Ayurvedic Treatment for Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

About Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Dermatitis Herpetiformis -- also called DH or Duhring's disease -- is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition in which blisters filled with a watery fluid appear on the sufferer's scalp, shoulder blades, elbows, knees, back, and buttocks. The skin inflammation in Dermatitis Herpetiformis is quite similar in appearance to herpes; however, the herpes virus is neither linked to nor a cause of Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis is an autoimmune skin disorder skin disorder which is characterized by the occurrence of severe and itchy (pruritic) blisters as well as bumped-up lesions (papules) on the affected skin. Since the blistering skin condition causes itchiness and a burning skin rash, people suffering from this condition undergo a lot of discomfort and restlessness.

The extremely itchy blisters or bumps that appear on both sides of the body in patients affected by Dermatitis Herpetiformis are an indication of intolerance of 'gluten' -- a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye -- which is linked to a serious digestive disorder called Celiac disease. Since gluten intolerance or Celiac disease is the underlying condition which can cause Dermatitis Herpetiformis, the rash which occurs due to the blistering skin condition is often described as 'gluten rash.'

The Dermatitis Herpetiformis skin ailment can affect men and women of any age -- and it is rarely diagnosed in children -- though the risk of occurrence of this condition is the highest for people aged between 15 and 40 years.

Causes of Dermatitis Herpetiformis

The exact cause of Dermatitis Herpetiformis is still unknown. Nonetheless, the most common reasons for this condition are genetic and environmental factors.

More specifically, the main causes of Dermatitis Herpetiformis are:

  • Sensitivity to gluten
  • Exposure to a skin irritant
  • Allergy-prone or sensitive skin

Symptoms of Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Some of the common symptoms of Dermatitis Herpetiformis are:

  • Prickly rash and fluid-filled blisters on the affected skin areas.
  • Severe and stinging itchiness.
  • Intestinal damage related to Celiac disease; with gut symptoms like stomach ache, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.

Diagnosis of Dermatitis Herpetiformis

After initially evaluating the patient's hereditary and environmental factors to diagnose Dermatitis Herpetiformis, doctors generally confirm the diagnosis of this blistering skin condition with the help of certain tests which may include the following:-

  • Blood tests
  • Skin biopsy
  • Intestinal biopsy
  • Direct immunofluorescence test, and
  • Patch testing

Ayurvedic Treatment of Dermatitis Herpetiformis

The symptoms that indicate the occurrence of Dermatitis Herpetiformis can be effectively managed with some specially prepared Ayurvedic products. These products are potent herbal formulations which can provide relief to patients suffering from this chronic skin ailment.

Since Ayurvedic experts believe that health complications like Dermatitis Herpetiformis are a result of an imbalance of the body's three energies (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), they use pure and natural herbs for preparing the safe and chemical-free formulations for balancing the three energies and maintaining the overall health of the patients.

According to Ayurveda, the imbalance of three energies results in Dermatitis Herpetiformis because it leads to production of toxins which get collected in the deep tissues such as rakta (blood), mamsa (muscles), lasika (lymphatic) and rasa (nutrient plasma).

Herbal Remedies for Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Planet Ayurveda offers effective herbal remedies like Neem, Curcumin, Gandhak Rasayan & Digestion Support for ayurvedic treatment of Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

1. Neem Capsules

For preparing Neem capsules, the pure extract of the 'Neem' herb (Azadirachta indica) are used. This herb usually referred to as 'the wonder herb' because of its proven capability to heal skin diseases. Neem purifies the blood and eliminates all the toxins from the body. The itchy rashes related to Dermatitis Herpetiformis can be effectively treated with Neem capsules.

People suffering from Dermatitis Herpetiformis can benefit from the use of Neem capsules if they take one capsule with plain water twice a day, after meals.

2. Curcumin Capsules

Another beneficial herbal formulation for managing Dermatitis herpetiformis is Curcumin capsules. These capsules are prepared from the pure extract of the 'Haridra' herb (Curcuma longa) which has immense medical significance for Ayurvedic experts. Haridra -- which is commonly called Haldi or Turmeric, and is one of the staple Indian spices -- has blood purification and anti-inflammatory properties, and is especially useful in treating rashes and itchiness of skin. This wonderful herb also heals lesions and blisters which are common signs of Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

The recommended dosage of Curcumin capsules for Dermatitis Herpetiformis patients is: two capsules with plain water, two times a day.

3. Gandhak Rasayan

Gandhak Rasayan -- offered in the form of tablets -- is also one of the most effective Ayurvedic products for managing Dermatitis Herpetiformis. To prepare these tablets, Shuddh Gandhak (purified sulphur) is used. These tablets facilitated the blood-purification process; and can also remove harmful toxins from the body.

For relief from the symptoms of Dermatitis Herpetiformis, the patients of this skin disease should take two tablets of Gandhak Rasayan with plain water, twice daily, after meals.

4. Digestion Support

Pure extracts of some of the most powerful digestive herbs are used for preparing Digestion Support capsules, which are an amazing herbal formulation for managing Dermatitis Herpetiformis. The herbs which are the key components of Digestion Support capsules are: Amla (Phyllanthus emblica); Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare); Haritaki (Terminalia chebula); Dhania (Coriandrum sativum); Bahera (Terminalia bellirica); and Pippali (Piper longum). These herbs, altogether, support the digestive system and can notably heal skin ailments. In addition, these herbs also nourish the body cells, relieve constipation and other digestive disorders, treat problems related to abdominal gas and acidity, strengthen the alimentary tract, and clear skin diseases.

In order to get relief from the symptoms of Dermatitis Herpetiformis, patients of this skin disease should take appropriate dosage of Digestion Support capsules as directed by Ayurvedic doctors. 1 to 2 capsules are generally advised.


Overall, Dermatitis Herpetiformis skin condition can be managed in a natural and effective manner with the help of the above-mentioned herbal formulations, along with taking a 'gluten-free diet' because 'gluten' is the main cause of skin rashes.

It is essential to manage Dermatitis Herpetiformis symptoms in a timely manner; otherwise, this skin disease can sometimes lead to other potential health complications like Osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases -- Type 1 diabetes and thyroid – and certain types of gut cancer.

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