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Sunshine

Posted by K.A. (New Jersey, USA) on 07/01/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Ailment: Psoriasis.
Remedy: Throw away your sunblock and take a walk in the sun!

The insides of my ears have itched like crazy since I was about 16, though I never knew it was psoriasis until almost a decade later. I just recently figured out that that was the age when I started to avoid direct sunlight and also wear sunblock constantly to prevent future wrinkles on my very fair skin--a practice I continued up until this year.

Avoiding the sun and living in an area with a far angle from the sun during winter months causes Vitamin D deficiency, which I am certain I had. Getting more sunlight by exercising outside in the morning has helped tremendously. Vitamin D apparently decreases cell turnover, including in the skin.

Avoiding a pro-inflammatory lifestyle and stress should also help, since autoimmune disorders such as psoriasis are modulated by inflammatory cytokines; in the case of psoriasis, interleukin-17 seems to be the problem.

Replied by Betty
Helllstown, California
10/01/2012
1 out of 5 stars

Vitamin D and sunshine does not help my psoriasis, (and I have every type offered along with the arthritis) Also Vitamin D creams was akin to just greasing my body up and that was it.... It does not work on some people..... A shame since I am in Calif!


Tanning

Posted by Melinda (Schertz, Tx Usa) on 05/30/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I've had guttate/plaque Psoriasis since I was 16, and I fear that now I may be developing inverse Psoriasis. Now I'm 25 and have been without health insurance since I was 21, so needless to say I've had to be pretty creative with my treatment. For the first 5 years I used a clobetasol propionate steroid oinment, which worked well until I became steroid dependant. I've developed secondary skin infections from overnight flare ups, and it seems like any tiny change in the environment or in my body will trigger it.

I find that tanning is the fastest way to treat it but if you don't get rid of it fast enough then you just get way to dark! I read that things like celery, oranges, and flaxseed contain something called Psoralen with helps your body process UV rays more effectively. Even if you don't tan indoors but you live somewhere like South Texas (where we also have the possibly worst allergens), I learned that eating 4-5 sticks of celery or drinking a single serving of pure OJ before sun exposure really does wonder. So much so, that you can even feel a tingly sensation inside your skin when it's working. Cool, right? I actually got on here to find other remedies, since I'm having a severe flareup at the moment. But as I was thinking about how well that used to work, I got excited and wanted to tell you all about it! A little carried away, maybe....


Tanning Beds

Posted by Elle (Columbus, Oh) on 09/17/2009
4 out of 5 stars

Sun and tanning bed use at tanning salon. All exposed areas of psoriasis cleared completely with treatment, with visible results apparent immediately. Psoriasis returns in other areas after stopping treatment, but when resumed continues to clear. The dry buildup of flakes and scale first leaves you with smooth red patches which fade in color, leaving me with a dark patch of normal skin. The dark patch completely fades as well, and the skin is left as if it were never afflicted.

EC: Warning!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32187497/ns/health-cancer/

Associated Press
Wed., July 29, 2009

LONDON - International cancer experts have moved tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category, deeming them as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas.

For years, scientists have described tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation as "probable carcinogens."

A new analysis of about 20 studies concludes the risk of skin cancer jumps by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before age 30. Experts also found that all types of ultraviolet radiation caused worrying mutations in mice, proof the radiation is carcinogenic. Previously, only one type of ultraviolet radiation was thought to be lethal.

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa
09/17/2009

I am very skeptical of this "tanning beds are dangerous" thing. More and more evidence is coming out that light is a kind of nutrient, and that Vitamin D-3 the "sunshine vitamin" (actually a hormone) prevents and cures a whole host of diseases, and that humans have a process similar to photosynthesis in plants. Plus, humankind evolved to live in the sun, so it just doesn't make sense to me that sunlight is the CAUSE of skin cancer. It makes more sense to cast an eye at modern cosmetics and food additives, along with nutrient (especially pigment-type nutrients like beta-carotein, etc) deficient diets, REACTING WITH sunlight to cause skin cancer. I know that when I use commercial skin or body washes, the scent lingers for literally hours afterward. That must mean that the scent is penetrating my skin and/or bonding with my skin chemistry in some way. I don't know about any of you guys, but I think that cannot be a good thing. And those scents, flavors and colors are also hormone mimics and are based on the technology of solvents. And that's not to mention all the "preservatives", transfats, pesticides, herbicides, etc. that our so-called "food" is loaded with. Jeez, its a wonder anybody is alive at all. And then they blame the tanning booths or the sun.

