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.
[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!
(Delaware, Ontario, Canada)
I used a blend of essential oils. This blend consisted of Lavender, Frankincense, Copaiba, Peppermint, and Cedarwood. (Cedarwood being the most important ingredient). I gave to a friend who has suffered psoriasis for many years. He is now asking for more. He says it works!
My father is an 83 year old retired carpenter who has suffered from persistent eczema and psoriasis on his legs all his life.
Over the years he's just about tried everything to relieve it, all without much success. He was resigned to the fact that he would have to suffer with and be self-conscious about this distressing skin condition for the rest of his life. That was until one Christmas when I had made him the "joke gift' of an 'anti-aging skin cream' I had made that contained a mixture of essential oils renowned for their skin-rejuvenating properties. I bought the high quality base cream from a wholesale supplier and, using my knowledge of aromatherapy and essential oils, added plant extracts that have a long-held reputation of smoothing out wrinkles and improving the health and appearance of the skin.
On Christmas day, when my old dad unwrapped the 'anti-wrinkle cream' we all had a good laugh and I had a vague idea he might use it as a shaving cream or for his hands after he had been working in his garden. Unknown to me at the time, instead of massaging it into his wrinkles, he started applying the thick, rich cream onto a patch of psoriasis on his lower leg that had been there for decades and resisted all other treatments. Now you have to understand that my dad is of the 'old school'. A block of soap and some aftershave is all he every used by way of toiletries. He's also the most skeptical man on the earth when it comes to dubious claims made by face cream manufacturers and that suspicion has rubbed off on me.
Probably out of sheer desperation, he rubbed the cream into the affected area day and night for a few weeks (one pot goes quite a long way! ) until one day, completely out of the blue, he happened to mention in conversation that his skin was looking and feeling a lot better. Now I've seen my fathers psoriasis occasionally and, to be honest, it wasn't a pretty site. The skin was red, inflamed, dry and flaky but, with an incredulous smile on his face, he lifted up his trouser leg and the area where his psoriasis had formerly been looked completely normal and healthy.
As I said before, my father has always been very suspicious of so-called 'alternative' treatments such as aromatherapy, so I was fairly certain there was no 'placebo effect' (the belief that something will work makes it work regardless of it's actual effectiveness) at work here but I can't say I was surprised that it works.
I have been convinced of aromatherapy's therapeutic properties for many years, have studied the subject extensively and have successfully used home-made creams containing essential oils to treat my family's skin problems. My research led me to create a natural solution to eczema and psoriasis.
You are going to need either a natural cream (no mineral oil, SLS, artificial perfumes or petrochemials) or use a pure vegetable oil. I recommend either coconut oil, avocado oil, black seed oil or rosehip seed oil as all of these are well known as natural treatments for eczema and psoriasis.
If you use about 100ml of vegetable oil or cream, aim to add four drops of frankincense, lavender, camomile, sandalwood, neroli, carrot seed and geranium.
Test the cream on the inside of your elbow or knee and leave for 24 hours. If there is no adverse reaction, apply the cream or oil morning and evening and you should see an improvement.
If it worked for my father and many others who have tried this formulation, it should work for you!
(Auckland, New Zealand.)
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.
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.
(St Charles, Mo)
I had psoriasis on one elbow and on the heels of my feet for more than 6 years. The psoriasis went away after going completely Gluten free for about 3 months. From time to time (about once a month) I would eat something containing wheat and the psoriasis and a rash on my forehead would begin to come back. In my case and that of many other people, going gluten-free helps to clear up brain fog and helps to give you more energy.
Several recent articles that I have read about people being sensitive to gluten, state that there may also be a relationship to Roundup for people who are "gluten sensitive". Although wheat is not a gmo crop, Roundup containing glyphosate is frequently used on wheat crops (and many other crops). Do your own research on this by using the search - "is roundup the cause of gluten intolerance" - to find more details about this. Though I have gone gluten free, this has not fully worked to resolve several other health issues.
Something that really did help to resolve fatigue and brain fog is D-Ribose Powder (1 1/2 teaspoons taken in water in the morning). A friend gave me the book "From Fatigued to Fantastic" by Jacob Teitlelbaum, M.D. The book addresses chronic exhaustion, achiness, brain fog, poor sleep, recurrent infections and more. The author is the Medical Director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers. On page 34 of the third edition, it is suggested that one use D-Ribose as studies showed an average increase in energy of 45% and overall well-being of 30% from this single nutrient. In my case, I found the energy increase to be closer to 75-80%.
The rest of the book discusses other supplements that can improve one's condition - some of which I was already taking. (See reader comments on Amazon.com for more input - 163 reviews as of 10/17/14). If you do research on D-Ribose, you will find that many dedicated athletes use this supplement. At first I thought I qualify more as a couch potato than an athlete and maybe this is not for me. But, I gave D-Ribose a try and found it really cleared my mind and gave me the energy that I needed to complete my daily To Do List. D-Ribose is not just for athletes and older people but for anyone experiencing fatigue and brain fog. It is suggested that one use this in the morning as it really does clear your mind and could keep you from getting to sleep at night. Sorry to have gone slightly off-topic, but D-Ribose is such a great find that I included it here.
RE: psoriasis. it will be cured by a completely GLUTEN FREE diet. it is amazing...