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.
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.
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.
Several patches had proved impossible to cure with other medications. When my blood test showed a normal level of vitamin D, the doctor asked me to cut back the dosage. I did, and the psoriasis returned.
I now take 5,000 units of vitamin D capsules per day, and that keeps my psoriasis in check. Regular monitoring of my vitamin D level shows that I am in the middle of the acceptable range with this dosage.
A: Dermatologists have embraced topical vitamin D-like prescription creams, foams and ointments for psoriasis (American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, August 2012). Calcipotriene (Calcitrene, Dovonex, Sorilux) is pricey, however.
Many doctors may have forgotten that oral vitamin D also can be helpful (Journal of Dermatological Treatment online, Jan. 21, 2012). More than 25 years ago, Japanese researchers noted that oral vitamin D-3 reduced the symptoms of psoriasis without side effects (British Journal of Dermatology, October 1986).
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Twelve more participants from any ethnicity are needed for a study on the effects of vitamin D on psoriasis, being run at Massey University.
The study, managed by PhD student Michelle Ingram and funded by Lottery Health Research, is investigating the benefits of taking vitamin D supplements in the treatment of psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious inflammatory disease of the skin, with an estimated one in 50 adults in New Zealand living with the condition.
“Traditional treatment of psoriasis can include topical lotions, creams, pills or injections, or phototherapy – which uses light to treat the condition,” Ms Ingram says. “They can be inconvenient, expensive, and increase the risk of other health problems. If we can determine the benefits of taking vitamin D supplements, this could give people with psoriasis another option for treatment.”
Plaque-based psoriasis is the most common type, and while it can be managed, there is no known cure.
“Anyone can have psoriasis – it isn’t restricted to any ethnicity or age group,” she says.
For the trial, 112 Auckland-based psoriasis sufferers aged 18 or older, with plaque-type psoriasis in ‘active phase’ and stable for the past two months, are needed. Volunteers must meet certain criteria and be able to attend five appointments at the Albany-based Human Nutrition Research Unit for assessments and samples over a one-year period. They don’t need to have a doctor’s referral and will be screened by a dermatologist before being accepted to the trial.
“With the diverse population in Auckland, we would welcome people from all ethnicities to volunteer for this study. We currently have 100 participants enrolled, but we need an additional 12 to sign up now so the study can run to schedule,” Ms Ingram says.
The Vitamin D Research Centre at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health, forms part of Massey’s new College of Health, which was formally opened last week. It will focus on illness and injury prevention rather than cure. The college will bring together specialists from fields ranging from food and nutrition, sport and exercise, rehabilitation, nursing, Māori and Pasifika health, public health, social work, health and safety, as well as researching the social and economic factors that underpin health and wellbeing.
For further information on the trial, or to register your interest, go to: http://psoriasis.massey.ac.nz
By Joe and Teresa Graedon
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.
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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
By Kathi Keville & Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa
In many cases, home remedies for psoriasis can greatly improve this troublesome skin condition. Read on for our expert tips.
Try to relax: Emotional traumas, such as a new job or the death of a loved one, precede as many as 80 percent of flare-ups.
Q. Are there any known home remedies for psoriasis? And which herbs are commonly used to help clear up the lesions?
A. Keville responds: In many cases, herbal treatments for psoriasis can greatly improve this troublesome skin condition. Psoriasis causes cells to grow too quickly, producing reddish lesions and silvery scales that pile up and flake off. Itching and bleeding are common. Psoriasis can come and go, and just when you think you have it under control, there it is again! The longer you’ve had it, the longer it may take to clear up, so have patience.
For an external treatment, use a salve or cream that contains skin-healing herbs such as calendula (Calendula officinalis) and St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) with essential oils of tea tree and lavender. Apply the salve twice daily directly on the psoriasis. Another good idea is to wash with herbal cleansers designed for dry skin instead of soap, which can irritate and dry the skin more. Exposure to direct sunlight (or a long-wave ultraviolet light lamp) is effective as well.
Correcting abnormal liver function is important in the treatment of psoriasis. One of the liver’s many jobs is to filter and detoxify the blood, and when that’s not happening efficiently, the result can manifest itself on the skin. Some liver herbs favored by herbalists to treat psoriasis include burdock (Arctium lappa) and milk thistle (Silybum marianum). There also might be a connection with your immune system and to food allergies. You can treat both your liver and immune system with bupleurum root (Bupleurum chinensis) and pau d’arco bark (Tabebuia spp.).
Stress usually worsens psoriasis, so taking relaxing herbs such as valerian (Valeriana officinalis) will help. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis), taken internally, help reduce skin inflammation. Of particular benefit are the omega-3 fatty acids found in cold-water fish and flax seed oil.
Khalsa responds: As common as this disease is, most patients are not very satisfied with the medical management of their disease. The good news is that natural methods can be successful.
Psoriasis episodes can be triggered by (among other things) emotional stress, trauma, dry skin and bacterial infection. An immune system abnormality likely plays a role. Psoriasis is not contagious, but tends to run in families. From the botanical medicine point of view, psoriasis is a type of inflammatory skin disease. It is akin to dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), a general term for a wide selection of skin disorders.
A standard medical treatment is to soak in a warm bath for 10 to 15 minutes, then apply a topical ointment. Petroleum jelly helps the skin retain moisture. Other treatments include salicylic acid ointment; steroid-based creams or ointments; calcipotriene, which is related to vitamin D; and coal-tar ointments and shampoos.
Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), a distilled bark extract, is a mainstream psoriasis treatment in Germany. The most successful natural ointment I have used is a combination of aloe (Aloe vera) gel, witch hazel, vitamin E oil, menthol, tea tree oil, pine tar, cedar leaf oil and clove oil.
Treating the surface helps symptoms, but to treat the full disease, herbalists slowly balance the body systems involved in psoriasis. The treatment centers on reducing inflammation in the skin, healing the tissue of the skin if necessary, and eliminating the source of the irritating contaminants through the liver, kidneys and large intestine. Anti-inflammatory botanicals reduce skin symptoms. The best skin anti-inflammatory I know is green vegetables. Use as large a percentage of green vegetables in the diet as possible. Once the skin inflammation begins to quiet down, try gotu kola (Centella asiatica), the most impressive herb I have seen for treating connective tissue damage, to heal the underlying structure of the tissue.