Psoriasis Natural Treatment Options

Last Modified on Jul 23, 2014


 

Eliminate Wheat

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  08/04/2006: Amiee from Eastern Passage, NS: "I had been wheat-free for 7 months and my gas, acid-reflux and psoriasis went away. When you are on a wheat-free diet, it can cause other problems like constipation if you do not watch your fiber intake. I am now off the wheat-free diet and all has returned. I will be going back on the wheat-free diet ASAP."

Emu Oil

05/02/2012: Liddlekidle from Virginia Beach, Va, Usa: "[Eczema is listed on your emu oil page, but not psoraisis.]

I am a 54 year old female whose body erupted with a case of psoraisis upon moving from a Southern climate to a less Southern climate. (There is a history of psoriasis in the males in my family, but I had never had it before.)

I saw a doctor when my case quickly went from peeling "plaques" on my scalp, to my legs, back and stomach. The doctor gave me a mild steroid ointment and then progressed to much stronger steroid ointments and creams. I used the $600. Prescription shampoo and also a messy scalp oil. None of these things worked very well, if at all.

I trolled the psoriasis Web sites for alternative remedies and bemoaned getting the heartbreak of psoraisis after 54 years.

I tried tanning salons, an oil from India and glycerin. I also began taking vitamin D3 lozenges more regularly. None of these things worked.

THEN, purely by accident, I put some cracked heel foot softener on a bad patch on my thigh. I had purchased the foot softener at Walmart, 2 oz. For under $4. The softener contained emu oil and beeswax. The very next day, I noticed more improvement from this treatment than from any of the other things I had been using. I thought it was a fluke, so I continued to treat just that one spot more than once a day. WOW! That patch went away.

So I went back to the psoriasis cure Web sites and searched for emu oil. There it was, listed as a cure... For some, not all people. I also read a few medical study abstracts concerning the fact that emu oil absorbs through the skin very quickly.

I used up the 2 oz. of foot softener and cured all the patches on my body that I could reach. I also found a more expensive cream at the drugstore that was not yellow and greasy like the foot softener and contained a higher percentage of emu oil. Both of these cured all of my patches except for some hard to treat bumps left on my scalp. I never ended up buying 100% emu oil as the two weaker preparations worked for me. I continue to use both of them on any dry or suspicious-looking skin, and my heels!"

Replies
09/15/2012: Dianne from Delaware, Ontario, Canada replies: "Hi there.... Can you give me the name of the product you purchased from Walmart. I would like for my son to try it. Thanks"

Fasting

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  01/10/2012: Sasha from Newport Beach, Ca: "Fasting will CURE psoriasis. It's hard to do tho. I was hospitalized for 3 months as a child due to my psoriasis, I have done PUVA, injections, and tons of horrible meds. Then I tried fasting. Cured it. There is a book on fasting called the miracle of fasting. GET IT."

Flaxseed Meal

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  03/19/2014: Missy from Lake Forest, Ca: "It started as mild scalp psoriasis when I was 17. By the time I turned 21 it turned into an aggressive red itchy scaly patch on the back of my head above my neck. I blamed it on hair dye. Then I finally gave up and got a prescription steroid cream, after a week of use, my psoriasis disappeared. In the case I would get a slight itch, I would dab on the cream and it went away.

I was psoriasis free for years until I hit 33. This time it started out as small dot on my hip. When one spot would subside after using prescription steroid cream, another one would appear somewhere else. It would eventually show up on my groin and the crease of my leg and hip. Stress would cause flare-ups, along with spicy foods, and sugar. Sugar was a guaranteed trigger. I decided to take the natural route. I tried taking many products including vitamin D oil, primrose oil, coconut oil, flax oil, apple cider vinegar, chia seeds, kefir, and curcumin. Externally, I tried sweet almond oil, and oil of oregano (heavily diluted w/ a carrier oil), I don't recommend oregano oil as it is very powerful and can cause serious burns. All these items seemed to work for me somewhat, but didn't relieve the symptoms entirely.

In my searches for natural cures on the web, time and again I would see the words Leaky Gut and Inflammation relating to psoriasis. As a last ditch effort I resorted to going on a leaky gut healing regimen. I took out the bag of flaxseed meal, I had used for baking, that I kept in the refrigerator. I mixed 2 Tb with water and had it first thing in the morning. If you let it sit, it will become thick much like Metamucil. I had no flare ups that day and slept like a baby all night. I've been taking this every morning for the last 5 weeks. As a bonus side effect, it curbed my appetite and kept me full. I'm confident to say that it works for my psoriasis. Really, truly works.

