vomiting is also indicated in chronic asthma, diabetes, chronic cold, lymphatic congestion, chronic indigestion and edema. Emetic Substances: madan-emetic nut, madhuka-yastimadhu-licorice, neem-bitter leaf, bimbi, kutaj-kurchi- conessi bark, murva-clematis, triloba-devdaru-deodar, Cedrus deodara, Salt, NaCl, ela-cardamom, nux vomica. Indications for Vaman : used for all kapha type disorders good for pitta headache, dizziness, and nausea will help to release blocked emotions respiratory congestion bronchitis chronic cold sinus congestion kaphagenic asthma Contra-Indications for Vaman : below the age of 12 or over age 65 menstruation pre-menstrual period (one week prior) pregnancy emaciation delicate or sensitive person with too much fear, grief or anxiety hypoglycemia vata prakruti vata diseases heart diseases during vata season acute fever diarrhea obesity Virechan : Purgation Therapy When excess bile, pitta, is secreted and accumulated in the gall bladder, liver and small intestine, it tends to result in rashes, skin inflammation, acne, chronic attacks of fever, biliary vomiting, nausea and jaundice. Ayurvedic literature suggests in these conditions the administration of therapeutic purgation or a therapeutic laxative. Virechan is facilitated with senna leaves, flax seeds, psyllium husks or triphala in a combination that is appropriate for the individual person. Virechan Substances: Senna, prune, bran, flaxseed husk, dandelion root, psyllium seed, cow's milk, salt, castor oil, raisins, mango juice, triphala. Indications for Virechan: allergic rash skin inflammation acne, dermatitis, eczema chronic fever ascites biliary vomiting jaundice urinary disorder enlargement of the spleen internal worms burning sensation in the eyes inflammation of the eyes conjunctivitis gout Contra-Indications for Virechan: low agni acute fever diarrhea severe constipation bleeding from rectum or lung cavities foreign body in the stomach after enema emaciation or weakness prolapsed rectum alcoholism dehydration childhood old age ulcerative colitisAyurveda-Panchakarma Basti & Nasya -2 Basti: Enema Therapy Vata's predominant site is the colon. Ayurvedic basti involves the introduction into the rectum of herbal concoctions of sesame oil, and certain herbal preparations in a liquid medium. Basti, is the most effective treatment of vata disorders, although many enemas over a prescribed period of time are usually required. It relieves constipation, distention, chronic fever, cold, sexual disorders, kidney stones, heart pain, backache, sciatica and other pains in the joints. Many other vata disorders such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, muscle spasms and headaches may also be treated with basti. Vata is a very active principle in pathogenesis. If we can control vata through the use of basti, we have gone a long way in going to the root cause of the vast majority of diseases. Vata is the main etiological factor in the manifestation of diseases. It is the motive force behind the elimination and retention of feces, urine, bile and other excreta. There are eight main types of basti, according to traditional texts, each with their own indications and contra-indications as listed below. 1. Anuvasana (oil enema) is used in pure vata disorders and when a person is having excess hunger or dryness related to vata imbalances. 2. Niruha-Asthapana (decoction enema) is used, among other conditions, for evacuation of vata, nervous diseases, gastro-intestinal vata conditions, gout, certain fever conditions, unconsciousness, certain urinary conditions, appetite, pain, hyperacidity and heart diseases. 3. Uttara Basti (through the urethra with men or vagina with women) is used for selected semen and ovulation disorders and for some problems involving painful urination or bladder infections. This is not to be used for someone with diabetes. 4. Matra Basti (daily oil enema) is used by someone emaciated by overwork or too much exercise, too much heavy lifting, walking too long of a distance, too much sexual activity or someone with chronic vata disorders. It does not need to be accompanied by any strict dietary restriction or daily routine and can be administered, in the appropriate cases, in all seasons. It gives strength, promotes weight and helps elimination of waste products. 5. Karma Basti (schedule of 30 bastis), 6. Kala Basti (schedule of 15 bastis; 10 oil + 5 decoction) 7. Yoga Basti (schedule of 8 bastis; 5 oil + 3 decoction). 