I am a 68 year old woman and have had psoriasis on one elbow for at least 6 years. The skin area affected was about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. I read on the internet that diatomaceous earth would resolve this problem. I purchased a 25 pound package of human grade diatomaceous earth (DE) for about $25.00 on the internet. The suggested daily amount to take is 1 heaping Tablespoon in a glass of water. I took this amount for 4 weeks and the psoriasis totally went away. Several web sites also suggested that you make a paste of the earth and put it on the affected area. I did this several times but then just put the earth in water on a daily basis and drank it. This would possibly work faster if you did both the paste and drank the DE in water. I stopped using the paste because it was getting on my clothes. I had tried aloe vera and other skin lotions and that didn't work. Diatamaceous earth is silica and it seems likely that this is a deficiency of silica in the diet. You can purchase smaller amounts of DE for a lesser price if this is all you want to use it for. My guess is that it would take longer to clear up psoriasis that covers a larger area. I was really surprised that this worked in such a short amount of time. The reason I tried this was I read testimonials on at least 6 web sites that said this was effective in getting rid of psoriasis. I will continue to use DE. If this is a deficiency in the diet, my guess is that it would be good to take DE at least several times a week on an on-going basis. In addition to working on psoriasis, it is very inexpensive. If used only for psoriasis, a 25 pound bag should last for many years - likely the reason this is not promoted by the established medical industry.
I purchased the larger amount of DE as I wanted to use it for garden pest control. DE has more than 100 health, pet, garden, and household uses, is not a chemical, and has no dangerous side effects to people or pets.
i had psoriasis for last 10 years. after being treated with all types of therapies, i started holistic treatment. dr started my detoxification like colonics, acidity cleans and also by some herbs. to my surprise i saw improvement within a week. i was also put on diffrent types of fruits and vegetable juices. i was also performing regular stretching exercises and breathing exercises and at the end i took some herbs to correct my immune system. for last 3 yeays i have not noticed any symptom of the disease. i am eating well and livig joyfully. PSORIASIS has become a history. in my openion HOLISTIC THERAPY is the only solution for this disease. i know some other people also who are free from this disease after a long sufferings. thanx
Dietary and Herbal Suggestions
Psoriasis: avoiding sugar really helped my friend. Evening primrose oil drops is also very good. Neem cream externally. Cleaning the blood and liver is V important as well.
I'm new here and reading this forum makes me feel better about myself. I developed scalp psoriasis on my scalp my senior year in college back in 2003. When I first had an outbreak, large portions of my scalp were VERY red. This redness was on the scalp only and didn't go anywhere else on my head. After years of having flaky/red & itchy scalp, I began to realize that food was contributing to it. Dairy & gluten are the biggest problem foods. I have also noticed tomato sauce, peppers, peanuts, and fatty red meat somewhat contribute to flakiness. I honestly can't tell if eggs cause a problem or not as I noticed that when I eat eggs, they somewhat moisturize my scalp, it becomes slightly oily. Does anyone know why this happens? Am I allergic to eggs or is this a result of its nutritional profile? Anyway, right now I only have a problem on my scalp. I have 2 red patches that are coming down on my forehead so I cannot hide that and it's embarrassing.
(Hope, Bc Canada)
(Auckland, New Zealand.)
After struggling with psoriasis for 35 years and also psoriatic arthritis for 10 years, I started out 4 years ago with the natural route. I went to 5 or 6 natural doctors. First was give up wheat and dairy. Did nothing to fix it. Next was acid/alkaline diet. Helped but not much. I did an allergy test and only ate acceptable foods I was not allergic to. Helped but not enough. I chased down Candida, leaky gut etc..etc.. I did the blood type diet. That helped a lot but I lost so much weight I was really limited on what I could eat.
So recently I went to a new naturopath. She said that Candida was just a symptom just like my other afflictions of a root problem. Made sense. Then I stumbled across Low stomach acid or hypochorydia. I went back to the best diet I believe which is proper food combining. I eat fruits for breakfast, carbs and veggies for lunch and the same for dinner or sometimes flesh and veggies. When I eat carbs or protein I take upwards of 8 to 10 hcl capsules to break the food down. I believe genetics had a play in this for I am a blood type a+ which they are born with low stomach acid.
It has been 2 to 3 weeks and my skin is drastically better. 90% of americans have low stomach acid. It causes just about every condition on this website. Follow the proper food combining, take hcl, vitamin u which is cabbage juice pills and stop chasing symptoms down. When food does not break down, it sits there and rots, causing all these problems. The liver and kidneys become taxed causing autointoxification, I believe is the term, which is like drinking booze all day. No good. I hope I helped someone today. It took me four long terrible years to get where I am at. I hope and pray and continue to eat right and get healthier day by day. Brad
I have psoriasis on my right hand. I have found rubbing A&D ointment on it helps and staying away from sugar.
