Last Modified on Jul 30, 2014
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a non-contagious chronic skin disease caused when the immune system identifies your own skin cells as pathogens and overstimulating the production of more skin cells. There are five different types of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis being the most common. In plague psoriasis, skin will build up in silvery-white patches called plaques.
This will commonly occur on the knees and elbows, but can appear anywhere including the genitals. They can be limited to minor patches or exhibit massive body coverage. Build-up can also occur at the joints, causing inflammation; this is known as psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis frequently affects fingernails and toenails, known as psoriatic nail dystrophy. As this disease is highly visible and unsightly, psoriasis can cause depression and reduce self-esteem.
If you're wondering how do you get psoriasis, unfortunately the direct cause of psoriasis is not yet known. Psoriasis can be triggered and affected by physical trauma to the skin, emotional stress, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption, while genetics seems also to play a role. The condition is lifelong, currently has no allopathic cure, but can be managed through topical solutions, sunlight, medication, and lifestyle/diet changes.
Find Your Psoriasis Cure!
Here on Earth Clinic's psoriasis page, we have dozens of home and natural remedies for psoriasis; our most popular being apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. Below you will find discussions and combinations of different natural products people use to combat psoriasis, as well as diet and lifestyle changes that have worked to treat psoriasis. We encourage you to write us about what you have tried and how these home remedies have worked for you.
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Alkaline Diet
- Aloe Vera
- Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil
- Anti-Candida Protocol
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Enzymes
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Epsom Salts, Vitamin E
- Baking Soda
- Banana Peel
- Bee Propolis
- Beet Juice
- Biotin, Turmeric
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Boracic Acid Powder
- Candida Connection
- Castor Oil
- Cherry Juice, Diet
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Oil, Shea Butter
- Cold Showers
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Dietary and Herbal Suggestions
- Dietary Changes
- Dietary Changes, Supplements
- Dr. Bharti Protocol
- Eliminate Beef and Pork
- Eliminate Dairy
- Eliminate Wheat
- Emu Oil
- Flaxseed Meal
- Folic Acid
- Gluten Free, Tar Ointment
- Glycerin, Zinc Oxide
- Herbal Remedy
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Jojoba Oil
- Multiple Remedies
- N-Acetyl Glucosamine
- Neem Oil
- Oil Pulling
- Oil Pulling, Black Turtle Beans, Soy Beans
- Oregano Leaf
- Over the Counter
- Parasite Cleanse
- Pustular Psoriasis Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Scalp Psoriasis Remedies
- Sea Salt
- Shea Butter
- Sulfer 8 and Zoriasis
- Tanning Beds
- Ted's Remedy Reader Feedback
- Topical Application of Colloidal Silver
- Topical D-3
- Vinegar and Olive Oil
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin D, Fish Oil
- White School Glue
- White Vinegar
06/14/2014: Bradshad from Providence, Rhode Island: "So I am on month 4 of a really clean alkaline diet. Of course I have to be one who is having multiple healing crises. The first 2 were not that bad but now this 3rd one is quite viscious. It is detoxing quite bad. I have psoriasis and it is all pouring out. I have increased water and lemon intake, used activated charcoal, bentonite as well, cut back on the herbs. Not much relief. Topically is skin is violently agitated, itching, but more stinging and non stop burning. I have tried just about everything topically (aloe, coconut butter, avocado, castor oil, vit e, toxic Vaseline in desperation, ).
Can anyone give me an answer what to put on skin to stop the burn. Please only comment if you have dealt with this before. I also put probiotic on it with no help. I am very smart, have done a ton of reading, just can't seem to locate any valuable info on how to alleviate this. Thanks."Replies
06/14/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hey there Bradshad,
Re the terrible itching problem.
Here's a guess for you Bradshad; I'm thinking that given your successful adherence to the alkalizing diet and the problem still persists, maybe the issue is not acidic/alkalizing only.
Here are some (I'm brain storming now)...here are some possibilities;
1. You have a viral infection...specialty virus effecting an organ in the system that can produce such skin surface outcomes. So as a presumption that such is a possibility I'd be on colloidal silver for a month to test such a possibility. Three tablespoons twice daily on empty stomach.
2. You've been poisoned. I don't mean poison as in someone trying to kill you, but too much of some toxic substance or an allergic reaction to something. (google "70 causes to skin itching" and you'll find pictures plus conditions that could give you a clue. (You're not an outdoors guy are you?...Lyme possibilities? Spider bites?) I thinking SOMETHING else is going on with you. Think back to when this condition started...really the first onset...then go back six months or a year...did anything happen that might be a clue to what is happening BEFORE onset of your symptoms.)
3. You have a serious food sensitivity...normal ones are wheat/potatoes/beans...that would be a typical "carb" metabolism problem. I had to go to a changed died (at my rather advanced age...bummer! ) Try getting off those and by all means go to a Live Cell Microscopy expert and get your blood tested. Most of them do a food tolerance test. I have a great one in SC I go to. If your carbs are not absorbing then alkalizing can help but your system is STILL exploding. I went through this. Skin irritation...the works until the food sensitivity was dealt with. I'm also now on mega enzymes with EACH meal. The result was nearly immediate.
4. Now, as to what to do right now, try the following...On parts of your body experiment with:
...a solution of Borax and water. Take one tablespoon in a cup of warm water and dissolve the Borax (as in 20 Mule Team Borax)...I just wrote a post on EC on how I shampoo my hair with that solution...it even drips down into my eyes without harm or stinging. I let it get into ears and rub eye brows with it. Very soothing. I do that once or twice a week.
...also consider topical aloe vera GEL. I know you mentioned you'd tried it but I mention the gel as it seems to really work well; better than the liquid for (burning) issues.
....I presume you do not have a stomach ulcer. If you do, that could be contributing to the problem.
