Although there is no cure, there are several remedies for Psoriasis – a lifelong skin condition where your immune system overproduces skin cells resulting in red, scaly patches that can develop anywhere on the body.
These natural treatment options work best when used alongside medical treatment, so consult your doctor first before trying any of the recommendations in this list.
1. Omega-3 fatty acids
Studies have revealed that omega-3 fatty acids can decrease inflammation and improve autoimmune conditions.
Fish oil supplements or eating omega-3 rich foods may help ensure you’re getting enough of this nutrient to manage your psoriasis symptoms.
Probiotics present in fermented foods like yogurt contain good bacteria that may help regulate your immune system, thus beneficial for those with autoimmune symptoms like psoriasis.
Red peppers contain capsaicin, a component that has been observed to fight inflammation. In recent research studies, people with pruritic psoriasis who used a topical cream containing capsaicin experienced improvement in itching, redness, scaling, and skin thickness. Capsaicin creams are available in most pharmacies and health food stores.
4. Oregon grape
Oregon grape is an herb that may reduce immune activity that result in psoriatic flares. In a recent clinical trial, researchers found that a topical cream containing oregon grape component was a safe and effective treatment for mild to moderate psoriasis cases.
Turmeric contains an active spice called curcumin that may decrease inflammation in the body, reducing psoriasis symptoms. This is backed by recent research studies that found many evidences of curcumin being therapeutic among psoriasis patients.
6. Aloe Vera
Aloe gel has been used medicinally for many centuries and is usually applied on skin wounds. Aloe vera ointments also help reduce skin scaling and redness that comes with psoriasis. The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends opting for an aloe gel or cream that contains at least 0.5% aloe.
7. Sun exposure
The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends 5-10 minutes of midday sun exposure once a day. Remember to wear protective clothing to cover healthy skin so that only the affected areas can get exposed to the sun. The sun’s UVB rays have been shown to be beneficial for controlling psoriasis symptoms.
Read the full article by Medical News Today here for more home remedies you can apply to relieve psoriasis symptoms.