"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some unique way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."  

Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.

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Home Remedies for Psoriasis 

Home remedies for Psoriasis looks at natural ways to help with the symptoms of this ailment.

The outer indications of Psoriasis are not only physically uncomfortable, but can also be embarrassing and emotionally disturbing.

Natural Remedies for Psoriasis along with medical science acknowledges that there is no known cure for preventing psoriasis.

The treatment is generally focused on reducing the symptoms in the form of creams to help soften the scales to remove them and combined with the gentle scrubbing can help with the itching.

Home Remedies for Psoriasis and the Different forms they Present in. 

Plaque Psoriasis - the most common type of this ailment is characterized by raised, inflamed lesions covered with a silvery white scale and appears on any skin surface from the knees, elbows, scalp and the trunk.

Guttate Psoriasis -Is an uncommon form of this ailment and presents itself differently in the form of small red teardrop shaped dots, that might have some scale and often appear on the trunk, arms and legs.

A severe case of sunburn can trigger this form of psoriasis and also persons with a weakened immune system, such as persons suffering from Aids and rheumatoid arthritis.

Inverse Psoriasis - is found in the warm moist areas of the body such as the armpit, under the breast and in the groin area. This type of psoriasis presents itself as smooth inflamed lesions without scaling and is irritated by rubbing and sweating

Scalp Psoriasis - If you have Psoriasis you have a 50% chance of developing this type as well, which displays as inflamed lesions on the scalp.

Nail Psoriasis - This type of Psoriasis can effect the nails on the toes and the fingers.

Psoriatic Arthritis - Some sufferers of psoriasis experience an associated arthritis that is similar to rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptoms of Psoriasis

  • Some sufferers experience an associated arthritis that is similar to rheumatoid arthritis which is called psoriatic arthritis.
  • Raised inflamed red patches covered by silvery scales.
  • Patches appear on legs, knees, arms, elbows, scalps, fingernails, toenails and ears.
  • Toes and fingernails can lose their luster and develop ridges and pits.
  • Often itchy.
  • Flare-ups, and then periods of remission.
  • Worse in winter.
  • Improves after been in the sun.
  • Seems to improve while on weight loss diets.

What is Psoriasis and what causes it?


  • Treatment is aimed at reducing the symptoms.

  • Attacks are thought to be caused by stress and general debility often following a viral or bacterial infection.
  • Attacks are thought to be caused by stress and general debility often following a viral or bacterial infection.


  • Psoriasis (pronounced with a silent p) is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease, characterized by the proliferation of the skin's outer layer of cells, which fail to mature and fall off, and then results in reddish patches often covered with silvery scales, especially on the knees, elbows, scalp and trunk.

  • There is no cure as yet, for this non-contagious inflammatory disorder, which has a genetic factor, has no gender preference, and is almost unknown in the black community.

  • Treatment is aimed at reducing the symptoms.

Is there a Home Remedy for Psoriasis? 

  • Recent Research has shown that Psoriasis suffers have a faulty metabolism of Vitamin D. One of this vitamin's roles is to regulate the growth of cells.

  • Vitamin D is obtained from very few foods. It can be obtained in supplements, but is naturally obtained when the ultra violet rays from the sun strike the skin. Spend some time in the sun without overdoing it.

  • Outbreaks or flare-ups of psoriasis seem to lessen during the summer months, probably due to extended exposure to the sun in the warm months.



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How do you get rid of Psoriasis?


  • Mix one heaped teaspoon of Turmeric in a half glass of water and drink after breakfast in the morning, and again after supper in the evening. Try adding some honey to improve the taste.
  • Turmeric, is a deep yellow ground spice obtained from the dried root of a plant related to ginger. It is most frequently used in curries, pickled fish and is also added to rice to give it a yellow tint.
  • The primary function of the liver is to filter and detoxify the blood. When harmful by-products overwhelm this organ, the levels of toxins will rise and can aggravate or cause a flare up of psoriasis. Turmeric has been known to help in correcting liver function.
Benefits of turmeric
  • Tumeric has long been used in Chinese medicine for the natural treatment of depression, which is often paired with psoriasis.

  • Tumeric has anti-inflammatory properties and is believed to help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

  • Honey also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.


What is the best "thing" to put on the affected Area?