....Try this on a bit of your skin ...take a teaspoon of baking soda in water and make a paste out of it...apply to worst area of outbreak. Leave the "cake" on for twenty minutes. If improved, expand the area of application.
I have a few other ideas but don't want to overwhelm you. Please write back and tell us about what might have preceded your condition. And if any of the topical helps gave you any success in relief.
Don't over look the real possibility of infection/food sensitivity etc. Colloidal Silver can work wonders if your situation is an infection. But you must stick to the protocol. Also make sure your sinuses are clear. A long lasting sinus infection can indicate you have a standing systemic infection, complicating your alkalizing attempts."
06/14/2014: Sabita from Middletown, Ri replies: "I have the same problem as you. I used a Zinc spray with Echinacea & Elderberry on the itching and got instant relief. If you look for it in health store, it is a throat spray very effective when you feel a tickle in your throat. I am going to also try Bill's candida protocol to try and get rid of this problem once and for all. I had gotten rid of same minor skin problem a few years ago by taking oil of oregano capsule, 2 three times a day, 16 ozs of green juice. I also only ate romaine lettuce salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, etc.) all day. By the way, I know that I am allergic to a lot of foods. Hope this helps."
06/14/2014: Gtcharlie from Los Angeles replies: "Hi Bradshad, Psoriasis is an immune disorder which I don't think there is a cure (not even being smart - just joking).
My experience is to stop its growth at its onset. I use an ointment with a 2% coal tar. I also use white vinegar to remove the scaly skin if there is any, before applying the ointment. Calamine lotion can help if you suffer from the terrible night-itch.
Key point is, keep your skin moistened at all times (glycerine is a good choice after shower) and avoid going to places with extreme dry weather. I would wear long sleeves shirts and trousers if I have to visit those places.
06/15/2014: Timh from KY replies: "Many positive reports of psoriasis relief using Hemp Oil/CBD. I think the application is best used both oral & topical. Very positive effects on immune disorders or dysfunction."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/20/2014: Parker from Florida replies: "i have had a rash under my arms and in my groin that has come and gone for years. went to a dermatologist a couple years ago who was sure it was a candida infection, so we treated for that and it did eventually get better, but would still return. I had a surgery recently and was taking salt baths for the wound and noticed that my rash was getting better. then the season changed, and I was outside sweating a lot, and the rash returned. I treated with the ketoconazole cream the derm had given me, and it wasn't getting better, so I switched to 50/50 raw apple cider vinegar/water in a spray bottle, followed by extra virgin coconut oil, topically. within about two weeks, the stubborn rash is about 90% better on my legs, and under arm, but not much improvement on groin, and the eczema on my hands is worse (possibly stress related last two weeks, as that had almost cleared up prior). I went to derm today to get checked again and derm says that I don't have candida anymore, that I have psoriasis, on elbows, groin/penis, under arm, and prescribed elidel. I'll pick a spot and see if that helps, to confirm diagnosis, but will continue with apple cider vinegar to see if that indeed is a natural cure. I dropped the coconut oil several days ago to focus on the Apple Cider Vinegar and see if that is, alone, what was working. I am not cured yet, so this post is a little premature, but I have seen such positive results from the Apple Cider Vinegar (2-3 times a day), part of the time with coconut oil, that it may be worth a try."
06/21/2014: Caitlin from Ausin, Tx replies: "Sounds like the same thing my mother-in-law has especially on elbows and groin area and the only thing that helps is getting rid of all grains from her diet. That includes wheat (white or whole), corn, oats especially. She did this and even her IBS abated. She went back to eating grains and sure enough the problems came back -- full force!"
07/23/2014: Robin from Lakewood, Wa replies: "I have also had it for decades and have done well only by one thing and that is swimming in the ocean for several hours several days(I am from New England and NH is the cleanest ocean water in the country) the combo of the saltwater and the sun heals my skin within a week."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 09/09/2010: Lynn from Sharbot Lake, On Canada: "I've been slathering on fresh aloe vera goo (I'm on my second plant) and haven't flaked at all for this month-long flare-up. I'm also bathing the areas in cool or lukewarm salt water first. (This was advised by the Chinese doctor who gave me acupuncture, which may help, or may constitute skin injury and make it worse. ) Then I pat dry. After I massage the Aloe Vera goo in I massage in olive oil. (I still use my old faithful unscented moisture cream in between. ) I've been doing this two to four times a day. I haven't been scratching hardly at all and it hasn't flaked. Who's to say whether the fading of my arms and chest was caused by this treatment? At least it has kept my suffering and the severity to a minimum."Replies
[YEA] 02/21/2012: Eric from San Fransisco, California replies: "Aloe vera, coconut oil and almond oil are all great for psoriasis. I use a ready made cream by mama nature specifically for psoriasis that contains all of these ingredients but I suppose you could get a recipe on the web that would show you how to combine these and make your own. Psoriasis runs in my family and I got it after suffering from stress. This cream has controlled the itching and has taken away a lot of the unsightly scales and redness that covered my arms and legs. "
03/05/2012: George from Fort Worth, Texas replies: "You might also consider flax seed oil and melatonin."
[YEA] 04/26/2008: Joe from Worcester, MA: "I've been suffering from Psoriasis for several years now, don't know where it came from but I couldn't get rid of it. I got some creams from my docotor, but they didn't really work. I started using aloe vera gel for my skin during sun exposure and found that it started curbing my psoriasis, so I continued using it and it completely cleared it up!!! I applied it twice per day in the affected areas and more. I've also found my skin is in much better condition. I don't know if this will work for everyone, but it's cheap to try out. I used the Aloe-gator because there's no alocohol and few to no added chemicals. I hope this helps someone out there."Replies
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/31/2010: Keith from San Leandro, Ca replies: "I've been suffering from a red and scaly scalp, tried all the shampoo's. Lately the scale has gotten so bad my scalp was completely white with scale under the hair. So I tried Aloe Vera Gel, completely soaking my hair and scalp twice each evening and the scaling is completely gone now which is just the third night, still using the "blue" shampoo in the mornings just encase so I don't get any snow on my black uniform. The redness is still easy to see but I'm hoping over time this too will ease up, but I wanted to let anyone else out there know that the Aloe does help alot."
