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|Home Remedies for Psoriasis. (Scaly Disorder of the Skin)
Psoriasis is one of the most stubborn skin diseases. It is a chronic disease, characterised by thick, red, silvery, scaled
patches of the skin. This disease affects both sexes equally, and is more common during the first fifteen to thirty years,
although it may appear at any age. Psoriasis is not contagious.
Generally, the skin of the person suffering from this disease appears red and irritated and may be covered with bright silvery
scales. Sometimes there is also a little itching. The areas usually involved are the elbows, knees, the skin behind the ears,
the trunk, and the scalp. The disease may also affect the underarms and genital areas. The lesions vary in size from minute
papules to sheets covering large parts of the body.
|Quite often, they are discs from half an inch to several inches in size. The lesions are always dry and rarely become infected.
Recent studies have shown that psoriasis involves an abnormality in the mechanism in which the skin grows and replaces
itself. The abnormality is related to the metabolism of amino acids, the nature's basic building blocks for the reproduction of
cell tissues. Heredity also plays a role in the development of psoriasis as it tends to occur in families. The factors that
aggravate and precipitate the outbreak of this disease are physical and emotional stress, infections, and use of certain
medicines for the treatment of other diseases.
Home Remedies for Psoriasis with Cabbage Leaves:
Cabbage leaves have been successfully used in the form of compresses in the treatment of psoriasis. The thickest and
greenest outer leaves are most effective for use as compresses. They should be thoroughly washed in warm water and dried
with a towel. The leaves should be flattened, softened and smoothed out by rolling them with a rolling pin after removing the
thick veins. They should be warmed and then applied smoothly to the affected part in an overlapping manner. A pad of soft
woollen cloth should be put over them. The whole compress should then be secured with an elastic bandage.
Home Remedies for Psoriasis using Bitter Gourd:
Bitter gourd is a valuable remedy for psoriasis.A cup of fresh juice of this vegetable, mixed with a teaspoon of lime juice,
should be taken sip by sip, on an empty stomach daily for four to six months.
Home Remedies for Psoriasis with Avocado Oil:
The oil of avocado has been found beneficial in the treatment of this disease. It should be applied gently to the affected parts.
Psoriasis Home Remedies with Cashewnut Oil:
The oil extracted from the outer shell of the cashewnut is acrid and rubefacient It can be applied beneficially on the affected
Home Remedies for Psoriasis using Buttermilk:
The use of curd in the form of buttermilk has proved useful in psoriasis and the patient should drink it in liberal quantities. The
application of buttermilk compresses over the affected parts will also be useful in treating this condition.
Diet for Psoriasis:
Since psoriasis is a metabolic disease, a cleansing juice fast for a week is always desirable at the beginning of the treatment
Carrots, beets, cucumbers, and grapes may be used for juices. After the juice fast, the patient should adopt a well-balanced
diet, consisting of seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables, and fruits. Emphasis should be placed on raw seeds and nuts, especially
sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and plenty of organically grown raw vegetables and fruits. All animal fats,
including milk, butter, eggs; refined or processed foods; foods containing hydrogenated fats or white sugar; all condiments;
and tea and coffee should be avoided. When there is a substantial improvement, goat's milk, yoghurt, and home-made
cottage cheese may be added to the diet The juice fast may be repeated after a month or so.
Home Remedies for Psoriasis with Lecithin:
Lecithin is also considered a remarkable remedy for psoriasis. The patient may take six to nine lecithin capsules a day—two or
three capsules before or after each meal. If taken in the form of granules, four tablespoonfuls may be taken daily for two
months. The dosage may be reduced thereafter to two tablespoons.
Home Remedies for Psoriasis using Vitamin E:
Vitamin E therapy has been found effective in the treatment of psoriasis. The patient should take this vitamin in therapeutic
doses of 400 mg a day. It will help reduce itching and scab formation.
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