Erythema Dischromicum Perstans (EDP) (Ashy Dermatosis) – Herbal Remedies


Our skin being the biggest organ of the body is prone to develop many conditions and these conditions are the result of coming in direct contact with the causative factors. Erythema dischromicum perstans is one such condition in which there is development of dark patches or hyper pigmented macules. This is a very rare condition and affects a very little quantity of the population. In this article we will discuss the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and management of this condition in ayurveda. Ayurvedic aspects of Erythema dischromicum perstans will also be discussed and understood.

Erythema Dischromicum Perstans


As mentioned earlier, Erythema dischromicum perstans is a rare disease. The condition usually presents itself with dark patches which are called hyperpigmented macules. These macules are ashy grey in color and are usually present on the skin surface. In the initial stages they are a bit raised and usually vary in size. They can be localized to one area or can present in a generalized pattern. Aforesaid this is not common in the population but in rare cases if present then the younger ratio is generally higher than older population and is commonly associated with dark skin people. Now let us discuss Erythema dischromicum perstans in detail.

Causes Of Erythema Dischromicum Perstans

The causes or etiological factors for this condition is not known. According to some theories it is the result of chemical exposure like ingestion of ammonium nitrate, worm infestations like whipworm infestations, exposure to some radiations, medicational reactions etc. Sometimes hereditary involvement is also
Seen in such cases.

If we see from an ayurvedic perspective then Erythema dischromicum perstans is related to tawaka gata vikara and hence involvement of two out of three humors is usually believed, that is pitta and kapha. The vitiation of these two humors results in such conditions.

Symptoms And Signs

  • Skin discoloration- dark greyish or ashy appearance of lesions. These lesions are basically blue or reddish in colour and then gradually turn greyish in appearance. It is the cardinal symptom of this condition.
  • Irregular patches over the trunk, face and neck are commonly seen.
  • Itching over the affected region and discomfort.
  • These patches can be unilateral or bilateral.
  • The shape of these lesions varies between round to oval.
  • Well defined margins but elevated.
  • In ayurveda the tawak vikar is believed to be the result of dosha vitiation which further results in rakta, mansa and meda dhatu vitiation. Thus causing above mentioned symptoms.

Diagnosis Of Erythema Dischromicum Perstans

The physical examination reveals a lot about the condition. Moreover for proper diagnosis skin biopsy can be done which will reveal minor vacuolar degeneration of the basal layer of skin in the early lesions. Pigmentary incontinence with dermal melanophages in established patches or lesions.


In modern very concise treatment of Erythema dischromicum perstans is given. This condition cannot be cured but its effective management is possible. For its effective management topical steroids are given. Along with this local application of steroids exposure to ultraviolet radiations, pigment lasers and Q- switched ruby lasers are also done.

Herbal Remedies For Ashy Dermatosis By Planet Ayurveda

Planet ayurveda is a GMP certified renowned and trusted pharmaceutical company offering their herbal products worldwide. These products are prepared using the standardized extract of herbs by following the strict ayurveda principles under the guidance of MD ayurveda experts. Some of the formulations that are being offered by Planet Ayurveda for the management of ashy dermatosis are as follows:

  1. Gandhak Rasayan
  2. Kaishore Guggul
  3. Radiant Skin Hair Nails Capsule
  4. Youth Restora Capsule
  5. Manjishtha Capsule
  6. Recumin Gel

Ayurvedic Treatment For Erythema Dischromicum Perstans

Products Description

1. Gandhak Rasayan

This is a classical herbal formulation prepared using the potent and purified form of sulphur (gandhak). This formulation is very effective in treating all types of skin ailments and detoxifies the whole body by removing all the toxins. Gandhak rasayan also possesses antioxidant and antihistamine properties and is really helpful in relieving itching and patches in Erythema dischromicum perstans.

Dosage: Two tablets twice daily after meals with normal water.

2. Kaishore Guggul

Kaishore guggul is a classical formulation prepared using effective herbs. As the name suggest it has the guggul (Commiphora mukul), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) , Vidang (Embelia ribes), Nisoth (Operculina Turpethum), Triphala , trikatu and some other herbs as its ingredients. This formulation possesses antihistamine, analgesic, anti inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties thus very useful in patients with Erythema dischromicum perstans (EDP).

Dosage: Two tablets twice daily after meals with normal water.

3. Radiant Skin Hair Nails Capsule

Radiant skin hair nails poly herbal formulation is prepared using herbs like ghritkumari (Aloe barbadensis), Pitta papda (Fumaria officinalis), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) and few others. This formulation maintains the lustre and normal colour of the skin. Thus very effective in reducing the hyperpigmentation and itching on the skin which are the main symptoms in Erythema dischromicum perstans.

Dosage: One capsule twice daily after meals with normal water.

4. Youth Restora Capsules

Youth restora is a formulation which is prepared using Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri), Grape Seed (Vitis vinifera), Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) etc. As its name indicates this helps in restoring the youth as this formulation sustains the normal colour and lustre of the skin. It is very effective for Ashy dermatosis patients because it decreases hyperpigmentation also.

Dosage: One capsule twice daily with plain water after meal.

5. Manjishtha Capsules

This is a single herbal formulation prepared using the standardized extract of Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia). This is a natural blood purifier. Manjishtha possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It maintains the normal colour of the skin and helps in decreasing the hyperpigmentation.

Dosage: One cap twice daily after meals with normal water.

6. Recumin Gel

Recumin gel is used for local application prepared using haridra (Curcuma longa), Neem (Azadirachta indica), guggul (Commiphora mukul), Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) etc. This formulation contains herbs which possess anti-inflammatory, and antihistamine properties. It is used for local application and aids in reducing hyperpigmentation, itching etc.

Application: Apply it locally over the affected area.


Therefore, it is concluded that the above provided herbal formulations are safe and are very helpful in maintaining the symptoms of patients with Erythema dischromicum perstans (EDP). These products are free from any type of chemical, binder, and additive and preservative. Planet ayurveda products do not cause any side effects and are very potent in management of various conditions.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd. He is Author of the Book "Ayurveda – God’s Manual For Healing". He is an Ayurveda Expert Serving People worldwide through all the Possible Mediums, Operating from Main Branch in Mohali, India. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit

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