Psoriasis is a disorder that causes skin cells to multiply and form scales and itchy red patches rapidly. Though there is no cure for it, reducing the symptoms is possible through medical treatments. For those who want to take a more organic approach to treatment, here are a few natural remedies that may help.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
This remedy shows promise when used to relieve symptoms of an itchy scalp caused by psoriasis. Organic ACV diluted with water is suggested to reduce experiencing a burning sensation. This solution should not be used on open wounds or cracked skin.
Tea Tree Oil
Many believe that this oil has antiseptic properties. Research suggests that shampoos containing tea tree oil are effective in reducing the itch associated with scalp psoriasis.
The application of the active ingredient that gives chili peppers their spice is also known to reduce inflammation and redness. Creams that contain capsaicin can block nerve endings and prevent the transmission of pain signals to the brain.
Well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, the active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. This ingredient has proven to alter gene expression and minimize psoriasis when taken as a supplement.
Though further research is needed, some suggest that oat paste reduces redness and itch when applied to the skin.
Research suggests that the gel from the aloe vera plant is effective in reducing redness and scaling caused by psoriasis. A cream that contains 0.5% aloe extracts proves to be effective when applied three times a day.
Mahonia Aquifolium (Oregon Grape)
Extracts of this herb have proven beneficial in treating mild and moderate psoriasis. Studies point to the effectiveness of 10% mahonia extract when used in a topical cream.
Dead Sea Salts
Studies point to the benefits of Dead Sea salts in relieving itching and removing scales associated with psoriasis. Results suggest that A 15-minute soak in warm water that contains these salts provides relief.
While natural herbs and remedies may be safe most of the time, their interactions with other ongoing treatments could cause complications. You should always consult your treating physician for advice before starting alternate therapies for medical conditions.