Jessica Belshaw from Torpoint, Cornwall, said that the symptoms of her guttate form of psoriasis started when spots on her abdomen appeared when she was just 13 years old. Then, the disease covered her whole body in excruciating red, flaky patches. For years, she was on steroid creams, but later on decided to switch to natural healing about a year after suffering from severe steroid withdrawals, which caused her serious discomfort each time she missed a dose.
Belshaw believes that her vegan, gluten-free, and mostly raw diet helps her manage her condition, in addition to yoga and meditation for managing her stress levels and preventing flare-ups. Aside from her vegan and gluten-free diet, she also eats plenty of raw foods and leafy green vegetables, drinks a lot of water, and limit her alcohol consumption. Even though she still experiences breakouts occasionally, she learned to accept her condition and encourages others to do the same. (Related: Psoriasis is becoming a pandemic)
“My first advice would be acceptance, accepting who you are is the first stage in order to love who you are and heal your body,” Belshaw said.
Psoriasis is a long-term autoimmune disease that causes the fast build-up of skin cells. This, in turn, leads to scaling on the surface of the skin. Commonly, inflammation and redness around the scale occur. Psoriatic scales are usually whitish-silver and turn into thick, red patches. There is a possibility that these patches will crack and bleed. Psoriasis can appear anywhere — on the eyelids, ears, mouth, and lips, skin folds, hands and feet, and nails. There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, pustular, inverse, and erythrodermic. The exact cause of this disease remains unknown. But what scientists know is that the immune system and genetics play major roles in the development of the disease. The primary symptoms of psoriasis include red, flaky, crusty patches, covered with silvery scales that shed easily and extreme itching and burning.
Listed below are some of the natural remedies for management and treatment of psoriasis.
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