8. Bruhana Basti (nutritional enema) is used for providing deep nutrition in select conditions. Traditionally, highly nutritive substances have been used, such as warm milk, meat broth, bone marrow soup and herbs like shatavari or ashwagandha. General Indications for Basti: constipation low back ache gout rheumatism sciatica arthritis nervous disorders vata headache emaciation muscular atrophy General Contra-Indications for Basti (include but are not limited to the following): Enema therapy should not be used if the patient is suffering from diarrhea, bleeding of the rectum, chronic indigestion, breathlessness, diabetes, fever, emaciation, severe anemia, pulmonary tuberculosis, old age or for children below the age of seven years. for oil enemas: diabetes, obesity, indigestion, low agni, enlarged liver or spleen, unconsciousness, tuberculosis and cough. for decoction enemas: debility, hiccough, hemorrhoids, inflammation of anus, piles, diarrhea, pregnancy, ascites, diabetes and some conditions involving painful or difficult breathing. for nutritional enemas: diabetes, obesity, lymphatic obstruction, ascites. for urethra or vaginal enemas: diabetes Nasya: Nasal Administration The nose is the doorway to the brain and it is also the doorway to consciousness. The nasal administration of medication is called nasya. An excess of bodily humors accumulated in the sinus, throat, nose or head areas is eliminated by means of the nearest possible opening, the nose. Prana, life force as nerve energy, enters the body through the breath taken in through the nose. Prana is in the brain and maintains sensory and motor functions. Prana also governs mental activities, memory, concentration and intellectual activities. Deranged prana creates defective functioning of all these activities and produces headaches, convulsions, loss of memory and reduced sensory perception. Thus nasal administration, nasya is indicated for prana disorders, sinus congestion, migraine headaches, convulsions and certain eye and ear problems. There are six main types of nasya, as listed below. 1. Pradhamana (virechan) Nasya (cleansing nasya) uses dry powders (rather than oils) that are blown into the nose with a tube. Pradhamana nasya is mainly used for kapha types of diseases involving headaches, heaviness in the head, cold, nasal congestion, sticky eyes, hoarseness of voice due to sticky kapha, sinusitis, cervical lymph adenitis, tumors, worms, some skin diseases, epilepsy, drowsiness, Parkinsonism, inflammation of the nasal mucosa, attachment, greed and lust. Traditionally, powders such as brahmi are used. 2. Bruhana Nasya (nutrition nasya) uses ghee, oils, salt, shatavari ghee, ashwagandha ghee and medicated milk and is used mainly for vata disorders. It is said to benefit conditions resulting from vata imbalances such as vata-type headaches, migraine headache, dryness of voice, dry nose, nervousness, anxiety, fear, dizziness, emptiness, negativity, heaviness of eyelids, bursitis, stiffness in the neck, dry sinuses and loss of sense of smell. 3. Shaman Nasya (sedative nasya) is used according to which dosha is aggravated but mainly for pitta-type disorders such as thinning of hair, conjunctivitis and ringing in the ears. Generally certain herbal medicated decoctions, teas and medicated oils are used. 4. Navana Nasya (decoction nasya) is used in vata-pitta or kapha-pitta disorders and is made from decoctions and oils together. 5. Marshya Nasya (ghee or oil nasya) 6. Prati Marshya (daily oil nasya) This helps to open deep tissues and can be done every day and at any time to release stress. Substances Used in Nasya: brahmi, ginger, ghee oils, decoctions, onion, garlic, Piper longum, black pepper, curry pepper, rose, jasmine, mogra flowers and henna. Indications for Nasya: stress emotional imbalances stiffness in the neck & shoulders dryness of the nose sinus congestion hoarseness migraine headache convulsions Contra-Indications for Nasya: sinus infections pregnancy menstruation after sex, bathing, eating or drinking of alcohol should not be used below 7 years or over 80 years of age Click here to read more about 'Nasyakarma' Raktamoksha : Traditional Ayurvedic Method for Purification and Cleansing of the Blood Toxins present in the gastro-intestinal tract are absorbed into the blood and circulated throughout the body. This condition is called toxemia, which is the basic cause of repeated infections, hypertension and certain other circulatory conditions. This includes repeated attacks of skin disorders such as urticaria, rashes, herpes, eczema, acne, leukoderma, chronic itching or hives. In such conditions, along with internal