In Ayurveda, Ringworm is known as Dadru. It is caused by the aggravation of Vata and Kapha Doshas, which leads to the accumulation of toxins in the skin. These toxins collect in the deep tissues of the skin like Rasa, Rakta, Lasika, and Mamsa. The Ayurvedic treatment addresses the underlying root cause with a combination of lifestyle changes, as well as herbal remedies.
Dermatophytosis, Tinea, or Ringworm is a widespread fungal infection caused by the fungus Tinea which is highly contagious. The infection is observed on the skin, scalp, and nails. Ringworm causes red, scaly, itchy, ring-like patches on your skin. According to Ayurveda, the primary reasons that contribute to the formation of Ringworm are:
- Incompatible food consumption.
- Excessive intake of seafood.
- Excessive consumption of sour foods.
- Itchy, red, raised patches that may blister and ooze.
- Sharply defined edges in the shape of a ring.
- A change in skin tone.
- Bald patches on the scalp.
- Nails discolour or crumble.
Ayurvedic home remedies
There are effective natural treatments to treat the fungal infection. The following Ayurvedic herbs are beneficial for the skin and eliminate the reoccurrence of the infection in the future.
Garlic is a rich source of sulphur, which is antifungal and prevents the growth of the fungi that causes Ringworm. You can crush a few buds of garlic and apply the paste to the affected area to get the best results.
Aloe vera contains six antiseptic agents. It claims to have antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. The cooling properties soothe the swollen, inflamed, and itchy skin.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Curcumin present in it has extensive antimicrobial properties, which help in relieving itches and treats ringworm infections.
The fatty acids present in coconut oil can kill the fungal cells. It is used as an effective way of preventing future ringworm infections. Coconut oil can treat Scalp ringworm most effectively.
Licorice or Mulethi, an Ayurvedic herb, has potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used extensively for treating bacterial and fungal infections like Ringworm.
Basil or Tulsi leaves are packed with anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. It is one of the most effective remedies as it prevents spreading the infection and relieves the itching and rashes.
Neem is known for its innumerable health benefits. Neem oil and the dried leaves can heal the infection completely. It contains compounds of Nimbidol and Jedunin that are extremely effective in curing the disease.
A few preventive measures recommended by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are listed below.
- Keep your skin clean and dry.
- Clip and clean your fingernails and toenails regularly.
- Take a shower immediately after your workout sessions.
- Wear shoes that enable air circulation.
- Sharing your personal items like clothes, sheets, towels with anyone should be avoided.
- Avoid wearing sweaty clothes for an extended period of time.
Ayurveda offers effective Ringworm treatments. The disease can recur if you do not follow regular treatment. Ayurveda eradicates the infection and eliminates reoccurrence. Consulting an Ayurvedic expert is paramount to get a personalised treatment plan for you. We will furnish you with fine-tuned diet plans to balance your Doshas. To know more, visit www.totalayurvedacare.com and book an appointment.