Alternative Medicine for Psoriasis

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
Most of us have itchy skin once in a while but psoriasis is a whole other ball game. If you want to know more about what psoriasis is as well as its alternative therapies, read this lesson.


What happens during a traffic jam? The number of cars entering a road outnumbers the ones leaving the road. The road swells with silvery and white cars and with irritated, red-faced drivers. This is kind of like a skin disorder known as psoriasis. In this disorder the number of new skin cells entering the surface of the skin outnumbers the number of skin cells leaving (shedding off) the skin. The skin swells with silvery and white scales as a result and takes on an irritated and reddish appearance.

In this lesson, you're going to learn about some of the alternative treatments for psoriasis. Bear in mind that most have little to no evidence of efficacy so just talk to your doctor before you start, stop or change any treatment plant.

Alternative Diet-Based Therapy

If you were a chef and you were asked to prepare a three-course meal that is psoriasis-friendly, it would go something like this:

  • Course #1: A salad full of orange, yellow and green vegetables. Add some pumpkin for a fusion-esque take on the salad.
  • Course #2: A vegetarian chili with beans and tofu. Some whole grain bread should be served as an important side.
  • Course #3: A solid piece of salmon sprinkled with flaxseeds, topped off with some caramelized pears to give it that fancy taste and look.

All of these foods: fish, tofu, beans, vegetables, fruits and whole grains are believed by many to improve psoriasis.

Note how this three-course meal avoided large amounts of animal proteins from meat and milk. There is also no hint of fried or junk food and no desserts. And despite being a fancy restaurant, no wine is served since alcohol is a no-no as well.

Supplements, Homeopathy, & More

Now let's pretend you're starting a business. If your business were to sell only psoriasis-friendly supplements, you'd offer the following supplements that some claim may help people with psoriasis:

  • Fish oil
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Turmeric, a kind of spice famous for being in curry
  • Sarsaparilla, an herb
  • Milk thistle, another herb

And for those of you who like to dilute things into minute quantities, then you'd want to open up a homeopathy-based business for psoriasis and sell the following homeopathic substances that some claim help psoriasis:

  • Graphites, for any areas that ooze
  • Mezereum for psoriasis plaques that cover large areas
  • Rhus Toxicodendron for raw skin
  • Sulfur, for itching

Other alternative therapies for psoriasis might include:

  • Reflexology-based stimulation, such as areas related to the thyroid.
  • Topical curcumin, a compound found in turmeric (a spice).
  • Pressure point stimulation in acupressure, like Bladder 10. This might help with psoriasis that might be exacerbated by stress.
  • Lavender oil rubbed into the affected area, with the scent inhaled to relieve stress.

Lesson Summary

Do you smell that? It's the smell of this lesson ending. Kind of a rosy smell, isn't it? Let's review.

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