Tinea (Ringworm)


Tinea (Ringworm)

Tinea or Ringworm is a fungal infection that affects the skin, scalp, groin area and feet. In this condition, the skin becomes red, dry and scaly.


Though it is called ring worm, it is not caused by worms rather it is a form of fungi called dermatophytes. Dead tissues of skin, hair and nails assist the growth and survival of the fungi.


  • White, pink, red or brown patches on skin
  • Itching
  • Circular patches that won’t tan like the other part of the skin

Ayurvedic View

According to Ayurvedic, the dosha involved for causing Tinea or “dadru” are kapha and vata. Due to disturbed Kapha and vata dosha, toxins accumulate in the deeper tissues of skin. This causes ring worm. It may also be related to the pitta dosha.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid foods that are fried, spicy, very salty, sour and excessively sweet.
  • Avoid citrus fruits like lemon, lime and orange and other sour food items like chutneys, sauces, pickles, vinegar and mustard.
  • Avoid consuming white flour items such as pastries, pizza, bread, cakes, etc.
  • Tomatoes, milk products like yogurt, tea, coffee and alcohol are exceptions for tinea suffering person.
  • Non- veg foods should also be evaded.

Home Remedies

  • Boil water after adding Neem leaves to it. Reduce it to half and use it to wash the affected area of the skin.
  • Rubbing papaya on the tinea affected skin is beneficial.