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Written by Dr. D. Sathyanath   
Thursday, 16 June 2011 15:10

 

Treatment of Psoriasis in NaturopathyPsoriasis


Psoriasis is a chronic (long-lasting) skin disease characterized by scaling and inflammation. The cause of which is unknown. Scaling occurs when cells in the outer layer of the skin reproduce faster than normal and pile up on the skin surface. Within the outer layers of the skin, the cells move up on a continual basis and are constantly being cast off. In a normal individual, this process takes between 3 and 4 weeks. However, in psoriasis the rate-of cell cast-off is substantially increased. The process of cell shedding may be as short as 3 or 4 days. The result is a buildup of scales on the surface of the skin waiting to be shed off.

Naturopathic Treatment

Fasting:

It is the best way to detoxify the body. Skin being an eliminative organ reflects the status of health of the individual. It is disturbed when auto intoxication occurs. Thus, to get rid of the toxins itself, paves the way for cure for psoriasis. Long fast on liquids induces all the eliminatory channels of the body to throw off the accumulated wastes. Thus it is mandatory to undergo the fasting as per the prescription of the Naturopath.

 

Enema is mandatory to enhance the elimination process. It should be adopted in accordance to the duration of the fasting.

Diet therapy:

Studies have shown benefits from what would appear to be simply healthy eating in psoriasis. Fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouts, fiber rich foods and avoidance of red meat, dairy, processed foods, salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates will help in accelerating the healing process. Acidic foods in particular have been proved to worsen psoriasis, so simply eliminating those from diet will improve psoriasis. While alkaline Foods like sprouts, mil let, vegetable broths and juices, adequate water and lemon juice help in the improvement of the condition.

It was observed that avoidance of wheat, rye and barley had brought a significant change in many patients. The improvement was attributed to their hypersensitivity to these foods. Thus it is advisable to consult a Naturopath to check for hypersensitivity and in such case eliminating them will lead to recuperation.

Mud therapy:

Mud application in the form of wraps and baths is a treatment providing cure for sure in psoriasis. Research studies have shown that mud therapy works equivalent to that of the anti-psoriatic drugs available. Direct mud application for a minimum of half an hour over the affected area should be done regularly.

Heliotherapy:

Heliotherapy is a common, safe and very effective treatment for psoriasis. The UV radiation of the sun goes into the skin and slows down the fast growth of skin cells associated with the condition, resulting in clear skin. Studies indicate that the continued use of this treatment may help to prolong remission time. Some redness of the skin and subsequent tanning is also likely to happen. Sunburn may appear as side effect. These adverse effects can be avoided by the application of natural moisturizers like Neem oil, oat derivatives and with the application of essential oils like tea tree oil, primrose oil, etc. while having the sun bath.

Aloe Vera has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of psoriasis. Thus can be used as an adjutant with sunbath.

Yoga:

Stress is also a factor in the flare-up of psoriasis for many individuals. Yoga reduces the stress level naturally and supports the body in the cure. Apart from the practice of asana and pranayama, the yogic kriyas should also be practiced to eliminate the toxins from the body.

 
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