5 Strange Yet Effective Remedies for Psoriasis Relief

You know the one thing all of us psoriasis folk have in common? We’re a brave and adventurous bunch. How else could we have come up with such a diverse array of remedies for psoriasis and DIY fixes? 

Desperation, you say? Yea, okay, there’s that too.

And what better proof of the statement that necessity is the mother of all invention than the below strange yet effective remedies for psoriasis relief…

Capsaicin

This ingredient that gives chili peppers their spicy kick is also one of the best natural remedies for psoriasis. It works by overloading pain transmitters, effectively blocking the nerve endings that let you feel pain. Just keep in mind that it will initially burn like hot damn, shortly followed by sweet relief.

And it doesn’t just stop the burning and itching – it’s also very effective at reducing redness, inflammation and scaling – you know, all of psoriasis’s nasty friends. Since you’ll probably be applying it to broken, already inflamed skin, we recommend DIY-ing your own capsaicin cream at home, since most store-bought ones have a ingredients that can irritate your psoriasis, i.e. alcohol. If you really can’t be DIY-bothered, stick to a capsaicin cream around .025 to .075 percent – more than that and it can come on way too strong.

Banana Peel

Not sure what creative soul came up with this one, but as crazy as it sounds – it does oddly sort of work, at least for itchiness relief. Nobody knows why, but we think it’s because banana peels contain phytochemicals like polyphenols and carotenoids that act as antioxidants to decrease inflammation and reduce oxidative stress in irritated skin.

To use the banana peel therapy, peel a banana and rub the inside of the peel on your psoriasis patches. You can also cut the banana peels into little strips and secure them to your skin with saran wrap. Go for unripe peels since they have higher antioxidant potency than ripe ones!

Manuka Honey

This sweet stuff is the most renowned of all honeys thanks to the fact that it not only contain hydrogen peroxide (found in all raw honeys and the reason behind honeys’ antibacterial powers) – but also a huge dose of methylglyoxl, which is a potent antibacterial, anti-inflammatory agent that speeds up wound healing and treats microbial infections.

Being a hydroscopic, Manuka honey is also naturally wound-protective, pulling moisture out of bacteria in infected areas and allowing wounds to heal faster, making it a godsend when you have cracked, broken skin or scalp from psoriasis. It also promotes moisture, helps break down old skin cells, and fights infections, bacteria and fungi without irritating your skin.

Diatomaceous Earth

Hesitant about trying diatomaceous earth for psoriasis? Can’t blame you – no one’s thrilled at the idea of eating dirt. Or bug killer, for that matter. Still, this is one of the most effective yet under-rated natural remedies for psoriasis, probably because you have to be pretty open-minded to try it.

Here’s how it works in a nutshell: Diatomaceous earth is composed of the fossilized remains of little dead sea creatures called diatoms whose skeletons are made of silica, an essential mineral necessary for healthy skin, hair and nails. But it’s not just the high silica content that benefits psoriasis – DE is a potent detoxifier, binding to and flushing out viral, fungal and bacterial pathogens, parasites, heavy metals, yeast (Candida), and even pesticide residues.

Food-grade DE is non-toxic for both humans and animals. The only drawback is symptoms may get worse before they get better so expect some brutal flare-ups in the beginning.

Acupuncture

This 3,000-year-old Chinese medicine treatment consists of having fine needles inserted into your skin at specific points along energy lines (meridians) to redirect the flow of energy in your body. Sound too hippie woo woo for you? It won’t if it works, like it has for so many people.

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And it’s well worth a try – acupuncture’s been shown to improve psoriasis as well as several other autoimmune conditions like arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Plus, it’s safe, doesn’t hurt, it won’t interfere with any of your existing psoriasis treatments, and it’s quite relaxing.

Not thrilled at the thought of having pins sticking out of you? Acupressure is an option as well.

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