Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an acceleration in the growth of skin cells that results in patches of dry scaly itchy skin. The cause is unknown although it tends to run in families. Stress is often a trigger and gluten in foods or alcohol can precipitate the condition in some individuals. A sluggish liver may also be a factor. Getting sunlight is a common and effective remedy to alleviate symptoms. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that play a role in inflammatory diseases like psoriasis.

In studies, fish oil, in amounts equivalent to 5 oz of fatty fish daily, has significantly alleviated symptoms.66 The oil in fish contains anti-inflammatory properties. Saturated fats and omega-6 fatty acids should be limited in the diet as they have an inflammatory effect on the body. Bathing in oatmeal (fill cheesecloth and tie to faucet) or sea salt can relieve symptoms.

Nutrients

Vitamin C—1 g, an antioxidant.

Bioflavonoids—work synergistically with vitamin C.

Vitamin E—400 IU with mixed tocopherols, an antioxidant.

Flaxseed oil—1 to 3 T, can relieve symptoms, has anti-inflammatory properties.

Vitamin A—50,000 IU, if deficient.

Zinc—30 mg, if deficient.

Foods

Whole foods Fatty fish Salmon Mackerel Sardines Albacore tuna

Fresh fruits Figs

Olives

Fresh vegetables

Sauerkraut

Onion

Carrots

Celery

Parsley

Ground flaxseeds

Low-fat yogurt

Extra virgin olive oil

Cold pressed organic canola oil

Fennel

Garlic

Juices

Fruit—citrus fruits may aggravate symptoms in some individuals.

Apple

Beet

Carrot

Cucumber

Grape

Herbal therapy

Angelica—contains psoralens that inhibit cell division.

Capsaicin—cream, apply topically, alleviates redness, scaling, pain and itching, from red pepper.

Chamomile—cream, has anti-inflammatory properties, alleviates symptoms. Milk thistle—2 capsules twice daily, cleanses liver, an anti-inflammatory. Oregon grape—an antioxidant, slows cell proliferation; can also be used topically. Burdock root—2 to 4 ml or 1 to 2 g three times daily, blood purifier. Licorice—glycyrrhetinic acid-containing cream, has effect similar to that of topical hydrocortisone.

Homeopathy

Take remedy according to symptoms:

Arsenicum album

Calcarea carbonica

Graphites

Mercurius solubilis

Mezereum

Petroleum

Psorinum

Rhus toxicodendron Sepia

Staphysagria Sulfur

Aromatherapy

Bergamot—use as massage or in vaporizer.

Lavender, chamomille—use as massage, creams, or in bath.

Ayurvedic medicine

Effective treatments are prescribed.

Chinese medicine

Dittany bark, puncture vine fruit—can help itching.

Acupuncture—stimulation of appropriate points relieves symptoms.

Bodywork

Acupressure Reflexology

Mindbody therapy

Meditation—reduces stress. Yoga

Biofeedback Imagery

Hypnotherapy—learn relaxation techniques.

Natural Treatments For Psoriasis

Natural Treatments For Psoriasis

Do You Suffer From the Itching and Scaling of Psoriasis? Or the Chronic Agony of Psoriatic Arthritis? If so you are not ALONE! A whopping three percent of the world’s populations suffer from either condition! An incredible 56 million working hours are lost every year by psoriasis sufferers according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.

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