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.
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.
Whole foods Fatty fish Salmon Mackerel Sardines Albacore tuna
Fresh fruits Figs
Cold pressed organic canola oil
Fruit—citrus fruits may aggravate symptoms in some individuals.
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.
Take remedy according to symptoms:
Rhus toxicodendron Sepia
Bergamot—use as massage or in vaporizer.
Lavender, chamomille—use as massage, creams, or in bath.
Effective treatments are prescribed.
Dittany bark, puncture vine fruit—can help itching.
Acupuncture—stimulation of appropriate points relieves symptoms.
Meditation—reduces stress. Yoga
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