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Natural Cures for Psoriasis

Over 7 million adult Americans suffer from some type of psoriasis. Living with this condition is not simple, especially because it’s a lifelong problem. Most medications that doctors prescribe for treating this skin disorder are not effective in the long run. Many patients will suffer from other health problems as a result of not treating psoriasis properly, like psoriasis arthritis, diabetes and heart conditions. The National Psoriasis Foundation makes their best to develop the most effective cure for treating this condition, but so far, with not enough successful results. The biggest problem with conventional medicine is the fact that this type of practice treats the outcome of the ailment, the symptoms and the consequences. The core of the disease is rarely fully understood and taken care of, therefore frequently results in triggering other health complications. This is typically true for diseases like psoriasis, where the symptoms are cured instead of the core of the disease. To treat the irritated skin, doctors use ointments or drugs to decrease the inflamed skin. However, as soon as the plaque fades on the treated spot, it appears elsewhere on the body. According to conventional doctor this disease works as a chain reaction and you can’t get rid of it. Psoriasis is not a contagious health condition but there’s also no actual cure or prescription for it. In order to make the best of this condition, you have to understand that this condition is not actually a skin disease. If you ask alternative medicine practitioners, psoriasis is not even a disease but the body’s natural defense system going wild in order to protect itself from trauma. Everyone’s body, when faced with trauma, stress, or any type of outside invaders, sends signals to the brain to produce more chemicals to protect it. The same thing happens when you catch the flu. The body increases its temperature to kill the microbes that try to harm it. When you rip open your skin, the wounded spot becomes hot because the body produces inflammatory chemicals that heal the wound naturally.

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The skin is the largest organ in the human body and also the largest sensory organ. Usually, skin cells take up to 28 days to mature and die. When this process works properly, the skin we actually see is a surface made of dead cells constantly shedding, building on top of each other, and eventually peeling off. When a person has psoriasis this process is shortened to 4 to 7 days. During this period, there is no time for the skin cells to mature and die naturally, so young skin cells gather with old skin cells and sooner or later, an infection arise. There have been many studies made until now to determine the cause of this disease. Some of them reported that this skin condition is an aftermath of medicating with certain drugs, including chlorpropamide, chloroquine, practaol and lithium. Other studies suggest that often this health complication is an inevitable genetic makeup. What we take as medical certainty by now, is that something triggers the immune system to react excessively. It causes the skin cells to overproduce and misread this irregular production as an aggressor. Cells develop at accelerating rates because the system misinterprets some signals the cells send, usually to fight off infections, kill viruses and bacterium. Ayurvedic medicine also explains what the main triggers for this skin inflammation are. They include eating spicy foods, combining foods that don’t go well together, like fish and dairy products or drinking too much yogurt. Salt and sea food are well known pathogenesis activators, but according to this ancient healing system, stress is the greatest generator for psoriasis. There are many alternative and natural cures for psoriasis. Most psoriasis patients reported that regular medications are not at all effective and they often cause many other side effects and unwanted contraindications. Knowing the fact that this health disorder is autoimmune, you can follow nature’s ways to find a natural cure to treat the causative factors.

