5 ways to naturally eliminate psoriasis

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Natural Solutions for Psoriasis(NaturalHealth365) If you are one of the 7.5 million Americans affected by psoriasis, you know that this chronic autoimmune skin condition can be frustrating, unsightly, uncomfortable and even quite painful. Symptoms include reddened, thickened, scaly, and itchy skin, often with flaking, silvery patches; joint pain may also be present.

Disturbingly, psoriasis has recently been linked with a higher risk of health problems, including diabetes, depression, adverse cardiovascular events and metabolic syndrome. But, today, we will focus on natural solutions to this serious skin problem.

First of all, tell me what causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis occurs when the immune system mistakes normal skin cells for pathogens, and responds with an overgrowth of skin cells. Psoriasis can develop anywhere on your body, although it is most common on hands and feet.

This inflammatory – non-contagious – illness is strongly linked to genetics; experts say that if both parents have the condition, then their child will have a 50 percent chance of developing this condition. A variety of factors can trigger psoriasis, including infections, trauma – such as insect bites, sunburns, or cuts – stress, a weakened immune system, and certain medications, including beta-blockers and lithium.

Conventionally speaking, there is no cure for psoriasis – which can go into remission and then flare up at unpredictable intervals.  Most doctors may prescribe a variety of medications to control symptoms, including steroids and salicylic acid.  However, these pharmaceutical drugs – in some cases – can be quite expensive and often cause negative side effects.

Keep in mind, a ‘weakened immune system’ is the main culprit – so don’t stress your body with toxins. Do your best to avoid pesticides in conventionally-grown food, GMOs, poisonous vaccines, sugary processed foods and, course, environmental pollutants like dangerous household cleaners and personal care products.

Researchers strongly emphasize the importance of vitamin D

Researchers have long known that low serum levels of vitamin D are associated with increased severity of psoriasis, so using vitamin D to treat it would seem to make good sense. In fact, both new and established clinical studies bear this out. A 2013 review published in Journal of Dermatological Treatment credits both topical and dietary vitamin D with being efficacious in the treatment of psoriasis, and recommends that the vitamin not be overlooked as a therapy.

The study authors pointed out that vitamin D, in addition to treating psoriasis, can also help protect against many of the adverse health effects associated with the condition. In addition, vitamin D is inexpensive, easily obtainable and safe when used under the guidance of a knowledgeable medical professional. Obviously, the best way to increase your vitamin D blood levels is to safely expose yourself to the sun – as often as possible.

The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) concurs, reporting that vitamin D is indeed beneficial in alleviating psoriasis, and may even prevent psoriatic lesions from forming. Although topical vitamin D creams are available, the NPF notes you can also procure vitamin D from your diet by eating farm-fresh eggs and salmon. But, with all the concerns about seafood contamination – the sun is looking like the best choice.

Colloidal oatmeal works at the molecular level to safely target psoriasis

According to University of Maryland Medical Center, a daily bath in a tub of lukewarm water to which a cup of oatmeal has been added is a good way to dissolve psoriatic scales and soothe inflamed skin. And this natural remedy is supported by strong scientific research. In a 2010 review published in Journal of Drugs and Dermatology, the authors typified colloidal oatmeal as a natural product with an “excellent safety and effectiveness record,” and deemed it an” important component of therapy for atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.”

Oatmeal’s avenanthramides – active constituents that have been widely studied – are natural anti-inflammatory substances and antihistamines that inhibit the activity of nuclear factor kappa B cells and inflammatory cytokines.

Does aloe vera gel provide relief from psoriasis?

Many dermatologists recommend following an oatmeal bath with a high-quality moisturizer. Choosing a cream or ointment containing aloe vera extracts will allow you to land a one-two punch against psoriasis, as aloe vera gel could be the gold standard of herbal skin soothers.

The clear gel from the fleshy leaves of the aloe barbadensis plant is packed with polysaccharide glucomannan, which has a proven emollient effect. The gel is also rich in natural plant sterols, beneficial vitamins, and bradykinase, a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory agent. Magnesium lactate, which has an antihistamine and anti-itching effect, also contributes to the soothing effects.

Physician and natural health expert Dr. Ed Zimney, M.D., cites a 2009 randomized eight-week clinical study in which aloe vera worked better than triamcinolone acetate, a topical steroid, to alleviate psoriasis. By the study’s end, patients in the aloe vera group had greater reductions in area and severity of psoriasis than those in the steroid group.

If you are fortunate enough to have one of these attractive, dramatic-looking succulents as a houseplant or organically-grown garden ornamental, you can simply cut off a leaf, slit it down the middle and squeeze out the clear fluid. To avoid stressing your aloe plant, only harvest leaves from mature, thriving specimens.

The anti-inflammatory benefits of fish oil

Fish oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, is endorsed by the Natural Institutes of Health as an effective therapy for reducing the pain and swelling of psoriasis. And the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) agrees; the UMMC advises up to 3 grams of fish oil a day to reduce psoriatic inflammation.

However, because of possible PCB, dioxin and mercury contamination – which can cause cognitive impairments and nervous system dysfunction – check your fish oil supplement against the International Fish Oil Standards Program – which monitors toxin testing and accreditation of fish oil products.