medication, elimination of the toxins and purification of the blood is necessary. Raktamoksha is also indicated for cases of enlarged liver, spleen and gout. Extracting a small amount of blood from a vein relieves the tension created by the pittagenic toxins in the blood. Bloodletting also stimulates the spleen to produce antitoxic substances which helps to stimulate the immune system. Toxins are neutralized enabling radical cures in many blood born disorders. Bloodletting is contraindicated in cases of anemia, edema, extreme weakness, diabetes and in children and elderly persons. Indications for Raktamoksha: urticaria rash acne eczema scabies leukoderma chronic itching hives enlarged liver or spleen gout Contra-Indications for Raktamoksha: anemia edema weakness young children old age during pregnancy during menstruation Read more about Various Diseases and Indicated Panchakarma procedures for them > @Dr. Tapan Kumar Sau15 Likes22 Answers
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Friends today I am discussing about a problem known as Alopecia Areata. What is alopecia areata? Alopecia areata is a disease that causes hair to fall out in small patches, which can remain unnoticeable. These patches may eventually connect and then become noticeable, however. This disease develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. Sudden hair loss may occur on the scalp, and in some cases the eyebrows, eyelashes, and face, as well as other parts of the body. It can also develop slowly, and recur after years between instances. The condition can result in total hair loss, called alopecia universalis, and it can prevent hair from growing back. When hair does grow back, it’s possible for the hair to fall out again. The extent of hair loss and regrowth varies from person to person. There’s currently no cure for alopecia areata. However, there are treatments that may help hair grow back more quickly and that can prevent future hair loss, as well as unique ways to cover up the hair loss. Resources are also available to help people cope with the stress of the disease. What are the symptoms of alopecia areata? The main symptom of alopecia areata is hair loss. Hair usually falls out in small patches on the scalp. These patches are often several centimeters or less. Hair loss might also occur on other parts of the face, like the eyebrows, eyelashes, and beard, as well as other parts of the body. Some people lose hair in a few places. Others lose it in a lot of spots. You may first notice clumps of hair on your pillow or in the shower. If the spots are on the back of your head, someone may bring it to your attention. However, other types of diseases can also cause hair to fall out in a similar pattern. Hair loss alone isn’t used to diagnose alopecia areata. In rare cases, some people may experience more extensive hair loss. This is usually an indication of another type of alopecia, such as: alopecia totalis, which is the loss of all hair on the scalp alopecia universalis, which is the loss of all hair on the entire body Doctors might avoid using the terms “totalis” and “universalis” because some people may experience something between the two. It’s possible to lose all hair on the arms, legs and scalp, but not the chest, for example. The hair loss associated with alopecia areata is unpredictable and, as far as doctors and researchers can tell, appears to be spontaneous. The hair may grow back at any time and then may fall out again. The extent of hair loss and regrowth varies greatly from person to person. What causes alopecia areata? Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease develops when the immune system mistakes healthy cells for foreign substances. Normally, the immune system defends your body against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. If you have alopecia areata, however, your immune system mistakenly attacks your hair follicles. Hair follicles are the structures from which hairs grow. The follicles become smaller and stop producing hair, leading to hair loss. Researchers don’t know what triggers the immune system to attack hair follicles, so the exact cause of this condition isn’t known. However, it most often occurs in people who have a family history of other autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. This is why some scientists suspect that genetics may contribute to the development of alopecia areata. They also believe that certain factors in the environment are needed to trigger alopecia areata in people who are genetically predisposed to the disease. Alopecia