Replied by William
Northern Illinois, US
05/27/2014

I agree with what you wrote 110%!!! I am not a rocket a scientist (far from it) but hello... the Sun has been providing humans with one of the only MAJOR sources of Vitamin D for a VERY loooong time! It often makes me wonder why the HEALTH SCIENCES have a habit of "SKIMMING" the surface time and time again when it comes to the root causes of certain diseases(?) I wonder more and more if some in the health based sciences hold back findings on purpose in order to invent a "cure" for greedy types to make millions/billions! Afterall, with all the combined intelligence that exists in the health sciences in this world how can they single out tanning booths and COMPLETELY turn a BLIND EYE to all the chemicals we slather on our skin... and don't forget... all those chemicals we slather on our skin ALSO come in TOXIC PLASTIC bottles which leach even more toxic chemicals into the crap we slather on our skin!!! Honestly... how can they be missing sooo many additional and obvious smoking guns! ?! ?


Tea Tree Oil, Aloe, Coconut Oil

Posted by Crystal (Connecticut) on 06/17/2018
3 out of 5 stars

For scalp psoriasis, I currently use 6 drops tea tree oil, 1 tbsp aloe vera gel, and 1/2 tbsp coconut oil. I apply it to my scalp and leave it on overnight. In the morning, I wash it out and shower. This helps relieve the itching for a while. I have to do it every night, though. I hear shampoos can flare it up. I've been using a cleansing conditioner. Are there good shampoos for psoriasis that won't fade my hair color? Regular dandruff shampoos will fade my color with their sulfates and parabens, and they could also irritate my scalp.


Ted's Remedy Reader Feedback

Posted by Wayne (Exeter, Devon, Uk )

Hi, I have suffered scalp psoriasis on and off for numerous years. Sometimes I find a shampoo that will clear it but the scalp appears to become accustomed to it after a while and it is no longer as effective. Recently, after washing my hair I noticed a strong ammonia smell from my scalp which eventually subsides. I would like to try Ted's lotion recipe of 5% Milk of magnesia, 10-15% Ammonium Chloride & 5% Xylitol. Is this solution made in water or an unscented shampoo? Will let you know how I get on.


Topical Application of Colloidal Silver

Posted by Grammie4u2 (Duncan, B.c. Canada) on 06/19/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have a neighbor that had psoriasis on her lower arm and I make colloidal silver she asked me for some because it was so good on rashes.

She applied it by gently rubbing it in until it was nearly dry and also in the evenings she soaked clothes with it and applied it for several hours while watching tv. It was gone in 3 weeks. Amazing. That was two years ago and it has never come back.

Replied by Jenny
Hartford , Wi
09/16/2012

Can you tell me how many ppm the colloidal silver was that your friend put on her psoriasis? I would like to buy some for my mother-in-law to try on her psoriasis.

Replied by Brittany
Grove City, Oh, Usa
12/05/2012

Yes, please share how many ppm the colloidal silver was! I have a form of psoriasis on my hands and feet and would love to try this! :)


Topical D-3

Posted by Amanda (Wonewoc, Wisconsin, Usa) on 05/06/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have had Psoriasis since I was 8-9 years old. I am 28 now. My mom read in a Vitamin D book about using Vitamin D3 Gelcaps, prick them open and spread the oil onto the Psoriasis.

Well, I tried it. This is my 5th dose or so, and it has really taken the Psoriasis down, there are patches of more normal looking skin inside the Psoriasis! IT took away almost all the scales so its almost smooth skin now. It used to be bleeding, scaling, and really gross.

I used Vitamin D3 gelcap 2000 IU once daily!!

This could help tons of people and be an alternative to Steriod Creams!

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma.usa
05/06/2011

Amanda; Thank you so much for your great post, I am quite sure this will help millions of people, my younger brother has it bad. He suffers every day with it. Again thank you so much. God bless

Replied by Gean
Salina, Ks
05/08/2011

I wonder if topical D-3 would help with acne? Has anyone tried this?


Turmeric

Posted by Andrea (Williston, Nd) on 02/20/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Hello to the earth clinic community, I am a 48 year young woman who has been suffering for psoriasis for about 9 years, I had try many and when I say many I'm talking about almost every treatment I could put my hands on it with no results.

About a week ago my sister gifted me a pound of organic Turmeric, after reading a lot about their benefits, it was meant for making the golden milk, which seems to be good for lots of ailments, but as busy as I am I never took the time to make the milk, so I start drinking it as tea. Two cups of boiling water for 1/2 spoon of Tumeric every day twice a day.( it last for the two servings)

Its been a week since I started and I can tell everybody here with the happiest smile in my face that my skin is 80% clear, the flares had stop and the ones I had kind of froze and are residing.

