How to Cure Psoriasis Naturally (Video)

Change your DIET.  This guy did.  His body is now psoriasis-free.  12 week treatment (on your own) broken down to two six-week periods.

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Battling psoriasis with a cup of tea

Published: Tue, April 30, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m. on Vindy.com

Q. Your readers did it again!

I’ve been drinking oolong tea for more than a month now, and the patches of psoriasis have disappeared, along with the flaking.

I still have a couple of areas that need some ointment now and then, but overall I can wear shorts now without being embarrassed about my skin. (My skinny legs are another matter.) Thanks.

A. A study long ago in Japan found that oolong tea was effective in easing treatment-resistant eczema (Archives of Dermatology, January 2001), but we have found no studies of oolong tea for psoriasis.

Several visitors to our website have reported that drinking oolong tea eased their psoriasis. Others have noted that turmeric or cilantro also can be helpful.

Accidental Discovery [CILANTRO] Eases [HEALS] Psoriasis

By Joe and Teresa Graedon

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 3:30 a.m.
TascaloozaNews.com

Some of our most important drugs were discovered partly by accident. Penicillin was developed after Alexander Fleming found a mold devouring the bacteria he was growing in a petri dish.

A class of valuable blood pressure medications called ACE inhibitors (lisinopril, ramipril, etc.) was developed when scientists investigated why victims of the deadly jararaca snake of Brazil died after experiencing very low blood pressure.

Sometimes people also put unexpected discoveries to good use. Such was the case when Donald Agar found that eating two coconut macaroon cookies daily could control the devastating diarrhea brought on by his lifelong inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s). He shared this surprising outcome, and many other people have benefited during the past decade.

Several weeks ago, we heard from a reader that a common herb, cilantro (coriander leaf), might offer unexpected help:

“I have a home remedy that is amazing. I used to have severe psoriasis on my knees, elbows, eyes, forehead, wrists, feet and scalp. It would crack and bleed, itch and flake.

“One day, a man commented on my raw patches and asked about the treatments I’d tried. I explained about the numerous prescription treatments that had next to no success. Steroids gave short-term relief, but the problem usually came back worse than before the treatment.

“This man said that to cure my skin problem, all I needed to do was eat raw cilantro. He said I should eat enough to turn my stool green.

“I found that it takes a bundle each day for 10 to 15 days. I mix it in a green salad with my favorite dressing and find it an interesting flavor. My skin has been completely clear for six years. If I notice a small patch starting to get rough once or twice a year, I eat a bundle of cilantro for two or three meals and have no more skin problems!”

We could find no research to support his claims, but since then we have heard from others who have also reported benefit.

One person offered this

follow-up: “I have been testing this out, as I have bouts of psoriasis. This winter, I woke up sporting quite a few spots on my thighs. I know how quickly this stuff can multiply, so I thought I would test out the cilantro. I can say that it is having an effect.”

Another reader reported: “I have been eating one bunch of cilantro in a salad for lunch every day for about two weeks. It worked. My psoriasis subsided just like it does in the summer after exposure to the sun. No other drink (oolong tea, green tea) had any notable effect. No topical creams had any notable effect. My scalp is not perfect, but I don’t have to hide my skin.”

In an experimental vein, one woman came up with a different way to consume this remedy: “I make a smoothie with cilantro and V8 juice in the blender. It is helping my psoriasis tremendously.”

There is still no evidence grounded in science that would support or explain this home remedy. We caution those taking warfarin that cilantro, like parsley, is very rich in vitamin K, and suddenly increasing consumption by eating a bunch a day could interfere with the effectiveness of the anticoagulant.

It is unlikely that scientists will test cilantro, but these stories stand as a reminder that careful observation can lead to intriguing options.

Write to Joe and Teresa Graedon via their website:www.PeoplesPharmacy.com.

5 Tips to Cope with Psoriasis

by Lindsey Tugman
Health & Medicine
Today’s THV
Feb. 13, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin disorder. The most common places to see these patches are on the legs, knees, elbows, arms, scalp, ears and back.

1. Take a soothing bath. Skin disorders have a catch-22 when bathing. Yes, it softens the patches, but on the other hand, too much water can also dry the skin. Think about softening the water with a capful of olive oil.

2. Moisturize often. To get the best benefits from your favorite cream, apply it generously after bathing. On persistent spots, a petroleum-based product is very effective, which is a thick healing ointment.

3. Bask in the sun. Doctors sometimes prescribe a regimen of ultra-violet light from a special light or tanning bed. But, if you live in a sunny climate, getting a moderate amount of sunshine enhances your production of vitamin D, which is very helpful in controlling this skin problem.

4. Watch your diet. Eating a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables and fish high in omega-3 helps to reduce inflammation. If you’re not a big fish eater, there are supplements that provide this healthy oil.

5. Curb stress. Psoriasis isn’t easy to contend with, however stress is a known factor. So keep your mental state in check through exercise and relaxation techniques.

Hopefully these tips will help you stay flare-free and feeling better.

The dirty dozen and clean 15 of produce. (Buying Organic)

A new report issued by the President’s Cancer Panel recommends eating produce without pesticides to reduce your risk of getting cancer and other diseases. And according to the Environmental Working Group (an organization of scientists, researchers and policymakers), certain types of organic produce can reduce the amount of toxins you consume on a daily basis by as much as 80 percent.

The group put together two lists, “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean 15,” to help consumers know when they should buy organic and when it is unnecessary. These lists were compiled using data from the United States Department of Agriculture on the amount of pesticide residue found in non-organic fruits and vegetables after they had been washed.