alongside other skin conditions People with an autoimmune disease, like alopecia areata, are also more prone to having another autoimmune disease, including those that also affect the skin and hair. If you’ve been diagnosed with alopecia areata and another skin condition, you may find that treating one helps the other. In other cases, however, treating one may make the other worse. Psoriasis Psoriasis causes a rapid buildup of skin cells. It happens when the immune system mistakenly attacks the skin cells and causes the skin cell production process to go into overdrive. This results in thick patches of skin called plaques, as well as red, inflamed areas of skin. Treating psoriasis with alopecia can be tricky. The scaling associated with psoriasis can make the skin itchy, and scratching can make hair loss worse. In addition, biologic treatments often used for psoriasis, called TNF inhibiters, have been associated with hair loss in some people. For others, treating the psoriasis may help regrow hair. In one small study, over two-thirds of participants with alopecia areata who took a common psoriasis treatment called methotrexate had hair regrowth greater than 50 percent. Another case study found that a new psoriasis treatment called apremilast (Otezla) helped one woman with both psoriasis and alopecia regrow the hair on her scalp in 12 weeks. Atopic dermatitis (eczema) Researchers have established a link between alopecia and atopic dermatitis, a condition in which inflammation on the skin causes itchy, red rashes. Atopic dermatitis is more commonly known as eczema. Many treatment options for atopic dermatitis, like steroid creams and phototherapy, overlap with alopecia treatments, so it’s possible that treating one condition will help treat the other. One area of interest for treating both atopic dermatitis and alopecia is a class of drugs called JAK inhibitors. They’re currently used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions. One oral JAK inhibitor known as tofacinitib has already shown promise in small clinical trials for both atopic dermatitis and alopecia areata. Another biologic treatment called dupilumab (Dupixent), which has recently been approved by the FDA to treat atopic dermatitis, is also a drug of interest for treating alopecia. A clinical study evaluating dupliumab in people with alopecia — both with and without atopic dermatitis — is currently underway. How is alopecia areata diagnosed? A doctor will review your symptoms to determine if you have alopecia areata. They may be able to diagnose alopecia areata simply by looking at the extent of your hair loss and by examining a few hair samples under a microscope. Your doctor may also perform a scalp biopsy to rule out other conditions that cause hair loss, including fungal infections like tinea capitis. During a scalp biopsy, your doctor will remove a small piece of skin on your scalp for analysis. Blood tests might be done if other autoimmune conditions are suspected. The specific blood test performed depends on the particular disorder the doctor suspects. However, a doctor will likely test for the presence of one or more abnormal antibodies. If these antibodies are found in your blood, it usually means that you have an autoimmune disorder. Other blood tests that can help rule out other conditions include the following: C-reactive protein and erythrocyte sedimentation rate iron levels antinuclear antibody test thyroid hormones free and total testosterone follicle stimulating and luteinizing hormone How is alopecia areata treated? There’s no known cure for alopecia areata, but there are treatments that you can try that might be able to slow down future hair loss or help hair grow back more quickly. The condition is difficult to predict, which means it may require a large amount of trial and error until you find something that works for you. For some people, hair loss may still worsen despite treatment. Medical treatments Topical agents You can rub medications into your scalp to help stimulate hair growth. A number of medications are available, both over-the-counter (OTC) and by prescription: Minoxidil (Rogaine) is available OTC and applied twice daily to the scalp, eyebrows, and beard. It’s relatively safe, but it can take a year to see results. Anthralin (Dritho-Scalp) is a drug that irritates the skin in order to spur hair regrowth. Corticosteroid creams such as clobetasol (Impoyz), foams, lotions, and ointments are thought to work by decreasing inflammation in the hair follicle. Topical immunotherapy is a technique