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Psoriasis Homeopathic treatment



Are you tormented from red scaly patches over your skin that fixes peoples eyes at you causing embarrassment? In that case this could be a symptom of "Psoriasis", a recurring inflammatory unsightly skin condition. In Psoriasis victims skin cells reproduce at an unusually expeditious pace. This causes cells to assemble on the skin's surface instead of shedding, manifesting patchy lesions identified as Psoriasis. Psoriasis patches are found on scalp, face, behind ears, chest, elbows, palms, finger nails, lower back, genitals, knees, legs, soles and toenails.

Living with Psoriasis can be physically and emotionally challenging. In addition to its physical outcome on skin, Psoriasis can also have a devastating influence on your emotional, psychological and social well being.

The name of the disease is derived from the Greek word 'psora' which means 'itch'. In ancient Hahnemanian days, diseases were categorised into three miasms - psora, syphilis and sycosis. They called itch and functional diseases as psora; complicated, destructive and veneral diseases as syphilis; and fig wart and tumourous diseases as sycosis. Syphilis and sycosis usually arise complicating the initial psora. Psoriasis is one of the most maltreated diseases from olden days, which continues now with the search of a good remedy.



Psoriasis is a non-contagious, dry, inflammatory, ugly skin disorder, which can involve the entire system of a person. This disease is chronic in nature with a tendency to relapse. It is mostly inherited. In this disease, the skin keeps scaling as flakes, due to rapid, excessive multiplication of the epidermis cells which look like fishy skin (plaques thick accumulation of silvery, scaly skins) and finally peels off as exfoliation. The silvery plaques are caused by accelerated regeneration of skin due to a rapid destructive process. It will not spread from one person to another by contact, but can be transmitted genetically (25 per cent).

Commonly recognized types of Psoriasis :

 Differnt types of psoriasis

There are five different types of Psoriasis:

  •               Plaque Psoriasis: this is the most common form of Psoriasis also known as Psoriasis Vulgaris. It transpires as patches of bumpy reddish skin encased by white silvery scales. These patches form primarily on elbows, knees, lower back, chest and scalp.
  •               Guttate Psoriasis: this cultivates in children and young adults following a Strep infection. It materializes as small dot sized red spots on the chest, arms and legs.
  •               Pustular Psoriasis: this appears as tender areas of fiery red skin with white pus-filled blisters mainly on palms and soles. This can be triggered by infections, pregnancy, sunburns or certain medications.
  •               Inverse Psoriasis: this shows as smooth, red lesions in skin folds like arm-pits, genitals, between the buttocks and under the breasts. This is more prevalent in people who are over weight.
  •               Erythrodermic Psoriasis: this exhibits as extensive redness as if skin is burnt with severe itching and pain. This can be life threatening because the skin loses its defensive function and may not be able to safeguard against heat and fluid loss nor preclude harmful bacteria from entering the body. This can be activated by illnesses, emotional stress, alcoholism or excessive use of corticosteroids.

Causes of Psoriasis:

 

 Trigger of psoriasis

Triggers of Psoriasis:

  •               Inherited from family.
  •               Stress, depression.
  •               Undue sweating.
  •               Skin injuries like cuts, scrapes, chemical irritation, tattoos, burns, vaccination and shaving.
  •               Food allergens.
  •               A strep infection, upper respiratory viral infection, boils, thrush or HIV.
  •               Certain medications like anti-malarial drugs, Corticosteroids, medications used to treat high blood pressure, arthritis, heart conditions and depression.
  •               Sunburns.
  •               Cold and dry weather.
  •               Hormonal imbalance.
  •               Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption.

 Complications of psoriasis:

 

Psoriasis usually grows worse with suppressing steroid drugs. So never use steroid drugs. The entire outburst may reflect inwards to involve every part of the body when suppressed. Usually, everyone knows diabetes can affect every part of the body except hair, teeth and nails. But psoriasis can affect these too. In the case of nail being affected, it may end up in loss of nails. If treatment is followed with patience, then psoriasis will remain only a skin disorder and make life with the disease better. The anxiety of the sufferer also makes his/her health deteriorate further. Anxiety, stress will make psoriasis worse. Be happy so you can live better without complications. In neglected or maltreatment cases, psoriasis can involve joints, liver, kidneys, bones, etc. Sometimes the raw skin surface, which peels off, attracts infection with scratching, which may lead to painful blisters. Other than disease complications, drug diseases or complications on using steroids also occur in many cases with ulcer, cirrhosis, kidney failures, neutropaenia, neoplasia, etc. Many patients try out drugs even without the doctor’s advice. Drug cocktails can be harmful. Also, the disease grows worse with wrong drugs.

Symptoms :

Psoriasis symptoms 

  •               Patches of dry skin.
  •               Itching and burning.
  •               Discomfort and Insomnia due to itching.
  •               Pain.
  •               Cracked and bleeding skin.
  •               Blisters with pus.
  •               Fever in cases of Pustular Psoriasis.
  •               Yellow or pitted nails.
  •               Joint pains with swelling.
  •               Low self esteem and embarrassment because of your looks.
  •               Social isolation.
  •               Suicidal thoughts.

