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Top 15 Herbs that Push Psoriasis Out of Your Space!
If you have been experiencing flaky, silvery looking, itchy, cracking skin that becomes red, sore, sometimes becoming so dry it even bleeds, then you might be suffering from psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition of the skin that can affect almost anyone at every stage of life, male or female, young and old. The American Academy of Dermatology states that there are about 150,000 new cases of psoriasis diagnosed every year in the US.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis. Because of their symptoms, many psoriasis sufferers are reluctant to be seen in public without covering the affected parts of their body. Many more are reluctant to see a doctor and will go undiagnosed,
The good news about psoriasis is that there are plenty of herbal treatments that can offer those affected by this lifelong inflammatory disease relief. If you don’t want to use the pharmaceuticals that your doctor will prescribe, or if those prescription drugs have not worked for you, then you might be very interested to learn that many people find relief from their symptoms using natural herbal remedies.
Keep reading and discover which 15 herbs work best to fight this disease so you can get on with your life and quit hiding!
1. Oregon Grape
Sometimes called mahonia (mahonia aquifolium) this herb is a powerful antimicrobial that can play a role in the response of your immune system. Studies have shown that people who used a cream that contained 10 percent mahonia was effective in helping those who had mild to moderate psoriasis. This herb should only be used topically and never taken internally. Ask your doctor if this cream might work for you if you cannot find it at your local health food or natural store.
2. Milk Thistle
You might think this is only for those with liver problem, but the reason this herb works so well is that it inhibits human T-cell activation, one of the known causes of skin inflammation and psoriasis. The active flavonoid in milk thistle, silymarin, is what makes it so effective in helping the liver to regenerate itself, but recent studies show that this same flavonoid can play a protective role when it comes to the skin. Also, because milk thistle improves liver function, it can encourage a healthier overall immune system and blood detoxification, which can alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis.
3. Tea Tree Oil
This oil from the leaves of the tea tree, native to Australia, is known to have antiseptic compounds. Many people find that by using shampoos that contain tea tree oil, or by adding a few drops to their regular shampoo, they can relieve the psoriasis that can attack the scalp. Although there are no scientific studies that prove that this oil can be effective, but many people swear by it. If you wish to try some on other parts of your body, mix it with a good quality carrier oil, such as almond oil or apricot kernel oil, as it can be irritating to some people when used undiluted.
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