Hi, I read your post. I went natural 16 months ago and am still trying to get to the bottom of it. I am currently 8 days into proper food combining. This is the key to it all. I eat fruits for breakfast and veggies and carbs or veggies and protein. Look up for more info. I was BLOATED after eating a regular meal and now after proper food combining I am not after 2 days. Hopefully in a month I will know if it is working. If not I'm going strictly vegan mostly veg til it clears. I was told that if you eat a plant based diet that you can cure cancer. Eating properly will boost the immune system to fight off anything. You have to clear out the garbage and yes your liver is probably struggling. How old did you get psoriasis? Good luck.
I had Psoriasis for YEARS. The long and short of it was that I discovered that it is indeed (1) your body's inability to metabolize ANIMAL fat; and (2) processed/refined foods "gunking" up your system. If you are serious about getting rid of your Psoriasis, you can do what I did:
Stay away from red meats. I tested this. After eliminating red meats, dark meat (chicken/turkey legs and thighs) and processed and refined foods from my diet, it took about 2 months but my Psoriasis totally cleared up... totally. Anytime I would eat a nice big steak, I would have a flare up on either my legs or my arms. It wasn't a large flare up, but enough for me to realize that the red meat was not reacting well with my body. Now, having said this, we also have a better understanding now that what our cows and chickens are eating affects the constitution of their meat. Cows that are "grain fed", their meat contains certain compounds that makes their fat very unhealthy. That's why today we are seeing labels that say "grass fed". Somehow the grass affects the quality of the fat and the way that we are able to metabolize it. I have NOT tested this theory yet to see if the meat from cows that are ONLY GRASS FED will give my skin the same reaction. The same would go for chickens and turkeys. The way these animals are jam packed together like sardines and all the antibiotics they are fed and their horrible diets, I really think this also changes the composition of the fat in their meat. Just food for thought. However, to be safe, avoid red meat and dark meat or meats that are high in fat.
Stay away from pork! Pigs are the garbage collectors of the animal kingdom. Pigs will eat ANYTHING and EVERYTHING -- and do. They clean up the dead things. You truly ARE what you eat in this sense. Most people are not aware that pigs do not excrete toxins which means whatever they eat gets stored in their fat and then gets consumed by you. You will never look at bacon quite the same way again when you realize what is REALLY in that fat you're eating.
Next is to eliminate ALL dairy from your diet. This was very hard for me as I was raised on a farm and love dairy! However, what a change I noticed when I did. No butter, ice cream, milk, etc. I noticed STRONGLY that eggs are one of the WORST offenders. Almost as soon as I eat eggs I get a breakout.
Next eliminate processed, refined and "pre-fab" foods from your diet. No "white" anything. No white flour, sugar, rice. These foods are "empty" and do nothing but gunk up your system and cause things like yeast overgrowths and just all kinds of trouble, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, etc.
No fried foods, no refined oils. This will also make your psoriasis go crazy. Any oil that you buy off your store shelves that does not say "cold pressed" has been processed and refined and is full of partially hydrogenated oils. Notice the labeling... they all say "0 grams of trans fat PER SERVING" and then notice what the serving size is. That means that the amount of trans fat is "negligible" to where they can list "0 grams of trans fats" so long as you don't exceed their serving size. States all around the country have banned and are in the process of banning partially hydrogenated oils from being served in restaurants, etc. There is a reason for this... they are toxic and poisonous... and will make you fat. The last thing I will say on this topic is this... they say '0 grams of trans fat per serving' and claim that they are following labeling laws and they are very misleading because the regular consumer is not aware of how they are being less than forthright. My question to the manufacturers is this... I have this batch of brownies that I have baked. I have ONLY added a little bit of dog crap in the mix... just enough that, if I use the guidelines of our labeling laws, I can put on my label "no dog crap" but then on the backside of my label, I will say "no dog crap PER SERVING". I would like to ask the manufacturers if they would like to eat my brownies?! Ha! I doubt they would.
I have said the above to make a point... if you do not look out for yourself, the FDA and the food manufacturers are NOT going to do it for you. Right now, as I am typing this, there are literally dozens of names for monosodium glutamate (MSG) another one of those nasty little ingredients that will make your psoriasis go off like the 4th of July and it can be found in nearly ALL pre-fab (pre-made) food, which is why you need to either avoid all pre-fab foods or educate yourself about what you're eating and become an avid label reader. :) There are websites that if you put in "names for MSG" they will tell you all the different names and what to look out for.