General treatment –

There is no known specific treatment for psoriasis. The drug most effective in one case may be totally ineffective in another i.e., no drug is capable of smart work in every case. Also, since most of oral drugs are hepato (liver) toxic, everyone concentrates on a variety of external applications like petroleum jelly, liquid paraffin, tar ointment, psoralen (photosensitive drug), salicylic acid, steroid ointment, etc., to care for skin dryness and infection. UV rays are also often used to control psoriasis. In a good number of cases, a moisturiser itself will help. But in cases of a progressive disease, internal drugs may be needed. The rebound of complaints is often noticed in stoppage of external applications or internal drugs. Psychological support must be given explaining the possibility of living better with psoriasis with hope. Recurrences and remissions are very common in the treatment of psoriasis as every tide has its ebb. Nobody can claim complete cure, since it can recur after 5-6 years or even more than that. So everyone must be prepared for a longer remission period. No system can calm all the cases, as ‘No one can please everybody’.

Homeopathic approach or treatment to Psoriasis:

Treated case of psoriasis

 

Fearing spread of psoriasis will kill more than the disease. The greatest joy for psoriasis patients is the disappearance of the rashes. The disappearance of the itch/scaly skin itself doesn’t mean the disease is waning, i.e., skin rash can be easily made to disappear with steroidal external applications which will usually mask the complaint. Likewise, suppressive immune therapy with steroid drugs will also mask the complaint, but very temporarily. Allopathic way of approach is usually against causative factor or disease. In psoriasis, since the causative factor has not been identified, the treatment is aimed at temporary management with medications and external applications. But, Homeopathy treats the symptoms of patients, ratherthan the diseases or its effects.
Homeopathic remedies work at the nanomolecular level and help the immune system to set right the misplaced defense attacks. Thus, homeopathy does not only have a long lasting effect, but a lasting cure. After a thorough consideration of the constitutional makeup of an individual, a detailed history taking of the patient’s mental as well physical preferences and characteristics, a suitable homeopathic remedy is given. The remedy is different for different patients as no two patients are same even though they are suffering from the same medical condition.

Successful management and cure with Homeopathy.Dr Makkar explain disappearance of the itch/scaly skin itself doesn’t mean the disease is waning, i.e., skin rash can be easily made to disappear with steroidal external applications which will usually mask the complaint. Likewise, suppressive immune therapy with steroid drugs will also mask the complaint, but very temporarily. Allopathic way of approach is usually against causative factor or disease. In psoriasis, since the causative factor has not been identified, the treatment is aimed at temporary management with medications and external applications. But, Homeopathy treats the symptoms of patients, ratherthan the diseases or its effects. Excellent results for one patient may have very little or no effect in another. This will make the patient feel frustrated, since he might have been referred by a patient who got better by going to the same doctor or by using the same medicines. It depends upon the patient’s symptom. Homeopathy improves the general condition of the patient to create an environment which is not favourable for the disease. Also in other systems, the medicine is selected to stop proliferation of epidermis or infection. But Homeopathy aims at saving/making the skin healthy so that there won’t be any need of production or proliferation of skin cells. It means that, if there is a need, there will be excessive production. If there is no need, automatically, excessive exfoliation or scaling gets reduced.

Homeopathy contemplates Psoriasis as an immune interceded condition instigated by faulty signals in the body’s immune system. Homeopathy can propose a curative therapy approach for Psoriasis. Homeopathic medicines are natural and safe with no probability of any side effects and treats Psoriasis without using any local ointments. The medicines work towards impeding the proliferation of skin cells which inevitably alleviates excessive scaling. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body’s own healing potential by restoring balance of the immune system and countering the genetic predisposition. Homeopathic treatment will control the number and severity of lesions, minimize flare ups, improve your quality of life, maintain long term remission, reduce disability and in most cases bring about a permanent cure. Homeopathic remedies are gentle and easy to take, are regulated by the FDA and prepared according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States.

Prevention or self care measure of Psoriasis

psoriasis prevention self care home tips 

  •               Exercise.
  •               Reduce stress.
  •               Drink plenty of fluids.
  •               Eat a balanced diet.
  •               Get enough sleep.
  •               Avoid alcohol and smoking.
  •               Use a moisturizer regularly.
  •               Avoid scratching and do not pick on lesions.
  •               Apply a cold compress for the itch.
  •               Soak in a warm oatmeal bath.
  •               Use Epsom salt and fresh Neem leaves or Neem oil in bathing water to soothe itching.
  •               Always bathe in warm water and not hot water.
  •               Always pat dry your skin, do not rub.
  •               Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
  •               Wear cotton clothing, other fabrics may irritate your skin.
  •               Always use a humidifier in the house to add moisture.

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About Dr. GS Makkar


Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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