A corn refers to localized thickening of the skin especially on the toes, extending up to the subcutaneous tissue. Corns are usually small, painful and tender to the touch.
According to Ayurveda Corns are deemed as “ kshudra roga” or the less significant diseases. Ayurveda calls this condition “ kadara” caused due to the imbalance of kapha and vata dosha.
Sharkaronmathithe paade kshate vaa kantakaadibhihi Granthihi kolavath utsannam jaayathe kadaram tu tath
The above lines mean that if the sole of the foot gets violently rubbed with sand or gets injured by thorn, then small growths of the shape and size of kola fruit appear there. This is called as “kadara”.
Ayurvedic Formulations Useful in this Condition
- Jaathyadi taila
- Arka ksheera ( miky latex of the plant “ arka”-Calotropis gigantica)
- Kaasisadi tailam
- Jeevantyadi yamakam
Along with this Gulgulu Tiktaka Ghritam can be taken internally as it is an excellent formulation given for all skin diseases. Other Ayurvedic therapies like Shastra Karma (surgical removal) and Agni karma (cauterization) are also recommended.
Herbal Remedies for Corns
- Liquorice: A paste made by grinding 3-4 liquorice sticks and mixing it with half a teaspoon of sesame oil or mustard oil should be rubbed into the hardened skin at bedtime. The skin gradually softens and the corn decreases in size.
- Papaya: Raw papaya is beneficial; its juice is an irritant and is therefore a useful application in this condition. Half a tsp. of raw papaya juice may be applied thrice daily
- Lemon: A fresh slice of lemon should be tied around the painful area at night and allowed to remain there the whole night.
- Indian squill: Botanically known as Urginea Indica, is useful in removing corns. A bulb may be roasted and applied over the corn. It should be secured with a bandage.
- Green figs: It helps to soften the corns, half a tsp. of this juice should be applied 2-3 times a day.
- Chalk powder: A small piece of chalk may be ground into a paste with water and applied over the affected area.
- A light nutritious diet is advised.
- Fruits and vegetables are a rich source of vitamins and minerals which will help in treating corns.
- Ø Regular care of the feet is required. Massage, scrub and warm water fomentation will prevent corns.
- Ø Shoes can also lead to corns. Wear the right fitting shoes.
- Ø Correct bad posture.
If left untreated corns can cause infections, ulcerations, and may also affect the balance of the person. So do not hesitate to get it treated as soon as you suspect a corn.