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Posted on: May 24, 2018 at 1:25 pm
Last updated: June 22, 2018 at 3:17 pm

It is estimated that psoriasis affects 2-2.6% of the population.  Psoriasis is thought to be a chronic autoimmune skin condition. It is characterized by silvery yellow thickened skin patches, typically found on elbows, knees scalp, hands, and feet, although it can affect other areas of the body.  (1, 2)

Psoriasis is not a contagious illness. This autoimmune skin disease can cause scaling and inflammation. Healthy skin cells mature in approximately one month, but psoriatic skin cell can mature in three to six days. Psoriasis can be more than annoying, 30% of individuals with psoriasis can potentially develop psoriatic arthritis, which can be a debilitating joint condition. (3)

What Factors Usually Cause Psoriasis?

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Doctors of natural health have found many contributing factors to psoriasis including:

  • Poor diet
  • Stress
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Poor liver function

In addition, psoriasis has triggers that cause flare-ups which vary from individual to individual. Common triggers can include stress, injury to the skin and some medications such as Lithium, Quinidine, and Indomethacin. (4)

Psoriasis Symptoms

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Psoriasis can go through periods of flaring up for a few weeks or months. The symptoms can subside and even go into remission. There are also multiple types of psoriasis. (5, 6) Common symptoms of psoriasis can include:

  • Dandruff on the scalp
  • Skin that cracks, bleeds or bruises easily
  • Skin that is itchy and painful
  • Patches of red skin that can be scaled with silver or white flakes

18 Natural Treatment Options for Psoriasis

Many traditional treatments can provide some relief, however when the treatment stops, so do the benefits. Conventional treatments include immunosuppressant drugs, steroids, creams and light therapy.

In addition to conventional treatments, there are many options for you to have a proactive role in managing psoriasis and minimizing your flare-ups.

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Dietary Changes – Since psoriasis is also an inflammatory illness, many individuals have benefitted from an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle changes that are geared towards lowering inflammation.  Consider avoiding foods that increase inflammation such as dairy, processed foods, nightshades, refined sugar and fatty red meat. (7)

Reduce Your Stress – Stress can cause flare-ups. Consider trying meditation, yoga or any activity that you find relaxing.

Avoid Conventional Soaps – Look for perfume free, organic soaps with healthy oils that don’t dry out your skin.

Turmeric – Many individuals who add turmeric to their diets or take it in supplement form find that it minimized their psoriasis and flare-ups.  This 2012 study links turmeric’s ability to alter TNF cytokine expression to its success in minimizing psoriasis symptoms. (8)

Aloe Vera – This gel is soothing and moisturizing for your skin. It can be applied to the skin as needed to help reduce redness, inflammation, and scaling.

Warm Baths – Soaking in a warm bath with Epsom Salt, Dead Sea salt or oats can soothe your skin and reduce itching. Applying a moisturizer after your bath may also help to soothe skin.

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Drink Water – Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Homeopathy – Talk with your homeopath about options for psoriasis symptoms. Studies show improvement in symptoms with homeopathics and in the overall quality of life. (9)

Topical Creams – Topical creams that include avocado and B12 cream and Oregon grape root can improve symptoms. (10, 11)

Weight Loss – Some recent studies have also linked obesity to an increased risk for psoriasis as well as increased severity of the illness.  An additional study in 2014 published in the British Journal of Dermatology also noted an association between weight loss and a reduction in psoriasis severity. (12, 13)

Add Supplements – Talk with your practitioner about what supplements and quantities are appropriate for your condition. Consider:

Omega 3 Fatty Acids – This helps to reduce inflammation. 1-3 grams daily.

MSM – This sulfur based supplement can help to reduce joint pain. 1-3 grams daily. (14)

Evening Primrose Oil – This fatty acid promotes healthy skin, nails, and hair. 500 milligrams twice daily.

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Probiotics – These are great to reduce inflammation, improve digestion and boost your immunity.

D3 – Taking 5,000 IU’s of D3 may help to reduce skin growth.

Hydrochloric Acid – Taking 1-3 capsules daily may help to decrease flare-ups. (15)

Milk Thistle – Taking 250 milligrams three times daily can reduce cellular growth, as well as help with liver detoxification.

In conclusion…

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune and inflammatory condition. There are many options for you to have a proactive role in your healthcare.

Talk with your healthcare practitioner to develop a plan that works for you. Topics to discuss:

  • Ways to boost your immune system.
  • Nutritional and supplemental support.
  • Anti-inflammatory diet.

This guest post was written by Elisha of My Health Maven. She is deeply passionate about educating people and empowering them to lead healthier lives. We encourage you to check out her blog and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

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Elisha McFarland
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Elisha McFarland, N.D. is the founder of My Health Maven. She turned her debilitating illness from mercury poisoning into a dedicated passion for helping people.

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