Know about Ringworm – An Ayurvedic View

Fungal infections cause the most common ailments. One such disease is ringworm. Ringworm is also known as Dermatophytosis. Ringworm is a fungal infection that affects your skin. As its name suggests, it is circular in appearance. The fungus appears like a copper-coloured worm in a round shape, that causes severe itching. Its not caused by a worm though.


There are several treatments for this ailment but Ayurveda not only treats this fungal infection but also prevents our body from getting infected. Here, you will get to know about treatments for ringworm through Ayurveda.


What is Ringworm According to Ayurveda?


Ringworm is referred as dadru in Ayurveda. This disease is classified among 18 diseases under the heading kushta roga which are skin diseases. According to Ayurvedic texts it is caused due to vitiation of Pitta and Kapha dosha.


In Ayurveda this medical condition is described as –


Bluish discolored, linearly distributed raised circular rash that causes severe itching. This condition can remain for a longer period and can attain other shapes as well.


What causes Ringworm?


Ayurveda says that it is due to our wrong food habits that the above two mentioned doshas get aggravated. The habit of eating wrong food combinations like eating sour curd with milk for a long time, wrong food habits like eating heavy food and many other such habits aggravate the doshas and cause Ringworm lately.


What are the Symptoms of Ringworm?


Following symptoms are experienced in Ringworm-

  • Dryness and itching over the affected area.
  • Burning sensation.
  • The skin may flake off.


How Ayurveda treats Ringworm?


Ayurveda has a wide range of treatment plans for Ringworm. These are –

  • External application of herbs like jatyadi oil, nalpamaradi taila, Karanja taila and so on.
  • Medicines like patoladi kashayam, gandhak rasayan, haridra khand, panchtikta guggulu and many more.
  • Panchakarma therapy named vaman, virechana, raktamokshana can be done.
  • Single drug formulations like gandhak, bakuchi, nimb, patol and many more are used.
  • You can also do some yoga asanas like padmasana, sukasana, surya namaskar and many more.


Ringworm is a fungal condition that needs treatment. Ayurveda gives you a wide range of treatments for curing the same. You can also prevent ringworm infection by avoiding wrong food habits, wearing dried loose clothes, avoid sweating and so on.



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