[YEA] 02/20/2012: Avhan1 from Yinnar South, Australia: "I have had every type of psoriasis that there is for forty years, including Koebners. Nothing but steroids have worked. BUT I have great news. I was given powerful steroid (betamethasone and cortisone combined) but told not to use it on my face. My outbreak extended over the whole of my body from scalp, lips (rare) face, to plaque psoriasis head to foot.
I have therefore had to rely on natural remedies for the face and lips. Aloe Vera applied to the face instantly gave relief from the itch but it made the skin dry and tight. I followed this with pure coconut oil. Between the two, my face has cleared completely in 6 days while my body is still slowly and nowhere near effectively being treated by steroids. I am also taking ACV and dandelion capsules for the liver, but if they were the major remedy I would have seen better results across my entire body. So for me the answer seems to be a combination of aloe vera gel and pure coconut oil. What a blessing! And I learned about it just from this site. Thank you all."Replies
02/21/2012: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West South Africa replies: "Avhan1, Please 1st cleanse your intestines then do a couple of liver cleanses & cleanse your kidneys & your problem should be solved & then start on a healthy diet without junk food & bread etc. , just eat fresh food & stay away from chemicals. All this info is on the net."
02/27/2012: Avhan1 from Yinnar South, Australia replies: "Thank you Louwrence. Can you help me with a suggested gut cleaning regimen please?"
02/28/2012: Avhan1 from Yinnar South, Australia replies: "I flushed my system well and truly!! I never eat junk food. No sugar; little if any fat and have been a vegetarian for many years. My particular bout of psoriasis is Koebners syndrome, caused by a reaction to minor surgery. It's just that it is taking longer to fix itself than usual. I'm now on Barley Grass and acidophilus. We will see what happens next."
06/24/2014: Dianne from Delaware, Ontario, Canada: "Bill Thompson.
I have ordered your book, Killing Candida Sweetly, just waiting for it to arrive via mail.
My son has had Psoriasis for the past 3 years and is dealing with a breakout at this time. We are going with the thoughts that he has gut issues. Have just started taking Syntol (there were a couple of postings that were positive regarding Syntol on this site). He is putting apple cider vinegar (with Mother) in his water and also ingesting coconut oil.
I am looking forward to reading how you dealt with your issues of Candida and Psoriasis...hopefully my son will have success in ridding himself of this terrible disease."Replies
06/25/2014: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Dianne...Thank you for buying my book on candida which will hopefully help you to both understand as well as help to cure your son's psoriasis problems. When I had candida I had skin problems which also included psoriasis, eczema and jock itch. When I eventually cleared the candida from my body, all these skin problems just disappeared so I now regard these skin problems as merely symptoms of my own candida problem.
Syntol is also a useful enzyme/probiotic protocol and its successful use will depend on many factors -- stage and virulence of the candida infection, immune system health, diet etc. The enzymes in Syntol will aid digestion and will help to dissolve and digest candida biofilms and the probiotics will help to kill the candida in order to return the gut back to normal health. So this protocol works fairly well if you only have candida in your intestines or just locally. But if your son has a systemic candida infection throughout his body, then you might need more than Syntol to get rid of the candida and psoriasis.
For a serious systemic candida infection, here is the strategy I use in my book:
* Anti-Candida and Anti-Pathogen Protocols
* Anti-Biofilm Protocols
* Alkalizing Protocols
* Essential Detox Protocols
* Liver Support Protocols
* Vitamin and Mineral Support (Immune System Support)
* The Health Defence Diet
To help you more to determine whether your son has candida, here is a simple questionnaire that will help you:
Also, try using borage oil topically on your son's psoriasis. This should reduce the itching and will also have other beneficial effects."
06/26/2014: Dianne from Delaware, Ontario, Canada replies: "Thanks for the reply Bill. The protocol to use is very easily laid out to follow. Hope my son decides to go this route. His flare up is very bad right now and we do have an appt with DERM just in case intervention is needed. His flare up began in April and has spread like wild fire.
Do nite shade vegetables really play a part in all of this?
We no longer have any of these but really when it comes down it it are they even the problem?
We have cut out dairy, gluten, red meats, and have cut out all junk food. Eric has been eating a LOT of fruit. He is always hungry and we felt fruit was a better alternative than a lot of other items (mistake I think). We drink either almond milk or rice milk. No coffee but we do have green tea with ginger grated in it.
I appreciate any comments you may have Bill. Thanks"
06/27/2014: Bill from Sanfernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Dianne...It's good that you've cut out dairy, wheat and gluten in your son's diet but take particular note about eradicating sugars, junk food and processed food from his diet as well. Candida and other pathogens feed off excess sugars and carbohydrates in the diet. Eliminitaing red meat is also beneficial against candida because candida virulence increases with too much heme iron in the diet.
I also wanted to mention some other things that might also help your son.
I've recently read some interesting research concerning the benefits of supplementing Gymnema sylvestre versus candida. The research report is shown here. The researchers at Kansas State University have found that Gymnema sylvestre works against candida in several ways. First it makes sugar unavailable to candida. The other fact is that Gymnema sylvestre blocks candida's transition into the more virulent and dangerous hyphal form. It therefore acts to reduce the virulence of candida in this respect. It must be said that Gymnema sylvestre will not kill the candida but it will certainly reduce the spread and morphing of candida into its more virulent form.
