The Right Way to Use Herbs for Psoriasis Treatment
Herbal or natural remedies that might help with the prevention and long-term treatment of psoriasis include and are not limited to;
Oregon grape (Mahonia Aquifolium)
Mahonia aquifolium is a powerful antimicrobial herb that plays a significant role in our immune responses. Research show, applying cream that contains about ten percent (10%) mahonia aquifolium is quite useful for the treatment of mild to moderate psoriasis. Since mahonia aquifolium is an alkaloid, it should only be used as cream unless under the supervision of a physician.
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Some research shows that sap from the Aloe Vera plant, when applied to the skin for up to thrice a day, can help in reducing the scaling and redness associated with psoriasis. Ideal creams contain about 0.5% aloe. The benefits of taking aloe in tablet form have not yet been proven through any research and could, in turn, be harmful.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is from leaves of a plant native to Australia. Studies show that tea tree oil has antiseptic qualities. For most people, using herbal creams containing tea tree oil helps to relieve the scalp psoriasis. However, some people may be allergic to tea tree oil.
Although research on the antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric is still on-going, some studies show curcumin, an active ingredient of turmeric, has the ability to alter gene expression and this is the reason turmeric is very useful in minimizing psoriasis flares. Ideal creams contain about 1.5% turmeric.
Capsaicin added to ointments and creams helps to block pain transmitting nerve endings. Researches show that creams containing capsaicin assist in reducing the inflammation, pain, scaling, and redness associated with psoriasis. The long-term benefits of capsaicin are currently under additional research which is needed to assess its long-term benefits and safety. Capsaicin ointment may cause a burning sensation to some people when applied.
Non-herbal medication for psoriasis consists of too many side effects making the herbal treatment a better option. Because of the dangers posed by the oral consumption of most of the different herbal remedies associated with the treatment of psoriasis, herbal creams are the better alternative. The use of any herbal remedy should be in consultation with your doctor.