in which a chemical like diphencyprone is applied to the skin to spark an allergic rash. The rash, which resembles poison oak, may induce new hair growth within six months, but you’ll have to continue the treatment to maintain the regrowth. Injections Steroid injections are a common option for mild, patchy alopecia to help hair grow back on bald spots. Tiny needles inject the steroid into the bare skin of the affected areas. The treatment has to be repeated once every one to two months to regrow hair. It doesn’t prevent new hair loss from occurring. Oral treatments Cortisone tablets are sometimes used for extensive alopecia, but due to the possibility of side effects, this option should be discussed with a doctor. Oral immunosuppressants, like methotrexate and cyclosporine, are another option you can try. They work by blocking the immune system’s response, but they can’t be used for a long period of time due to the risk of side effects, such as high blood pressure, liver and kidney damage, and an increased risk of serious infections and a type of cancer called lymphoma. Light therapy Light therapy is also called photochemotherapy or just phototherapy. It’s a type of radiation treatment that uses a combination of an oral medication called psoralens and UV light. Alternative therapies Some people with alopecia areata choose alternative therapies to treat the condition. These may include: aromatherapy acupuncture microneedling probiotics low-level laser therapy (LLLT) vitamins, like zinc and biotin aloe vera drinks and topical gels onion juice rubbed onto the scalp essential oils like tea tree, rosemary, lavender, and peppermint other oils, like coconut, castor, olive, and jojoba an “anti-inflammatory” diet, also called the “autoimmune protocol,” which is a restrictive diet that mainly includes meats and vegetables scalp massage herbal supplements, such as ginseng, green tea, Chinese hibiscus, and saw palmetto Most alternative therapies haven’t been tested in clinical trials, so their effectiveness in treating hair loss isn’t known. The effectiveness of each treatment will vary from person to person. Some people don’t even need treatment since their hair grows back on its own. In other cases, however, people never see improvement despite trying every treatment option. You might need to try more than one treatment to see a difference. Keep in mind that hair regrowth may only be temporary. It’s possible for the hair to grow back and then fall out again. Homeopathic Medicines for Alopecia Areata 1. Arsenic Album – Homeopathic Medicine for Alopecia Areata Accompanied by Itching and Burning on the Scalp Arsenic Album is a recommended homeopathic treatment for alopecia areata which appears as circular bald patches along with itching and burning on the scalp. These symptoms aggravate at night. In some cases, the scalp is also sensitive. 2. Vinca Minor – Another Useful Homeopathic Medicine for Alopecia Areata Vinca Minor is another useful homeopathic medicine for alopecia areata. It works well in cases where there is a tendency for hair to fall in spots which are then replaced by white hair. Along with this, itching and violent scratching over the scalp may also be present. 3. Baryta Carb, Lycopodium, and Silicea – Homeopathic Medicines for Alopecia Areata in Young People The most prominently indicated homeopathic medicines for alopecia areata in young people are Baryta Carb, Lycopodium, and Silicea. Baryta Carb helps in recovering from bald patches that occur on the top of the scalp. Lycopodium works well for bald patches on the temples. Silicea is a good homeopathic treatment for alopecia areata occuring on the back of the scalp. 4. Fluoric Acid – Excellent Homeopathic Medicine for Alopecia Areata Fluoric Acid is among the top grade homeopathic remedies for alopecia areata. Fluoric Acid helps in the regrowth of hair in the bald patches. Fluoric Acid is also a highly suitable homeopathic medicine for hair fall after fever. 5. Phosphorus – A Wonderful Homeopathic Medicine for Alopecia Areata Another homeopathic medicine that has shown its effectiveness in alopecia areata cases is Phosphorus. Phosphorus works well in cases where a person suffers from the loss of hair in patches. Along with hair loss, dandruff on the scalp is also present. In some cases, there is itching on the scalp along with hair fall. Phosphorus also seems to help cases of traction alopecia. In such situations, there is a receding hair line. Hair fall from the forehead is prominent. A person needing Phosphorus may crave cold drinks and ice creams.Dr. Rajesh Gupta7 Likes12 Answers
