Best Home Remedies for Psoriasis
Posted on July 12, 2018 | Author and Reviewed by: Mark Anthony M. Casilla RPH, MS pharm (cand)
What are some helpful home supplements and tips for treating psoriasis?
- Apple cider vinegar
- Reducing stress
- Body soak
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that is recursive in nature and characterized by flaky red patches on your skin. Although psoriasis is an illness that affects your skin; it initially begins and spreads from deep within your body, specifically, in the immune system. Psoriasis starts from white blood cells also known as T-cells. These cells are structured to shield your body from diseases and infection.
Although there is no direct cure for psoriasis, there are many pharmaceutical sources for prescribed medication and supplements that cater to cases of psoriasis. These pharmacies are equipped with everything from everyday vitamins to home pregnancy tests here in the Philippines.
However, it is well-known that there are many home measures that can easily be done to help deal with cases of psoriasis. Let’s take a look at 4 simple home remedies for psoriasis:
Applying Apple Cider Vinegar
During ancient times, vinegar has been used as a disinfectant substance. Apple cider vinegar can be used as an assistive substance to help reduce scalp itch from psoriasis. Organic apple cider vinegar is easily accessible and found in almost every grocery store.
It is recommended that you dilute the vinegar with water on an evenly half ratio in order to avoid the burning sensation. Another tip is to rinse your skin once the vinegar solution has dried as to alleviate skin irritation. It is also important to note that this remedy must not be applied to scalp skin that is cracked, bleeding, or with open wounds.
Taking Turmeric Supplements
This herb is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Besides being found in curry, turmeric is also available in a concentrated pill form. It is generally recommended by most medical practitioners to take 1.5 to 3.0 grams of turmeric per day, but it is always best to first consult with a licensed professional to help identify the appropriate dosage for you.
Significantly Reducing Stress Levels
Chronic conditions such as psoriasis are commonly correlated with a deadly cycle of stress. The symptoms of psoriasis worsen with increased stress levels (and vice versa). But by incorporating more space in your lifestyle for meditation, relaxation, and quality rest, the reduction of stress plays a great role in preventing and alleviating psoriasis.
Soaking Your Body
Avoid strong fragrances as much as possible because they irritate the skin. You can prevent dry skin by using a humidifier in your home to keep the air moist. Although hot water can be an irritant for your skin, a lukewarm bath with milk, mineral, olive oil, or Epsom salt can help penetrate through scales and plaques and also soothe itching. To make the most out of this method, it is also suggested to immediately moisturize your skin after the bath.
Whether its prescribed antibiotics or a home pregnancy test here in the Philippines, pharmacies are generally stocked with medicine and supplements for treating psoriasis. But for simple home treatments, the elaborated tips above can serve as significantly helpful treatments for relative cases of psoriasis.