Years ago, there was a commercial for a product that said that it should be used for “the heartbreak of psoriasis.” I never understood how a cream could do much for heartbreak.” It couldn’t, and the cream didn’t do much to relieve psoriasis either.
Psoriasis is a skin disease for which there is no known cure — yet. Psoriasis breaks out on the skin as red patches that are covered with a silvery layer of dead skin. There was a time when medical science believed that psoriasis was caused by nervousness or stress — but then, nervousness or stress was blamed for anything for which there wasn’t another answer.
Today, medical science knows that psoriasis is actually caused by an overactive part of the immune system that is responsible for causing the skin to grow and replaces itself. The problem is related to the metabolism of amino acids. They are getting closer, but there is no cure yet. The good news is that psoriasis is not fatal but it is embarrassing and uncomfortable.
There are many over-the-counter and prescription medications that are designed to relieve the itch of psoriasis. Most contain cortisone in some form. But there are home remedies that really are just as effective as the prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and there are no side effects like those that are associated with the drugs. Here are a few natural treatments for psoriasis:
- Cabbage leaves that have been thoroughly washed in warm water can be laid over an affected area, covered with a woolen cloth, and secured with an elastic bandage to provide relief.
- A cup of fresh juice of bitter gourd mixed with a teaspoon of lime juice should be taken sip by sip on an empty stomach daily for four to six months to lessen psoriasis.
- Oil of avocado applied to patches of psoriasis will provide relief.
- Drinking buttermilk as well as using it in compresses for affected areas will also help to relieve psoriasis.
- Apple cider vinegar has had some success with psoriasis sufferers. You can add 1 cup of the vinegar to a gallon of water, soak a wash cloth and apply it to the skin to ease the itching.
- After applying moisturizer or cream, use a plastic wrap to cover the area. This method helps penetrate the skin.
- Massage warm olive oil into the scalp to help remove scale, then shampoo and rinse.
- To relieve itch, use a baking soda solution (about 1 and a half cups soda with 3 gallons of water) and soak a washcloth to apply to affected area.
- Take an epsom salt bath or add mineral oil to the bath. You can also try 2 teaspoons of olive oil with a glass of milk and add that to the bath or just add a cup of plain vegetable oil to the bath.
- Cream containing Capsaicin (the element from cayenne pepper that creates the heat) helps relieve pain and itching.
For more information, visit the National Psoriasis Foundation website>>
These home remedies and natural treatments are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.