Psoriasis is a skin condition that can be categorized as ‘autoimmune disorders’ where the body’s own defense mechanism fights against it. Psoriasis can be very distressing and the fact that the condition cannot be cured makes it one of the worst skin disorders one can be affected with.
Genetic factors are sometimes linked to the disease though there are many other factors as well that can cause psoriasis. It comes as a relief that psoriasis can be controlled a great deal with the use of natural herbs. These herbs help in reducing the occurrence of flare ups and also controls the symptoms as well, making your skin look normal, instead of flaky, red and silvery when affected by psoriasis.
Effective Herbal Remedy For Psoriasis
Herbs and vegetables that taste bitter are known to be very effective in the treatment of psoriasis. Bitter gourd when taken diligently for a few months is known to have cured many affected with psoriasis. Make a paste of the root of bitter guard and apply it on the psoriasis affected skin. This will aid in the healing of the flaky and scaly skin with time.
Bitter gourd juice mixed with the juice of one lemon can be taken daily in the morning. Its anti fungal properties help in treating skin problems like psoriasis. Bitter gourd is also rich in other minerals and vitamins and its anti oxidant content helps in treating skin damage and also restores the skin to its normal state.
A tiny perennial herb that is found in Asian and South African continents, the stem as well as the leaves of this medicinal herb are used for making ointments and herbal creams for the treatment of psoriasis. The active compound in gotu kola that offers relief to psoriatic patients is triterpeniod.
This compound increases the circulation of blood on the affected skin and also helps in bringing essential nutrients to this area, thereby strengthening the skin and healing it in the process. The herb must be consumed in moderation and only with medical guidance as it can causes toxicity when consumed in wrong dosages.
Rich in vitamin E, which is a vitamin that give abundant moisture and protection to the skin, oatmeal helps in mildly treating the psoriatic skin and offering it a gentle exfoliating action. This is essential as the flaky and scaly skin on the surface will get accumulated and cause skin infections that can worsen the symptoms of psoriasis. Dry skin also aggravates psoriasis and hence oatmeal is a good herbal remedy for keeping the skin well moisturized as well.
Its anti inflammatory properties help in healing the swelling of the skin as well. Take half a cup of oatmeal powder and add half a cup of Epsom salt to this. Add this to warm water in a tub. Epsom salt helps in healing the oozing wounds and oatmeal protects your skin while you soak in the herbal bath for half an hour.
Aloe Vera moisturizes as well as regenerates skin that is damaged. For psoriasis affected skin, this gentle and clear gel is a boon to keep the skin cool, non itchy and moisturized, while the regeneration and healing action is in progress.
Fresh aloe gel can be extracted from the plant and this can be applied on the skin. Leave it on at all times and re apply to keep the skin soft and supple and also to prevent external particles and bacteria from entering the wound. Aloe also reduces swelling and prevents itching of the wound, that can aggravate the condition and cause oozing and bleeding.
It has been noted that stress plays a major role in controlling and aggravating psoriasis. Extreme stress can trigger a psoriatic attack even when everything else is in place. Licorice is a great stress buster and can help in keeping the symptoms under control. Taking a tea brewed from licorice herb helps not only in reducing stress, but also in reducing inflammation as well.
To make a calming and refreshing tea with licorice, take six cups of water and add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 2 ½ teaspoons of licorice root that is dried. Simmer for ten minutes and add a handful of dried peppermint leaves as well. Allow the infusion to steep for anther ten minutes. This can be drunk 2-3 times a day.
Slippery elm is an excellent colon cleanser, helping to soften the stools that could have hardened and got stuck on the walls of the colon. It cleans and tones the colon and aids in better elimination of toxic waste. This aids in the reduction of symptoms of psoriasis. Slippery elm also creates a protective coat around the colon when taken as a gruel along with water.
The health and function of your liver comes into the forefront when you have psoriasis. Cleansing and detoxifying the liver is very important to dramatically bring down the symptoms of psoriasis as well. Dandelion is known to be an excellent liver toner and cleanser and helps in flushing out the toxins harbored in the liver and also repairs and heals the liver if needed.
Cleansing the liver will help in stimulating the production of more bile and hence better digestion and elimination of toxins and fat. Take one tablespoon if dandelion root powder and add this to one cup of water that is 95-100 degree Celsius. Steep for fifteen minutes and take this tea thrice daily. It is important to drink plenty of water during this times as dandelion is a diuretic and may cause dehydration as well which will again cause dryness of the skin.
Milk thistle helps in the production of bile and easy digestion of fat. This is a great way to detoxify the body and blood and improve the immune system response. Milk thistle has been in use for generations for the treatment of psoriasis due to these powerful detoxifying properties. Treatment take several months before results can be expected Take 300 mg of the herb three times a day for 15 weeks. Reduce the dosage to 150 ml thrice a day and continue for another three months or as directed by the holistic practitioner.