Psoriasis is a non-contagious chronic skin disease caused when the immune system identifies your own skin cells as pathogens and overstimulating the production of more skin cells.
Natural remedies for psoriasis focus on easing the body’s inflammatory response as well as strengthening the immune system.
What is Psoriasis?
There are five different types of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis being the most common.
In plague psoriasis, skin will build up in silvery-white patches called plaques.
This will commonly occur on the knees and elbows, but can appear anywhere including the genitals. They can be limited to minor patches or exhibit massive body coverage.
Build-up can also occur at the joints, causing inflammation; this is known as psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis frequently affects fingernails and toenails, known as psoriatic nail dystrophy.
As this disease is highly visible and unsightly, psoriasis can cause depression and reduce self-esteem.
What Causes Psoriasis?
If you’re wondering how you get psoriasis, unfortunately the direct cause of psoriasis is not yet known.
Psoriasis can be triggered and affected by physical trauma to the skin, emotional stress, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption, while genetics also appear to play a role.
The condition is lifelong, currently has no allopathic “cure”, but can be sometimes be well-managed through topical solutions, sunlight, medication, and lifestyle/diet changes.
Natural Remedies for Psoriasis
Below you will find feedback from scores of Earth Clinic readers who have tried dozens of home remedies for psoriasis. Some milder forms of psoriasis were alleviated with apple cider vinegar and coconut oil, while more complex forms required a number of highly researched supplements and topical solutions like Indigo.
Our readers also recommend a number of diet and lifestyle changes that have worked to treat psoriasis.
Please let us know which remedies you have tried and what worked for you.