Flaxseed meal had been known to help with Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, Weight Loss, and lowering LDL Cholesterol. Psoriasis has been linked to insulin resistance, cholesterol, and obesity. I find this interesting as diabetes type 2 and psoriasis runs in my family.

Aside from flaxseed meal, I am also drinking Slippery Elm tea. I found the Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat w/ slippery elm and licorice tea at my local super Target and decided to give it a try. Slippery elm is a folk remedy used for upset stomach. I don't mind the taste at all, but I should warn that it has a mild laxative effect.

Lastly, to help heal my gut, I don't eat after 7pm. If I get hungry, I drink water or have tea with almond milk. It was hard for me for the first couple weeks, but I stuck to it because the benefits definitely outweigh the costs.

So do just these 3 steps:

- Drink flaxseed meal and water in the morning
- Avoid Fried foods, Spicy foods, and Sugar
- Don't eat after 7pm, drink water instead

I am so glad I can share my experience with you all. The efforts I made were so simple and easy to do. Please give it a try, you really have nothing to lose. I hope that this could be the answer to other people out there like myself who want to treat this ailment using a natural remedy."

Replies
07/08/2014: Angelina from Ontario replies: "Hi Missy, did you change your diet too? Do you eat meat or vegetable only? Can you tell me your diet menu? someone recomend no meats, dairy... only vegan, so how is your menu? Thank you for sharing."

Folic Acid

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  01/15/2010: Amanda from Sacramento, Ca: "Cure for Psoriasis - Folic Acid

I had psoriasis for a year and a half. The patch on my knee just kept growing and would go through cycles of horrible itching redness, then purple, then flakey and so on. I started taking Folic Acid for other reasons and in a couple weeks I noticed my psoriasis was getting better and then shortly after completely disappeared. I have been free from that torture for 5 months now. I was completely shocked and so relieved."

Replies
12/07/2012: Becky from St Charles, Mo replies: "how much did you take per day? I have 500 mg pills, not sure if I should stick to just one like it says or if I should take a couple more a day. What helped you?"

Gluten Free, Tar Ointment

08/13/2012: Nicole from New York, Usa: "I felt the need to give feedback on this site after finding success after struggling with psoriasis on my scalp for 5 years. Your comments and suggestions have made all the difference to me, so maybe mine can be of help to you. For years I had thick scabby buildup on my scalp that would itch and flake horribly. I always told myself that I wouldn't take harsh prescription drugs until the psoriasis really started to affect my daily life. As of recent months, it began to take its toll on my emotional well being. I had tried shampoos, herbs, coconut oil, moroccan oil, apple cider vinegar, and various other remedies. I had tried a tar shampoo 4 years ago, and saw no change with it.

However, recently I have gone gluten free (for my digestive system) and it has been three weeks and I feel better. A WEEK ago I started putting a tar ointment on (Psoriacin) and I am almost completely clear! I had also been taking coconut oil everyday, but I really think putting the tar ointment on before bed, and shampooing in the morning with a salicydic acid shampoo REALLY helped me. I am almost completely clear! I hope this helps any of your struggling with this condition!"

Glycerin

Approval Ratings
YEA (3)
75%
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)
25%

[YEA]  01/18/2011: Muslartorlando from Orlando, Florida: "Just wanted let you guys at Earthclinic know what an amazing site this is! Long story short.. I've had psoriasis my whole life since I was 17 years old and in my senior year of high school. I would just get these annoying patches of scales around the peaks of my hair and occasionally under my eyes. At that time I lived in the Florida panhandle ( Fort Walton Beach, FL) and was at the beach at least 2 times a wk. I don't get nearly as much sun now that I'm landlocked in Orlando, FL and the condition has only gotten worse the past few years.

I came upon your site by accident one day while I was in research mode and looked into several 'cures/remedies' and found out about glycerin. I went to a local chain's website and had to order some after going to 2 locations and them not actually having it in the store. I'm at the end of my 1st wk and WOW!! What a MIRACLE.. This 8.5 oz bottle of glycerin did what cortisteriod creams never were able to do! Its almost gone in less than 8 days.. And for the first time in years I've not had to use any makeup to cover up the 'condition'!

I've also had tremedous success with the epsom salt / borax for nail fungus!

KUDOS to ya'll for an AMAZING SITE!"