Learn how to correct your immune system

To this day, there is no cure for psoriasis, but what we know for sure is that the condition can be controlled with natural treatments. Corrections in diet must be made in order to keep psoriasis under control. There are some foods that may worsen the condition. Red meats, processed foods, refined sugar, dairy products, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes are initiators of psoriasis and it will be best to avoid them. Talk to your doctor about an anti-inflammatory diet. Your health care provider can make you a list of all the foods that will probably increase the inflammation. Vegetables and low sugar fruits must be on the menu if you want to lower the psoriasis symptoms to minimum. Colorful crops will moderate the inflammation. Carrots, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, strawberries, mangos and berries will relieve the irritated sensation. Remember that everything you eat gets all the way to the skin and might cause aching, rashes, and cause the bumps to bleed. There are foods that boost the system and make it proactive. A proactive system is the last thing you need when you want to treat disease like psoriasis. Therefore, coffee, alcohol, smoke, smoked meats, chili peppers and rich salad dressings might make the already inflamed skin worse. Some teas are known to elevate the moods and improve circulation, like ginger tea, gingko, ginseng and burdock. When the blood gets an enhancement from these teas, the T cells, which are the cells who are looking for outer intruders will run wild through the blood. When they notice the overproduction of skin cells, they naturally detect it as an aggressor and try to fix it by inflaming the spot. It will be better to drink teas that actually calm the body like sage and chamomile. What your body needs the most when suffering from psoriasis is a lubricant. Not in form of skin creams and balms, but oiling from the inside out. You will have to include the essential Omega oils in your everyday diet, especially Omega 3. Olive oil, flaxseed oil, walnuts and pumpkin seeds are an abundant source of Omega 3. However, fishes like: salmon, mackerel, albacore tuna, lake trout and herring will loosen the body’s natural processes too. Many psoriasis patients have been under a gluten free diet and they report an intense progress in skin condition, joint pain and overall lack of infection indications. Your doctor can tell you whether or not you are suitable for gluten free diet, because this diet is not applicable to all patients.

Topical psoriasis treatments

For many years, patients as well as doctors have been looking for the most appropriate natural treatment for psoriasis. Aloe Vera is the first plant every psoriasis patient should try to see if this gel will calm the skin. This plant has been used in natural body treatments since prehistoric times, sometimes for healing wounds and cuts, other times for digestive disorders. Nowadays the Aloe Vera gel is the most soothing and safe psoriasis remedy. Psoriasis skin is red, dry and itchy because it’s easily irritated. The Aloe Vera treatment will help the skin stay moist and clean it from fungus and dead skin cells. This plant is used for regeneration, so if the skin where the rash or plaque is located is cracked or bleeding, the Aloe Vera will heal it and seal it. This organic gel is all natural and heals the skin gently, so you can use it 2 or 3 times a day. There are shower gels, body lotions and cream on the market with Aloe Vera, but it will be best to buy organic 100% Aloe Vera gel and mix it in your shower gel. Buy only mild and un-perfumed body products to avoid irritating the skin further. If the psoriasis rash is on the scalp it will be hard to apply Aloe Vera, but apple cider vinegar will soothe the scalp from the itch. You can mix this cheap medication with water and rinse your hair several times a week. You will see the first results after a couple of weeks. Avoid using vinegar if the skin on the scalp is too irritated or bleeding, because it will only worsen the irritation. Warm baths will soothe your burning skin and swollen joints best. You can add Dead Sea salt or oat paste to reduce the redness and itching. There is not enough medical evidence that oats relieve pain, rashes and redness but many patients testified that oats made their skin radiant and moist. For better results, you can eat oats as part of the psoriasis dietary treatment. These grains will benefit your overall health, as well as make your skin healthier. Almost all psoriasis patients tried using Tea tree oil to moderate their burning skin and itchiness. This oil has antiseptic properties, which means it will calm the infection immediately, but try not to overuse it because it’s very strong and you may turn out to be allergic.

Avoid the main psoriasis aggravators

Living with psoriasis is like living with an unwanted roommate that you can’t kick out. No matter what you do to escape it, how much effort you put to avoid it, it will always be there to make your life more challenging. Everyday stress, hard work or depression can make the skin flare up, cause new red and scaly bumps. Managing the itching and irritation should be taken care of first, but stressful situations are the biggest triggers that should not be taken lightly. Meditation and regular exercise will aid in your benefit, and help your body balance its natural processes. Extensive sun exposure is not advisable for people with psoriasis, but spending time out in the daylight will supply the skin with vitamin D. Having a condition like psoriasis is stressful on its own, so if you can’t seem to cope with it alone, talk to a close friend or find a stress management program.

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