Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a prevalent chronic type of dermatitis that primarily impacts the scalp and face. It is also called Seborrheic eczema.
Adult seborrheic dermatitis tends to start in early adolescence. In young adults, the prevalence is greater than in the elderly. It is more prevalent in men than in women.
Seborrheic dermatitis is one of the most common dermatomes seen in individuals infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Particularly those who have a CD4 T-cell count of below 400 cells/mm 3. Other medical conditions associated with an increased incidence of seborrheic dermatitis are neuroleptic-induced Parkinsonism, familial amyloidosis, and trisomy.
Ayurvedic concept of seborrheic dermatitis
In Ayurveda, seborrheic dermatitis can be correlated with Darunaka. It is the form of non-inflammatory seborrheic dermatitis. It is a hair root disorder that is the most prevalent source of hair loss. Darunaka is defined by Tvak sphutana (scaling of the scalp) kandu (itching),Rukshata (dryness and roughness of the scalp), keshachyuti (diffuse hair falling), daruna (difficulty intolerance), svapa (loss of touch sensation) and all these symptoms are due to vitiation of vata (Air)and kapha dosha(water).
How does Ayurveda take care of seborrheic dermatitis?
Ayurveda believes in the equilibrium of Dosha, Dhatus, and Mala with the help of herbs like are Amlaki, Bibhitaka, Haritaki, Bhṛingaraja, Sariva, Nilotpala, Metals like Lauha, Mandoor, etc. Most of the above-mentioned herbs and metals help in balancing the vitiated dosha like they have the kapha-vatashamaka, tridoṣashamaka properties.
Increases the blood circulation in the scalp and hence impure blood is exchanged by fresh blood.
Snigdha guna, katu, tikta rasa, ushna virya properties remove vitiated doṣha from the srotas and help in curing the disease.
Tikta Rasa acts in a similar way as it is a krimighna, vishapaha, pacifies vitiated kapha and laghu in the property.
We at Himalayanheal recommend that you should avoid cold and dry weather and certain foods to reduce the effects of these two doshas. Avoid too much salt, sour, cold items, curds, eggs and eat more bitter veggies.       Oil treatments are very effective and so are certain panchakarma procedures like Abhyangam, Murdha thaila, Virechan, Nasyam are recommended under supervision. It can be manageable only by improving the body’s immunity by getting good nutrition and periodic workout.