Lichen planus is a chronic recurrent rash due to inflammation and characterised by small, flat-topped, many-sided (polygonal) bumps that grow together into rough, scaly plaques over the skin. Rashes may also be seen on mucous membranes of the mouth or vagina. Lichen planus lesions exhibit a range of pigmentary dyschromia, from brown-blackish to blue or purple-grey macules or patches.
In Ayurveda all skin diseases are collectively described as kushta roga in. Due to its resemblance in signs and symptoms, Lichen planus can be correlated with charma kushtha, which has aggravation of vata, pitta and kapha dosha. The vitiated dosha affects the skin and blood circulation and it also affects the moisture level of the tissues and eventually skin becomes discoloured, rough and thick.
Ayurvedic treatment of lichen planus involves a comprehensive treatment strategy which involves strengthening of the digestive system, detoxification of the body and rejuvenation.