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Alopecia Areata (Indralupta): A case successfully treated3 with Ayurvedic Management A 32 yrs old married female was presented with history of patchy hair loss on scalp, with mild itching over affected area and gradual increment since 4 years. There was no personal history of autoimmune disorders (like Atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, Vitiligo, Asthma, Urticaria, Rheumatoid arthritis, Thyroiditis) or family history in first degree relation suggestive of these disorders.There was no personal history of recurrent patchy skin lesion either on scalp or on other body parts, major psychological disorder, or history of treatment from psychiatrist, endocrinal disorder (Diabetes), hair plucking habit, local recurrent friction or trauma or surgery, prolonged medicinal treatment before appearance of lesions. There were patchy hair loss measuring about 4x6 cm and 2x2 cm on left temporal region and occipital region respectively. There was mild dryness over patches with extremely sparse, few white and black hairs along with blackish spots. Scaling was observed on the rest area of scalp indicative of dandruff. The patient had taken the Allopathy treatment for two years and did not found control over the disease. The patient was prescribed medicines(in ayurveda centre) Manjishthadi Kwatha 20 ml twice a day, empty stomach in morning andbefore dinner was prescribed. Combination of Arogyavardhinirasa.Saptamrut Lauha,Guduchi Churna,Amalaki nd Vidanga [was prescribed twice a day along with honey before meal. Externally, Gunjabeeja Lepa was advised to be prepared at home by the patient by soaking Gunjabeeja in curd for a night and then triturating it .Then it was advised to rub over the affected part with application of the Lepa for five to ten minutes along with any liquid. Gunjaditaila was prescribed for local application after removal of Lepa. All the possible pathological factors involved in the disease were strictly stopped. Patient was allowed to visit after every 15 days as she was coming from distant city. On second visit (after 15th day), patient complained of itching and burning after application of Gunjadilepa. Redness in scalp was observed. Patient was prescribed Yashtimadhu Churna for local application along with ghrita at the time of severe itching. On third visit (after a month), no improvement was observed on the patches but dandruff was decreased. Preliminary some brownish and some whitish thin hairs appeared in some part of the bald patches [on forth visit (45th day)], then small brownish black hairs grown [on fifth visit (60th day)] and finally blackish hairs started to grow [on seventh visit (90th day)]. Both the patches were completely filled up with small hairs after four month of the treatment. Gunjadilepa was stopped then and only Gunjaditaila was continued. Spots over patches were reduced in 3rd visit and were invisible after 8th visit. The hairs on the patches gradually grown longer and after ten months, they grown as sufficient and similar as that of neighbouring area. Patient was followed every two months then after for period of two years. No recurrence was observed during this period. Reference of roga in samhita: Acharya Charaka mentions that Tejas by involving VatadiDosha when reaches the scalp, it results in Khalitya (Indralupta).According to Acharya Sushruta, Pitta along with Vata by involving the roots of hair (Romakoopa) causes fall of hair and thereafter Shleshma along with Shonita obstructs the channel of Romakoopa leading to the stoppage of the regeneration of hair and this condition is known as Indralupta, Khalitya or Ruhya.Thus Vata, Pitta and Kapha Dosha and Rakta Dushya are the main internal causative factors of Indralupta. Charaka in Vimanasthana, while describing the disorders occurring due to over indulgence in Kshara, Lavana and Viruddha Ahara has mentioned the occurrence of Hair Loss as a consequence. It has been mentioned that the Viruddha Ahara like, simultaneous intake of Lavana with milk in the diet induces Indralupta, as observed in the people of Saurashtra and Bahlika. Thus, it can be said that a person habituated to excessive Lavana or Kshara intake and taking Viruddha Ahara in routine is prone to have Indralupta.Mithya Ahara and Vihara Manoabhighata like mental stress, fright, anger, shock etc. may collectively increase the Pitta and Vata Dosha. The Ushna and Tikshna properties of Pitta get augmented whereas the Vata suffers an aggravation in Ruksha, Khara and Chala properties. Here an aggravated Pitta (Bhrajaka Pitta) supported by the vitiated Dehoshma burns the Keshabhoomi whereas an increased Vata gives rise to more frequent and comparatively prolonged ShiraSankocha by its Ruksha and Khara Guna. The Snigdhatva and the Pichchhilatva of the normal Kapha Dosha is prevalent throughout the pores of the skin so as to keep it soft and moist. By the augmentation of the Ushna, Tikshna, Ruksha and Khara properties of Pitta and Vata Doshas respectively, the Sneha and the Pichchhilatva of the Kapha Dosha are dried up within the pores of the skin of the scalp thus, obstructing the growth of new hairs, causing Indralupta. Prescribed drugs discussion: Manjisthadikashaya pacifies vitiation of kapha and pitta humours. However, it is formulated such a way that it can be effective in all types of diseases cause by all three dosha. It is mainly blood purifier. It detoxifies blood and aids to eliminate toxins accumulated in the body. It increases skin glow. Formulations Arogyavardhini Rasa, Saptamrutlauha and Vidanga causes Apatarpaan, which helps in opening the blockage of strotasa. Saptamrutlouha also helps to cure anaemic condition. Guduchi and Amalaki are rasayana drugs which help in rejuvenation process. This combination is helpful in removal of excessive fat, clearing of various types of toxins from the body and helps in reduction of accumulated cholesterol in the body. It promotes digestive fire, clears body channels for the nutrients to reach to the tissues, balances fats in the body and removes toxins by improving the digestive system. Triphala Guggulu shows detoxifying and rejuvenating actions of oral Triphala along with the anti-inflammatory and anti-infective action of guggulu was found to have a marked effect in treatment of alopecia. Triphala also heals the tissue along with increasing the digestion of the patient at the same time acting as a mild laxative. In bhaishajyaratnavali, in the treatment of Indralupta it is suggested for scraping the scalp with paste of Gunjabeeja and applied the paste for some duration. Scraping helps in removal of hair root obstruction. Application of Gunja tail after the removal of the lepa helps in itching. Triphala Kwatha helps in external purification of skin of scalp and removal of dandruff. Nidana Parivarjana was also found helpful in the management of the disease. For more information Abstract Article Link: http://www.ayurvedjournal.com/JAHM_201733_02.pdf #CurofyCampusAmbassadorAyushAnshul Bahl17 Likes10 Answers
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Friends today again I am discussing about a skin. Problem known as Seborrhoeic dermatitis. What is seborrhoeic dermatitis? Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a common, chronic or relapsing form of eczema/dermatitis that mainly affects the sebaceous, gland-rich regions of the scalp, face, and trunk . There are infantile and adult forms of seborrhoeic dermatitis. It is sometimes associated with psoriasis (sebopsoriasis). Seborrhoeic dermatitis is also known as seborrhoeic eczema. Dandruff (also called ‘pityriasis capitis’) is an uninflamed form of seborrhoeic dermatitis. Dandruff presents as bran-like scaly patches scattered within hair-bearing areas of the scalp. What causes seborrhoeic dermatitis? The cause of seborrhoeic dermatitis is not completely understood. It is associated with proliferation of various species of the skin commensal Malassezia, in its yeast (non-pathogenic) form. Its metabolites (such as the fatty acids oleic acid, malssezin, and indole-3-carbaldehyde) may cause an inflammatory reaction. Differences in skin barrier lipid content and function may account for individual presentations. Who gets seborrhoeic dermatitis? Infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis affects babies under the age of 3 months and usually resolves by 6–12 months of age. Adult seborrhoeic dermatitis tends to begin in late adolescence. Prevalence is greatest in young adults and in the elderly. It is more common in males than in females. The following factors are sometimes associated with severe adult seborrhoeic dermatitis: Oily skin (seborrhoea) Familial tendency to seborrhoeic dermatitis or a family history of psoriasis Immunosuppression: organ transplant recipient, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and patients with lymphoma Neurological and psychiatric diseases: Parkinson disease, tardive dyskinesia, depression, epilepsy, facial nerve palsy, spinal cord injury and congenital disorders such as Down syndrome