6 Psoriasis Ayurvedic Treatment Tips (Hint: Anyone Can Do These)

As a sufferer of chronic psoriasis, I have been led on an interesting journey in an attempt to find relief.

On my journey, I stumbled across some others with psoriasis who benefited from Ayurvedic treatments. I was nervous to try something this alternative, but the anecdotal reports were so positive that I decided to do some more digging.

Lo and behold, there are actually quite a few ways to go about treating psoriasis through Ayurveda, many of which are relatively easy to implement, whilst being both safe and highly effective .

A Brief Look At Ayurveda

Very briefly speaking, Ayurvedic medicine is a traditional form of medicine practiced over the last 3,000 years in India and is an established mode of health practice in India even in modern times.

According to Ayurveda, the state of health of our body is regulated by three factors or ‘energies’ called “doshas”, namely:

  • Vata energy – Controls bodily functions
  • Kapa energy – Linked to growth
  • Pita (‘peeta’) – Informs and controls energy formation (metabolism)

Essentially, Ayurveda revolves around keeping all three in balance and in the case of Psoriasis, all three are out of balance!

The best remedies from Ayurveda that I have found to bring these back into balance are as follows…

Turmeric

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Most Ayurvedic practitioners will tell anyone to eat as much turmeric in their diets as possible. When I checked why that is, I was absolutely blown away!

Turmeric is an incredibly potent anti-inflammatory spice and there is so much research to show just how effective it is. Curcumin is the main component of turmeric that gives all these fabulous benefits.

One study showed that people with mild to moderate psoriasis who applied a turmeric gel to their affected skin sites had significantly reduced symptoms after just 9 weeks! Benefits included less redness, thickness, and scaling .

Ingesting turmeric daily also yielded very positive results for those with psoriasis. Since I read all this research on turmeric, I have begun finding ways to add it into all my cooking – so far so good!

Frankincense

Frankincense is native to India and has been central to Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, just like turmeric.

A study revealed that boswelic acid, found inside the gum of the frankincense tree, was capable of significantly reducing and managing the symptoms psoriasis.

In the study, participants used the cream three times a day every day for a twelve-week period. Using photos of the participants’ psoriatic skin, they evaluated for size, inflammation, severity, color and other factors to assess the effects of the cream compared to the control group.

It’s studies like this that truly give hope to those of us who suffer from this condition! Although, it’s a bit difficult to find some frankincense tree gum, I settled for using the essential oil with some coconut oil, both of which has definitely helped.

If you go ahead and try out a frankincense essential oil, just make sure to dilute it in something or it might be too strong.

Ashwagandha

This herb is commonly used in many Ayurvedic treatments and is usually prepared by infusing it with sesame oil to make a topical lotion.

When rubbed onto inflamed painful joints and scaled itchy skin, it showed soothing and beneficial effects. Ayurvedic practitioners use it to help with dry, itchy skin conditions, including both eczema and psoriasis.

Another great effect of Ashwagandha is that it can relieve stress. As those of us with psoriasis will know, stress is able to trigger psoriasis flare-ups, so Ashwagandha can definitely help prevent them by limiting stress and relieving inflammation.

The bottom line is that Ashwagandha is a fantastic ayurvedic remedy for psoriasis.

For those of us (including myself) who can’t get our hands on the actual herb, I found that local health stores and some pharmacies do stock Ashwagandha supplements. As soon as I am able, I will be trying it out, but you can go for it in the meantime – it’s quite safe!

Garlic

Ayurvedic doctors would advise increasing the amount of garlic alongside turmeric in an anti-psoriasis diet. I already cook with garlic, so this was interesting to find out.

Apparently, garlic contains allicin, which has a lot of great antimicrobial properties and boosts gut health. It also soothes inflammation and has shown to help those with Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is something that more than half of psoriasis sufferers have to deal with every day.

This is a really nice way to boost our immune function without causing inflammation, and let’s get real here – have you ever met somebody who doesn’t enjoy eating garlic in their food??

An interesting paper also recommended using garlic topically on Psoriatic lesions. If you can handle the way it leaves a smell afterwards, then perhaps this would be a good way to reduce scabbing too!

Aloe Vera

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Somewhere I read that Aloe Vera is used in Ayuvedic medicine quite frequently. And of course, much is also known about the skin enhancing and burn soothing properties of Aloe Vera.

According to Dr. Axe as well as anecdotal accounts, Aloe Vera gel has been reported to have very skin-soothing effects for those who suffer from psoriasis.

In studies done almost 100 years ago already, Aloe Vera provided rapid relief from burns and itching associated with dermatitis, as well as repairing damaged skin. In further studies, aloe vera gel was shown to reduce psoriasis skin afflictions by up to 83%.

I also discovered that drinking aloe vera juice improves gut health. Not sure if anyone realizes, but gut health seems to play a major role in the onset of psoriasis and many psoriasis cases have cleared simply from taking probiotics.

Jasmine Flowers

Jasmine is a gorgeous white flower that proliferates through India.

In some literature on Ayurveda remedies, jasmine flower paste was proved to be very good for relieving itching and soothing inflammation topically. Although I have never seen jasmine flower paste anywhere.

Instead of using jasmine flower paste, I have taken to drinking jasmine tea, which also alleviates inflammation in the body and helps my joints to feel better. Bathing in jasmine tea is something else I want to give a go, as it will likely have soothing effects on my skin!

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