Gymnema sylvestre(GS) is commonly just taken as a tea and should be taken three or four times a day because it is such a safe non-toxic natural product. I would also further advise that GS should be taken combined together with Green Tea for the most benefit. The green tea will also help to kill the candida(due to the tannin content) and it will also help to remove heavy metals as well. The GS will meanwhile act to reduce the virulence of the candida as well as help to starve the candida of its favourite food -- sugar.
GS is fairy well-known and easily bought at health stores and on the internet -- always buy the organic form. The powder form or the tea form are the best ways to take it. I would simply combine the Green Tea and GS whenever you drink the tea form which is the best way to supplement these natural products.
Another good protocol which might particularly help your son's psoriasis is using Bentionite clay topically. Create a wet paste of bentonite clay and gently spread a thin layer over his areas of psoriasis. Let the bentonite dry completely to a dusty crust. This allows the bentonite to suck out heavy metals and poisons from these psoriatic skin regions and will also help to kill any fungus or any other pathogens topically. Then shower or wash off the bentonite and apply aloe vera oil to help relieve any dryness in these skin areas."
Apple Cider Vinegar Cure for Psoriasis
Holistic Treatment Ingredients:
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 Teaspoons
- Filtered Water - 16 Ounces
Start with the ACV Tonic—Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water and sip from this all day. You will be keeping your pH in a constant, alkalized state by sipping this highly diluted dosage. Usually 1-2 tall glasses of the concoction are all you'll need each day.
You can also use a cotton ball to apply apple cider vinegar directly to affected patches of skin, but beware of the sting.
[YEA] 11/26/2013: Sreenivas from Bangalore, India: "I read your comments and bought the organic Apple Cider Vinegar (unfiltered) and results was amazing. Thanks to all of you. I drank 1 tea spoon of ACV with 250 ml of water for about 2 weeks and I see 90% improvement. The color of my soles are still blackish but itching is gone and I am able to sleep well without taking any anti histamine tablets. I got psoriasis in 2007 on my hands and my feet. Cracks, blisters and discharges was something I have lived with while trying all kinds of creams, tablets... Etc. During the last 6 years I have visited quite a few dermatologists who told me that I have live with psoriasis or take some expensive injections with no guarantee of success. To all those who suffer from psoriasis, please try APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. It worked like magic for me and I am praying the psoriasis will stay away from me forever. Hope it works for you too. If want to see some pictures (before and after), send me an email at "svk2003 (at) gmail (dot) com". I will be happy to share them. God bless you all and wish you success with ACV. I thank the organizers of this blog/website without which I would still be limping and struggling with psoriasis."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/06/2013: James from Michigan: "I too have had great success with bleach baths. I have had psoriasis now for 10 years and seemed to get worse every year. Had it on my toes, ankles, knees, elbows, wrists, and hands. Have tried many medications some of which seemed to help clear it up completely, dovonex for example, and then a couple weeks later came back doubled in size. ACV helps by breaking down the plaques and when used with a steroid cream allows the medicine to absorb better to heal and prevent more effectively, astringent (Salicylic Acid) works the same way. I used astringent and betamethasone for many years to manage this. BUT for about a year now I have been doing the bleach baths off and on and my psoriasis is completely gone from my toes, ankles, knees and wrists, and my elbows and hands are much better and more manageable. I hope to be psoriasis free some day by using this method. Here is what works for me. I try to do a bleach bath a couple of times a week when I can, for 15 minutes at a time, with 1/2 cup of bleach in the bath. While your in the bath if you lightly rub the affected areas you can feel the plaques and extra skin come off easily. When I get out of the tub the areas are nice and smooth and I then use a cotton ball and wipe the areas with either ACV or astringent, let dry and then immediately cover the areas with betamethasone. So far this has worked wonders for me, 75% of my psoriasis has disappeared and I am working on the other 25%. I realize this isn't a natural remedy but just thought I would share."
[YEA] 11/22/2009: Robb from Anchorage, Alaska: "I have had Psoriasis for years. It is at it's most painful in winter, I think this is due to my working in the arctic. My knees and elbos crack and bleed, the small knuckel on my right hand and the outside wrist bone on my left hand are red and painful. I started using ACV as a tonic after my bath, I also rub it on my knees and elbos, any spot that has dry skin or is rough and painful. I mix baking soda with olive oil and use like a soap prior to bathing, I gently apply to my face, hands, elbow and knee. I try to not shower but to have a bath, I add a few drops of olive oil to the water and soak for a few minutes. I noticed results the first time I tried this combination, after a week the pain and redness was gone. I also drink ACV in the morning, I just take a good slug and chase it with water"Replies
[YEA] 01/26/2010: Emily from Jones, Alabama replies: "ACV with mix cured psoriasis.
I have suffered from psoriasis for about 25 years and was told by a Dr. that it would never be gone only improved. The only thing I could use to help clear up my sore split elbows was a creme I was prescribed. It never completely worked.Winter time was always terrible for me. About a month ago I read up on the "Master Cleanse" for weight loss and began doing this. I decided to add to the recipe for other health benefits. I made a lemonad with half a lemon,2 tbs. maple syrup, 1/10th tsp cayenne pepper. Now what I added was 1tbs.ACV, 1tbs honey, pinch of Borax, dash of ginger, dash of cinnamon. Not only did I lose weight by drinking this yummy drink but a "side effect" (as I noticed by accident) is that my psoriasis is totally gone. Not cleared up I mean gone, like I never had it before. Skin is no longer thick and bumpy. I just can't believe it.Thanks you guys for such a wonderful website, this has changed my life. I have benefitted from so much information I have learned on here. You are doing so much good, you are a blessing."