All I can say now is that it seems to be working for me, I haven't seen my skin, as white and clear for so long, and now I can't wait to see how is going to look in the next couple of weeks, ( I might be able to wear a bathing suit again...:)

Any way, I had the recipe out of YouTube, and from my heart I hope this help a lot of you who are in the same situation.

Full of love and hope!!


Urine

Posted by Cathy (San Antonio, Texas) on 06/14/2015
5 out of 5 stars

If someone has posted this, I have missed it. It is the cheapest topical cure you will find. I first heard about urine therapy years ago and you will find that if you GOOGLE it (that is, after you stop laughing at this post...), you will find that it is legitimate in eliminating psoriasis on your skin, scalp, etc.. The very first story I read was a man that had genital psoriasis. He thought for sure this was a JOKE. But in the privacy of his morning constitutional, he caught some of his morning urine and simply applied it topically. Within the week, it was about 90% eliminated. It works fast and effectively. This is not to infer that you don't need to clean up your gut, because you do....but whilst you do that, you skin can be clear.


Vinegar and Olive Oil

Posted by Tom (Sunnyvale, CA) on 05/09/2007
5 out of 5 stars

vinegar and olive oil Ailment: psoriasis

When I was in elementary school, I had psoriasis on my elbows and knees, and all over the side of my face! It got behind my ears so bad I used to dream that my ears were falling off.

None of the doctor's remedies helped. Then my parents found this old home-remedy book from around the 1700s. It had what I call the salad dressing cure.

You soak the affected skin with vinegar for a few minutes, then you cover it with warmed olive oil (make sure it isn't too hot).

It got so I hated vinegar for years because of the smell (I think Apple Cider Vinegar would have been much more bearable), but it worked! The psoriasis went completely away, and I no longer felt like a freak at school.

Every few years I'll get a tiny patch on my knee or elbow. If it bothers me I'll use the treatment and it will go away.


Posted by Tom (Sunnyvale, CA) on 05/09/2007
5 out of 5 stars

vinegar and olive oil Ailment: psoriasis

When I was in elementary school, I had psoriasis on my elbows and knees, and all over the side of my face! It got behind my ears so bad I used to dream that my ears were falling off.

None of the doctor's remedies helped. Then my parents found this old home-remedy book from around the 1700s. It had what I call the salad dressing cure.

You soak the affected skin with vinegar for a few minutes, then you cover it with warmed olive oil (make sure it isn't too hot).

It got so I hated vinegar for years because of the smell (I think Apple Cider Vinegar would have been much more bearable), but it worked! The psoriasis went completely away, and I no longer felt like a freak at school.

Every few years I'll get a tiny patch on my knee or elbow. If it bothers me I'll use the treatment and it will go away.


Vitamin A

Posted by Bonnie (British Columbia) on 08/17/2016
5 out of 5 stars

After trying many other treatments for psoriasis my doctor prescribed 'Soriataine" (a vitamin A derivative). It cleared up in about 2 months and never returned, even 20 years later.


Vitamin A Palmitate, Dietary Changes

Posted by Barbara (San Luis Obispo, CA) on 05/05/2015 3 posts
5 out of 5 stars

For Psoriasis and Associated Arthritis:

Apply topically, directly onto plaque, Tamanu oil or (Rosehip oil+Glyercin+E+RosemaryEO) or helps a lot!

Stronger treatment is to again, apply directly onto plaque, liquid micellized Vitamin A, 5000 IU in the form of "retinyl palmitate" or "vitamin A palmitate". On Amazon.com you could buy vitamin A palmitate, micellized. You might be able to find it at a health food store as well. Put a few drops directly on a small scaly spot at night and again in the morning to see if it helps. If it helps, try expanding to a bigger area.

For the arthritis and toe pain, I find avoiding ALL nightshade plants solves the problem! You'll find a lot of information about this online. Absolutely nothing with tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplant, and all peppers except black pepper. This means no paprika, no chili powder, no jalapenos, etc. Mayonnaise has paprika in it! Most processed foods have some, however slight, red or green pepper in them. I switched from tomato based sauces to Italian dressings and I mix plain yogurt with garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt and black pepper for a Mexican flavor.

I also don't eat any preservatives or anything artificial. Yep, I pretty much make all my own seasonings, sauces, dressings, desserts. I also try to stay alkaline. 1-2 Alfalfa capsules helps alkalize after too much grain/meat. Also, I got colitis (bleeding colon) from the Clindamycin antibiotic that didn't cure my urinary tract infection it was suppose to cure (but that's another story). I stopped eating gluten to help my colon heal and now I just continue to not eat gluten. Gluten may increase your arthritis symptoms - you'd have to eliminate it from your diet and test that out for yourself.