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01/19/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Reading about your symptoms of psoriasis and nail fungus it makes me think that you suffer from Candida therefore creams will help you for a while but won't make your symptoms disappear. Right now I am reading quite a good book about Candida but doing the diet might be more than I will manage as it is quite strict. I am not sure that I will be eating potatoes with salad alone, for example as you can't mix quite a lot of foods. Worth reading if I were you..... The title is "Beat Candida through diet"."

[YEA]  01/08/2009: Brian from Vancouver, BC Canada: "Glycerin (psoriasis)

In about 2002, animal model studies at Georgia Medical School established that Glycerin (glycerol) suppressed excess skin growth and foliation, and re-established normal layering. It also doubles healing speed and halves scarring. I've been using it with great success since on psoriasis flare-ups.

It penetrates the skin readily in 10-15 minutes, and is infinitely miscible with water (hygroscopic). So any excess rinses away instantly, or can be wiped with a damp cloth.

It is 3-carbon alcohol, syrupy, tastes sweet, and is an approved food supplement used in large quantities in everything from ice cream, to soaking raisins (to hold moisture in), to toothpaste, cosmetics, and skin lotions. Can be diluted to spray on, or applied by hand or on a cotton swab. For the scalp, apply 15 minutes before showering.

Works quickly, and suppresses itching better than most medications by calming the cells' cytokine output, it seems.

VERY inexpensive. Spreads readily and thinly, no rubbing in necessary.

Use for injuries, burns, sunburn, etc. also. Your skin will thank you."

Replies
01/13/2009: Ron from Los Angeles, CA replies: "Hello Brian, would please indicate the brand name you are using and how long does it take to see the effect, i it perment or temporary?"

EC: Whole Foods sells a good brand of glycerin singers use to coat their throats before performing, also for sore throats. For external use, most pharmacies and groceries stores will have it in stock.

01/14/2009: PR from Houston, Texas replies: "Thanks for the information. I think this could be very helpful. Will add it to my medicine cabinet."
02/10/2009: Brian from Vancouver, BC Canada replies: "The "external use" type in drug stores is USP, which is actually pure food grade glycerin. The labelling is obsolete; it is also safe for oral or internal use, according to FDA guidelines. (A GRS food additive.) The vegetable glycerin, such as NOW brand, is specifically labelled as safe for internal use, if you are worried.

In general, its action is to re-establish normal skin layering, and suppress autoimmune attacks on the skin. It apparently "breaks" a runaway positive feedback system that directs destructive biochemical action designed to fend off invasive organisms, but ends up harming the skin.
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An interesting secondary use I've found is sinus clearing; if you're stuffed up, rub a bit just inside each nostril. Over the next 20 minutes or so, the blockage will gradually soften, liquify, and drain naturally. Repeat as necessary."
02/10/2009: Brian from Vancouver, BC Canada replies: "Ron; Sorry I didn't reply properly.

The effect is "permanent" if you persist until AFTER all discoloration has disappeared (carry on a few days). It may recur, but hitting it quickly at the first sign will stop and reverse it.

The speed varies with the type and severity and duration. But, here's an example quote from someone on the psoriasis.org site:

"Just wanted to pop on and say thank you for the mention of glycerin.

My son has had P since he was 4 or 5......and the patches on his elbows and knees during the winter are awful. I went to Walmart and bought some glycerin this week. This morning, the patches on his elbows are gone! And the most stubborn patch on his knee is healing up very nicely. The $3 bottle of glycerin has done what the $500 creams could not, I am thrilled. I don't know if it will last, but I am happy to not have to continue to put steroid creams on my young child night after night.
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Hopefully, we are on the road to being clear w/out having to continue to move on to stronger steroids, or worse. Thanks again!"
10/24/2011: Maria from Vineland, New Jersey, Usa replies: "If you use a natural soap, you will be putting glycerin on your skin everytime you use it! The chemical reaction known as "saponification" creates soap and glycerin molecules from mixing water, lye and fat molecules. The makers of those "beauty" or "bath" bars that are sold, draw out the glycerin and use it to make lotions to rehydrate your skin, so they can increase their profits. I get my handmade, vegan, natural soaps for a great price."
[YEA]  11/29/2012: Rose from West New York, Nj replies: "I have had severe scalp psoriasis for the past 6 years. I have tried every natural remedy imaginable, but nothing has ever worked. After reading the info on this site regarding glycerin, I decided to give it a try. I have been using it for 8 days now, and cannot believe that the itching and flaking are almost gone. I am wearing a black top today, and NO FLAKES. I am so happy, and will continue to use the glycerin with hopes that it will go away and never return. It's a miracle!!!"
11/29/2012: Muslim from Oslo, Norway replies: "Hi Rose, I wonder if the glycerin just moisturized your scalp that made scalp stop being dry and flake off. Coud you give more spesifikk about that. Are you cured or did you just manage the flaking of the psoriaris?? I dont kritize you. The reason I ask is because I have a friend who suffers something alike. I wonder if it CURES it, if it does I would remember this and recomend this to him as well as others. Thank you for even submitting something you have found to help. I wish you good health. Have a nice day/night. Friendly Greetings from a Muslim."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  12/07/2012: Rose from West New York, Nj replies: "The glycerin has moisturized my scalp and has reduced the scaling and itching tremendously. I have been using it for 16 days so far, and I can't say that I am cured but it is a major relief. I will continue to use it because it is safe and has no known side effects for external use, and hope that it will eventually cure my psoriasis because I've tried every natural remedy available and nothing else worked."

