Natural Treatments & Home Remedies For Psoriasis

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August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, so it seemed like a good time to do a list of natural alternatives for treating psoriasis. This is one of the most embarrassing skin conditions it’s possible to have; with raised red patches covered with silvery scales appearing on the body and scalp. In severe cases, these patches can crack and bleed, as well as interfering with movement when they appear on joints.

The most common places for a psoriasis outbreak are on the elbows, hands, knees, feet and scalp; but they can show up anywhere. Psoriasis on the scalp can resemble severe dandruff, with constant, heavy flaking and itching that can make you want to rip your skin off. Scratching or brushing your hair can cause raw patches that bleed and can get infected, and burn when you wash your hair. Even worse, they can spread to the face, causing embarrassment, isolation, self-image issues, depression, anxiety and ostracization by those who think that you might be contagious.

Although the medical community understands the process of psoriasis, no-one has discovered what causes it; and medical treatments tend to be painful, expensive and dangerous without being very effective. Natural treatments tend to be cheaper and just as (if not more) effective; without the risks associated with the injections, caustic skin treatments, and cancer-causing drugs of traditional medicine. In addition, these natural methods can frequently be used along with traditional medical treatment, since many of them are applied externally, and thus are unlikely to interact with medications.

There are many natural ways for you to ease the pain and itching, and minimize lesions; and with a little experimentation you can find a program that works for you.

Hydrotherapy: Soaking in the tub can soften and soothe the plaques associated with a psoriasis breakout, allowing you to gently remove the dead skin cells without damaging the skin underneath. The water should be barely above body temperature, since hot water dries the skin out, and can make the situation worse (severely dry skin is more susceptible to psoriasis.) The skin should be moisturized immediately afterwards with a formula that will add moisture and reduce moisture loss as well.

Dead Sea Salt: Dead Sea salt is cleansing, and very healing to most skin problems. It contains many minerals that are necessary for the body’s proper function, and also helps to detoxify. Adding Dead Sea salt to your hydrotherapy program will make it even more effective. Try this tub of unscented dead sea salt by adding it to your next bath. See how it works for you.

Moisturizers and Oils: Heavier emollient creams tend to work better for those who are prone to psoriasis, because they are better at sealing in existing moisture. There are many oils that are active against psoriasis, and creams based on these oils will have the most benefit. Several that you should look for in a moisturizer are:

  • Coconut oil
  • Andiroba oil
  • Borage seed oil
  • Cajeput oil
  • Copaiba oil
  • Juniper oil
  • Tamanu oil

Humidity:
This is the easiest treatment ever. Low humidity dries the skin, which is very bad for psoriasis. Get a room humidifier, and keep the air in your home more humid. This is the best humidifier and may just help cure your psoriasis.

Soaps: Soaps can be harsh and drying, and many include ingredients that can irritate your skin as well. Using a mild, organic, super-fatted soap; or a soap-free cleansing product; will reduce the chance that you’ll make your psoriasis worse. Adovia has created a natural dead sea mud soap specifically for curing psoriasis – at less than $10 it’s surely worth a go? Click here to take a look at it.

Herbal Treatments: There are many herbs that are useful for treating psoriasis, including:

  • Turmeric
  • Sarsparilla
  • Safflower
  • Oregon Grape
  • Licorice
  • Qing Dai (in ointment)
  • Cleavers
  • Red Clover
  • Chickweed (in ointment)
  • Cayenne
  • Burdock Root
  • Barberry (in ointment)
  • Aloe (externally)
  • Gotu Kola
  • German Chamomile
  • Pau de Arco

Aromatherapy:
There are many essential oils (and carrier oils) that can be helpful in treating psoriasis. Some are directly active against the psoriasis, and others are useful because of their detoxifying effects, anti-stress action, or their support of the liver and/or the immune system. (Because psoriasis is sometimes linked with psoriatic arthritis and other immune disorders, it is thought that it may be related to an immune system dysfunction.)

Vitamins and Supplements: Some sufferers have found that adding a supplement for another issue mysteriously helps with their psoriasis as well. These include:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)
  • Flaxseed and flaxseed oil
  • Alpha-linoleic Acid (ALA)
  • Selenium
  • Sulphur
  • Vitamin A

Avoidance techniques:
Many find that perfumes and additives in detergents and fabric softeners make their psoriasis worse, or that exposure to allergens or toxins in their environment affect the severity of their outbreaks. Keeping a diary or log of outbreaks and what you’ve recently been exposed to can help you to find possible links between exposures and outbreaks; and following a challenge/rechallenge protocol can tell you which things you should avoid.

A challenge/rechallenge protocol is simply eliminating a suspected trigger from your environment long enough for the effect you think it’s causing to improve, then re-introducing it and seeing if the effect comes back or gets worse. This should be repeated at least 3 or 4 times to be sure that it’s not just a coincidental improvement rather than a true link.

Psoriasis impacts as many as 7.5 million Americans. It’s not contagious, but awareness is.

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Comments

  1. I am a psoriasis sufferer and have been using the traditional cream and lotion to control outbreak. However it offers only temporary relief. Recently I tried the natural means and starting eating black garlic. My condition has noticeably improved and only after consuming the black garlic for about two months. Give it a try.

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