Psoriasis is a common skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is an autoimmune disease that appears on the skin as white, silvery or red patches. It occurs when the immune system emits contradictory signals that increase cell growths. Treating the condition is a very difficult process, but conventional and homeopathic treatments are widely used to treat the symptoms. Homeopathic treatment has shown to be effective in eliminating some symptoms, and is very popular.
Topical creams are used by conventional providers to eliminate symptoms. Homeopathic providers believe that topical creams resolve the skin problems but do not address the root problem. The root conditions cause additional problems such as migraines, asthma and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Homeopaths believe treatment should be from the inside to the outside to be effective. Homeopathic practitioners attempt to treat the whole person.
Medical experts hypothesize that psoriasis occurs when the immune system overreacts, resulting in inflammation and skin flaking. Hereditary influences, medications and atmospheric changes are possible causes of this illness.
Types of Herbal Treatments
Successful homeopathic treatments are Apis mellifica, calendula, rhus toxicodendron and sulfur. These treatments are used separately as well as combined. The method used depends on the homeopathic provider’s education and experience. These herbal products can be purchased from a health food store, but patients are advised to use them with assistance from a homeopathic practitioner.
Apis mellifica, a honeybee remedy, treats skin rashes that are inflamed, dry and overly sensitive. It alleviates most symptoms associated with psoriasis. It is available in pellet form and can be purchased online and at a health food store. Symptoms also can improve with cool baths, but worsen with heat.
Calendula, or pot marigold, can be used on the affected area to soothe and reduce inflammation of the skin. This product is available in various forms such as creams, soaps and lotion.
Rhus toxicodendron is widely used for psoriatic arthritis and for other skin disorders that intensify at night. It is effective with heat application, and is reported to be extremely helpful for users who suffer from insomnia as well as psoriasis. It can be purchased in the form of tinctures, tablets and pellets at health food stores and pharmacies.
Sulfur diminishes severe itching symptoms, and it is an effective psoriasis treatment for patients who exhibit symptoms such as excessive thirst and irritability. It treats patients who experience a burning feeling and a sensation of internal heat. These symptoms dissipate with cold air and exacerbate with warm temperatures.