Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that generally appears as patches of raised red skin covered by a flaky white buildup. Although the exact cause is unknown, psoriasis is believed to be related to faulty signals sent by the body’s immune system. These signals accelerate the growth cycle in skin cells, which pile up on the surface when the body can’t shed them fast enough.
Psoriasis is not contagious-no one can “catch” it from another person. It has a genetic component that makes certain people more likely to develop it, but often an external or environmental “trigger” is necessary to make psoriasis appear. These triggers may include emotional stress, injury to the skin, some types of infection and reaction to certain drugs.
The most common form of psoriasis is called “plaque psoriasis”-about 80 percent of people with psoriasis have this type. Plaque psoriasis can appear on any skin surface, although the knees, elbows, scalp, trunk and nails are the most common locations. There are several other types of psoriasis, and between 10 percent and 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop a related form of arthritis, called psoriatic arthritis.
Neem and Psoriasis
Neem has an almost magical effect on chronic skin conditions that fail to respond to conventional treatments. Acne, psoriasis, eczema, and ringworm are conditions that are effectively treated by a Neem preparation.
In clinical studies Neem extracts and oil were found to be as effective as coal tar and cortisone in treating psoriasis. However there were none of the usual side effects accompanying the use of Neem as there was with Coal tar and cortisone. When applied to the skin, Neem extracts and oil removed the redness and itching while improving the condition of the skin for the duration of the treatment.
Some things that may help:
- Avoiding spicy and processed food.
- Not using perfumed soaps.
- Not using harsh household chemical
- cleaning products.
- Avoiding stressful situations. Avoiding latex and rubber gloves.
- Avoiding certain perfumes.
- Avoiding soft drinks especially ones with Aspartame.
- Avoiding moisturizers with strong perfumes, lanolin and alcohol.
- Get to know your own body and it’s reactions to various substances.
Clinical studies exist on fish oil supplements and evening primrose oil, both of which produced some good results in psoriasis
Sunlight can be a valuable treatment option for people with psoriasis. Eighty percent of the people who get regular daily doses of sunlight enjoy improvement or clearing of their psoriasis.
Managing disease and restoring health involves assessing the whole person to understand the nature of the imbalance. If you are only prescribed medication without looking at your diet or your lifestyle then the condition will only be masked over rather than tackled.
Moisturizing the skin is very important.
Psoriasis of the Scalp
In scalp psoriasis, areas of the skin grow much faster than normal and form red, scaling patches. Psoriasis is a problem only because it itches and can be unsightly. It is not contagious. Although it is not dangerous, scalp psoriasis can be persistent and difficult to treat.
Psoriatic arthritis is a specific type of arthritis that develops in approximately 23 percent of people who have psoriasis. The disease can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in its milder forms.
Stress can trigger or aggravate psoriasis in some people. Therefore, practices that promote relaxation and stress reduction is a good idea for people with psoriasis.
The best diet is the one that makes the individual feel the best, because people with psoriasis benefit from a healthy lifestyle and eating habits, just like everybody else. Many people report that certain foods either aggravate or improve their skin.
Neem is effective on serious Dermatological conditions
Dr. H.S. Puri, a leading clinical research scientist in India made the following statement:
“SKIN CREAMS INCORPORATING NEEM OIL CAN CONTROL PSORIASIS, ECZEMA, ACNE, DERMATITIS AND OTHER SKIN PROBLEMS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER KNOWN PRODUCT”
Neem is clinically proven to be an effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory, relieving both pain and inflammation. These qualities along with the above mentioned properties of Neem is what makes Neem so effective against serious skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne, dermatitis, shingles, jock itch, athletes foot, ring worm, scabies, lice, Candida, and more. Lotions and creams containing Neem oil and Neem leaf extracts are effective externally and Neem leaf extract, capsules, and teas are useful internally because they effectively detoxify the blood of impurities that are the source of skin problems.
Treatment. Bathe in Neem oil and bubble bath; use lotion as needed during the day and Blitz stick for stubborn areas or broken skin.
Suggested Products: – Neem oil, bubble bath, shao shampoo, Neem mist or antiflare lotion. Blitz stick, Neem soap.