Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes the rapid build-up of skin cells. Besides being itchy and irritating, it turns your skin flaky and patchy. These extra skin cells not only cause scales to form, but they can also cause inflammation and red patches. The worst part is the itching typically causes people with the condition to scratch their skin more, this, in turn, exacerbates the overall condition. Fortunately, apart from modern medicine, there are other natural solutions that you can consider to effectively treat psoriasis. Ayurveda provides a unique way to address this autoimmune disease. Defined as the ancient science of healing, this practice adopts a holistic approach to improve and alleviate symptoms of the condition.
What Are The Causes of Psoriasis?
As we are aware, psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that leads to the accumulation of skin cells on the skin’s surface. However, it might be helpful to note that this occurs when the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body in an attempt to protect it, as a result, the body starts producing new cells to cope with the attack. Additionally, it was also found that white blood cells turn the skin red. Moreover the body’s specific response to the autoimmune disease, genetics can also play a major role in causing psoriasis. In fact, studies have shown that 10 percent of the general population may inherit one or more of such genes that cause psoriasis. However, it is important to note that only 2 to 3 percent of the population actually develops psoriasis.
How Ayurveda Helps One Manage Psoriasis?
People who suffer from psoriasis can employ several Ayurvedic and natural remedies to manage and cope with the symptoms of this autoimmune disease.
It is not surprising that turmeric is widely used in Ayurvedic medicines. The anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties go a long way in addressing a number of health issues. The potent effects of turmeric can be credited to curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric. Curcumin acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and as a strong antioxidant, both of which are extremely beneficial for people who are suffering from psoriasis. A study found that consuming turmeric gel alleviates the symptoms of the autoimmune disease amongst people who had mild to moderate levels of psoriasis. The anti-inflammatory agent not only relieves pain and swelling in the skin, but it also works to effectively fight foreign invaders and protect the body from infections, viruses and bacteria. In addition to the potent anti-inflammatory effects of this spice and medicinal herb, turmeric powder has long been revered for its antioxidant properties. The antioxidants in turmeric work to fight free radicals and prevent oxidative stress, which is linked to premature ageing and several chronic conditions.
Another ingredient that you can consider to treat psoriasis would be andira araroba or Araroba powder. Derived from the wood of large trees growing in the damp forests of Brazil, this powder is thought to be equally as effective as turmeric powder to tackle psoriasis. Acting as a natural astringent, this powder is said to be an excellent natural treatment to address not just psoriasis, but also other skin conditions such as eczema and acne, etc. When mixed with lemon juice and vinegar, the effects of this powder become much more potent and effective against psoriasis. It would be best to test the mixture on a patch of your skin to ensure that you are not allergic to it, before applying it to the affected area. It is said that the initial application of the mixture might cause some irritation or an uneasy sensation on the skin, however, the use of this ingredient is believed to restore the skin’s natural colour over time. If you do experience a severe side-effect that lasts longer than expected, it would be better to consult a dermatologist to get a professional opinion.
Contrary to its name, the Oregon grape is not actually a grape but a plant. Typically the root and the encompassing root-like stem are both used to manufacture medicine to treat a number of health issues. In fact, it can be used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach upset, stomach ulcers and to improve the overall health of the bowels by cleansing them. More importantly, the plant can be used to address psoriasis and even acts as a potent disinfectant. This is largely credited to the properties or rather chemicals present in the plant that allows it to combat bacterial and fungal infections. Besides fighting infections and treating a number of health issues, the chemicals found in the plant have also been shown to delay the overproduction in skin cells. This not only helps to alleviate the symptoms of the autoimmune disease but also keeps the skin condition at bay. A study was done on 39 patients to reveal that after 12 weeks of treatment, 63 percent of the patients experienced a significant improvement in their condition.
An Additional Note
Although Ayurveda presents itself as a natural solution to psoriasis, let this article be something else to consider on top of your doctor’s advice. Regardless of how convincing Ayurveda might seem, you should not ignore the advice of a medical professional or substitute Ayurvedic treatment with proper medical treatment. Speak to your doctor to see how Ayurveda could work together with your existing medical treatments.