Psoriasis comes from the Greek word “psora” which means itching. Psoriasis is a chronic, recurring, inflammatory skin disease. It is an immunological disease mediated by T-lymphocytes and in which the cell renewal of keratinocytes is accelerated.
Psoriasis presents itself in outbreaks that are characterised by the appearance of well-defined, scaly, erythematous plaques, which are usually located symmetrically in areas of the body such as elbows, knees, the sacral area and scalp.
Psoriasis can occur at any age although it usually begins between 15 and 35 years, in a similar proportion in men and women.
Factors that can trigger it are emotional stress, trauma (Koebner’s isomorphic phenomenon), infections and certain medications such as lithium, beta-blockers, antimalarial treatments or interferon.
How can psoriasis be treated with natural medicine?
With these natural medications the psoriasis is not eliminated, but the condition can be improved. Many factors are believed to influence the development of psoriasis, such as environmental, psychological, tobacco… But unfortunately the origin of psoriasis is still not exactly known.
Natural medicine: recommended remedies
Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 3 is deficient in patients with psoriasis. Taking Omega 3 has demonstrated an improvement in the symptoms of psoriasis.
Zinc and Vitamin A
Vitamin A is necessary for the health and recovery of the skin, vitamin A supplements reduce the levels of polyamines: toxic compounds that may trigger psoriasis.
Zinc is also deficient in patients with psoriasis. Zinc is essential for skin healing and integrity. Furthermore, zinc is important for the transport and storage of vitamin A in the body.
A major cause of psoriasis is the high concentration of toxins in the intestine. By combining soluble and insoluble fibre the time food is in the intestine is reduced, fewer toxins are created, and the fibre adheres to the toxins preventing them from being absorbed. Psyllium husk is a good candidate.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
Goldenseal prevents the formation of polyamines. These are toxic compounds formed when protein digestion is incomplete and amino acids that are not well absorbed are metabolised by certain intestinal bacteria.
The recommended time to take Goldenseal is 3 to 6 weeks, and then probiotics need to be taken. Good results are obtained if Goldenseal is alternated with Chamomile and Echinacea.
Silymarin is the active ingredient in Milk Thistle. Silymarin reduces excessive production of skin cells, improves liver function and is anti-inflammatory.
Aloe Vera taken orally also improves psoriasis. 50 ml of 100% pure Aloe juice is advised twice daily just before meals. The treatment should be taken for a few months and repeated throughout the year, especially when the seasons change.
Topically: Natural Medicine
Aloe Vera and psoriasis
Aloe Vera should be applied topically in the form of gel or ointment. Aloe Vera inhibits the formation of psoriatic scales, thus limiting the production and destruction of the epidermis. It should be applied twice daily, morning and night.
Essential oils and psoriasis
According to Dominique Baudoux, 15 drops of Egyptian Geranium, 10 drops of Tea Tree and 5 drops of Peppermint can be added to 70 grams of Marigold vegetable oil.
Avoid or reduce the intake of alcohol, red meat, sugar, caffeine, fried foods, hydrogenated fats, dairy products and any food that is suspected of causing allergies.