02/08/2010: Damemantis from Montreal, Quebec, Canada replies: "I had this book but never implemented it (Too bad). Maybe my psoriasis (on the soles of my feet primarily) would have been gone by now. This skin problem appeared after Intensive Dose Chemo; and worsened during an extremely stressful job (quit years ago). Thanks for reminding me about the book and I will duplicate your formula. God Bless You."
[NAY] 04/02/2010: Neesy917 from Milwaukee, Wi, Usa replies: "I tried the apple cider vinegar a few times for my scalp psoriasis but it did not do anything. Does Ted or anyone have any remedies for the scalp?"
EC: Ted has remedies posted on the following pages:
05/25/2010: Sarah from Denver, Co replies: "I had horrible red, bloody lumpy itchy patches on my scalp for years and I have psoriasis patches on my arm and history of it in my family. I lived in a small town so there was not a dermatologist there so I never found out if the bumps on my scalp where psoriasis. I had tried everything on here it seemed even acv with no luck, then I read on ec post to put waterless sanitizer gel on them every time I wanted to itch them and my scalp cleared up and it has been a year and it has not come back. I was not deligent on my arms because they don't itch, just look bad, and I still have it there."
EC: Here's a recipe we found on how to make your own waterless herbal sanitizer gel: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Own-Waterless-Hand-Sanitizer
04/27/2011: Shak from Dallas, Tx, Usa replies: "Emily, Just wanted to know if your remedy is still working for you? Did you get rid of your psoriasis comlpletely cuz if you did, it sure is a miracle. Also, please tell me how often do you drink this lemonade ? My sister has psoriasis and it started last year.... out of nowhere. Her confidence shattered and she's not the person she used to be anymore. I really hope this works for her. Thanks for sharing."
12/03/2011: Hbaldwin11 from Bladenboro, Nc replies: "Try a shampoo called kitikiti(pronounced "kitty kitty").
Use that shampoo twice a week along with the conditioner, if you want. But I just used the shampoo twice a week and in about a month my scalp had cleared up. I would suggest for african americans though that there is also a type of grease that this same company also makes that you can use after you wash your hair with the shampoo and dry it. It works very well. Anyone can also use this same grease on your skin."
[YEA] 01/25/2012: Cam from San Diego, Ca replies: "Drank 2 tsps of natural ACV with 16 oz. of water each day and the red, painful, scaly condition just disappeared! This is the cloudy version of ACV with all the active nutrients. Not the clearer grocery store ACV. My skin was freaking me out and scary painful when acting up. And no I would not have believed something so simple would have worked.
Mid 50's, when the condition appeared. I thought this Psoriasis was going to flat out eat me alive! Other benefits came along with the ACV as well. Elated, and thinking there is something to keeping PH in balance I have seen mentioned often."
[YEA] 05/04/2012: Hippy_chick from West Side, Australia replies: "I also found ACV to eliminate my psoriasis... I thought I was going to be stuck with that problem for the rest of my life! I started drinking 1-2 tbs ACV in a cup of water 2-3 times a day about 2 months ago. Also massaging coconut oil into my scalp an hour before washing my hair and oil pulling with coconut oil in the mornings. It's gone! I don't have to use any special products at all anymore, my skin is back to normal. Works great."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/28/2012: Mark K from London, England replies: "ACV definitely works.....
I was on prescription topical steriods and it just made it worse. Every time I came off the steroids the psoriasis would bounce back worse than before.
I apply ACV at least twice daily with a sponge and bowl to affected areas.
Day 1-3) Massive reduction in skin production. Much cleaner appearance.
Day 3-7) Small amount of outer shrinkage of spots of psoriosis
Week 3) Hollowing out of spots of psoriosis to form a ring of psoriosis with healthy skin on the inside
Week 6) Ring breaks up into smaller spots which turn into scabs that reveal deep itchy lesions if picked at. Try not to do this but sometimes you will find you do. Always apply ACV if the scabs come off...always.
NOTE: scabs are GOOD because they mean your body is healing itself naturally for once......
Week 12) Lesions slowly heal and close up
I am also drinking ACV a few teaspoons in water twice a day and taking multi-vitamin tablets. Sun and reduced stress also helps.
It is a long battle to beat psoriosis and I am not fully cured yet. What I can say is that I am winning - one milimeter of healed skin at a time.
As a fellow psoriosis sufferer you you know how embedded this condition is and how hard it is to beat. However, I would say that ACV is the WEAPON OF CHOICE.
Do not listen to the advice about using steroid creams. They just cover up the condition rather than actually tackling it - profits for big pharma companies. It can even make the condition worse.
ACV is a natural and free cure. You have a ph imbalance in your body and excess toxins. This causes skin lesions that never heal because your body is producing skin cells too fast in affected areas to allow them to do so."
07/31/2012: Pugsley Fits from Byron Bay, Nsw Australia replies: "In addition to your use of apple cider vinegar I strongly suggest epsom salt baths as hot as you can stand preferably twice a day until the rash disappears. Here in Australia we can buy this stuff in bulk from farm cooperatives for around $2 kilo... Best investment I ever made."
10/01/2012: Derold from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Ok I have had this condition in back of my scalp since my college years I am now 47 African American), I have been using Alo for the last week consistently and the condition began to reverse, inflammation was reduced. After seeing this site I went out and got the ACV and added that to my arsenal of attack, it's only been a few days and the bumps that made me embarrassed to go to the barber are all but gone, I am thinking by the close of this week, I may be bump free for the first time in 20 plus years. Crazy thing is I have been to all kind of specialist to include dermatologist and none of them worked. To think a simple natural cure for something many docs have told me I just have to learn to live with, I am sharing this with all I come across. Thank you all for the heads up on the ACV. It works It works. I wish I could post befor and after pics."
