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12 home treatments for psoriasis- By Dr. S. Sefy

Updated: Dec 29, 2022

Using home remedies alone or in conjunction with herbal medical treatment may alleviate psoriasis symptoms.

People with psoriasis may utilize complementary therapies & a holistic approach if conventional medical treatment was ineffective or caused unwanted side effects. However to remove the cause and fully heal psoriasis it is important to isolate the cause to do so consult a Naturopathic Practitioner.

Certain home remedies may interact with pharmaceuticals, so anybody considering their use should first consult their naturopathic practitioner. 

Additionally, it is essential to evaluate psoriasis symptoms to ensure that the treatments are not making them worse.

1. Exposure to the sun

Sometimes, exposure to sunlight might improve the appearance of psoriasis-affected skin. Individuals should progressively and briefly expose their skin to the elements.

UVB rays from the sun are useful for psoriasis symptoms because they inhibit the proliferation of damaged skin cells.

Some drugs can potentially increase the skin's photosensitivity, thus consult your naturopathic practitioner before doing so.

Not everyone should treat psoriasis with sunshine.

Those with a family history of skin cancer may require sun avoidance and alternative therapies.

2. Capsaicin

Capsaicin, a component of red peppers, has showed anti-inflammatory properties.

According to a study published in 2020, capsaicin may be an effective psoriasis treatment.

To cure skin plaques, people with psoriasis may apply a lotion containing capsaicin. This may initially result in a burning sensation and inflammation, but continued administration of capsaicin may help nerves in the treated area grow less sensitive to inflammation. This may result in decreased scaling, irritation, and discomfort.

A more recent study reveals that capsaicin could be used as an alternative to steroid-based topical psoriasis therapies. The study discovered that administration of capsaicin to afflicted areas produced a protective impact that decreased the body's ability to deliver cytokine-based signals for increased inflammation.

Creams containing capsaicin can be purchased here at our clinic, contact us directly to put in an order.

3. Probiotics

Beneficial microorganisms found in plant based yogurt and fermented foods called probiotics. They can also be consumed as dietary supplements such as Kombucha or Plant based Kimchi and Sauerkraut.

Maintaining a healthy balance of bacteria in the body may be beneficial to the immune system. Psoriasis is an autoimmune illness, and evidence indicates that probiotics may aid in the management of psoriasis symptoms.

A 2019 review study revealed that the gut microbiome — the genomes of the bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms that reside in the digestive tract — is vital to skin health and may prevent psoriasis flare-ups or slow their progression.

A review published in 2020 suggested that a reduced gut flora may have a role in the onset of psoriasis.

In the absence of sufficient data, patients with psoriasis should consult a Naturopathic Practitioner before using supplements to confirm their safety.

4. Curcumin

The active component of turmeric is curcumin. It may reduce inflammation in the body and the activity of psoriasis.

According to the authors of a 2018 reviewReliable Source of studies, there is substantial evidence to support curcumin's efficacy in treating psoriasis.

In addition, a 2021 studyReliable Source found that curcumin reduced mouse-induced psoriasis.

Curcumin is accessible in tablet or capsule form here at our clinic, contact us directly.

5. Oregon grape

Oregon grape, also known as Mahonia aquifolium, is a herbal treatment that may help to reduce the immune response in psoriasis.

The authors of a 2005 research on three clinical trials including a total of 104 individuals find that M. Safe and effective treatment for mild to moderate psoriasis is aquifolium cream.

In 2018, authors examined the evidence to support the treatment of psoriasis with M. There were seven research investigating the usage of aquifolium. They determined that M. Aquifolium is safe, effective, and has few negative effects; it can improve symptoms.

6. Aloe vera

The gel extracted from the aloe vera plant has been used to treat skin injuries for centuries. Applying an ointment containing aloe vera may also alleviate psoriasis-related scaling and irritation.

In a 2018 study, 2,248 individuals with mild to moderate psoriasis received either an ointment containing 50 percent propolis and 3 percent aloe vera or a placebo. The results of the study revealed that aloe vera may be beneficial for individuals with this illness.

Those who utilized the aloe vera-containing treatment saw a significant improvement in their symptoms.

Individuals should apply aloe vera directly to their skin and avoid ingesting it. The NPF suggests selecting a cream or gel with at least 0.5% aloe.

