What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is one of the most common autoimmune disorders worldwide affecting over 125 people worldwide and 7.5 million Americans.
This condition causes patches of red, rough skin, silver scales, that can cause discomfort and severe itching. It occurs when the T cells, which play a role in fighting disease and infections, become overly active. As a result, the immune system attacks these cells, leading to inflammation and skin breakouts. This recurring autoimmune disorder can affect quality of life as well as self-esteem and confidence.
Understanding the Root Causes of Psoriasis
Like many medical conditions psoriasis can be triggered by a number of factors:
Infections - can weaken on the immune system
Poor digestion/gut health
Poor detoxification/liver function,
Vitamin & Mineral deficiencies
Stress (physical or psychological)
Food sensitivities - Learn more about food sensitivities
Environmental toxins (toxic load) - heavy metals and non-metal toxins
Conventional medications that suppress the immune system help improve the appearance and relieve itching, but can come with serious side effects, such as infections, allergic reactions, vision disturbance, liver damage, skin cancer, and other types of cancer.
Can Psoriasis Be Healed Naturally?
Natural therapies can be used as an addition or an alternative to psoriasis medications depending on the severity. Some patients with more severe psoriasis may do better with a more integrative approach that includes medication and a holistic approach. It’s important to realize natural therapies will also fail long term if only symptoms are treated, and the root cause is not addressed. The best way to get lasting relief from psoriasis is to identify the root cause and follow recommendations based on your individual needs.
From a holistic medicine perspective, psoriasis can be improved by correcting the underlying imbalances mentioned above through a targeted wellness plan to restore normal function of the immune, digestion and detoxification systems. Correcting nutrient deficiencies through diet and supplementation along with managing stress are also critical to the healing process with psoriasis.
Because there can be a great deal of variation in the nutrient deficiencies that trigger psoriasis in an individual, many experience improvement by having their vitamin/mineral levels tested and following a personalized repletion regimen to get levels back to normal.
Psoriasis is common in individuals that have leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders. After all, more than 80 percent of the immune system is located in the gut. Many individuals with psoriasis benefit from a gut healing regimen that addresses gut infections, improves digestion, and heals the intestinal barrier.
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