How to Treat Skin Conditions such as Psoriasis

A naturopath always comes across patients with dreaded skin conditions such as psoriasis. It is estimated that 1-2% of the populations suffers from psoriasis in one form or another.

While some may experience acute symptoms, others may experience fleeting and milder scaling and rashing that is barely noticeable. If you suffer from this debilitating health issue, you will know and understand the physical and emotional and psychological pains that accompany the problem.[1]

What Causes Psoriasis?

The simple fact is nobody really knows the exact cause or causes. But what is known is that psoriasis is an auto-immune condition and can worsen and become more aggravated in times of high stress, pressure and during periods of anxiety or tension. The immune system becomes agitated and actually sends out “wonky” signals to the body that accelerates the life and growth cycles of the cells of the skin.[2] There may also be a genetic component or predisposition to the condition as it is often found in clusters within families.

School age children may suffer recurring or increased bouts during exam times or during times of social or emotional difficulty in the school environment.

Adults may experience a worsening of symptoms during periods of intense stress. Increased inflammation and skin flaking that are the hallmarks of psoriasis may also be exacerbated by excessive alcohol intake, tobacco smoking and also an unbalance diet high in refined foods.

But the good news is there is a lot you can personally do to manage the condition. While it takes a little effort it is well worth it. A Natural Self offers you a few free tips to help you on your way.

Improve your diet

Over the past century the western diet has become more refined and many have lost the much needed connection with fresh and wholesome fruits and vegetables and the kinds of foods that constitute a balances and enriching diet.

A great naturopath actually doubles as marvellous dietician and often has a wealth of personal and professional knowledge about the kinds of foods you may need to combat your red, itching skin.

Eat plenty of:

  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fresh greens
  • Fresh juices
  • Eat white meat and fish and reduce red meat intake for a while

Stay away from:

  • White foods
  • Nightshade foods that are red
  • Refined sugars in any form
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Fizzy drinks
  • White bread
  • Processed and packaged foods

Exercise and Relaxation

Introduce relaxation, exercise and meditation into your daily programme and lifestyle. The link between psoriasis and higher stress levels means that treating stress and anxiety as an underlying problem can do a lot to improve and even completely eradicate your symptoms.

  • Five minute morning meditation can reduce stress
  • A brisk morning walk gets the metabolism kick-started
  • Take up yoga or swimming. Go easy at first and build up gradually.

Good Luck

It really is possible to treat psoriasis from the inside out. If you are looking for deep and long-lasting alternatives to the traditional methods of treatment that only really rely on a suppression of symptoms (corticosteroid treatments)[3] consult a quality naturopath who will treat you holistically and with the full care and attention you require and deserve.

This is especially the case when combined with dietary changes and the use of a natural remedy approach.

You may also want to combine this approach with a detoxification strategy or even a probiotic formula from your reputable practitioner.

So if you suffer from Psoriasis, take heart and know the solutions are there. Good luck on the journey!


[1] http://home.vicnet.net.au/~psoriasis/

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoriasis

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1604464/