  • Zam-Buk is a traditional topical ointment, favored in Africa for treating sores, mosquito bites, cuts, rashes and itching and does wonders for chapped lips.
  • Camphor - Psoriatic skin is dry which can cause a worsening of the condition. Camphor works as an emollient and helps your skin retain water, another way for working as home remedies for psoriasis.
  • A big part of this website is listening to what "real" people say actually works for different ailments.
  • Johan says, that for home remedies for Psoriasis, you must apply Zam-Buk to the afflicted areas, morning and night.
  • The ointment contains Oil of Eucalyptus, Camphor, oil of Thyme and oil of Sassafras.
  • Oil of Eucalyptus is famous for its purifying properties.
  • Camphor - Psoriatic skin is dry which can cause a worsening of the condition. Camphor works as an emollient and helps your skin retain water, another way for working as home remedies for psoriasis.
  • Oil of Thyme - Thyme has anti-inflammatory properties.

What Foods to Eat.

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  • Added to this, salmon, mackerel and trout have favorable amounts of Vitamin D.
  • A regular part of your diet should contain oily fish such as mackerel, trout and salmon. These have been shown to help relieve symptoms of psoriasis.

  • These foodstuffs contain Omega 3 which have an anti-inflammatory effect that can help reduce itching and redness.

And of course the foods to avoid!!

  • There is a substance called Arachidonic Acid (AA) that promotes the inflammatory response and makes the lesions of psoriasis turn red and swell.

  • The biggest source of AA is vegetable oils found in most baked goods, so stay away from salty snacks.

  • Red meat and dairy products contain some amounts of AA so you may want to avoid these foods as well.


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  • Another thing to avoid is offal because it also contains AA which the body converts into a substance that will irritate the psoriatic skin condition.

  • Psoriasis is rare in countries where the diet is low in fat, and this alone probably speaks for itself.
  • And then of course the old favorite........ alcohol. Try your very very best to reduce your alcohol intake, as it widens blood vessels which will then increase the flow blood to the skin which will exacerbate the itching and flaking of psoriasis.

  • It is also recommended that you stay away from fried foods, processed foods, sugar and white flour as well as saturated fats found in meat and dairy products.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR PSORIASIS

Lavender

  • Current research points to an immune system role in psoriasis.
  • Lavender supports the immune system and it has anti-inflammatory properties when used topically.
  • Psoriasis attacks can be triggered by nervous tension and stress, so the soothing and calming properties of lavender can help prevent stress related flare-ups.
  • Lavender makes a calming and tasteful infusion, and when used in your herbal ointment can help with the itch and inflammation of psoriasis.
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  • Use lavender in a sauna or steam bath, it fights inflammation and soothes and heals irritated skin.

Milk Thistle

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  • Milk Thistle extract increases bile flow and protects the liver, which is important in keeping the blood clean.


 Thyme



  • One of our most popular and relaxing psoriasis herbal remedies is for you to take some "thyme" off for a long and healing bath.
  • Add an infusion of thyme to your water, relax and enjoy.
  • Thyme has anti-fungal properties and has been known since the year dot as an excellent skin soother.
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Chickweed

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  • Chickweed also has cell proliferating properties.


  • This herb has been used for centuries as a folk medicine for skin conditions, and has to be the show stopper for Psoriasis Herbal Remedies.
  • When used in a cream or herbal ointment, it has a therapeutic value as an anti-irritant which helps soothe and heal damaged skin and also assists in reducing itching.
  • Chickweed can be taken as an infusion, and that same infusion (a little bit stronger) can be added to the bathwater to cover the whole surface of the body or, as a swab to bring comfort to specific areas.
  • Chickweed contains Vitamin A, which helps to protect the skin tissue.

Evening Primrose Oil



  • Evening Primrose Oil has a high content of the fatty acid GLA ( gamma linolenic) which fights inflammation and has topical as well as internal benefits for psoriasis.
  • Psoriasis herbal remedies for evening primrose oil are widely available from chemists and herb shops.
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Oregon Grape


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  • Oregon Grape contains a range of alkaloids that stimulate the liver which is important in keeping blood clean and makes it useful for skin problems such as psoriasis, where sluggish liver functions are involved.
  • The root of the oregon grape herb is also used, and can be taken as a decoction 3 times per day.

Burdock

  • The herb Burdock id a blood purifier, has an excellent inner cleaning action, and because of this, is reputed to be good for psoriasis sufferes.
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CONSIDERATIONS

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  • Psoriasis is a chronic disease that affects millions of people around the world, but very rarely in the black community.
  • The underlying causes of this inflammatory condition are not known, but it is thought that the immune system may damage the genetic material that tells the skin cells how often to divide.
  • It is also thought that it may result from a faulty utilaztion of fat, which is probably confirmed by the fact that psoriasis is rare in countries where the diet is low in fat.


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