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Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin disease characterized by the occurrence of red hot spots of different sizes, covered with silvery-white flakes. Usually affects the area of ​​the scalp, elbows, hands, feet, and groin and lower back, and can occur at any age, although it often occurs in puberty and old age.

What is psoriasis and how to treat it?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that usually occurs in adults. It appears as a thickening of the skin covered with silvery squamo (flakes). If squamo is scratched, blisters with possible small petechiae can appear. This condition can affect the entire body although it is usually very limited. To a much greater extent adults are affected, to a lesser extent the Psoriasis occurs in children. This highly unpredictable disease is very uncomfortable and can be pretty persistent. It usually appears on the elbows, knees, anus and scalp.


Let’s summarize:
These are the changes in the skin which sometimes affect large areas: flat protruding intense reds, layers of silvery squamo, bloody dewy droplets after scratching, then nail changes - dotted depressions on the toe, panel, and possible swelling of wrists. It is customary to give the skin cells and to multiply ten times faster than normal. Also when it comes to psoriasis on the head, changes in the scalp resemble seborrheic dermatitis, which is also followed by flakes but not dry as in psoriasis but are greasy. In some 5% psoriasis is followed by a pain in joints and stiffness, rarely leads to a significant joint damage as is the case in rheumatoid arthritis.

The causes of psoriasis are still unknown, during summer the disease commonly withdraws, while in winter condition worsens. A lot of experts associated disease outbreaks due to experience of a strong emotional charge and stress in patients, but it has not been fully tested or have some extensive studies been conducted on the subject.

Psoriasis disease usually occurs in its three main phases:
  • progressive phase (generating new skin changes in the form of a rash that connects and creates patches of different shapes and sizes)
  • stationary phase (appearance after a few weeks and is characterized by a stabilization of the disease)
  • regressive phase (stains become flattened and withdraw until the skin is completely cleansed).

It is not a contagious disease, but it is mainly hereditary and occurs in about 60% of cases. In women is often linked to hormonal changes and may occur during pregnancy, puberty and during menopause. Usually it takes years for symptoms to reduce although frequently and repeatedly they occur. This disease is not dangerous although it is very unpleasant. Sometimes psoriasis of the nails or even the small joints that swell can occur. Sadly, cure for psoriasis does not exist but the implementation of specific therapies can alleviate the problems. Herbal preparations can be very helpful, and dieting in psoriasis what we will say something more about really helps. 


It is advisable first of all to have a well-balanced diet that is rich in fresh fruit and vegetables and the inevitable grains. You should avoid processed meat products, canned and fatty meats, pickled foods, citrus and berries. Coffee, cocoa, chocolate, raw apple and honey produce acids, and are also not recommended in the diet. Diet for psoriasis does not recommend legumes - peas, beans and lentils, as well as alcohol. Milk and dairy products, lean meats, fish (rich in omega 3 fatty acids), stewed apples, carrots, apricots and green leafy vegetables, as well as flax is also recommended. Avoid pepper, anise, cinnamon, mayonnaise, and ketchup.


Psoriasis treatment

Treatment of psoriasis is usually an outpatient basis, except in severe forms of the disease when hospitalization is necessary. It is not difficult to diagnose it: the doctor takes a small sample of skin and sends it to a laboratory for analysis, and then overwrites the therapy. A complete cure is not possible but the situation can improve. In milder forms spa with mineral salt is also recommended. More serious forms are treated with corticosteroid ointments, occasionally cytostatics. It is for the best that the doctor looked at each change in the skin, because you can work on to the various diseases before applying any remedy. The therapy for psoriasis is individual and depends on the age of the patient and progress on the skin. Do not use always the same products on all parts of the skin, and you need to change the therapy because it happens that after some time, in some patients it ceases to be effective. If it is a smaller number of changes on the skin local therapy will be used. It begins with keratolytics which remove flakes on the skin. Then corticosteroids, tazarotene, calcipotriol, anthralin and tar preparations are prescribed. If the slightly larger area of ​​skin is affected, general therapy is included: phototherapy (UVB or PUVA), methotrexate, acitretin, methotrexate, cyclosporine or biological therapy for psoriasis.

Psoriasis treatment with herbs

On this occasion, we will try to answer your often asked question, how to treat psoriasis naturally?

TEA for psoriasis – RINSING THE SKIN

For the first recipe the following ingredients will be required:
  • bark of young white oak 50 grams
  • bark of Turkey oak 50 g
  • flower and leaf of a marshmallow also 50 g

How to prepare it:

Put the ingredients in a bigger cup and pour 5 litres of water over them. The next morning cook until it boils and until there is only one litre of water in the cup. Now you need to cover and leave it to cool for the next half an hour. Filter the liquid and rinse the infested spots on the skin.

Teas for psoriasis

Psoriasis symptoms can be alleviated with the tea mixtures
  • Mix equal amounts of yarrow, nettle and sticklewort and 4 tablespoons of the mixture pour with a litre of boiling water and leave it covered to rest for half an hour. Filter and drink during the day.
  • Mix equal amounts of oak bark, willow bark, chimney, walnut leaf, nettle, calendula and yarrow, and 3 tablespoons of the mixture pour with 7 dl of boiling water and leave it covered to rest for half an hour. Filter it and drink 2 dl of tea 3 times a day before meals.

Remedies for psoriasis
  • Equal amounts of salt and vinegar need to be mixed and the resulting mixture needs to be massaged on ill places. After that the infested spots need to be wrapped with linen cloths and left to stand all night.
  • Equal amounts of flour and bee honey need to be mixed and the resultant mixture needs to be used to treat the diseased skin. Wrap the infested spots with linen rags and leave them to rest
  • Pumpkin seed is an also widely accepted remedy for psoriasis.

We recommend that you read the text treating of seborrhoea.