Why Natural Strategies?
Natural or holistic methods to treat various diseases and conditions look at health and wellbeing as a whole. Ill health requires you to treat the body as a whole (mind, body and spirit) and not just target the symptoms of the disease.
Treating the body as a whole is thought to not only eliminate the symptoms but also get to the root of ill health to eradicate the root cause and bring about health and wellbeing in the body, mind and spirit.
Conventional treatment methods that only treat the symptoms with various medications, light therapy, etc, and do not get to the root cause means that the problem will keep arising over and over again leading to frustration, stress, hopelessness and every other negative emotion. It can get tiring to have to deal with the same thing over and over again.
This is why holistic practitioners recommend the holistic approach for treatment because this method goes beyond just treating the symptoms but also seeks to get to the root cause of the problems in order to prevent recurrence.
Psoriasis is still not very well understood by those in the medical profession. It is thought to be an autoimmune disease because the immune system damages the genetic material that tells the skin cells how often to divide leading to the rapid cell division associated with psoriasis. But even this is not well understood. Genetic factors have also been identified but this is not conclusive either since some sufferers have no family history or some people with a family history do not develop the condition. The “trigger” is still unknown with this chronic skin condition.
This means that a “cure” to enable you to get rid of psoriasis is still unknown and you may have to try various recommended treatment methods to see whether they will work for you or not. This also means that what may work for one sufferer may not necessarily work for you and vice versa.
Since the cause of psoriasis is unknown, conventional medicine tries to simply treat the signs and symptoms of psoriasis with various topical and systemic medications as well as other therapies while not being sure that they will work for you.
Natural psoriasis treatments that make up the holistic approach on the other hand which while understanding that the cause of this skin condition is still unknown, identify that there is a problem in the body and getting to this problem whatever it may be can be accomplished with various natural methods that work with the body and not against it to enable the body to get rid of psoriasis at the root.
The holistic approach is all about getting the body to a place where it can start to self-heal which is thought to be the best way to eliminate any disease or condition. With a disease as mysterious as psoriasis, the holistic approach makes better sense don’t you think?
How to Get Rid of Psoriasis Naturally?
There are many strategies that make up the holistic approach and the following are just a few of the methods on how to get rid of psoriasis naturally.
1. Your Attitude
Being stressed or negative is only going to lead to negative outcomes. Your attitude is very important if you ever hope to get rid of psoriasis for good. The mind and body are connected. Being negative will help you push past negative results and continue believing that you will find a cure for psoriasis that will work for you. A positive attitude will help you to continue searching and trying various treatment methods without giving up until you find what works for you.
Being positive and hopeful will also benefit your immune system. It will also hasten the effects of medications or other treatment methods that you use and extend the length of time between psoriasis flare-ups.
2. Special Diets
Many psoriasis sufferers following a diet for psoriasis have reported fewer flare-ups. Some research has shown that eating more fruits and vegetables can control psoriasis.
Research at the University of Milan found that those who ate more fresh fruits, green vegetables, tomatoes, carrots, etc, were less likely to develop psoriasis by about 40 percent to 60 percent depending on the amount of servings per day that they had than those who did not consume these foods. Researchers speculate that the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals contained in these foods can help keep psoriasis at bay and prevent the development of psoriasis.
3. Healing Oils
Certain oils have been found to help reduce skin inflammation which is associated with various skin conditions including psoriasis.
Some studies have shown that those consuming foods that contain these healing oils which have been identified as omega-3 fatty acids, have shown an improvement in the various signs and symptoms of psoriasis.
No one knows exactly why these healing oils work but they do which makes this something that you should consider. It is thought that omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce the production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes which are compounds in the body that may cause skin inflammation.
These healing oils are commonly found in cold water fish such as salmon (a very rich sauce), mackerel, tuna, herring, etc. These fatty acids can also be found in seeds such as flaxseed.
If you abhor the smell of cold water fish such as salmon, you can still enjoy the benefits of the fatty acids found in cold water fish in supplement form.
Other supplements that can help to get rid of psoriasis include zinc, Lecithin, etc.
5. Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicines are becoming increasingly mainstream because various herbs have been shown to work without any of the adverse effects of various pharmaceuticals. They are also inexpensive when compared to the cost of various pharmaceuticals.
Herbs are an important part of the holistic approach because they seek to work with the body and not against it to help it self-heal.
There are a number of herbs that have been identified that can help to get rid of psoriasis. Before using any of these herbs, you need to get them from a reputable source, do your research and use them as instructed because although herbs may not be as potent as pharmaceuticals, they are still considered a type of medication (medication from nature).
You definitely want to be careful with herbs and even avoid them if you are using pharmaceuticals to treat psoriasis lesions as herbs and pharmaceuticals used together may interact badly with each other.
6. Other Alternative Therapies
There are many other alternative therapies that make up the holistic approach that you can use to get rid of psoriasis including;
This ancient approach is part of traditional Chinese medicine. With acupuncture, the body is viewed as a system of energy pathways and any blockages on these pathways that prevents the free flow of energy is thought to cause disease in the body, mind and spirit. When the acupuncturist identifies an area of blockage, a fine needle is inserted into the area to eliminate the blockage which is thought to bring about healing and wellbeing in the mind, body and spirit. When acupuncture is used to get rid of psoriasis, it is usually used in combination with Chinese herbalism.
This practice states that ill health is brought about by the presence of excess toxins in the body. In order to eliminate these toxins, you will be encouraged to change your diet, use certain supplements, exercise, reduce stress, drink more water, etc, to help get rid of these toxins and allow the body to heal itself of every sickness and disease including psoriasis.