Psoriasis is an extremely common, non-infectious skin disease in which the outer layers of the skin produce new cells too quickly, resulting in raised red patches covered in silvery-grey scales. It is characterised by itching of the scales which flake off to reveal inflamed, red areas. Knees, legs, elbows, forearms or scalp are most frequently affected.
There can be a family tendency for the problem and in some cases it can be associated with arthritis. Psoriasis generally first appears in the late teens or 20s and can then become a life-long problem. It tends to come and go and will often disappear completely in the summer in response to plenty of sunshine.
Psoriasis can often have an emotional dimension sending out messages of “keep away, do not touch me” which can often be helped by Bach Flower Remedies.
Aim to reduce your consumption of meat and animal fats, dairy produce, refined sugars and carbohydrates, coffee and alcohol. Italian research shows that eating lots of carrots, tomatoes, fresh fruits and other foods containing beta-carotene seems to protect against psoriasis.
Many studies have shown that fish oil supplements (take as directed) can reduce symptoms. Sufferers are also advised to eat oily fish 2-3 times a week and increase their consumption of a variety of red, yellow and dark green fruits and vegetables. Supplementing with vitamins A, B and zinc may also improve symptoms.
As each sufferer of psoriasis will differ in their experience of the disease it is advisable to book a private appointment in order for a full case history to be taken. That way any idiosyncrasies that individualise remedies to patients can be taken into consideration.
However essential oils and herbal helpers can give temporary relief
- Try adding 10 drops of pure German chamomile essential oil to 30g unperfumed skin cream and applying three times a day.
- Or use 12 drops Roman chamomile, lavender or carrot seed oil in 30g unperfumed skin cream and apply three times a day
- 1 tsp of Milk thistle tincture in 100ml water can be taken 1-2 times daily
- Try 5ml feverfew tincture in 100ml water, once a day. Wash affected areas with feverfew lotions [Feverfew should NOT be taken by children, pregnant women or anyone taking blood thinning drugs]
- Apply cleavers herbal oil to relieve itching, or a compress soaked in cleavers tea (or 5ml tincture in 150ml water) 3 times a day. Also, take 150ml of the tea (or 5ml diluted tincture) 3 times a day
- Drink 50-100ml aloe vera juice daily, apply gel 2-3 times daily