Treatment for psoriasis with psoralen and ultraviolet A (PUVA) therapy Lack of sleep, and stressful events. What are the clinical features of seborrhoeic dermatitis? Infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis Infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis causes cradle cap (diffuse, greasy scaling on scalp). The rash may spread to affect armpit and groin folds (a type of napkin dermatitis). There are salmon-pink patches that may flake or peel. It is not especially itchy, so the baby often appears undisturbed by the rash, even when generalised. Infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis Adult seborrhoeic dermatitis Seborrhoeic dermatitis affects scalp, face (creases around the nose, behind ears, within eyebrows) and upper trunk. Typical features include: Winter flares, improving in summer following sun exposure Minimal itch most of the time Combination oily and dry mid-facial skin Ill-defined localised scaly patches or diffuse scale in the scalp Blepharitis: scaly red eyelid margins Salmon-pink, thin, scaly, and ill-defined plaques in skin folds on both sides of the face Petal or ring-shaped flaky patches on hair-line and on anterior chest Rash in armpits, under the breasts, in the groin folds and genital creases Superficial folliculitis (inflamed hair follicles) on cheeks and upper trunk Extensive seborrhoeic dermatitis affecting scalp, neck and trunk is sometimes called pityriasiform seborrhoeide. How is seborrhoeic dermatitis diagnosed? Seborrhoeic dermatitis is diagnosed by its clinical appearance and behaviour. As malassezia are a normal component of skin flora, their presence on microscopy of skin scrapings is not diagnostic. Skin biopsy may be helpful but is rarely indicated. Histological findings specific to seborrhoeic dermatitis are superficial perivascular and perifollicular inflammatory infiltrates, psoriasiform hyperplasia, and parakeratosis around follicular openings. What is the treatment for seborrhoeic dermatitis? Treatment of seborrhoeic dermatitis often involves several of the following options. Keratolytics can be used to remove scale when necessary, eg salicylic acid, lactic acid, urea, propylene glycol Topical antifungal agents are applied to reduce malassezia eg ketoconazole, or ciclopirox shampoo or and/or cream. Note, some strains of malassezia are resistant to azole antifungals. Try zinc pyrithione or selenium sulphide Mild topical corticosteroids are prescribed for 1–3 weeks to reduce the inflammation of an acute flare Topical calcineurin inhibitors (pimecrolimus cream, tacrolimus ointment) are indicated if topical corticosteroids are often needed, as they have fewer adverse effects on facial skin. In resistant cases in adults, oral itraconazole, tetracycline antibiotics or phototherapy may be recommended. Low dose oral isotretinoin has also been shown to be effective for severe or moderate seborrhoeic dermatitis. Scalp treatment Medicated shampoos containing ketoconazole, ciclopirox, selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione, coal tar, and salicylic acid, used twice weekly for at least a month and if necessary, indefinitely. Steroid scalp applications reduce itching, and should be applied daily for a few days every so often. Calcineurin inhibitors such as tacrolimus can be used as steroid alternatives. Coal tar cream can be applied to scaling areas and removed several hours later by shampooing. Combination therapy is often advisable. Face, ears, chest and back Cleanse the affected skin thoroughly once or twice each day using a non-soap cleanser. Apply ketoconazole or ciclopirox cream once daily for 2 to 4 weeks, repeated as necessary. Hydrocortisone cream can also be used, applied up to twice daily for 1 or 2 weeks. Occasionally a more potent topical steroid may be prescribed. Topical calcineurin inhibitors such as pimecrolimus cream or tacrolimus ointment may be used instead of topical steroids. A variety of herbal remedies are commonly used, but their efficacy is uncertain. Management in infants Regular washing of the scalp with baby shampoo or aqueous cream is followed by gentle brushing to clear the scales. GRAPHITES 30-Graphites is an effective Homeopathic medicine for seborrheic dermatitis where the scales on the scalp are accompanied by intense itching. ... NATRUM MURIATICUM 30- Natrum Muriaticum is prescribed for seborrheic dermatitis with a greasy, oily scalp with redness and flakiness. Other homoeopathic medicines can also be given on the basis of totality of symptoms.Dr. Rajesh Gupta9 Likes18 Answers