The disease is mystifying doctors. They think it has to do with the immune system overreacting. Getting rid of the food triggers can help immensely! There is a whole class of "anti-nutrient" foods. If you find what I am suggesting helps tame your symptoms, you may want to go even further and google "anti-nutrients".


Vitamin B2

Posted by Col (Qld Australia) on 04/08/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I had psoriasis of the scalp and tried for years to get rid of it. Nothing would work, one day I was on the net looking for ways to stop my eye sight from getting worse, this site recommended that vitamin B2 would stop cataracts from forming, I have a small cataract in each eye, so I thought I would give the vitamin B 2 ago, within a week of taking it I noticed that my scalp was being cleared of psoriasis, it's been 3 months now and there is no sign of it, vitamin B2 may help you, one tablet a day is all I take, it's a pretty cheap way to find out. like I said I took it for cataracts but it did another job.

Regards, Col

Replied by Art
California
04/09/2017
681 posts

In reply to Col (Qld Australia),

I am glad that you were able to find something that worked very well for your psoriasis! That is sometimes not an easy thing to do. Do you mind saying what dose you used and what grade your psoriasis is or was, such as moderate, mild or severe?

Based on some old studies from the 1950's and one newer study that is currently recruiting, I tried vitamin B2, which is also known as riboflavin. I started out at 400 mg per day based on the proposed dose for the newer study that is currently recruiting. I took that dose for 4 weeks and when I didn't see any improvement, I increased the dose to 800 mg per day in two divided doses of 400 mg each.......one in the morning and one in the afternoon. After another 8 weeks, I still saw no improvement. The main things that I noticed is that it turns your urine an irridescent yellow/green color which is darker than normal and it also made my urine smell.

Judging by my lack of response, I would say that vitamin B2 / riboflavin will not work for all cases of psoriasis, but given the good safety profile of riboflavin, it certainly seems worth a try. Here is a link to the study that is currently recruiting:

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02622386

Here is a link to a study from 1952 that had mixed results using injections of B2:

http://www.jidonline.org/article/S0022-202X(15)48285-5/pdf

The other studies from the 1950's are listed, but not available.

Art


Vitamin D

Posted by Mississippi (Hernando, Mississippi) on 01/18/2013
5 out of 5 stars

My husband had severe psoriasis-covering almost his entire body-he had two different kinds and was so ill at one point he could not work and eventually was on crutches due to cellulitis forming on his foot. He suffered from boils at the same time and only got worse with time. We went to medical doctors-holistic doctors-and chiropractors-we had blood work to see what deficiencies he might have and had allergy testing-he was given prescriptions for antibiotics (for the cellulitis)-salves-nasal sprays-and we used many home remedies recommended on this site. Although he found some relief with some of the remedies-nothing worked to slow down the psoriasis or the boils. We learned that Vit-D deficiency is a cause for psoriasis-he took mega doses of Vit-D 3. He is a carpenter and most of his work is outside in the sunlight-a wonderful, natural form of Vit-D. I do not believe he was absorbing the Vit-D in whatever form he got it. (Due to underlying issues.)

The doctors all asked the same question-was there an injury, or a life changing event-they were looking for a trigger-most people who have psoriasis to the degree my husband did-are younger at the offset-he was 50 years old. His only life change at the time was a job that had him working indoors and working through the nighttime when he normally would have been sleeping. He worked through the night and slept (as best as he could) during the day. He kept this schedule for several months and I believe this was the trigger they were looking for. He has always been a healthy, muscular, active man-he became tired, sick, and had a long list of illnesses. Regular sleep is important and I believe sleeping during the night is essential to good health. To wrap this up-after many months of searching and trying different meds, herbs, salves, remedies, we found John Pegano's book on Healing Psoriasis-followed his recommendation to stop eating nightshades and saw immediate results. The boils-terrible boils-dried up and have not returned-the Psoriasis is gone besides two patches on the insides of his legs near his ankles (we believe those will clear up with more time. ) We have followed other suggestions in the book but this one seems to be what turned things around, drastically. The nightshade vegetables include Potatoes, Tomatoes, Egg Plant, Spicey Peppers, & Tobacco. I hope this helps someone else suffering from similar problems with Psoriasis, cellulitis, or boils (cysts). We are still amazed at the results from something so simple-it was hard at first to change his diet to meals without these foods-but he will not touch any of them now.



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