03/20/2013: Alan from Belfast, N.ireland, Uk replies: "Hi Mark, was very interested in your 12 week review of clearing up psoriasis which has plagued me for 15 years. I have patches on my elbows and knees which have after 3 weeks smoothed out with no scaling after taking ACV orally and spraying on. I had also been ingesting coconut oil but stopped it as it is affecting my diet and cannot see any benefit. The stage im at is that the white scaling has stopped but there are smooth red patches. I continue to administer ACV. I am so hoping for postitive results, I also spray ACV on my scalp at nighttime. It still hurts a bit but is stopping the dandruff and massive itching at least. I would appreciate any feedback from yourself or any others in the forum on things I could do or what to expect. I would love to see pictures of psoriasis healing if anyone has any links on the net."
03/21/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "So sorry you did not benefit from the coconut oil. Was it a good quality oil? Some are not processed in a beneficial manner, but the studies and testimonials on the oil in the diet and topical uses are amazing.
Hope you give it a second chance. I use 3-7 tsp. a day and eat a cup of dried coconut meat in my yogurt and it has been hard to eat but I plan to continue while it is eliminating dry skin, painful teeth, ringing in ears, digestion issues and brain problems.
If you try again start slow as it caused die off symptoms and some digestion uneasiness at first. Love the stuff."
[YEA] 10/21/2008: Frances from Katy, TX: "I HAVE HAD PSORIASIS FOR AT LEAST 15 YEARS AND HAVE RECENTLY TRIED ACV AND WATER TO CLEANSE MY INNER BODY. COOL WATER DOES HELP. I ALSO WAS GOING TO AN ACCUPUNTURE DOCTOR AND IT'S NOW ALMOST REVERSED. THEY TOLD ME HEAT IS THE WORST THING FOR PSORIASIS AND ACV IS GREAT TO WORK ON THE INSIDE OF YOUR BODY. TOXINS NEED TO BE REMOVED FROM YOUR BODY. ALSO TRY GOING ORGANIC AND STAY AWAY FROM TOO MUCH ALCOHOL."Replies
[SIDE EFFECTS] 09/08/2009: Franklymrshankly from Austin, Texas, US replies: "ACV & Psoriasis
I was just curious if your psoriasis became much worse the first week of using ACV? Mine is soooooo red and flaky after a week of use and I am just wondering if this is normal or maybe this remedy is just not for me.
11/23/2010: Brendan from Adelaide, South Australia replies: "I have had a similar experience. My face psoriasis or sebhoraic dermatitis, whatever it is, started to get better when I first started applying Apple Cider Vinegar and I got all excited but then I started to notice that it was spreading to other areas on my face. After a bit over a week I stopped using it as I thought I would be covered in it if I didn't. Now that I've stopped it's even worse than before. Im near breaking point, I don't know what to try, it seems ive tried everything. My dermatologist is trying to shove me on elidel but I dont believe that will help long term as everything else he's given me made my psoriasis worse. Also ive heard bad things about elidel. If someone has any ideas, please help me. I would give anything to have my life back."
11/23/2010: Ben from Tampa, Fl replies: "Go swim everyday in the ocean stay in it for at least a halve hour you will be fixed in a month."
11/24/2010: Shaun from York, Olde England replies: "Easy cure. Apple cider vinegar is great but it is just not strong enough to kill various yeasts (Malazessia spp. [check it out on Google. What you need to do is dissolve 3 teaspoons of borax in half a cup of white vinegar. Pour this over your head (the yeasts begin their life-cycle here), and down onto your face and shoulders (and possibly your chest), and then leave it on for about 20/30 Min's whilst having a bath. Do this for about 3 days running (... If you can), and about once a week for a month. After the vinegar treatment, rinse your head/hair with half a cup of washing soda in a mug of warm water. At the slightest sign of any trouble repeat the treatment. Don't go anywhere near Doctors. Most are just crap at what they do."
12/03/2010: Brendan from Adelaide, South Australia replies: "By Washing Soda, do you mean BiCarb soda. Im from Australia so I dont know what you guys call it."
10/24/2011: Gabby from Perth W A , Australia replies: "Washing Soda will be found near laundry products in supermarkets --very cheap too. I use it as an alternative to Softners in my washing machine ( very old method Granma's ) it actually softens the water it can also be used in foot spa's --softens hard skin."
12/03/2011: Hbaldwin11 from Bladenboro, Nc replies: "aAsk your doctor about try enbrel shots.... They helped me. They are expensive though. Also methotrexate also helped but you have to also take a supplement for folic acid as it depletes that in your body. These two things have helped me.. Enbrel the best. Sarna lotion helps with the itching and I also have used dovonex cream, taclonex ointment too. Try some of these. But like all medicines, you have to gie them ample time to work. With enbrel, it took me two, three months tops and it was all cleared. But once you start, do not stop and think that you can go without and when it begins to appear again, just go back to taking it because its not going to start back to working in a hurry. You will have to go back through the whole process again."
10/13/2012: Ava from Greensboro, Nc replies: "Re: Post by Brendan from Adelaide, South Australia- Neither ACV nor baking soda worked for me, but when my scalp psoriasis was noticeably better after a week at the beach, I began using pure castile soap to clean my scalp and then rinsed it with a small amount of sea salt dissolved in warm water. Saline solution does sting a bit at first, but I decided to rinse it from my scalp only. My existing sores healed quickly - and without the excessive itching that had kept me constantly digging at my scalp. (I preferred sores to the constant itch! ) I've experienced 95% improvement after three months of this regimen and will likely fare much better when I finally conquer the learned scratching habit. I pray that this information will help others who found no relief from the many other remedies suggested, because psoriasis has such a negative effect on the quality of one's life. Best wishes!"