The fruits and vegetables on “The Dirty Dozen” list, when conventionally grown, tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals, with some testing positive for as many as 67. For produce on the “dirty” list, you should definitely go organic — unless you relish the idea of consuming a chemical cocktail.

“The Dirty Dozen” list includes:

Note in RED what is recommended to avoid if you have psoriasis:

  • celery
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • domestic blueberries
  • nectarines
  • sweet bell peppers
  • spinach, kale and collard greens
  • cherries
  • potatoes
  • imported grapes
  • lettuce

“The Clean 15” bore little to no traces of pesticides, and is safe to consume in non-organic form.

Note in RED what is recommended to avoid if you have psoriasis:

  • onions
  • avocados
  • sweet corn
  • pineapples
  • mango
  • sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • kiwi fruit
  • cabbage (only if red)
  • eggplant
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
  • sweet potatoes
  • sweet onions

Why are some types of produce more prone to sucking up pesticides than others? Richard Wiles, senior vice president of policy for the Environmental Working Group says, “If you eat something like a pineapple or sweet corn, they have a protection defense because of the outer layer of skin. Not the same for strawberries and berries.”

The President’s Cancer Panel recommends washing conventionally grown produce to remove residues. Wiles adds, “You should do what you can do, but the idea you are going to wash pesticides off is a fantasy. But you should still wash it because you will reduce pesticide exposure.”

Remember, the lists of dirty and clean produce were compiled after the USDA washed the produce using high-power pressure water systems that many of us could only dream of having in our kitchens.

The full list contains 49 types of produce, rated on a scale of least to most pesticide residue. You can check out the full list from on the Environmental Working Group’s website at www.foodnews.org.

Brown Rice Diet To Remove Toxins And Balance pH

The brown rice diet is a very inexpensive and easy diet for detoxification. Many health problems arise from the average diet in the industrialized world. It is high in refined foods, meat, fat, sugar, caffeine, chemicals, dyes, and alcohol. This results in a very acidic body pH.

It is critical to attain a pH balance near 7.0 to achieve the biochemical state necessary to heal most diseases. Heavy metal detoxification accelerates as blood chemistry is improved. The brown rice diet can reduce or eliminate many symptoms like arthritis, allergies, sinus problems, obesity, skin problems, headaches, chronic pain, digestive issues, and liver problems. Many brain disorders are made worse with bad diets. This diet is beneficial in determining with significance of your diet’s affect on your brain disorder. It is not a cure all and should be avoided by diabetics. Check with your healthcare practitioner prior to starting this diet if you have an extremely serious health problem, . If your symptoms drastically improve, you may assume that either you are allergic to some food you consume on a frequent basis or there is a chemical or metal exposure which may require further medical attention.

It is very important to detoxify on an annual basis and lower your body’s chemical and heavy metal load. The best way reduce your toxin load is to include other detox  therapies when you do a diet cleanse. These can include hot yoga, foot ionizing detoxification, far infrared sauna and exercise. Anything which makes you sweat will help remove chemicals and heavy metals.  The brown rice diet is preferable to water fasting or the Master Cleanse for toxin removal for most people.

This diet can be well tolerated for one to two weeks. Eat brown rice cooked in pure water for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eat five small meals of brown rice in order to stabilize glucose levels stable. For those who like the flavor of the herb Cilantro, add it to the cooking water of the rice. This will accelerate heavy metal removal. Drink a minimum of 6 to 10 glasses of purified mineral or spring water, fresh vegetable juice, and herbal non-caffeine tea. It is fine to add barley or wheat grass in liquid or tablet form. This will increase heavy metal removal.

Other diets which are good for detoxification include a raw fruit and vegetable diet. Do not use the Master Cleanse for a prolonged period if your goal is heavy metal detoxification. The toxin overload can occur due to heavy metals being excreted from your body. This can make you feel sick.

An annual parasite cleanse with an herbal formula is a great idea at least once a year for three weeks and imperative if you own animals. Approximately 35% to 40% of the USA population has parasites of some type. Using an broad spectrum herbal formula for an annual liver or gallbladder cleanse is also a good idea, especially if there are weight problems.

Source: Dr R Stone, MD – Alternative Medicine, India

Turmeric Eases Psoriasis, But Causes Rash (in Some Cases)

June 18, 2012 in Home Remedy Q&A

Q. I’ve been taking turmeric for psoriatic arthritis that has made my hands dry and my fingertips split. I have been taking two pills a day.

I have noticed an itchy rash on my arms that I didn’t have before. Although the turmeric has helped my skin and the arthritis pain, I am worried that it may have caused the rash.
l used to take ibuprofen every day but I haven’t needed any for weeks. I really hope my rash on my arms isn’t from the turmeric. Might it be?

A. Turmeric is the yellow spice in curry powder and yellow mustard. It has powerful anti-inflammatory activity, and many readers report it can ease both psoriasis and arthritis pain.

Turmeric can cause an allergic rash in some people, however. Here is another reader’s reaction: “I tried turmeric for its health benefits last May. In June I developed serious rash and itching on my chest and neck. I stopped the turmeric and it cleared up. I looked in your book and noted that some folks said they had a similar reaction to the spice.”

Turmeric is one of our favorite foods, both for the flavor and for its anti-inflammatory action. It is not for everyone, however; some people develop an allergy, as you seem to have. Others may be taking the anticoagulant warfarin. Turmeric and its active ingredient curcumin are incompatible with warfarin (Coumadin) and could cause bleeding. A number of people have reported an elevated INR as a consequence of this combination. We advise against it.

Those who would like to learn more about dietary components that can ease inflammation may be interested in our book, Favorite Foods from The People’s Pharmacy.