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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic, relapsing skin condition. It is characterised by patches of red, raised and scaly skin. Once the skin begins scaling it can take on a silvery fish-like look. Psoriasis is found most frequently on the arms, elbows, behind the ears, knees, back, legs, trunk and scalp. The skin may be generally dry.

Attacks of psoriasis are normally triggered by stress, trauma, food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, liver congestion, constipation, low stomach acid levels, Vitamin B deficiencies, illness and damage to the skin. It is also linked to Candida Albicans, commonly known as thrush.

It must be noted that many people with psoriasis may have poor liver function, as skin problems can denote that the liver is under stress.

Psoriasis is not itchy but can be painful when cracks appear across the skin, and although not contagious can be very embarrassing for the sufferer.

Severe cases may be accompanied by a form of arthritis which affects the fingers, knees, ankles and spine, although this is rare.

Complementary Medicine

Diet and Nutrition

Foods to Eat

  • Psoriasis is related to essential fatty acid deficiency so make sure you consume plenty of oily fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids: salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and tuna at least x 3 a week
  • Eat more Vitamin B-rich (important for skin health) foods such as brown rice, buckwheat, and millet and protein-rich foods.
  • Pumpkin seeds, linseeds and sunflower seeds are all high in Zinc and essential fatty acids
  • Eat a great a variety of fresh foods as possible, including a large amount of fresh fruit & veg
  • Use rice milk or soya milk instead of cows milk (see below)
  • Have a fresh vegetable juice first thing in the morning - made from carrots, beetroot and apples. Add a teaspoon of green food power, 20 drops of dandelion and milk thistle tincture, and 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice to help cleanse the liver. Drink as soon as it is blended

Food to Avoid

  • Acid-forming foods which just aggravate the condition. Avoid: citrus fruit, vinegar, tomatoes, pickles, and hard cheeses, such as cheddar
  • Avoid saturated and hydrogenated fats found in red meats, margarine, take-aways, cakes, pastries, pies and full-fat dairy produce such as full-fat milk, butter, hard cheeses, and cream.
  • Eliminate wheat and wheat products for a month and see if this helps
  • Avoid alcohol, sugary foods, carbonated drinks, and spicy foods such as chillies and curries
  • Reduce your salt intake

Supplements

  • 5-6 grams per day of Evening Primrose Oil will help reduce the inflammation of Psoriasis
  • Take a high strength Vitamin B Complex
  • Also take a good quality anti-oxidant formula daily, containing at least 2 grams of Vitamin C
  • Take a multi-vitamin that contains at least 30mg of Zinc
  • For one month take 25,000iu of Vitamin A and then reduce to 5000iu maintenance dose daily

Other Advice

  • Exposure to the sun can help with healing Psoriasis and help clear up an attack. Always be sure, however, to use a high factor sunscreen.
  • Bathing in the sea is beneficial. Many sufferers find relief by bathing in Dead Sea Salts because of their high mineral content. Add 1kg to your bath and soak for 10 minutes. You can find it at your local health-food shop
  • Homeopathic remedy Ars-iod 6x taken twice a day for a few weeks is good for dry, scaly skin

Also See:

The following complementary therapies are useful in helping to treat Psoriasis:

Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Nutritional Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine

You are recommended to seek advice of a qualified health practitioner. To find a qualified practitioner in your area look in the Practitioner Directory.

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