Herbal remedies for psoriasis

Herbal Remedies for Psoriasis

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Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes patches of thick inflammed skin.  These patches are known as scales and can appear anywhere on the body, but they usually appear on the scalp, knees, elbows, buttocks and wrists.

The immune system and genetics play a significant role in the development of psoriasis.  Many experts believe that the immune system overreacts and causes inflammation and peeling skin.

Herbal remedies for psoriasis

Natural treatment of psoriasis with Aloe Vera

Aloe vera helps to relieve skin diseases.  This plant can be used to relieve the itching and scaly skin caused by psoriasis.  You can use the gel straight from the leaf of aloe vera (although its best to wash it first) or you can buy aloe juice - Click Here.  Either of the two can be used as a lotion on the affected area.

Natural treatment for psoriasis with burdock

Another homemade lotion to relieve psoriasis can be undertaken with burdock.  A cup of burdock root is put in with two cups of water and then boil.  Then leave at a very low heat for about 20 minutes.  Strain and apply as a lotion to the affected area.

Visnaga for psoriasis

The visnaga contains methoxypsoralen, one of the compounds known as psoralens which were used by the ancient Egyptians to treat psoriasis.  What happens is that psoralens inhibit cell division thereby reducing rapid cell divisions causing psoriasis.  But

 

care must be taken with this treatment as a high dose of psoralen may be a carcinogen.

Avocado for psoriasis

A very common home remedy for psoriasis is rubbing the affected area with part of pulped avocado.

Flaxseed for psoriasis

Flaxseed oil contains alpha-linolenic acid and eicosapentaenoic (omega-3 fatty acid) which can alleviate psoriasis.  Flaxseed oil can be taken in capsules or used as a garnish in salads.

Oats for psoriasis

Oatmeal has been used as an effective natural remedy to relieve itching for a long time.  Oats can be placed in the bath when the water is running.

Milk thistle for psoriasis

An active ingredient in milk thistle is silymarin, which is effective in relieving psoriasis.  It can be taken as tea or in capsules.

Lavender for psoriasis

Much used in aromatherapy, lavender oil can also treat skin problems and can be used to ease psoriasis.

 

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