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Homeopathy treats psoriatic misery effectively

Psoriasis is the ‘ugly duckling’ of skin disorders. A normal lifespan of skin cells is about 28 days. This means that when a skin cell is shed, another comes up in its place, in as many days. Psoriasis warps the growth cycle of skin cells. This leads to a build-up of thick layers of cells, as they start multiplying rapidly without waiting for the earlier cells to shed. The result is the typical psoriatic appearance — of repulsive skin patches with dreadful scaling.

Psoriasis varies in its intensity. Besides, it can progress to affect other areas of the body, such as the nails, joints and scalp. Psoriasis has a tendency to run in families, appear, flare-up and exit. This is commonly witnessed with worsening of symptoms or remission and vice versa.

About 2-3 per cent of the general population is affected by psoriasis; the disorder is becoming increasingly common. The prevalence seems to be higher among young adults, even though the scaly distress can strike at any age. There is, however, no gender bias. Besides, it is important to bear in mind that the condition is not infectious. Psoriasis cannot spread from one individual to another through physical contact; for example, at the swimming pool.

Homeopathy lays great emphasis on the individual’s psychological make-up, particularly factors that are likely to activate psoriasis. This includes stress or emotional distress, environmental triggers and food allergies, or preferences. The most important criteria, however, are each individual’s unique symptoms. The homeopathic remedy, Arsenicum Album, for instance, is indicated for dry, rough and scaly psoriatic skin, while Lycopodium is useful for dry skin and raw psoriatic areas in the bends of joints. Sulphur is effective for dry, red, scaly and itchy psoriatic patches, worse after a bath, or shower, among other remedies. They are best prescribed by a professional homeopathic doctor at the clinic.

 

A study, published in the respected journal, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, reports that a group of patients suffering from chronic skin disorders, including psoriasis, eczema and acne, among others, were treated with homeopathy. 83 per cent of patients reported significant improvement in their quality of life and reduction in their skin symptoms.