7. Apple cider vinegar

Anecdotal research suggests that apple cider vinegar may help alleviate scalp psoriasis-related itching and burning. However, it is not appropriate for use on broken or cracked skin.

Apple cider vinegar has natural antimicrobial and relaxing qualities for the scalp. We recommend applying it several times each week.

For a more delicate treatment, vinegar can be diluted with equal parts water. If it burns during or after application, the user must immediately discontinue use.

In a 2021 article published in the International Journal of DermatologyReliable Source, the antibacterial and antioxidant effects of vinegar in wound care were reviewed. The authors emphasize that while it is generally harmless, improper application might cause skin injury.

8. Tea tree essential oil

Tea tree oil has natural anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial effects, according to studies. Anecdotal evidence suggests that this treatment for psoriasis is safe.

Some people have also suffered severe rashes, redness, irritation, swelling, and burning when exposed to tea tree oil.

Before using tea tree oil to treat psoriasis, individuals should patch this on their wrist for 24 hours.

9. Moisturizers, Moisturizers, Moisturizers and Moisturizers !!

Psoriasis symptoms can be made worse by itching and scaling, thus it is crucial to keep skin hydrated.

This should be part of your daily routine, the skin can not dry out.

At least twice each day, applying a heavy ointment or thick cream may help manage symptoms and keep the skin feeling pleasant.

People should opt for "for sensitive skin"-labeled items that are fragrance- and dye-free.

Psoriasis-appropriate moisturizers are available for purchase here at the clinic.

10. Wet dressings and warm baths with salts or oats are recommended.

Baths and showers can be pleasant, but when they are too lengthy or too hot, they can strip the skin of its natural oils, which can aggravate psoriasis.

Some individuals find a warm bath with colloidal oatmeal or Epsom salts to be pleasant and relieving.

According to study, an oatmeal bath or a wet dressing can alleviate itching, while a warm bath containing an appropriate bath oil can help hydrate the skin.

Wet wraps offer a simple treatment option for psoriasis and may relieve symptoms immediately.

Applying a suitable moisturizer when the skin is still damp after showering can reduce moisture loss.

11. Fitness and diet

Some individuals with psoriasis may be more likely to be overweight and to be at a greater risk for other disorders, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Physical activity can reduce this risk.

Diet is also essential for keeping a healthy weight and avoiding cardiovascular disease and other diseases, a plant-based or vegan diet is absolutely necessary to achieve state of homeostasis. It is crucial to adhere to a high vegetable, high fruit diet content with zero meat and dairy in order to treat the cause of the illness.

Examples of helpful tips include:

  • avoiding sugar

  • drinking enough of water to keep skin hydrated

  • removing trans fats, which are included in numerous quick and processed foods.

  • Eating anti-inflammatory foods, such as those containing vegan omega-3 fatty acids and many fruits and vegetables.

12. Additional supplementary treatments

Other cures people have attempted include:

  • Chinese Cupping therapy

  • Acupuncture

  • Massage

  • Reiki

  • Yoga or tai chi

The above are designed to reduce the stress levels of the body in order for the body's fight or flight response to be neutralised and therefore the body has enough reserves and energy in the immunity response. The immunity response struggles to cope when the patient is under stress and thus the body is unable to keep psoriases under control.

Chinese Cupping Therapy and massage can alleviate discomfort and may be effective for psoriatic arthritis patients. Both treatments can be undertaken here at the clinic.

Before undertaking any treatment with essential oils, such as a massage, individuals should consult a Naturopathic Practitioner, as some of these items may exacerbate symptoms.

Avoiding triggers

Psoriasis is characterized by flares, when symptoms worsen, and remission, when a person may experience no symptoms.

If feasible, avoiding triggers can help prevent a flare-up.

Common precipitants include:

  • stress

  • smoking

  • cutaneous damage, such as cuts, scratches, and sunburn

  • a number of medications, including those for high blood pressure, psychiatric disorders, arthritis, and malaria, have side effects.

  • Common infections and illnesses, such as strep throat, the common cold, and others

Triggers differ between individuals. Those who are able to recognize their triggers should find it simpler to avoid them.

By Dr. Sepi Sefy PhD whom specialises in Herbal Medicine of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese & Western Herbal Medicine, alongside of Yoga, Nutrition and Phytotherapy.

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