Where Western medicine fails, Eastern traditional medical practices come in. The traditional medical approach of Ayurveda hails from India, one of the largest subcontinents in the whole world. Boasting of a large and rich cultural history, India is also the home of the earliest forms of medicine, science and mathematics.
How Does Ayurvedic Work?
In Ayurveda, there are three energy forces known as doshas – vata, pitta, and kapha. For the maintenance of excellent health and well-being, it is important that the three doshas are in perfect harmony and balance.
According to Ayurveda, an individual have to go through life maintaining the original dosha composition they came in with as much as possible. Good or bad choices in your lifestyle or in the food you eat, for instance, can cause the doshas in your prakriti to rise or fall from its default level and produce an imbalance in your system. If this imbalance is left untreated, good health fails and diseases take over. This is why the restoration of balance is the main foundation of the Ayurvedic health system.
In Ayurvedic medicine, severe imbalance of all three doshas is the cause of acne. The dosha that gets the most aggravation, however, is pitta which stands for fire or heat in the body. Bad eating habits like consumption of refined sugar and flour products, fatty and spicy food, living in stress, and chemically-polluted surroundings, all these wreaks havoc on pitta dosha. This stressed-out dosha gets back in the form of severe acne outbreaks.
Ayurvedic Home Remedies
Below are some Ayurvedic home remedies to treat, manage and prevent acne breakouts.
o The popular hot and cold towel compresses are best for localized acne. The heat will open up blood vessels and pores to release dirt and oil, while the cold towel will close them up.
o The human body has a built in self-purifying detoxification system. Maintaining this system in tip-top shape is the best way to rid your body of waste and harmful toxins. Depending on your size, drink 7 to 10 glasses of water daily to keep your body properly hydrated. Bear in mind that the skin is your body’s largest organ and is prone to losing a lot of moisture in just minutes.
o Drink simple herbal water made from a mixture of boiled corn hair and a couple of fenugreek seeds.
o Consider applying fresh apricot juice on your face to treat cystic acne.
o Cucumber juice by itself or combined with lettuce, alfalfa or carrot juice is an excellent home-made facial application for acne and pimples. You can also try grated cucumber.
o Drink half a cup of aloe vera juice twice a day.
o Make a thick paste of nutmeg and a small amount of water and apply it to inflamed acne papules and other infected areas.
o Try a refreshing orange peel face pack. Pound the orange peel into a thick paste, add a little water and apply on acne-infected areas.
o Try Sunder Vati, a tonic herbal drink made out of Holarrhena antidysenterica, Embelia ribes, Kampo and ginger.
The Side Effects of Ayurvedic
Some herbal ingredients in Ayurveda usually contain unsafe levels of heavy metals that can be toxic when consumed. The efficacy of Ayurvedic home remedies and treatments have not yet been clinically proven.