The skin protects the body from cold, heat, sunshine, wind and various diseases, and through sweat it throws out the body’s waste material. The body’s complete health depends upon the skin. Skin diseases should not be ignored and should be treated immediately. Perspiration is necessary for good health. Lack of perspiration signifies presence of some disease. Dark spots, prickly heat, boils and other skin diseases are a few of the common ones.
Dark spots occur on the neck, hands or on the face. They are either brown or black in colour. On the face they often occur on the nose, there are black patches on the two sides of the nose. This usually occurs in women after menopause, during pregnancy or when sweat pores get blocked.
Surya Namaskar, Bhujangasana, Shirshasana, and Sarvangasana should be practiced to keep oneself free from these diseases.
Kapalbhati pranayama, Nadi shodhan, Bhastrika and general pranayam should be practiced. The difference will be very clear.
If it is summer season then apply curd (yoghurt) on the dark spots at night, wash it after 20 minutes and go to sleep. The dryness, pigmentation marks and any other types of marks are cleared. If it is winter season then take lukewarm milk and massage it on the face.
Also if massage is done with lemon juice the pigmentation marks will be removed. Drink one cup of radish juice daily for seven days; all types of marks will be removed.
Grind lentils and lemon juice; apply the paste on the face and massage. This is the best medicine for pigmentation marks.
To remove these marks you may also apply the foam of ocean water mixed with lemon juice.
Eruptions on Face
Many times we find red coloured patches on the skin, these are called eruptions. They are dark on the sides and light colored in the middle. They are formed when spicy, non-vegetarian food, liquor, hot medicines and allergy causing products and food items are consumed.
Mix sandal wood powder in Giloy juice and drink 10 ml. Eruptions can be removed.
Take clarified butter (ghee) prepared with cow milk, geru, and rock salt in equal quantity and make a powder. Rub the powder on the skin and wrap yourself in a blanket and sleep in the hot sun. The eruptions will get cleared due to the natural perspiration.
Practice Anulom-Vilom pranayam, Nadi shodhan, and Shitali and Chandra bhedi pranayam.
Prickly heat can be overcome by taking water with a little bit of lemon juice thrice daily. Even if it persist then within 10-12 days it will disappear.
Consume sugarcane juice in the morning and afternoon. The body becomes cool and prickly heat will not appear.
Don’t eat things which produce heat and try to stay in a cold environment. Wear light clothes. Boil neem leaves in water and when cool take bath with this water. The prickly heat is overcome with this process.
Practice Anulom-Vilom pranayam, Shitali and Chandra bhedi pranayam. These help in removing the prickly heat.
Boils occur due to impurity in the blood. More intake of spicy food, sour and sweet things lead to impurity in the blood and boils occur in due course.
Roots of bitter guard (karela) should be ground and applied on the boils. Boil carrot and tie its poultice on the boils. The leaves of tube (Arbi) should be burnt and the ash should be mixed in oil and applied on the boils. The tender leaves of neem should be mixed in buttermilk and the paste should be applied on the boils.
This should be repeated twice a day. Bark of the neem tree and Rasot should be ground and applied on the boils.
Poultice of fenugreek put on the boils reduces the swelling and gives relief from pain.
Medication through Yoga:
Boils occur due to impurity of blood. Practice yogasanas, which purify blood.
Ardhamatysendrasana, Shirshasana and other yogasanas can be practiced to purify blood.
Practice Anulom-Vilom pranayam, Surya bhedi, Bhastrika, Kapalbhati and other pranayam to make the blood cells healthy. The skin will glow and become healthy, and boils will not occur.
Also known as swelling of glands which are caused due to impurity in blood. This results in tumours on the thighs, stomach, armpits, and neck along with swelling and pain. Pus forms in the tumours. Usually it seems like a boil. The swollen part become as hard as a stone, and a burning sensation occurs. Sometimes the boil breaks open.
Grind fig, and then heat it. Make poultice and tie it on the tumour. You will get relief from pain and sometimes the boil breaks open quickly. Mix a little guggul and turmeric in horse gram powder, put it on the tumor for it to subside.
Excess perspiration can be caused because of malaria, T.B (lungs), impurity of blood, person prone to pus formation, high fever, bone weakness, general weakness, nervous problems, due to the weakness of systems, forgetfulness, mineral deficiency, general weakness and tastelessness. Yoga can be beneficial during this state. Pranayam is of utmost help. The patient should practice Nadi shodhan, Anulom-Vilom, Kapalbhati, Bhastrika and pranayam. The yogasanas should be practiced slowly.
Add pomegranate leaves juice in water and take bath. There wont be complaint of perspiration. The powder of tamarind seeds and flowers should be mixed with water and applied on the skin when there is more perspiration and body odour.
Roast kulthi, make it into two parts and rub it on the body. The perspiration will reduce. Take equal quantity of wood apple pulp (bilva) and Harad and make a fine powder. sprinkle under the armpits daily after bath. At bed time make a paste of it and apply. It will give relief from odour.