Psoriasis is an auto immune skin disease.
It is responsible for a considerable amount of misery.
It varies in severity from a mildly itchy scaly scalp to ‘snowflake’ scalp associated with scaly plaque lesions on the skin that can cover large areas.
It is not contagious but people find it embarrassing.
It can affect self confidence.
What Natural Approaches do you suggest?
1. The most neglected aspect is moisturiser, moisturiser, MOISTURISER! Use whatever is cheap and spreads well and comes in a pump dispenser (more likely to use it regularly). If it smells good to you it is a bonus.
2. Take a good quality Fish Oil supplement.
3. Eat FOODS rich in Essential Fatty Acids(for life!) see www.healthandherbs.ie and click on articles.
4. Eat SEVEN portions of fruit and vegetables per day. Particularly good are celery and beetroot.
5. Many patients tell me that being stressed exacerbates the problem so do whatever helps you ‘chill out’.
Psoriasis is a common auto immune skin disease. It is responsible for a considerable amount of misery. It varies in severity from a mildly itchy scaly scalp to ‘snowflake’ scalp associated with scaly plaque lesions on the skin that can cover large areas. It is not contagious but people find it embarrassing. It can affect self confidence.
There are many creams and shampoos available from the doctor or pharmacy. I will suggest some natural approaches that can be integrated with any of these.
It is a very frustrating condition to deal with.
HERBS FOR PSORIASIS
Only use if you prioritize the above changes otherwise you are wasting your money.
I have taken the herbs most indicated for this condition and made them into blends of tea infusions (dried herbs) and tonics (herbs preserved in solution with water and a little alcohol as preservative).
Skin Clear Tonic is formulated to help the body eliminate breakdown products. This is particularly helpful for Psoriasis as it is characterized by a high turnover of cells. It contains Bogbean, Burdock, Cleavers, Red Clover, Skullcap, Yarow, Sarsaparilla, and Yellow Dock.
Skin Cleansing Tea supports the action of the tonic with some overlap and designed to be a less expensive way to manage improvement long-term. It contains Burdock, Cleavers, Liquorice, Nettle Leaf, Sarsaparilla, Yellow Dock.
Take Skin Clear Tonic for at least six weeks along with Skin Cleansing Tea. Continue using the Skin Cleansing Tea long-term for six months.
The above herbs can be used from any preparation or you can blend your own teas or tincture blend. Nor are they a definite list, they are the ones I have found most helpful over the years and have blended for convenience.
Herbal cream (e.g. Anti Itch Cream - Marigold, Chamomile base with essential oils Chamomile and Lavander) preparations can also be useful but used alone they may only provide temporary external relief as psoriasis is an internal condition
The Tonic and Tea can be used with any topical treatment.
If these do not help you may benefit from individualized treatment with a medical herbalist.
Please advise any supplier of herbs if you are taking any medication.