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Symptoms of Psoriasis
The most common form of psoriasis appears as well defined red raised patches covered by silvery scales. These usually form first on the scalp, behind the ears, on the back of the neck, between the shoulders, on elbows and knees or near fingernails and toenails.
Other areas of the body can also be affected including the back, the penis, the nails and even eyebrows. Individual psoriatic patches can spread and join together to affect quite a large area of the body. However, there are always psoriasis-free places where the skin looks normal, which is an important characteristic in diagnosing this condition.
Other symptoms can include blisters oozing with pus (usually occurs on the palms or soles), pitted, discolored, and possibly thickened fingernails or toenails, itchy skin in some people and possibly joint pain (psoriatic arthritis) in some people.
Cause of Psoriasis
The underlying cause of psoriasis is unknown, but it is known to involve a higher-than-normal rate of skin-cell production. Some researchers believe there may be a genetic component, and that a faulty immune system is involved.
Several underlying factors may trigger the disorder or flare-ups, including emotional stress, obesity, streptococcal infections, certain drugs and alcohol.
Treatment for Psoriasis
There is no known cure for psoriasis, but it can be treated and symptoms may disappear for long periods. Conventional treatment is aimed at controlling the condition and ranges from simple topical treatments such as moisturisers to corticosteroid creams and exposure to ultraviolet light. Very severe conditions may be treated with anticancer medications.
Good results have been reported using natural remedies such as cleavers or red clover.
Natural Home Remedies
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a scaly skin condition which usually affects the scalp, but which can occur anywhere on the body.
More than 6 million people in the United States have psoriasis, which is seen in both sexes and all age groups. It can be triggered by emotional stress and can run in families. Most cases are not painful, although severe ones can be
Galium aperine (Cleavers) is a herb which has been used in folk medicine for many centuries as a cleansing tonic and lymphatic cleanser and blood purifier. Regular use helps to expel toxins from the body and therefore assist in the treatment of chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Dose: As a tea 1 teaspoon for 1 cup of boiling water 6 times a day or more. The juice canalso be applied topically.
Trifolium pratense (red clover) is well known as a cleansing herb for skin complaints, including eczema and psoriasis. Its ability to improve lymph functioning and reduce lymphatic swellings helps to purify and detox the system.
Dose: Tincture: 30 drops 3 times daily.
Dried Blossoms: 1 tablespoon for 1 cup of boiling water 6 times daily.
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) helps regulate the immune system, which may contribute to psoriasis, and also protects the liver. Take 150 mg two times per day.
Evening primrose oil ( Oneothera biennis ), 500 mg - 2.5 g per day. May also be applied topically.
Oregano oil shows anecdotal evidence of helping some people with psoriasis. Take 20 - 60 drops, two times a day, diluted in water or juice.
Topical application of the following may help to relieve the discomfort:
* Aloe ( Aloe vera )
* Apple cider vinegar
* Capsaicin creams
* Evening primrose oil ( Oneothera biennis )
* Oats or oatmeal baths
* Tea tree oil ( Melaleuca alternifolia )
Diet and Supplements
Eliminate alcohol, simple sugars, inflammatory fats (meat, dairy). A gluten-free diet has helped some people. Avoid any foods likely to trigger allergies (such as citrus, milk, corn, eggs). Naturally oriented doctors may use lab tests to identify hidden food allergies that can be an underlying cause of psoriasis.
Fish oil (10 g per day). Talk to your doctor before taking such a high dose if you also take blood-thinning medication.
Vitamins: Folate (400 mcg per day) and vitamin E (400 - 800 IU per day)
Minerals: zinc (30 mg per day), selenium (200 mcg per day)
Grape seed extract (100 mg two times per day). Do not take grape seed extract if you take blood-thinning medication
Shark cartilage, 80 - 100 g per day split into two to four doses. Avoid shark cartilage if you have diabetes or take calcium supplements.
Avoid vitamin A and D supplements. There is a danger of overdose if you combine prescription medication with additional supplements of these vitamins.
Natural Commercial Remedies
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