Psoriasis & Eczema
Have you ever watched a TV ad for psoriasis medications and carefully listened to the list of potential side effects? Has a doctor warned you about the risks involved with long term steroid use? Have you ever asked yourself why such harmful medications are routinely used for such common skin conditions?
The answer is simple: psoriasis and eczema can be incredibly difficult to treat. In western medicine and holistic medicine alike, treating the skin can be a confounding and complex journey.
At Amita Holistic Healing Center in Brooklyn, New York provide the best approach to every patient by using holistic and homeopathic methods only to treat eczema and psoriasis. Dr. Tatyana specialized at best Chinese medicine approaches, including acupuncture and finding the best herb solutions for your skin troubles.
Natural Treatment Options for Psoriasis
Natural or holistic treatment aims to get at the root of the problem. For many people, anti-inflammatory foods combined with a healing psoriasis diet is one of the best ways to naturally treat psoriasis.
Studies have been looking at the link between intestinal structure and function in the development of psoriasis for decades. Some experts believe that psoriasis is actually caused by intestinal permeability, specifically in the area between the duodenum and the jejunum. Consequently, the body seeks to eliminate the toxins through the skin. In this model, psoriasis represents the body’s desperate attempt to cleanse itself.
Here are some natural ways to help combat psoriasis:
1. Reduce Stress
Stress is also known to play a big role in psoriasis, which is why mind-body therapies and stress management can really help naturally heal psoriasis. Prayer, meditation and hypnosis can all help. Studies actually show that people who meditate before receiving light therapy have better outcomes than people who had light therapy alone.
2. Apply Nature-Based Topical Remedies
There are three nature-based topical remedies that have shown positive effects on psoriasis: Oregon grape (10 percent) cream, avocado and vitamin B12 cream, and aloe (0.5 percent) cream. Research has shown that using Reliéva, a homeopathic cream containing Oregon grape extract, is effective and well-tolerated in patients with mild to moderate psoriasis. Early research suggests that a proprietary cream containing avocado oil and vitamin B12 may decrease psoriasis symptoms. Several studies have shown that a cream containing 0.5 percent aloe vera extract is superior to a placebo with no negative side effects.
3. Try Homeopathy and Other Alternative Treatments
Homeopathy is another natural remedy shown to improve psoriasis. Studies have shown that homeopathic treatment of psoriasis patients results in improved symptoms and overall quality of life.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine may also help some people with psoriasis. In Chinese medicine, psoriasis is viewed as a health issues caused by the stagnation of blood. Some herbs a Chinese medicine doctor may prescribe include turmeric, zedoria (similar to ginger), dang gui, red peony and sarsaparilla. Dittany, sophora and tribulus may also be prescribed to relieve psoriasis-related itching.
If you’re a fan of Ayurvedic medicine, you may want to try Panchakarma therapy, which involves plant-based remedies and dietary changes aimed at detoxifying the body. A vegetarian diet is often recommended as well. The Panchakarma treatments include consuming ghee and medicated enemas.