Homeopathic Solution to Psoriasis

 

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition which causes rapid multiplication of skin cells. This leads to abnormal thickening of the outer layer of the skin and subsequent scaling. Recently, most researchers believe that Psoriasis is related to the immune system and in fact is often referred to as an” immune mediated” disorder. However, it is not contagious, not infectious, and not a result of poor hygiene. In general, it is a condition that is frequently found on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet or lower back. Internal and topical use of Homeopathic remedies can treat this condition.

 

Usually, it often appears between ages 15 and 35, but it can develop at any age. About ten percent to fifteen percent of those with Psoriasis get it before age ten, and occasionally it appears in adulthood. Psoriasis is not contagious- no one can “catch it” from another person.

The psoriatic skin appears raised, reddens, and covered by a white flakey, build up of skin. Affected skin can also be a source of intense itching and burning. Psoriasis can be aggravated by the following.

  1. Certain infections
  2. Injury to skin
  3. Emotional stress
  4. Reaction to some medications
  5. Dryness of skin
  6. Use of particular soaps, lotions or deodorants

What causes Psoriasis?

Although not sure, researchers believe the immune system sends faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle in skin cells. Now, the common belief is that certain people with certain genes are more prone to Psoriasis, but this theory is still not well proven. Also, some factors may work together to cause an outbreak of Psoriasis: this makes it difficult to identify a particular cause.

Once the Psoriasis sets in, the skin cells pile up on the surface of the body faster than normal. In people without Psoriasis, skin cells mature and are shed about every 28 days. In psoriatic skin, the skin cells move rapidly up to the surface of the skin over three to six days. The body can’t shed the skin cells fast enough and this process results in patches also called “lesions” forming on the skin’s surface.

How can we diagnose it?

Clinically, there are no blood tests for Psoriasis. Health care providers usually diagnose it by examining the effected skin. Less often, a small piece of skin affected by the psoriasis is cut out and examined under microscope. Since, Homeopathic medicines are not given, based on diagnosis, it is important to take thorough history, to determine the right treatment plan.

Is Psoriasis serious?

Psoriasis is measured in terms of its physical and emotional impact. Physically, if less than 2 percent of the body is involved, the case is considered mild. Between 3 and 10 percent is considered moderate, and more than 10 percent is severe.

Also, Psoriasis is measured by its impact on quality of life. When Psoriasis involves the hands and feet, it may be considered severe because of how it affects a person’s ability to function. Or, if a person’s psychological or emotional well-being is considerably affected, psoriasis might be considered severe.

Types of Psoriasis

There are five different types of Psoriasis, but the most common form of Psoriasis is called “Plaque Psoriasis,” which is characterized by well-defined patches of red, raised skin. Plaque psoriasis can appear on any skin surface; although the knees, elbows, scalp, trunk and nails are the most common sites. Homeopathic medicines are advised based on location, sensation, modality of symptoms and skin condition.

The following Homeopathic remedies can be tried to find solution to this annoying problem.

Arsenic Album:

People, who would most likely respond to this remedy usually, are anxious, restless and compulsively neat and orderly. The skin is dry and scaly and many times tend to get infected. Scratching can make the itching worse, and applying heat brings relief. Some time internal burning pain is noted.

Calcarea Carbonicum:

This remedy is suited to people who are eagerly fatigued by exertion, sluggish physically, chilly with clammy hands and feet, and often overweight. Skin problems tend to be worse in the months of winter. Typically solid and responsible, these people can be affected by stress. The white eruptions on the sole of feet are remarkable symptom.

Graphites:

The subject needing this remedy  often has a long-term history of skin disorders. The skin looks rough or leathery skin with cracks. Itching is often worse from getting warmth, and the person might scratch till they bleed. The red spots on scalp and folds of skin are symptoms for this remedy.

Mezereum:

Scaly plaques may itch intensely, thickening or crusting over if the person scratches too much. Cold applications relieve the itching. People who need this remedy often crave to eat fatty things. Some times there might be greenish discharge from the weeping skin.

Petroleum:

This is good remedy for the people who have sedentary life style. It is especially suited to individuals with extremely dry skin, and problems that involve the palms and fingertips. Itching is worse at night and at seashores.

Disclaimer: Jatin Kumar, author of this article is NOT a licensed health care provider. He is NOT a M.D. In State of California, Homeopaths can practice under Senate Bill 577. You can read more about this bill online. This article has an educational purpose and author does not claim to prevent, treat, diagnose or cure any disease.

 

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