Glycerin, Zinc Oxide

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
50%
WARNING! (1)
50%

[YEA]  04/11/2011: Bea from Burbank, Ca, Usa: "I really appreciate this wonderful site. In March of last year, I was bitten by a brown recluse spider on my calf and did I everything imaginable to heal it and a year later, the wound just kept getting bigger and bigger. It started out the size of a dime and now is the size of a grapefruit.

On Saturday, April 9th, a friend of mine told me it looked like Psoriasis to her. I looked at pictures and it did seem to look a lot like what I have. I think perhaps the bite affected my immune system and combined with the stress just would not heal.

I immediately bought the glycerin and the zinc oxide recommended on Earth Clinic and I am in shock as I write this the following Monday, April 11th. The improvement is miraculous. Where it was bumpy, purple and scaly, it is now flat and pink and clearly healing. I am so grateful. Thank you so much for creating this wonderful site with so much great information and so well put together."

Replies
04/12/2011: Stonefieldsian from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "Can you describe in more detail how you mixed and applied glycerine and zinc oxide? Thanks."
04/12/2011: Bea from Burbank, Ca replies: "I just alternate between the two. During the day, I apply the glycerin for a couple of hours and sometimes mix the two, however they do separate. I apply the zinc oxide at night. I'm using Desitin for diaper rash. It has the highest percentage of zince oxide that I could find (40%) In any case, it is working and my leg is healing more and more daily. And I cannot tell you how happy I am. It was a scary nightmare watching my skin being eaten away for a year.

I also added vitamin D (5000 I. U. 3X a day) and Zinc tablets as supplements.

And this week, I am going to use a tanning bed. Even though I live in California, I don't sit in the sun ever and I have very white skin. And according to what I read here, UV light is a therapy doctors use.

Thanks Earth Clinic! You rock the planet!"

[WARNING!]  05/26/2011: Nc1966 from Chattanooga, Tn, United States replies: "Double check on the tanning bed. My research showed that they had little to none of the range of uv light that had an impact on psoriasis and of course they are known to be hard on your skin long term. The uv therapy that is considered safest and most effective is UVB narrowband. Good luck!!! And I hope you check back in with good results and more info to share with all who are at war with this condition."
05/27/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "Instead of a tanning bed, research far-infrared lights."

Herbal Remedy

04/11/2014: Sam Ayaan from London, UK: "I had bad psoriasis on scalp, tried everything mentioned above but worked temporarily. It was spreading rapidly on my scalp and my ears. Luckily I went back to my country and found an ointment from a herbal doctor which cleared it all after only three applications. I don't have no scaly scalp anymore and thank God I m free from it and here doctors still say that there's no cure for it."

Honey

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  04/26/2008: Trina from St. Helens, OR: "My mother has psoriasis on her feet - i talked her into using Honey to stop the bad itch. I worked instantly. the itch was gone. She reports that she dont like the sticky tacky feel of the honey but it worx. And she will use it more in the future when in a pinch."

Replies
01/24/2012: Solange from Huntington Beach, Ca replies: "Banana peel rubbed on psoriasis, google it. I am in the process of noticing an improvement from doing it. It's worth a try."

Hydrogen Peroxide

Approval Ratings
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)
100%

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  01/31/2012: Captaintoker from Las Vegas, Nevada: "I use a pint about 2-3 cups of h2o2 in the bath water, use a rag to remove the scales without discomfort and for a few days it's at ease. I'm sure used often it would work a lot better. Does work with eczema great also."

