Ayurveda: And the corn is gone…

Ayurveda deems ascribes corns them to imbalance of the kapha and vatta doshas. Try these ayurveda tips to heal a corn naturally

Ayurveda: and the corn is gone

Corns are hardened skin tissues that tend to accumulate in soles of the feet and less commonly, even on the hands. A corn is formed due to improper feet care or bad posture. Wearing tight/uncomfortable footwear and high heels that put repeated pressure on the same spot or standing in the same posture for a long time, are other causes.

Being overweight too, could lead to developing a corn as the excess weight increases the pressure on the feet. It also affects the person’s gait, which in turn puts abnormal pressure on the soles.

Corns may or may not be painful. Some corns are so silent they often go untreated, which is detrimental to your feet in the long run. Ayurveda deems corns as a less significant disease [kshudra roga] and ascribes them to imbalance of the kapha and vatta doshas.

When you get a corn…

  • Soak your feet in salted warm water for 5 – 10 minutes to make the area soft. Then, scrub the area gently with the help of a pumice stone or some other scrubber to rub off the dead skin. After this, apply a medicated cream or gently massage the foot with coconut or mustard oil. You can even add Epsom salts to the water instead of regular salt.
  • Add a capful of vinegar to warm water and douse your feet in it for 10 minutes. Then scrub gently and massage with a greasy oil like castor oil or olive oil for further lubrication. Tie a small piece of cotton/bandage dipped in vinegar onto the corn. Leave it in this position for a few hours or overnight. Vinegar naturally sanitises dead skin tissue, making the affected area easier to clean and scrub off the dead tissue.
  • To remove a soft corn, tie a piece of orange peel or lemon peel on the affected area after you’ve done the soaking, scrubbing and oil massage ritual.
  • Roast some turmeric powder in mustard oil and apply this paste when bearably hot to the corn. Cover it with a bandage and keep overnight.
  • Mix one teaspoon of aloe vera gel with one half teaspoon of turmeric and apply on the corn.
  • Massage skin with medicated oils such as jatyaadi taila, kasisaadi taila and shadadhwata ghrita.

For chronic, hardened and persistent corns, you need advanced ayurvedic treatment by a physician.

Generally the vaidya or ayurvedic physician performs kshara karma using gaumutra [cow urine] and yavakshara [pearl ash]. He may even remove the corn surgically [shastra karma] or cauterise it [agni karma].

These procedures are accompanied by bandaging the localised area with turmeric paste and aloe vera paste to promote healing and provide natural antiseptic cover.

As ayurveda attributes corns to kapha and vata imbalance, balancing the two doshas curb the re-occurrence. This involves modifying your diet [aahara] and lifestyle [vihara].

How to avoid having a corn

  • Keep a regular check on your weight. When you maintain proper weight, your feet won’t be over-pressured.
  • Take care of your feet by cleaning, scrubbing and massaging them from time to time.
  • Wear proper footwear that not only protect your feet and are comfortable but also allow equal distribution of your weight.
  • Maintain a good posture that doesn’t put undue pressure on one side of your foot.

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Sonica Krishan
Dr Sonica Krishan is an Ayurveda and natural lifestyle consultant based at Chandigarh. She has authored natural home cure books like Herbal Healers and Home Remedies.


  1. Hi …this is srikanth from Qatar airways…had surgery once for foot corn…after some days found baby corn on foot…how to avoid…I’m confused…plz advise

  2. Sir… I was affected by corn on my feet…. I had done surgey for two times… But it occurs again and again at tha same area… It was painful while walking… What should i do to remove the corn

  3. hello doctor i am gayathri sunil .I am critically affected by corns disease ,i cant baer this pain .I need a quick remedy for this terrible condition.

  4. Sir on right side of my foot they are 2 corns no painful how to remove corn
    I conculted doctor he asked me to put the foot in water, kerlin ointment and pumice stone you ru. He says no use sir the shape of my feetcis looking dirt of corns pl suggest.

  5. hi,

    For hard corns, homeo would be the right medicine to remove it from the roots.

    I too had a hard corn formed. But i used homeo medicine for that. Antimonum Crudum and Lycopodium are the best medicines in homeo to treat the corns. But before using these better to consult the homeo doctor for the suggestions.

  6. Hi sir
    I’m facing corn problem in under my foot . 4 months back I had a surgery but I will form again Im not ready to do surgery again now it was pain when I’m walking and also the foot was swelling.I’m facing this problem nearly 1 year can you give me solution

  7. hello sir i have sent to meassage in foot corn tablet also medicine you can inform me foot corn medicine suggest for me

  8. Madam, greeting,I have foot corn on right sole which was removed twice surgically within 6 months.now one more is sprouting up just in below right toe.plz advice me to cure.

  9. Dear Sonica,
    many thanks for your item, it helps me a lot and I do hope it will solve my problems with corns.
    Nice day 🙂


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