Is sunlight a natural cure for psoriasis?

Although the natural solutions above are all inexpensive, how about one that’s totally free, and obtainable merely by stepping outside?

Julie Moore, M.D., a dermatologist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, recommends a half-hour “sun bath” as a natural way to treat psoriasis. The key, of course, is the presence of beneficial ultraviolet rays in sunlight. Sun exposure treatments should only be undertaken in consultation with your doctor, and exposure should be carefully timed. Moore notes that sunburn can worsen psoriasis, and even trigger new outbreaks.

Naturally, you shouldn’t try to treat your psoriasis – or any other medical condition – with vitamin D, oatmeal, aloe vera, fish oil or sun exposure without the guidance of a trusted doctor or naturopathic physician. A knowledgeable doctor can help you tailor a regimen that is right for you. If you feel you can’t communicate with your doctor about natural or alternative treatments for your psoriasis, find another doctor.

A final word about psoriasis therapy and prevention

Never expose psoriatic skin to hot water or harsh soaps; lukewarm baths and mild, gentle, fatty soaps are the ticket. Avoid excessive alcohol use and exposure to cigarette smoke; both of these can aggravate psoriasis. If you smoke cigarettes, try to stop. And avoid – as much as possible – exposure to environmental toxins, chemicals and pesticides.

Psoriasis can be a challenge to live with. But these natural treatments can go a long way towards soothing discomfort, without resorting to potentially dangerous or expensive prescription medications.

References:
https://umm.edu/health/medical/ency/articles/psoriasis
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130806165930.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20865844
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20030838
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/basics/alternative-medicine/con-20030838
http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/zimney-health-and-medical-news-you-can-use/aloe-vera-shown-effective-for-psoriasis
http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/the-truth-about-fish-oil
http://services.psoriasis.org/drtellme/index.php/psoriasis/vitamin-d-and-psoriasis
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22103655

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  • Kathy

    Since having good results with an oatmeal bath for eczema, I never underestimate what it can do. I have seen it work for chickenpox, insect bites and poison ivy.

    Oatmeal baths normalize the skin’s pH, which is why it relieves itchy conditions. It will help with inflammatory conditions and is thought to have some anti-fungal properties.

  • Rebecca

    This article is important, because the drugs used to treat psoriasis cause serious side effects and can be quite expensive. Patients can pay upwards of $20,000 a year.

    It should be pointed out natural treatment for Psoriasis takes time to work. But, instead of just symptom relief you get true healing. There is a dietary component to this condition. The gastrointestinal lining dictates if toxins will enter the body through a leaky gut.

    A leaky gut is behind most inflammatory conditions including psoriasis. For people with this condition it helps to remove foods that cause inflammation and are hard on the intestines.

    The most common foods to remove or limit are processed meats, alcohol, fried foods, sugar and processed foods, yeast, artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, and even spicy foods.

    Smoking contributes to this condition as well as antibiotics, pharmaceuticals and over the counter medications. Diets low in fiber and high in processed foods as well as stress will cause this condition to flare.

    All the advice in this article is right on the money, since the first place to look for healing is through a natural approach.

  • Walter

    There is a coal tar treatment for psoriasis, which gets good results. It is harder to use, because it has an odor and can stain clothing, but coal tar has been proven to be quite effective.

    It is sold in ointments, creams and even shampoos.. Within a few weeks many people see results. I personally have used it for an itchy condition on my hands and it was the only thing that eliminated the condition permanently.

  • Jack

    I have psoriasis in my groin. It is very uncomfortable. I am using vitamin D3 supplements & D3 & coal Tar Ointments. It is very stubborn especially is that area. I have tried some diet changes but it is very hard to eliminate my favorite foods.

  • Phyllis

    I found when I went on an alkaline diet, my psorasis disappeared!

  • Rebecca

    Hi Phyllis, the recommended psoriasis diet requires the intake of highly alkaline foods. The best version of the diet calls for a ration of 70-80% of alkaline foods such as fruits and vegetables, with the other 20-30% coming from acid foods such as animal protein and grains.

    There is a second version, which cuts out all grains, these diets have proved to be very helpful in the elimination of this condition. This approach makes sense as psoriasis is linked to systemic inflammation.

  • Vanessa Taylor

    This is a great article. Phyllis, hats off to you on recommending how to change your diet. It is responsible for so many things. I am a vegan and noticed that my skin was flaking. Turns out I was missing Omegas from my diet. As soon as I started taking some (vegan, of course), my skin cleared right up. For people who aren’t able to make changes to their diet and would like to try something non-prescription, Rodan + Fields SOOTHE Regimen does wonders for psoriasis. There are before and after pictures to prove it. If anyone is interested, please friend me @theplatinumgirl on Facebook.

  • Dima Newerstoun

    I’ve been using DermalMD Psoriasis Treatment serum for about one month. Since I began to use this, I’ve noticed a remarkable difference in the psoriasis that has troubled me for the last six years. My skin has become more supple and less itchy – it looks much better as well as feeling better. The balm has a great scent and the fact that it is all natural is really important to me as I am very allergic to many products.