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ETIOPATHOGENESIS OF SKIN DISORDERS; AN AYURVEDA VIEW

Dr. Gurpreet Singh* and Dr. Rakesh Sharma

ABSTRACT

Ayurveda described term Twak or Charma for skin that covers body and acts as external body organ. Twak is Updhatu of Mamsa which forms in the developing foetus, after the fertilization of Shukra & Shonita. Twacha develops with seven layers and differentiation in the skin layers takes place during the formation of Garbha. Charaka considered Twacha as Matruja Bhava while Vagbhata mentioned that Twak derived from Rakta by the action of Rakta Dhatwagni. Acharya Charaka has mentioned six layers of skin while Acharya Sushruta has mentioned seven layers of Twak, the disease of skin mainly depends upon factors that affects specific skin layers. Thus skin ailments vary depending upon causative factors since different etiological factors affect different skin layers. The etiological factors of Twak Vikara include Ahara Hetu, Vihara Hetu, Achara Hetu, Kulalaj hetu and Krimij hetu, etc. Present article explores etiopathogenesis of skin disorders with respect to Ayurveda perspective.

Keywords: Ayurveda, Dhatu Dushti, Twak Vikara, Etiopathogenesis, Skin.


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