Dermatology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study of the skin, diseases of the skin and the relationship of cutaneous lesions to systemic disease.
Psoriasis is a common inherited condition characterized by the eruption of reddish, silver-scaled maculopapules, predominantly on the elbows, scalp, knees, trunk and sites of repeated trauma.
My conventional colleagues use either topical, external treatments to keep the lesions under control or powerful systemic drugs that can clear the skin but wreak havoc on the rest of the body. My point of view is that psoriasis originates within the intestinal tract. It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin but is the result of a condition known as intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome). Let me explain: The walls of the intestine become thin and permeable and may result in toxin overload. Toxic elements such as acids, yeast, fats and bacteria will normally be eliminated by the digestive tract. In the case of psoriasis, it enters the bloodstream. The body now tries to eliminate these toxins through the skin via sweat glands with no success and voila – lesions of psoriasis are the result. Incomplete protein digestion and impaired liver function are also linked to psoriasis.
In some cases conventional treatment is aimed to treat the disease by suppressing the immune system and may then result in liver damage. Always choose a treatment regimen that minimizes the risk of side effects. Dr. John O.A. Pagano, D.C. and I share similar point of views re approach to treating psoriasis. This regimen should be followed for at least 3-6 months.
- Water – Drink 6-8 glasses per day. Prevent toxins from pouring out of the skin. Best internal cleanser.
- Exercise (30-40 minutes daily) – Walking, tennis, cycling, swimming etc. Increases circulation, oxygenates blood, stimulates internal structures, opens the pores and filters the blood through the liver and kidneys.
- Hydrotherapy – Take a bath (10-15min) in lukewarm water. Add a cup of apple cider vinegar. Blend 2/3 of a cup rolled oats and 1/3 of a cup cornstarch to a powder. Add this blend to your tub. Add 500grams of baking soda to every second days bath. This is an alkaline mixture and will soothe nerve endings.
- Moisturize the skin. On thick lesions: Castor oil. Thinner lesions: a 50-50 mixture of olive oil and peanut oil (check allergies).
- No Antiperspirants – it blocks the normal pathway of elimination through the sweat glands.
- Stewed fruit (figs, raisins, pears, apricots, prunes, apples, peaches) – laxative effect will clean your bowels.
- Diet: 70-80 percent fruits and veggies. High fibre content will clean colon of toxins. Other 20-30 percent should consist of grains, low fat and low sodium dairy, lamb, fish, poultry. The ratio is an alkaline diet. Include many leafy green salads.
- Avoid saturated fats. Consumption results in inflammation. No butter or margarine (rather good olive oil), No red meats, No processed foods.
- Avoid foods that block the healing of psoriasis include junk foods, shellfish, alcohol, pickled and smoked foods, sweets and fried foods. Eliminate sources of gluten.
- Nightshade plants are toxic for people with psoriasis : Eggplant, peppers, paprika, white potatoes and the worst is tomatoes.
- Nutritional supplement, Lecithin (phosphatidyl choline), 1 tbs of granules three times a day for 5 days in a week – will alkalinize the body and acts as a natural laxative. Other supplements to consider are Vit A, Vit E, Chromium, Selenium and Zinc.
- Omega 3 fatty acids have anti inflammatory properties and will assist in the healing of the “compromised” intestinal wall. Take 2000mg per day.
- Yellow Saffron Tea (1/4 tsp saffron, steeped for 15 min, in cup of warm water) flushes the liver and kidneys of toxins and helps heal the lining of the intestinal wall. If excessive urination or bladder irritation occurs, stop drinking the tea. Drink 5 days in a week cycle.
- Take Slippery Elm Tea (1/2 tsp powder, steeped for 15 min, in cup of warm water) 30 minutes before breakfast. This will coat the inner lining of the intestinal wall and promote healing. Drink the tea for 10 days and then every 2nd or 3rd day thereafter until the psoriases clear.
- Topical treatments with preparations containing glycyrrhetinic acid, camomile extracts and capsaicin can be helpful.
- Botanical medicine to consider includes Silymarin, Hydrastis canadensis and Sarsaparilla. Consult your Phytotherapist re treatment.
- Psychological factors: evaluate stress levels and utilize stress reduction techniques as appropriate.
- Water soluble fibre (psyllium, guar gum, pectin): 5g at bedtime.“No more pain, no more strife… No longer will Psoriasis control my life…” Despite the complexity of this disease, the therapeutic approach is fairly straightforward. Take Action and Reap Satisfaction!