Psoriasis occurs when the skin cells reproduce up to a hundred times faster than normal. The result? Skin cells age quickly and can’t be sloughed off fast enough, leaving one with crusty skin patches that become sore and itch.
More recently researchers have regarded psoriasis as an immune-mediated disease. This view is supported by novel therapies that target leukocytes and related cytokines. It appears that psoriasis is a complex immune-mediated disease in which T-lymphocytes and dendritic cells play a central role. Although drugs and infections may trigger psoriasis, the primary insult that initiates psoriasis is not always clear. The typical clinical findings of redness and scaling are the result of hyperproliferation and abnormal differentiation of the skin cells, together with inflammatory cell infiltrates and vascular changes.
The diet that is important in the treatment of psoriasis includes lots of vegetable, fruits, nuts, whole grains, legumes, beans, fish, and chicken. Avoid saturated fats and refined foods such as pork, beef, and baked goods. Also, avoid alcohol, smoking, coffee, and sugar.
Naturopathic psoriasis treatments:
-Minimize triggers. Cold weather, an infection, stress, and certain medication, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can cause flare-ups.
-Let the sun shine. Small does of ultraviolet light make a huge difference. The trick is determining the proper amount—too much UV exposure can cause flare-ups. Use sunscreen on the nonpsorasis areas to prevent sun damage in those parts.
-One supplement that helps this condition is zinc, which is depleted by the excessive cell production.
-Decrease inflammation with Omega 3’s. These essential fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and can alleviate dryness of the skin.
-Address the underlying problems such as candidiasis or allergies. They are often the root causes to many skin conditions