Psoriasis is one of the most common skin problems and can be caused by a wide range of factors often working together. Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin condition that commonly affects the knees, elbow and scalp but it may occur in other areas (although rarely on the face). Bright pink, raised patches covered with white scales appear on the skin. The complaint is caused by an over production of the epidermal cells and may be triggered by stress. The root of the problem has to be identified – so that it can be adequately addressed and eliminated. The underlying cause is usually increased toxins in the body and this is compounded by nutritional deficiencies.
Psoriasis is an indication that the body has toxic build up. The toxins have overloaded the liver and kidneys in particular. The toxins are circulating in the blood and the body is trying to remove them via the skin. This means that there will not be lasting relief gained from external applications to the psoriasis area alone. There needs to be a thorough internal cleansing of the blood and elimination organs – in particular the colon (which is the place where toxic build up begins), liver and kidneys. When these organs are cleansed (and the quantity of toxins that enter the body reduced) the toxins can be eliminated effectively and there is no need for the body to use the skin to eliminate large amounts of toxins. The reduction in toxins that are eliminated via the skin give the skin a chance to heal from the irritation that the toxins have caused and thus a healing of the psoriasis.
Some cases of psoriasis are made worse by:
- the consumption of alcohol
- the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in the diet
- nutritional deficiencies, including: folic acid, selenium, zinc, and calcium
- a sluggish liver
What you can do to treat psoriasis
- It is important that you assist your body to remove toxins and limit your exposure to as many toxins as you are able. This means helping your colon, liver and kidneys in particular. You also need to remove as many toxic chemicals from your environment as you can – anything that you do to reduce the toxic load that you body has to deal with will be of benefit.
- Avoid alcohol as it has a toxic effect on the body and places a great strain on your liver.
- Undertake measures to manage stress levels.
- Eat as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible.
- Avoid eating wheat, oats, barley and rye, to which you may have a food sensitivity.
- Increase your intake of essential fatty acids, particularly omega 3 (this is well known to help psoriasis).
- Take a good multivitamin and mineral supplement. Make sure that the supplement has vitamin A, E and Zinc as these are needed for healing. The vitamins and minerals recommended on this site contain the nutrients that are needed for you to heal in a balance that will enable then to be used and absorbed effectively.
- Cleanse your colon. The basis of internal cleansing starts with your colon. When your colon is clean then the other organs of elimination such as your liver, kidney and of course your skin are less likely to be overloaded. You can use a combination of a healthy diet plus the addition of probiotics, fiber and digestive enzymes as an effective way to cleanse you colon.
Herbal remedies for psoriasis
Certain herbs are indicated in psoriasis and most of these are alternatives. That is, herbs that correct toxic situations in the blood stream and restore healthier functioning. It is uncertain how alternatives actually work but they are most often used in the context of skin conditions such as psoriasis. The herbs include:
- burdock root
- mountain grape
- red clover
- yellow dock
The herbs dandelion and yellow dock also work on the liver. Cleavers and figwort act on clearing toxins from the kidneys. The use of one or more herbs to work on the nervous system may also be appropriate if stress is an issue. If you wish to prepare your own herbal treatments the following basic herbal formula can be added to with other specific herbs as needed.
- 1 part burdock
- 1 part cleavers
- 1 part sarsparilla
- 1 part yellow dock
Combine the herbs. You need about as much of the combined herb as you would for a cup of coffee. Then add a cup of boiling water. Allow this to stand for 10-15 minutes and let the mixture cool slightly. Strain the mixture before you drink it. This tea should be drunk three times per day over a long period.
External remedies will ease irritation or help to remove the scales, but will not give permanent relief. Ointments for this purpose can be made from comfy, chickweed or marshmallow.
When the colon, liver and kidneys are cleansed and there is a reduction in the toxins in the body the skin has a chance to heal from the psoriasis. This is not something that is accomplished overnight – it takes time for the elimination organs to clear and begin to work effectively and to clear toxins from the body. These can only be accomplished with a comprehensive approach to healing and health. This approach needs to include cleansing, diet and nutritional support, vitamin and mineral supplements, stress management and reduced exposure to toxins.