12/03/2012: Helen from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Usa replies: "Age 66. I have had single areas and multiple of what I called psoriasis (not diagnosed) for years. About 3 weeks ago, I got the typical rash, redness, and thickening on both forearms and chest. I have used peroxide 3% full strength rubbed on areas with good results. It still takes months to completely get rid of it but it works. It takes longer, too, when scratched or shaved over areas. The most recent is looking much better already."
[YEA] 07/25/2008: Sela from Huntsville, Alabama: "My Psoriasis started 8 years ago after working a highly stressfull job (where I also got many other stress related ailments as well). The Psoriasis started on my scalp then a few years later migrated to my forhead and then to my cheeks near my nose and finally to the sides of my face near the hairline. Everytime I'd go through major stress, the Psoriasis would spread. It has been a really bad case to where I won't go out in public and can't cook because my skin is constantly flaking and literally falling off. I tried medicated shampoos which hurt, dried out my face and left me a flaky mess from then on. It's like dandruff on your face!
I came across this site and decided to try ACV and it has worked to keep my scalp and face clear.
What I do:
If I'm having a flare up and I'm all flaky, red and uncomfortable:
1) Cleanse my face. 2) Pour some ACV on a cotton ball. 3) Stand in front of a fan and swipe the affected areas with the ACV reapeatedly (the fan is because the ACV stings a lot when the skin is raw from the condition). 4) Apply thick moisterizer or vaseline (vaseline works best for me) over the affected areas. I repeat this for 4-6 nights in a row and apply moisturizer during the day. You can tell it's working as your skin clears up the ACV no longer stings.
To maintain the flare-ups from starting again, I follow the above steps at least once to twice a week even if the skin is clear but use regular moisturizer instead of vaseline. The ACV does not sting at all at that point.
If I forget to use the follow-up ACV, my skin will start to feel tight and dry. At that point I follow all the steps and am fine just doing it for 2 days.
Added Skin Benefits:
Clean pores, rosey complextion, evened skin tone and no scars from the Psoriasis anymore after flare ups.
I've also used internally for allergies recently, which I will post about in that section."
07/28/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "To Sela from Huntsville: Hi Sela, If you are sure your problem is psoriasis, you might try Adele Davis's (a nutritionist) theory that psoriasis is caused by faulty fat metabolism. Her recommendation was 6 tablespoons of lecithin granules per day. My suggestion would be to stir 3 tbsps. in small glass of buttermilk twice a day and drink it. Tastes a lot like cornbread in buttermilk, which I happen to like. I have checked her out on several things and found that she was right, but have never had psoriasis, so can't vouch for this, but I'd certainly give it a try before trying a lot of other things. I recall one of my patients who used Siroil ointment on his. He was terminal renal disease because the mercury in the Siroil had destroyed his kidneys."
06/07/2009: 4Yahshua from Fountain Valley, CA Orange County CA replies: "Lecithin may heal. I came down with a moderate case of Psoriasis this year when I turned 61. I took a large number of Lecithin capsules a day as I read that it could heal it. My plagues almost totally went away ~ then they gradually came back!I have been on a very good diet and many supplements for many years. For me, the healing may take more time and effort. Vit. C and D capsules will also help. I pray that this helps someone reading!"
08/06/2009: Nicky B. from Martinez, California replies: "Was glad to read your suggestion about ACV - I will give that a try! But would like to point out that you should never use petroleum jelly; your skin won't breathe. I have had psoriasis since age 13; I'm 49, now. Have tried many meds offered by doctors but the body tends to build a resistance after it becomes accustomed to its effect. Moisturizers are very helpful but try to stay away from scented products lotions, hair products and laundry detergents. An inexps. brand (St.I.) has a fragrance-free body lotion which I have used for years. Instead of using petroleum jelly, try a fragrance-free (Eu) brand moisturizing oitment. Its best to apply moisturizers immediately after a bath or shower as your pores are open and better absorb the moisture. Drink LOTS of water and take lots of antioxidants (vitmin C, etc.). To your health!"
[YEA] 08/15/2007: Lynne from Dayton, Ohio: "ACV cured my psoriasis on my scalp. I have been aflicted with psoriasis on my scalp for twenty years. I have tried more "remedies" than I care to count with little or no success. After reading about how people were helped by putting ACV on dry spots on the body I decided to try it on my scalp. I put undiluted ACV in a spray bottle and sprayed it on my scalp before going to bed. Within a few days I could see that the scales were getting thinner. In two weeks they are practically all gone! Even if the scales never fully go away, the ACV has made the scales easier for me to live with. By the way, ACV is better at drying up acne that any treatment on the market."Replies
04/07/2012: Ren from St Albans, Vt replies: "I have had very good luck by incorporating ACV orally twice a day and 2 Ayolic Garlic tabs twice per day. I drink the ACV with just a little bit of water. It's a bit strong but the results were rather dramatic. I thought I had yeast so I was taking these items to clear the yeast. Well my doctor has confirmed that it is NOT yeast and indeed psoriasis. I had it on the top of my penis under foreskin and on my feet. The doctor stated that both ingredients are anti inflammatory agents and that is why they were helping. Good luck folks."
05/30/2012: Sara from Orange, Ca Usa replies: "I hope I'm writting this in the right space. I HAVE to share that for me apple cider sadly does nothing for my psoriasis. For me im over 30 & have had since the age of 8m every year chronic horrible head to toe flare ups of what I think is guttate psoriasis, some years Ive had it ALL year due to a few strep throat cases which kick off a three month psoriasis event. I've done PUVA, enbrel... ETC ETC. I have previously as I stated last year somewhere on this thread ONLY had relief from fasting, which is problematic & hard to do.
I recently managed to HALT a flare up with two things, the cayenne gargle CURED my strep within hours, which I think may have slowed or lessened the flare up...
