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I have more than 12 years experience in the Natural Health field working with practitioners and doctors and speaking all over the world.

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Jul 7, 2021

This is the third episode in a series about natural treatment for skin conditions.

I have become known as a complementary dermatologist for supporting people with skin conditions in a natural way. Remember that the information I give is for guidance and for your understanding and not for treatment or diagnosis purposes. 

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition which can present in many different ways, according to the type of psoriasis. It can range in intensity and effect on quality of life from very mild to severe and even death. Most people are not aware there are nine forms of psoriasis or that most forms of psoriasis are not scaling conditions (where the skin flakes off). Psoriasis also often gets mistaken for candida (yeast) infections or fungal nail conditions, which makes patients believe there is no help for their symptoms (because the treatment given is not effective). However, with the right holistic treatment, great relief and healing occurs.

Where psoriasis presents on the body...

Plaque Psoriasis -  Plaque psoriasis can either be thick plaques or hyperkeratotic plaques which often look like fish scales. Plaque psoriasis is often seen around the elbows and knees but it can also go to other parts of the body.

Erythrodermic psoriasis - This is when 90% of the body becomes red, hot, inflamed and oozing fluid. Erythrodermic psoriasis can literally kill patients and people with this condition are often hospitalised. It is a very exhausting and aggravating condition.

I recall having a young teen patient with erythrodermic psoriasis who, after a year in hospital, did not have much relief. With tissue salts and some other natural treatments this patient experienced great relief within two weeks and within a month she was almost fully restored. 

Scalp psoriasis - On the head.

Palm or plantar psoriasis - On the base of the feet and palms of the hand.

Pustular psoriasis - Presents as little vesicles (small white or yellow pus-filled pustules). This condition can become quite nasty.

Flexural psoriasis - Is generally thin and red and is seen on the groin, armpit, where the mammary glands are (breasts) and/or umbilical area.

Joints - Psoriasis on the joints can be very painful and is often mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis. One of the keys to identifying it as psoriasis is noticing that it is on the small joints like the toe joints. It is common for psoriasis on the toe joint to become swollen, hot and very painful to the touch. 

Aggravating substances to joint pain associated with psoriasis are grains (specifically wheat products) and aromatic synthetic substances. The key to keeping the joints happy is to alkalise the body. Joints and a low pH (acid) do not work well together. 

Nail psoriasis - Nail psoriasis can make the nails very thick and sometimes there can be thick ridges and even drops of blood.

What else do we need to consider when supporting the body to heal psoriasis?

  • Reducing stress
  • Supporting major organs, especially the liver
  • Mineral support
  • Topical support

Psoriasis is different to eczema and dermatitis as it needs to be supported locally on the part of the skin that is inflamed/hardened. The skin normally regenerates three times a day so having an application of ointment is essential to support the improvement otherwise the area can get quite dry. If the skin is dry then it will be itchy. The itchiness makes the person scratch and when the person scratches it brings a breakdown on the surface of the skin. As a consequence the person tends to rebuild their scale because there is normally a faulty system with psoriasis where the skin regenerates more than one layer. Hydration is also important for the same reason in that if you are dehydrated you will scratch more. 

Diet wise, people with psoriasis should avoid histamine inducing foods and any food which is heavy on the liver. If the liver is not functioning properly then itchy skin is one of the effects of excess toxins in the body. Things we need to avoid include coffee, alcohol, excessive salt, anything high in sugar (drinks and food) and making sure you eat lots of greens (magnesium, calcium and Vit B which are all essential for skin health)

When psoriasis patches are healing you are not going to see extremely quick changes. What you will notice is the center of the lesion will become flatter and paler and then the edges will improve.

For nail psoriasis, the nails regenerate at a much slower pace than the skin so you can expect it to take longer. We do, however, have treatments at the clinic, which are very effective for nail psoriasis.

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