Also orange juice and tomatoes. Any overly acidic foods should be avoided. There are places on the web that list out which foods are acidic and you can avoid those.
I had Psoriasis for nearly 20 years and when I got really serious about finding out what was going on with my body, I was able to TOTALLY eradicate this "incurable disease". :)
(New York, Ny)
Thank you Earth Clinic for all the information you provide and all people who contribute any remedies that may have helped in their condition. I have been suffering with Psoriasis now since June of 2011, I know that is relatively small amount of time compared to so many. I just wanted to contribute my experience. In researching online I discovered that Psoriasis is a reaction to your bodies immune system being run down and so I could not perceive why the doctors would prescribe medicines and creams that would further run down your immune. I knew I wanted to address the inner problem which hopefully would solve the symptom, psoriasis.
I started seeing a doctor who's approach was nutrionally based. I have eliminated bread, milk and sugar from my diet, yes it was hard, and taken increased supplement including Omega 3's, Primrose Oil, Vit A, Folic Acid and DIGESTIVE ENZYMES. Also I have used primrose oil on my body along with a skin cream for sensitive skin. I have to admit it has taken a while I am now on my 10th week but my skin is finally clearing up. I would say it is 75% clear and added benefit I have lost over 20 lbs. I have abused my body all my life with junk food and have been obese for most of my adult life so this was quite a challenge but I can now say that I intend to maintain this dietary lifestyle as I can see what I was doing to my overall health and perhaps I could thank the psoriasis for the wake up call that caused me to ultimately change my ways. So I would urge any one who can relate to my post to please seek help from a more natural or dietary minded physician and I hope you can also experience the relief I have begun to have. Good Luck and God Bless!
I have psoriasis. I tried many suggestions here on Earth Clinic, and I had success with the anti-inflammatory diet and the UVB light bulb sold for lizard aquariums.
After I dampened a small sponge with water, I poured a small amount of distilled white vinegar onto the sponge, which I then used to lightly scrub away the unsightly white patches from my chin. Although this vinegar treatment does not STOP the appearance of white flaky patches (which I believe to be Psoriasis), it definitely slows-down the recurrence.
I have been treating psoriasis for last 8 years in my clinic. To all my patients the following treatment has helped greatly. Majority of them clear within 3 to 4 months.
Try out the following and inform the results:
I start with kidney cleans, liver cleans, colon cleans and heavy metal cleans. Patients are prescribed to take 300ml mixed raw vegetable juices (any 4 to 5 types of vegetables of different colours can be mixed).
Patients are advised not to eat: milk products in any form, wheat, corn, soyabean, refined oils, vegetable oils, fast food, junk food, cola drinks, alcohol and smoking.
Fewer intakes of salt and sugar are also advised.
Powder of Ashwagandha (freely available on health food stores) 5grams in the morning and evening.
Concentrated solution of Wheat Grass juice in Giloye juice (can be prepared or purchased) acts as a good immunomodulator.
Multivitamins with zinc in high concentration (upto 200 mg/day)
Stretching exercises and breathing exercises along with proper sleep. This makes the full prescription.
Majority patients respond to this holistic approach within a month. Erythrodermic type of psoriasis, psoriasis since birth and very old patients with more than 30 years of disease respond poorly to this approach ( reason is not known)
I am 26 years old, and have suffered with psoriasis since my parents divorced when I was 13. I have tried numerous topical therapies, cortisone injections and light therapy, and nothing has helped. I recently eliminated beef and pork from my diet (fatty, hard to digest meats) and have had amazing results. Within 3 weeks my psoriasis went from covering 70% of my body to about 30%. I have since had to use a steroid spray to keep my skin clear, but the spray didn't work the first two times I tried it. I tried eliminating wheat and gluten but didn't have much luck, although I do know people that has worked for. Besides red meat isn't good for you anyway!
I am a thirty year old male who has had psoriasis since I was six. Every summer I use ointment and sunlight to clear my skin from head to toe. Only to have it return in the fall and worsen throughout the winter. I recently visited a certified practitioner at my local natural health store who told me something very interesting. She ran a Limbic Stress Analysis on me (which is basicaly a new technology that asks your body questions in order to find out what your body does not agree with) and then reading from her computer screen she told me my body does not agree with dairy products and that it causes me skin inflamation. I then told her about my psoriasis. She recomended me a few products from the natural health store and also to cut way back on my dairy intake of course. This lady knew nothing about me. I was quite suprised. I will report back to this site in a few months to update. Hope it works...
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.