Treating Psoriasis with Natural Therapies

In using natural therapies in your own home you need a pro active approach to treating your Psoriasis. The results are dependent on your own immune system and the commitment you put in to following your treatment plan. In treating psoriasis naturally you should always check with your health professional and do a patch test on a small area of your skin if using ointments or creams of any type. Natural products can have some allergic effects if used on people with sensitive skin types.

Those of you who have battled with Psoriasis know just how debilitating it can be. During my research many sufferer’s indicated the problem was not only the actual symptoms of itchiness and redness, it was the flaky skin over clothing and in hair. Embarrassment of this condition meant they did not want to leave their homes, causing social isolation and in some cases depression. In speaking to sufferers, I noticed that many also had ongoing health issues dealing with their immune system.

Psoriasis is an auto immune problem so cleaning your body both inside and out is very important as is understanding the basics of Psoriasis. Psoriasis shows a very strong hereditary factor meaning that it seems to run in families. Not all family members are affected which is applicable to my own circumstances. My husband and the youngest of my sons both have Psoriasis. Fortunately my oldest son has not had any symptoms of this skin condition.

The Very Basics of Skin

The Skin is made up of two layers and in a normal situation over 30 days new skin pushes up from the bottom to the top. In the Psoriasis suffer, this whole process can take only a few days causing a buildup of flaky skin. This skin is then shed again and again causing aggravation and redness. The most common areas of build up are scalp, elbows, knees and knuckles. Sufferers are known in some cases to have near complete body coverage although this does not seem to be all that common.

Five Quick Tips To Get You Started

1. Fish and Flaxseed Oil are full of fatty acids and have many health benefits, one being to help build up the immune system.

2. Cut down on your alcohol consumption which has been found to dry out the skin.

3. Grow your own vegetables to eat. They are much tastier and better for you. If you are not able to do this, make sure you wash your vegetables before cooking.

4. Drink more water to flush impurities out your body.

5. Try to eat more whole foods rather than processed foods.

Natural Pain Remedies

When we have an ache or pain we usually end up paying a visit to our doctor right? And nine times out of ten our doctor will prescribe a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug to relieve the pain. While these drugs may provide initial relief there are often unwanted side effects and certainly when used over any period of time these drugs have the potential to do serious damage.

Tests have shown that these non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can have a serious effect on the liver, kidneys and intestines and can cause such problems as cramping, headaches, stomach ulcers, internal bleeding and even death! When taking Celebrex for example the chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke are 2.5 to 3.4 times higher depending on the dose.

The good news is that all natural alternatives are readily available. These natural pain relievers take away the risks associated with conventional pain medication and relieve your pain by utilizing what is called Systemic Enzyme Therapy. Not only does this natural therapy leave you without nasty side effects but it also aids in the regeneration and rebuilding of damaged tissues, rather than just masking the pain in the hope that the body heals itself quickly.

Although many doctors are still to acknowledge the effectiveness of natural pain treatments it is high time that we realize that we don’t need to put both our short and long term health at risk by continuing to consume these drugs in copious amounts. If we stop to think about not only the side effects that we feel straight away but also the hidden effects of conventional pain medication we should soon realize that the natural way is the best choice.

Personally I find it both amusing and scary that when I first had trouble with back pain I was prescribed Panadeine Forte by the truckload and told to take Nexium each morning to put a protective lining on my stomach! If that doesn’t say something about the damage possible with regular pain medication I don’t know what does!

Say Goodbye to Your Dandruff

Dandruff is a condition of the scalp that causes flaking of skin to appear which may be marked by itching. Human skin cells are forever renewing themselves. As skin cells in the scalp are renewed, the old (dead) ones are pushed to the surface and then out of the scalp; they are literally expelled. For people with dandruff, the new cells are produced at a faster rate than they die, resulting in more skin being shed, making dandruff more noticeable. Excessive flaking may be caused by an underlying illness or condition, such as psoriasis, a fungal infection (Malassezia), seborrheic dermatitis, dry skin, not shampooing often enough or even head lice. Let’s read about a few ingredients that can help in dandruff treatment at home.

Lemon – Malassezia is a fungus and is associated with a number of dermatological disorders including dandruff. Lemon contains various flavonoids, which are known for their antibacterial activity and thus help in controlling dandruff by acting against these species. Lemon also helps balance pH levels and reduces excessive oils that can be a factor in dandruff. A mild lemon juice rinse effectively cleans away leftover soap or chemicals that can cause itching and flaking. Additionally, using lemon on dandruff problems provides an antibacterial action.

Egg whites – Antimicrobial (against fungus and bacteria’s) properties of the proteins present in egg white helps in the treatment of dandruff at home. Although, most of the proteins present antimicrobial activity, lysozyme is one of the most important enzyme present in egg white. It initiates events of cell death (among bacteria and fungi) by breaking their cell wall and thus exposing the weak cell membrane to the environment causing reduced in the dandruff causing fungi.

Camphor – Camphor is known to reduce dandruff which is attributed to the germicide, disinfectant, anti-microbial and insecticide properties of Camphor oil. Their mechanism of action has most often been attributed to the disturbance of microbial membranes, disrupting the proton motive force, electron flow, and active transport and resulting in the coagulation of intracellular contents. Anti-fungal effect of camphor extracts acts through inhibition of production of vital components of the cell membrane of the fungus. This disrupts the fungal cell membrane permeability, and inhibit the activity of the yeast. This, in turn, results in fewer young cells that are made in the skin, and thus prevents the creation of scales (dandruff).

Coconut oil – Fatty acids and their derivatives present in coconut oil disrupts the lipid membranes of the organisms and thus deactivate them. Coconut oil contains 3 different fatty acids (Caprylic acid, capric acid, and lauric acid) have potent antifungal properties that all work against fungi. Lauric acid is a powerful natural yeast-fighting substances that body converts into monocaprin and monolaurin when acted upon by certain enzymes, which has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Lauric acid is known to kill viruses, bacteria and fungi that are enveloped in aphospholipid membrane of cells thereby help in controlling dandruff.