I've had Granuloma Annulare lesions on my hands for 6 years. While I was pregnant it completely cleared up, but now my son is 9 months old and it's reappearing. Could you give me insight into what is causing it and how I can help it?This is an interesting case, thank you for getting in touch.
What is Granuloma Annulare?Granuloma Annulare is a chronic skin imbalance, where small bumps that clump in a circular formation like a rash, appearing in specific sites on the body. In your case they are on your hands, which is where they often appear (as well as the feet and other joints of the body). From an Ayurvedic perspective, Granuloma Annulare is called Mandala Kustha (which roughly translates as ‘circles of the skin'). Generally, any skin condition signifies a pitta imbalance in the body, meaning there is excess heat and perhaps toxicity, looking for an exit in an attempt to regain balance, and finding it through the skin. As everything in Ayurveda eventually boils down to the five elements, let me jump straight to them here. This disorder is an imbalance of water and ether elements. We know we’ve got an ether issue when symptoms appear on the joints of the body, for ether inhabits spaces and orifices (joints are spaces, allowing for movement). Arthritis is another example of an ether element pathology. And this segues neatly on to why your symptoms disappeared during your pregnancy: because the most major space of your body (your womb) was being filled with your foetus. The ether was being filled, so it didn’t have to find an imbalanced way of filling itself up. This may sound ethereal, but the body works as one in Ayurveda.
Incompatible food combinationsThere are a few Fundamental Rules of Ayurveda when it comes to eating and food-combining. These are universal, regardless of your constitution, and are complete no-no’s across the board. The reason these laws are laid down so strictly is because the enzymes in our stomach and gut simply cannot deal with these food stuffs in their arena at the same time. They have incompatible virya, meaning their heating or cooling qualities oppose one another. Eating these combinations then leads to toxicity circulating around the body (sometimes finding an exit via the skin). Do not combine:
- Fish and dairy produce
- Fish and fruit
- Dairy and fruit
- Melon with anything
- Eggs and dairy, kichiri, pulses, fruit
- Pulses and dairy, meat, fish or fruit*