Overview for Ayurvedic Remedies for Common Skin Diseases
All over the world scientists are evincing keen interest in Ayurveda and inclined to know more and more about the applied aspects in this “Life Science”. The need of the hour is to look at the various aspects of this holistic science and revalidate the principles. It should not be relegated to the state of being called an “ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE”. It deserves every praise as “PRIME MEDICAL SYSTEM” in view of the scientificity of its concepts.
Ayurveda is a rich store-house of time-tested drugs of vegetable, animal and mineral origin. Ayurvedic material-medica deals with the potential drugs useful in several disorders including skin diseases. Recognition and treatment of skin disease is an important part of the medical practice. Ayurvedic classic have delineated certain verities of skin diseases under kushta roga and kshudra rogas. The scientific screenings of the drugs mentioned in the management of these conditions have shown anti-fugal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial activity in vitro studies, and significant therapeutic response was recorded during several clinical studies. Medico-ethno botanical information of certain herbs useful in the practice of dermatology is mentioned in a separate chapter.
K Nishteswar (Author)
K. Nishteswar, currently working as a Professor at Govt. Ayurvedic College, Vijaywada has obtained his Postgraduate degree from Gujrat Aurveda University and Ph.D. form university of Pune. He also completed the Diploma In AIDS from IGNOU. He served as a Cinical Registrar (Gujrat Ayurveda University), Research Assistant (CCRAS) and completed 26 years of Govt. Service in field of teaching and received State Best Teacher Award from Govt. of Andhra Pradesh during 2001. He was awarded several Gold and silver medals in recognition of his merit and his theses on various topics like Diabetes, Hypertension, and Cardio-vascular Disorders have won awards at the national Theses Competitions. He was conferred with D.Sc, and D.Litt. by International University of Complementary Medicines, Colombo for his contributions to the field of Alternative Medicines. He also delivered Keynote lectures and guest lectures in several National and International seminars. So far he has written more than 40 books in English, Hindi and Telugu on various subjects of Ayurveda and published approximately 80 papers in various standard journals. To popularize Ayurveda among lay people and bring in awareness about the indigenous system of India, he has written some books and also delivered series of Radio talks.