The second thing is a week of bleach baths (mods please leave this info I know bleach is not considered "natural" but I need to get this info out to other sufferers) google bleach bath, its simple 1/2 or 1/4 cup bleach in bath & soak, (no you wont die, no you wont stink... ) I was scared to try it, but had my stomach covered in psoriasis & legs, my arms were clear... Day one showed little clearing by day 5 my psoriasis is GONE. Please ppl give the bleach bath a try. I'm baffled as to WHY it works, I've been lead to believe thru my own research that my psoriasis was coming from within due to strep, stress, over active malfunctioning t cells attackign... Etc.... Etc. WELL no it appears now my psoriasis was nothing more than......... Stains? lol! Please give the bleach bath a try!!!!!!!"
08/05/2012: Natla from Woodland Park, New Jersey, USA replies: "Can you update your condition? How many times a week and for how long did you do the bath? Thank you for putting out this info."
09/14/2012: Christie from San Francisco, California replies: "Sara--Your experiment with bleach is interesting. I once read a NY Times article about a case where bathing in bleach solution brought about complete remission of psoriasis. There's evidence that some types of psoriasis might actually be fungal infections, which could also account for why ACV also works in some cases."
11/30/2013: Radda from Ohio replies: "People are you serious? Do not put bleach on your skin. It is corrosive and toxic and regardless of if it rids your psoriasis it is damaging your insides."
[YEA] 07/18/2009: 4Yahshua from Fountain Valley, CA: "Apple Cider Vinegar/ Baking Soda for Psoriasis
Thanks for the information! Through this remedy,Yahweh seems to be healing my Psoriasis plaques (all!) HalleluYah! I started taking this 3X's a day about a week ago:
2 Tbsp.____ Cider Vinegar mixed with 1 tsp. Baking Soda. (I am 160 lbs. You may want to use less or more baking soda.) Mix this with warm pure water 1/2 to 3/4 cup. I take first on rising, during the day, and before sleep at night. The large plaques on my leg are only faint pink patches now, as are the ones under my arms and other places. Before I started drinking this drink, my leg plaques were shedding skin at least twice a day and I seemed to be itching all over. I do follow a healthy diet, taking a number of supplements including lecithin capsules. I was waiting for my Psoriasis to disappear completely before reporting my case. However, maybe my words will help you now if you are are being plagued by Psoriasis as I was. May you also be blessed by this remedy is my prayer!"
04/14/2010: Cindy from Bassett, Va, Usa replies: "I was wondering is the baking soda you are referring to simple plain baking soda that the usa puts in their frigerator( pure baking soda)?"
Read more here: http://earthclinic.com/remedies/baking_soda.html
[YEA] 10/03/2007: Ryan from Chicago, Illinois: "I have had EXCELLENT success with ACV (2tbs) and Baking Soda (1/4 tsp or so) in a glass of water three times per day especially upon waking. I also mix a small thermos with another two doses and sip it during the afternoon. I definitely find it energizing and the psoriasis/eczema (whatever it is -- apples/oranges) I've had on my elbows ever since an extended fast is clearing up PRONTO. I'm very excited. I think I'll be a lifelong devotee. Ted -- you're awesome. I'm also taking a bit of borax occasionally and experimenting with the sodium thiowhateveritis. Best of luck to everyone."Replies
06/05/2008: C.L. from Bellingham, Washington replies: "There are huge differences between psoriasis and eczema. If you are not sure what you have, you should be correctly diagnosed. They are not at all the same thing."
[YEA] 04/13/2012: Leasyloo from Brisbane, Qld replies: "I have suffered from psoriasis for years but have been able to control it with different types of creams, lotions, antibiotics etc from doctors and skin specialists but lost faith a few years ago & thought their must be an alternative out there and decided to research on the internet. I found aloe vera gel to be wonderful for 4-5 years but psoriasis always needs a change in treatment methods after a while so after having a terrible outbreak on my face (which I have always dreaded) I decided to try ______ Paw Paw cream (which featured on tv about a month or so ago), its described as liquid gold. I was still wearing makeup during the week so I didnt see a speedy improvement until I stopped wearing makeup and read about apple cider vinegar which I use for my scalp but never thought to mix with baking soda & take internally. After my husband returned from being away all week he thought I was wearing makeup. My face looks fabulous after only 4 doses of ACV, using the pawpaw ointment twice daily, and moisturing with a sorbolene cream during the day to keep my face moisturised. Thanks to reading this site I will be able to wear makeup again next week."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 11/24/2011: Jimmi from Bend, Oregon: "I started having a rash and as it turns out it's psoriasis. Last week I started a combination of of both cider vinegar and coconut oil orally, per the site's recommendation. Well, there's a lot of different remedies there but upon reading them all these seemed likely to work.
Today I woke up to significantly clearer skin! I've heard that sunlight works too. (It's winter! ) Additionally, I applied the oil topically. Just wanted to give a shout of thanks! This condition is so gross It shut me down to the hopes of meeting someone to date. Of course more women have been flirting with me lately. Something about not being available...... ? What's the holistic approach to the opposite sex?"Replies
03/08/2012: Bobbie from Auburn, In replies: "You are funny kid! :)"
04/18/2012: Sue from West Chester, Pennsylvania replies: "Hi, Are you using coconut oil for cooking? or coconut oil pills? What is the exact mixture that you are using?"
08/26/2012: Rose from West New York, Nj, Usa: "I would like to ask Kathy from Macon, GA the following question,
Kathy, there are so many different brands of systemic enzymes on the market. Could you please provide the name of the brand you used and any other information you may have? I have scalp psoriasis, and would very much like to try what worked for you. I've tried everything else, and nothing has worked for me. Thank you."