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Herbs for psoriasis: a review of popular remedies and recipes
Herbs for psoriasis: a review of popular remedies and recipes

Psoriasis is a skin disease that manifests itself first by itching and flaking, and then by persistent reddening of the skin in certain areas. Over time, the number and size of red spots increase, they occupy more and more new areas. This pathology is considered, as doctors say, polietiologic (arising from several reasons or a combination of reasons), and it is very resistant to treatment.

Mainstream medicine suggests treating it with corticosteroid medications, and these are usually really effective.

At the same time, hormonal treatment is rarely a one-time treatment in general, and in the case of psoriasis, it is guaranteed to be repeated at least once a month. Therefore, many patients prefer traditional medicine to them. True, they do not always help - it directly depends on the nature of the disease.

Aloe juice

One of the easiest drugs to make for psoriasis, since it is enough for an adult, healthy aloe or agave to grow in our house. Fresh plant juice is used to treat psoriasis.

The plant should not be watered for 3 days before applying its juice or leaves:

  • The treatment is carried out by applying juice from a leaf of aloe or agave cut along the length of the reddened area. After 15 minutes, all the applied juice must be washed off with warm water. It should be noted that many patients with psoriasis complain of increased itching and other discomfort (up to aching pain) in foci covered with fresh juice. At the same time, the therapeutic effect of aloe vera applications is present, but it is not too pronounced;
  • But treatment by taking aloe inside (for example, with honey, 1 teaspoon per day) definitely helps more noticeably and more often. It is recommended as a fortifying, immunostimulating agent that improves skin resistance and helps it fight the spread / worsening of psoriasis at its own expense.

St. John's wort

This plant is classified as moderately toxic, hence its strong anti-inflammatory, skin-soothing properties. It is a natural antibiotic (due to its toxic components), and therefore highly effective in the treatment of inflammatory processes in the body and on the skin, including psoriasis.

St. John's wort is far from the only plant with similar properties. So, in addition to him, there are also celandine, calendula, stonecrop, oak bark and a number of others. All of them are excellent against inflammation of any localization, starting with the skin, as they contain tannins that are harmful to bacteria.

It should be remembered that in the case of psoriasis, a decoction of any of these plants will have to be applied to severely damaged skin, which will cause its accelerated absorption and, most likely, pain. Therefore, dermatologists, unlike specialists in alternative medicine, warn us against treatment with applications of concentrated (1 tablespoon of dry herb per 1 glass of water) decoctions or infusions. In this case, it is wiser to prepare a concentrated decoction of one or more of these herbs, and then take a warm bath with it.

A decoction of moderately toxic herbs for baths is prepared as follows:

4 tbsp. tablespoons of dry herbs (one or more, taken in any desired proportion) must be poured into an enamel bowl of a suitable volume, pour 1 liter of cold water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Then reduce heat to low, cover the dishes with a lid and leave to simmer for another 15 minutes. After that, the broth can be turned off, but do not rush to strain it - let it first cool down and infuse for about 5 minutes. And only then it is ready to be poured into a previously prepared bath with warm water, without adding other bath products (including salt, fragrances, foam, etc.)

You should not add more than 2 liters of any herbal decoctions to one bath - their concentration should not be too high, since warm water and the time of taking a bath will promote their absorption by the skin. In addition, hot baths by themselves help relieve itching, pain and inflammation, so adding too much to their natural effects will be superfluous.

It is possible to expect high efficiency from moderately toxic plants only in cases where psoriasis is of infectious origin or is complicated by the subsequent addition of infection. Otherwise, they can only reduce inflammation and itching.

Golden mustache

Another plant effective against psoriasis with anticarcinogenic, anti-allergic and sedative properties, which distinguish it from its "brothers" like simply sanitizing the skin of the oak bark. Additionally, it has the ability to improve local (or general - depending on how you take it) blood circulation and strengthen the walls of blood vessels. However, any kind of preparations from the herb of the golden mustache should be taken in conjunction with vitamin C - they enhance the therapeutic effect of each other.

The most effective and universal preparation based on the golden mustache is considered to be its alcohol tincture - especially in psoriasis, since the golden mustache itself is devoid of the properties of a natural antibiotic, and damaged skin is always necessary. And in this combination, ethyl alcohol takes over the work of sanitizing the skin.

For the preparation of one tincture, you can use either the so-called. "Knees" (dark hard processes branching from the bottom of the main stem), or the leaves themselves.

These two different parts of the plant are considered equally effective in psoriasis, they just should not be mixed within the same remedy:

8-10 leaves (or 20-30 shoots) of a golden mustache must be cut fresh, put in a glass dish, pour 1 liter of vodka and close tightly with a lid, since alcohol tends to evaporate. Then the prepared mixture must be placed in a dark, cool place for 15 days, shaking occasionally, but not opening. After this period (the readiness of the drug from the shoots will be reported by the dark lilac shade that has appeared), it is time to drain the tincture and apply it

This remedy is used topically, for applications on areas of the skin affected by psoriasis, no more than 2 times a day. You can also take it internally, as a fortifying component, in combination with vitamin C. In this case, 10 drops of the tincture should be diluted with drinking water in any convenient proportion and taken 1-3 times a day, half an hour before meals.

But it must be remembered that the golden mustache has the property of disrupting the work of the vocal cords, especially in old age. Recovery of the voice and elimination of hoarseness as a result of therapy with this herbal preparation does not always go smoothly. In addition, the golden mustache is contraindicated in the presence of kidney pathologies.

When deciding on the transition to the treatment of psoriasis with herbs, we must understand that formally there are not so many contraindications to them - allergies, liver diseases and pregnancy / lactation. But in practice, the consequences can be very different, and it is not always worth risking their occurrence.

For example, it must be borne in mind that one of the most common scenarios for the development of psoriasis is chronic intoxication of the body caused by liver pathologies. In this case, cholagogues will provide us with a significant service, but natural antiseptics will not.

Therefore, using medicinal herbs is most reasonable after finding out the exact cause of our skin problems.

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