Iodine

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  02/21/2013: Kbruce from Hendersonville, NC: "Oh my I can't believe iodine as a cure for psoriasis is not on this site. My sister came to visit for a week earlier this month. She was covered in psoriasis scales on her elbow, knees, wrist and inside the palm of her hand, also with scratches and lesions from scratching herself. I was shocked to see how aweful it had gotten since the last time we visited. She had been to Drs and Dermatoligists and spent thousands of dollars and no help. She spent hundreds on single tubes of cream that didnt even stop the itch let alone get rid of her psoriasis.

I had just started on Lugol's solution for my own symptoms of low iodine ie no energy and hair falling out... So I told her about the lugols and mentioned that in my reading about it, I heard it could help Psoriasis! She agreed to try it and started putting it on, after a couple of hours she stared at me in disbelief stating she had not itched or scratched since putting it on so put it on again. She and I were both excited the next day when here psoriasis was 50% gone! Needless to say by the end of the week all she had was a small patch where it was the worst on her wrist and probably due to the fact that she didnt use it as much the last couple of days because she didnt want the discoloration on her wrist when we went out for the evening! I'm still in shock that nothing helped her for years and in one week she's 95% cured of Psoriasis!! I sent the bottle home with her and she continues to improve...

I just hope this helps someone since I saw it with my own eyes how beneficial even 2% Lugol's solution is. I imagine the 5% will work even faster but it did work for her maybe you too:)

PS She did take a couple of drops in water each day as well as topically!

kbruce"

Replies
04/29/2013: Midwestmad from Rochester, Minnesota, Usa replies: "I hope you're following the procedures for iodine supplementation. As iodine replaces bromine in your system, it leaves the bromine to float free in your bloodstream and it does some very bad stuff to you if you let it build up. For me, I was craving so much salt it was ridiculous and I was feeling more and more run down. I went to my functional medicine doctor and told him I thought it was possibly bromine detox. It turns out it was interfering with my body's utilization of magnesium. That is a pretty serious consequence. You can't foot with bromine detox. However, it is pretty simple to deal with. You must ingest chloride (in the form of unprocessed sea salt or, if your sodium sensative, I saw that ConcenTrace Trace Mineral drops contains a decent amount of chloride. ) If you don't already have it, search for a document called "The Guide to Supplementing with Iodine." It has some great tips for dealing with all the concequences of iodine supplementation. I found it here: http://home.comcast.net/~jocy1/junk/The Guide to Supplementing with Iodine.pdf

FYI: The ultimate cause of psoriasis (and many degenerative diseases) is leaky gut (resulting from poor diet and excessive toxicity. ) A functional medicine doctor will help heal your sister from the inside starting with, I presume, cleaning up the gut (getting rid of infection) and working to kill off the systemic candida (fungus) in her bloodstream, etc. (I've been working on cleaning up my system for the past year and the number of changes are immense! ) I wish you both luck!!!"

Jojoba Oil

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  11/17/2008: Judy from Canberra, ACT Australia: "I have psoriasis behind my ears and at times it weeps and is so painful. Having had it for at least 10 years I tried cortisone in the early days but my inner instinct turned me off it very quickly. I've tried all sorts of so-called remedies since then. On this site recently I read somewhere about Jojoba oil and have used it with great success on my psoriasis. It is so soothing and clears it up within a couple of days. If I miss a day, however, it returns, but not as bad as previously. Although the Jojoba oil isn't a permanent cure-all it's the best I've used. The extra virgin or virgin is the best and you can buy it from any health store. Another bonus: it's absolutely beautiful on your face and body, is inexpensive and goes a long way as well."

Multiple Remedies

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
50%
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)
50%

[YEA]  06/02/2011: Lara from Lehi, Ut, Usa: "i have had psoriasis on my face since I was a kid. I still am not quite sure what triggered it or what caused it to fluxuate beween bad and really bad but about 2 years ago I found an online clinic that claimed a high success rate in healing different skin conditions. It was a treatment that an epideiologist came up with and was different thatn any dermotologist that I have been to.

Anyways they put me on a 90 day treatment which consisted of no sugar or alcohol for the first 8 weeks, I washed my face 3x's a day with a mild, non-antibacterial fragrance free soap, basically just the really cheep hand soap from any grocery store. After I washed I let my face air dry, they said not to use a towel because it can reinfect the skin. Then I would spray on the scs solution they gave me which was safe and has no side effects unless you have some kind of sensitivity to it. I also took primadophilus to get rid of yeast, and milk thistle extract to clease my liver and colon, they also gave me some medication to cleanse the blood stream. I was clear of the irritating symptoms within a few weeks and I continue to watch my skin get softer and softer. It was awsome. I hope this helps someone."


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