A good friend of mine mentioned that she noticed a spot of psoriasis on her. I sent her an e-mail with a link to the previous article about diet and found this little tidbit. Sounds interesting, although I haven’t yet tested it for myself.
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Naturopathic treatment of psoriasis looks at the diet, the liver and
the metabolism of fat and proteins. To help alleviate this problem you
can look at replacing refined sugars and carbohydrates with a more raw
diet but that is high in essential fatty acids.
Flax seed oil, salmon, herring and mackerel can be looked at to
increase your intake of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid and
eicosapentanoic acid (from the fish), which is used in the body like
alpha linolenic acid. Red meat should be cut from the diet and can be
replaced with tofu, nuts (except peanuts, walnuts and hazelnuts) and
beans to supply protein.
While yellow vegetables like carrots, pumpkin and yams will supply the
body with much needed vitamin A, all spices derived from flowers (such
as aniseed, cumin, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, paprika etc.) should be
Except for the essential fatty acids discussed above, lecithin and
evening primrose oil can also be added to the diet, as well as vitamin
B and C. Folic acid, digestive enzymes, selenium, zinc and vitamin E
can also be useful in helping to treat psoriasis.
Milk thistle herbal tea can help to give your liver a helping hand, as
the health of the skin is coupled to the health of the liver.
Fresh yarrow juice can be rubbed on the affected areas, and a few drops
of yarrow essential oil in the bath can also be beneficial.
Warm compresses to the affected areas containing lemon juice or liquid
whey can help to soften the hardened scales.
Having a rising-temperature bath with coarse sea salt and an infusion
of horsetail and marshmallow three times a week can also be of use.