Psoriasis is a skin disorder characterized by skin cells multiplying 10 times faster than normal. As the underlying skin cells reaches the skins surface and dies, the sheer volume of the cells causes raised red plaques. Psoriasis is not easy to deal with and one may often hear of alternative or natural treatments for psoriasis. There is however little scientific evidence supporting some of these treatments and it is advisable to at least seek a dermatologist’s opinion before trying them out.
Temporary relief may be found with the following remedies
Eating servings of tuna, salmon and some fatty fishes that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the inflammation characteristic of psoriasis. Fish oil supplements are also available in drug stores in capsule form and can be purchased over the counter. Fish oil also protects against heart disease and boosts the immune system. Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease, can be suppressed using fish oil. Though fish oil should not be taken if one is on blood thinning medication as it will increase the risk of over bleeding.
Some people claim stress increases their psoriasis symptoms and hence seek massages to reduce stress levels and as a result psoriasis symptoms. Massage is also known to reduce pain that is associated with psoriatic arthritis. It is also advisable to be keen on the type of massage oil that is being used to avoid brands that will irritate the skin.
Just like massages yoga is considered an excellent stress reliever. When one reduces their stress levels pain associated with psoriatic arthritis is reduced and relieves the itching sensation associated with the plaques. Taking classes and eventually doing the stretches from the comfort of your home when the flares are bad is helpful.
Despite the fact that there is no hard scientific evidence supporting the use of shark cartilage it is said to reduce psoriatic flares. The cartilage contains a mixture of protein and carbohydrates that is available in pill form. The downside is that shark cartilage is very expensive and should not be used by diabetics. It is important to consult a dermatologist before starting on shark cartilage supplements especially if one is already taking calcium supplements.
A gluten free diet
Gluten causes inflammation and people who suffer from celiac disease may be at a higher risk of developing psoriasis. This has not been proven scientifically but since gluten is known to cause inflammation and psoriasis is an inflammatory disease, it makes some people feel better when they keep off gluten.
Some people find relief when they use turmeric to handle their psoriasis. Turmeric is part of the ginger family and is often incorporated in foods especially curries. It has not however been proven scientifically.
Drinking water keeps one hydrated and is essential in psoriatic patients as it keeps the skin from becoming dry, a symptom of psoriasis. A humidifier is also a great remedy especially in the winter as it keeps skin moist.
Dead Sea salts
Soaking in sea salts according to some people has healing benefits. It was used in ancient cultures to heal skin ailments. Add about half a cup of authentic Dead Sea salts to warm bath water and soak for about 15 minutes to help alleviate the itching and burning sensation associated with psoriasis.
Tea tree oil
It has been known according to ancient cultures to treat skin infections and ailments. Tea tree oil is grown in Australia and the oils are extracted from its leaves. When it is applied to skin infected with psoriasis it helps remove the dead cells that cause the itching. Tea tree oil though causes allergic reactions in some people and should be used with care.
Fruits and vegetables
Keeping a healthy diet rich in especially colored fruits and vegetables ensures that the body and skin is always supplied with essential nutrients. These colorful fruits and veggies contain disease fighting antioxidants and are rich in fiber that gives one the sensation of being full preventing overeating. When one has psoriasis keeping healthy is essential to ensure medication prescribed works.
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