PSORIASIS

PSORIASIS

 

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder, which affects men and women equally, and it appears between ages twenty and thirty-five. It is primarily an immune system disorder.

The affected area can range of a few spots of scaling to larger scaly patches of skin on the knees, elbows, arms, ears back and scalp. The color of these patches is red to brown. Psoriasis can also affect the nails and can cause arthritis.

It is a hereditary, non contagious disease.

Psoriasis is linked with the rapid skin cells reproduction. The new skin cells onset too rapidly so the dead skin cells cannot be shed. The accumulated pileup of cells, creates the characteristic silvery scales.

The appearance of psoriasis onsets the following schema: (period of) outbreak – (period of) remission.

 

Causes

Psoriasis is a multi-factorial disease. The exactly cause is yet unknown.

  • A strong genetic factor
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Nervous tension
  • Surgery
  • Diet high in fat
  • Toxins accumulation in an unhealthy colon.
  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Injuries and cuts

 

Recommendations

  • Follow a diet rich in raw foods (fruits, grains and vegetables)
  • Avoid hot spices, sweets, garlic, raw onion, carbonated soft drinks, and coffee.
  • Avoid meat and dairy products (so you reduce the intake of arachidonic acid)
  • Prefer a gluten-free diet
  • Eat cold water-fish (such as anchovies, herring, kipper, mackerel, sardines and salmon which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids) twice a week.
  • Take a vitamin B-complex supplement and vitamin C, E and D as well.
  • Take a zinc supplement
  • Do sunbathing
  • Use cold-pressed flaxseed or soybean oils
  • Do not consume fried foods and processed foods as much as possible.
  • Use commercial tanning beds
  • Avoid excessive skin dryness
  • Avoid detergents
  • Apply seawater to the affected area.
  • Keep skin hydrated
  • Use topical treatments which contain vitamin D and capsaicin.

 

Before use a supplement or a medicament you must consult your doctor.

In the market there are also some formulas which help the treatment of psoriasis and are based in Chinese medicine.

 

Beneficial Herbs

External Use

Herb

Form

Benefits

Aloe

Gel

Relieves inflammation, prevents infection

Andiroba

Oil

Anti-inflammatory

Cayenne

Capsaicin cream

Relieves pain

Chamomile

Cream

Relieves inflammation aggravated by allergy

Copaiba

Oil

Accelerates healing

Goldenseal

Extract

Reduces redness and swelling

Inula root

Ointment, poultice

Anti-inflammatory

Lavender

Sauna, steam Bath

Relieves pain, soothes and heals irritated skin

Licorice

Cream

Extends the length of time that hydrocortisone is effective

Marshmallow root

Cream

Protects against infection

Wind pansy

Compress, ointment

Protects liver

 

Internal Use

Herb

Form

Benefits

Barberry

Tablets

Prevents formation of toxins in the bowel

Burdock root

 

Cleanses the blood

Coptis

Tablets

Prevents formation of toxins in the bowel

Dong quai

Capsules

Reduces inflammation levels

Goldenseal

Tablets

Prevents formation of toxins in the bowel

Milk thistle extract

Gelcaps

Reduces frequency of outbreaks. Protects the liver

Oregon grape root

Tablets

Prevents formation of toxins in the bowel

Psoralea

Capsules

Antibacterial, enables the skin to create new pigments

Red clover

Tincture

Cleanses the blood

Sarsaparilla

Fluidextract

Detoxifier

Yellow dock root

Ointment

Detoxifier