Psoriasis causes skin cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. They become scaly, itchy and dry. There is currently no cure but there are some natural treatments that can help.
In doing the research for this blog I came across a number of articles raving about dead sea salt as treatment for psoriasis. Oddly enough I had just tried a “salt cave” a week before. I noticed that the itching of my scalp at first burned and then stopped! This is the first relief in years. I found a couple of articles that talked about using a salt cave to treat psoriasis. I am going back again so I will let you know if this is effective long term.
For those of you in the Lower Mainland there is saltcavewellness.com in Port Moody.
According to psoriasis.org a study done on turmeric showed that its ability to alter TNF cytokine expression is a likely reason patients find it is helpful in treating psoriasis. PubMed has a study of curcumin (the healing ingredient in turmeric) and its positive effects on treating skin diseases.
An article in Dermatology News shows the positive findings of a randomized study of curcumin for psoriasis.
Oregon grape or Mahonia aquifolium is gaining quite a reputation as an effective treatment for psoriasis. Even the NIH is agreeing that it is effective in treatment of mild to moderate psoriasis.
The ingredient in Mahonia that is causing the excitement is the berberine. Berberine has been shown to have anti-microbial properties. Studies have shown that treatment of psoriasis with Mahonia has been as effective as pharmacological treatments with less side effects. In addition it is an excellent treatment for acne.
Berberine is not for internal consumption for treatment of psoriasis. It should be used topically.
Psoriasis is one of those conditions that simply has no cure as yet. The study of plant medicine however, may be the answer.
THIS BLOG IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR.