This article is looking at a chronic condition called Psoriasis. It’s important to state here that this would require a constitutional consultation through a fully qualified homeopath to ensure the right remedy and treatment plan is achieved based on the client’s totality of symptoms and the way psoriasis is expressing itself.
What is Psoriasis? Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease in which the life cycle of skin cells is sped up. This causes cells to build upon the surface of the skin. These cells form silvery coloured scales and red or purple patches that may be itchy or painful. The scales may cover large areas of your body or be just small spots.
Psoriasis is a chronic condition. There may be flare-ups that alternate with clear periods in between. There’s no cure, however, you can manage symptoms with Homeopathy support which can assist the body’s own natural response.
Allopathic forms of treatment include topical steroids, topical retinoids, and oral or injected systemic drugs for severe or treatment-resistant psoriasis, among several others proven to be effective. However, this can also suppress psoriasis and potentially other health concerns, whereas homeopathy will stimulate the body’s own natural responses and will encourage suppressed symptoms to become more evident and help support in restoring balance.
Some people with psoriasis may be curious about homeopathic remedies. These remedies are derived from minerals, plants, chemicals, human and animal secretions and excretions, they are used as tinctures, orally or topically.
Homeopathic remedies are based on two theories. The first is “like cures like,” which means that an illness can be resolved by a substance that causes similar symptoms in healthy people. The second is “law of minimum dose,” which means that the lower the dose, the more effective it is.
Psoriasis homeopathic treatments
Below is a list of some of the homeopathic remedies for psoriasis. Each remedy covers a wider range then what is listed below. It’s important to seek advice from your local fully qualified homeopath.
This is one of the top polycrests remedies. Sepia is a remedy to consider when the skin is thickened and parchment-like, and dry. Cracking of the lips, either in the corners or in the middle of the lower lip. A sepia person is chilly and worse from the cold.
Arsenicum album is one of the largest polycrests. This remedy supports when the skin is dry, with intense burning and itching and this can be worse by scratching. One desires heat and is aggravated by the cold. Discharges are often offensive, acrid and putrid.
Graphites are used in homeopathy for people with long-term skin disorders and leathery, cracked skin. The skin can look unhealthy and slow to heal. Eruptions and cracks can be behind the ears, psoriasis of the scalp, seen cracks on the corners of the mouth as well. Can be worse from the heat of the bed, scratches to the point of bleeding and discharges can be thick, yellow or “honey-like”.
This is one of the most frequently prescribed remedies. This is a remedy to consider when the skin eruptions are usually moist and itching tremendously. The itching is worse from the heat of the best, worse at night, bathing and from wearing wool. Eruptions can be painful, often recurrent tendencies and can cover a range of skin complaints.
This remedy has a wide range of action on skin conditions. Petroleum supports cracking of the hands and tips of fingers where the cracks are deep in the palms. Eruptions can be triggered by those who work with chemicals on their hands such as labourers, carpenters or hair-dressers. Skin expresses dryness, can lead to bleeding, are worse in winter and better in summer
Calcarea carbonica, which is made from shells, is used in homeopathy to treat many illnesses. This remedy has an affinity with arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Research shows that people with psoriasis have low levels of calcium in their blood, Calc.c can support for this condition.
This is a remedy to consider when psoriasis flared up after grief or from suppression of anger or other emotions, it can commonly be seen in children. The scalp can be affected especially around the occiput, the skin looks unhealthy, is easily infected, sensitive and often painful.
Rhus Toxicodendron is poison ivy. It can help with other symptoms of psoriasis, under the theory “like cures like.” where the skin expresses small vesicles that are intensely itchy, itching is better from scalding hot water. The skin is thickened in long-standing skin disorders and can help a range of skin complaints.
This is a remedy that is mainly used for skin diseases or complaints. Mezereum is a flowering shrub used in homeopathy for thick, intensely itchy and burning vesicles and crusty plaques that ooze purulent discharge which can cause the hair to mat. The skin can be sensitive and unable to tolerate being touched. It’s poisonous to humans when ingested or put on the skin in its raw form.
Homeopathy offers support in restoring our body’s balance, health, and vitality. You must seek professional advice from a fully qualified registered homeopath or your GP to ensure you are receiving the best possible treatment for your psoriasis skin condition.
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Adapted from source:
Debra Sullivan Ph.D., MSN, R.N., CNE, CO. & Erica Hersh