Treating Psoriasis Naturally

Written by Kimberly Clark
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Because psoriasis is a condition that stems from some defect in our internal immune system (which just happens to manifest itself outwardly onto our skin), much study has been given to treating psoriasis naturally and to developing remedies that treat the disease from the inside out. Furthermore, in light of the serious side effects associated with the current roster of prescribed and over-the counter medications used to treat psoriasis, many sufferers are opting to treat their psoriasis naturally. To that end, there are several healthy dietary supplements and organic treatments out there today that promise to alleviate the many agonizing symptoms associated with psoriasis.

Benefits of Essential Fatty Acids

The most promising dietary supplements, currently used in the war against psoriasis, are known as essential fatty acids (EFAs). Unlike other fats, the body is incapable of producing EFAs and thus must acquire what it needs from the things that you eat. EFAs can be taken as a daily supplement or obtained from foods such as nuts, seeds, plant oils and oily fish.

The two EFAs vital to basic body functions are known as omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids. The proclaimed health benefits of these EFAs include reduced susceptibility to diseases that affect the immune system, as well as an increased metabolic rate and a greater resistance to infections. EFAs are specifically useful in regimens used to fight psoriasis because they contain anti-inflammatory agents and several skin conditioning nutrients.

Effects of Other Naturally Occurring Substances

Another naturally occurring substance that has a historic reputation as a potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory healing agent is black cumin oil. Other nutritional supplements that show promise in treating psoriasis naturally are fumaric acid, vitamin D, and folic acid.

Several naturally occurring herbs or roots are also considered helpful in alleviating symptoms associated with psoriasis. Most notably of these are cayenne, Oregon grape, burdock root, and aloe vera. In fact, one study has proven that a topical application of an aloe vera cream substantially reduced the appearance of psoriatic plagues in approximately 83 percent of those tested.

Ongoing studies have shown that in some cases the elimination of gluten from the diet can improve the condition of psoriasis. Gluten exists in foods like wheat, rye and barley. There is no general consensus amongst the medical community as to whether certain foods improve or exacerbate the severity of a psoriasis outbreak. However most of them do agree that the elimination of alcohol from the diet of their psoriasis patients, especially males, is a good idea.

Natural Ways to Fight Psoriasis Outbreaks

Researchers have found that lying under the sun or some other source of ultraviolet light is a practical and efficient way to significantly minimize the appearance of psoriasis lesions. This treatment is widely referred to as phototherapy. The results of phototherapy have shown considerable improvement when used in combination with regular saltwater baths.

In line with this thinking, scores of people afflicted with psoriasis and various other skin ailments flock to the renowned Dead Sea Health Resort. The treatment center is located in Israel, just two hours outside of Jerusalem. The prime location is the lowest point on earth, thus making it an ideal place for prolonged sun exposure after a therapeutic dip in the waters of the Dead Sea.

Because stress is a huge contributing factor to psoriasis outbreaks, meditation and yoga can be helpful in reducing the intensity and frequency of the episodes. Other activities such as regular exercise can also provide some relief and help to fend off future flare-ups.

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