Psoriasis can lead to life-long skin problems that often cause embarrassment with one’s appearance. This auto-immune disease affects hundreds of thousands of people around the world and is generally considered to be caused by genetic and environmental factors.
Although people with psoriasis will experience different symptoms, the most common symptoms are noticeable red patches covered with a something best described as scales. Unless you’re planning on dressing up as Godzilla for Halloween, scales are not typically what you’re looking for in great skin.
People with psoriasis generally have an excess of skin cells that build up on the skin. This is what causes the red, scaly patches and can also cause mild to severe itching.
Many doctors prescribe very aggressive treatments aimed at altering the immune system. In some cases, doctors may even recommend salicylic acid, topical steroids, or coal tar as treatment options.
Needless to say, coal tar isn’t a great addition to your skin care regimen and in recent years people with psoriasis have begun searching for alternative, natural remedies for their problems with psoriasis.
Does Turmeric Work for Psoriasis?
Turmeric has been used for skin care for over 2,000 years. This spice native to India has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic cultures and Indian brides were almost always treated to a turmeric face mask the day before their wedding.
Despite this ancient wisdom, you may be wondering: How does turmeric actually affect psoriasis? One of the main components in turmeric is curcumin and this element is what gives turmeric its ability to help heal and treat damaged skin. Curcurmin is a natural anti-inflammatory and will help people who experience damaged, flaky and dry skin conditions.
Dozens of experiments have been performed, and health professionals have found that people with psoriasis do experiment improvement in their psoriasis symptoms compared to the control groups who were given placebos. In one such study, as many as 72% of the participants were found to have almost complete relief from their psoriasis symptoms after only 4 months of turmeric treatment.
If you’re ready to try a promising, alternative and natural treatment for your psoriasis, read on for three tips on how to use turmeric for psoriasis symptoms.
Psoriasis, Fish Oil and Black Pepper
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Curcurmin isn’t very well absorbed by our body in its natural state. In order to help your body absorb the curcurmin which will help fight off the symptoms of psoriasis, it is important to ingest a chemical compound called piperine. This element will help your body absorb the curcurmin in turmeric by over 2000%.
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And where can we find piperine? Black pepper is filled with the stuff, which is probably why people from India combined turmeric with black pepper as two of the main ingredients in curry.
Furthermore, many doctors have found that a diet that is supplemented with fish oil will also help people with find relief from the flaky skin associated with psoriasis. With a little creativity, you should be able to come up with some great Indian or Thai recipes that use turmeric, fish oil and black pepper. Your stomach and your skin will thank you.
Do it Yourself Turmeric Creams
If you’re not a big fan of curry, you can also make your own face masks from turmeric. Combining a little bit of turmeric powder, milk, honey and lemon juice will create a great cream that you can rub over the red, scaly patches of your psoriasis. It’s best to rub it on right before taking a shower and let it sit for a 10-15 minutes to soak into your skin.
We advise doing it during your pre-shower routine because turmeric does tend to stain everything you touch bright yellow.
Gels, Capsules and Other Over the Counter Treatments
Many people who have written turmeric for psoriasis reviews complain of not liking the taste of turmeric nor particularly enjoying the experience of smearing their body with a golden colored cream. Luckily, there are many companies that sell turmeric capsules that can be swallowed without having to endure the taste of turmeric. Furthermore, you may also be able to find gels with turmeric extract that have been proven to be effective in fighting psoriasis without leaving your skin the color of the sun.
Luckily, there really are no side effects of eating too much turmeric so the turmeric dosage for psoriasis relief is really not all that important. In some clinical trials, patients were given up to 4,000 mg per day of turmeric, with no adverse side effects. Adding a small amount of turmeric to your diet every day should be enough for you to see results within a couple of months.