Psoriasis is one of the most persistent inflammatory skin disorders that people across the globe are affected with.
In psoriasis the cell cycle is paced up on the skin surface which forms thick, silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful.
Around 1-5% of the population worldwide is affected with psoriasis.It prevails most often at ages 16 to 22 and at ages 57 to 60, but the disorder is not limited to these ages and can occur at any age.
Though psoriasis is rarely lethal, it can affect a patient’s quality of life. The amount of time required to treat symptoms and cope up with the disease may adversely affect quality of life.
Psoriasis is of different types varying in severity, symptoms and localization. Plaque Psoriasis is the most common type which is also referred to as psoriasis vulgaris. It may appear anywhere on the body and is distinguished by raised, inflamed, red skin with silvery, white scales.
Guttate psoriasis is another type of psoriasis which is characterized by small, red spots, mainly on the torso and limbs.Most of the times guttate psoriasis start from the early years.
Psoriasis typically occurs on the knees, elbows, and scalp. It can also affect the torso, palms, and soles of the feet.
The cause of psoriasis is still not clearly recognized. Instead of protecting your body from infections, the genes that control your immune system begin to promote inflammation and rapid growth of cells.These genes may be present in a patient’s body and not cause any symptoms until and unless they are triggered by a factor.
Some well-known and well-studied factors that trigger psoriasis include infections, injury, sunburn, HIV, Drugs (especially β-blockers, chloroquine).
Other factors that trigger psoriasis are emotional stress, alcohol consumption, tobacco, smoking, obesity etc. Thus avoiding these lifestyle habits can be beneficial in treating psoriasis.
Psoriasis is associated with patient’s genetics. People that have psoriasis in their family history may manifest the disorder when triggered by a factor that activates the causative genes.
Psoriasis may occur on the skin of the elbows, knees, scalp, low back and buttock region in the patients. In 30% of patients joints are also affected by psoriasis.
Since psoriasis is incurable, the treatments aim to control symptoms of the disease. Some treatments include usage of salicylic acid, vitamin D3 analogs, topical and oral retinoid, immunosuppressants, immunomodulatory agents and UV light therapy.
Some home care tips can also help in taking care of psoriasis. Patient should keep the skin moist to reduce and treat irritation and itchiness. One must follow few measures while bathing to treat and help the symptoms. Bathing with lukewarm water is best as hot water may worsen the symptoms.
The persistent nature of psoriasis may make coping with it difficult for a patient. One must follow the treatments and lifestyle changes recommended by doctor to treat psoriasis.
How Turmeric benefits in Psoriasis
Turmeric is a potential anti-psoriatic agent and holds multiple benefits in psoriasis.
- Turmeric is effective in skin treatments.
- It controls inflammation.
- It has antioxidant property.
- It is an anti-microbial agent.
- Curcumin helps fight autoimmune disease.
- Curcumin controls spread of psoriasis.
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Best ways to take Turmeric in Psoriasis
Disclaimer – There is no particular prescribed dose of turmeric defined for psoriasis. Based on the studies and reader’s reports we have summarized various ways of taking turmeric which could benefit in this disorder.
The dosage depends in terms of the formulation of the turmeric supplement and severity of the health condition. Here is the recommended dose:
Fresh Turmeric roots
Turmeric roots are a great addition to diet . But to get a desired therapeutic effect you may need to consume a large number of roots.
Recommended intake: 1-3g or ½ inch long piece of root sliced or chopped. You can also juice it and add a pinch of black pepper to it before consuming. This can be a part of your fresh juices or taken individually.
You can also opt for Golden Paste made from fresh roots. The dosage can be found in the subsequent Golden Paste section.
Further Read – Is fresh turmeric better then powder?
However if you take turmeric powder straight with black pepper then it would be 1-2 g of turmeric powder with a pinch of black pepper.
In terms of teaspoon that would be 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper powder twice a day.
Start with small doses and increase gradually. Avoid taking it on an empty stomach. You can consider making your own Turmeric capsules at home with ground turmeric and black pepper. ( Read DIY Turmeric Capsules)
Maximum dose: 1 tsp of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper thrice a day
Golden Paste combines heat, black pepper and healthy fats to increase the absorption of turmeric.
It is highly recommended to take this paste after/with meals and to avoid taking it close to other medications. (Read Does Turmeric cause acid reflux? Black pepper in GP: Does it cause drug interaction?) Here is the recipe.
You can also make Golden Paste from fresh roots.
Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp for a week and if you see no side effects then increase the dose by ¼ teaspoon every week. Continue till reach a dose of 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day (precisely 1 tsp 3 times a day).
Relief should be evidenced by reduction in skin inflammation and redness at this dose within 1-2 weeks time.
However the ideal dose differs with every individual; some do fine on a small dose while some may need more.
Thinking of other ways to take Golden Paste read 10 ways to take Golden Paste
Maximum dosage: 1 table spoon 2-3 times a day only advised if you are comfortable taking it and not experiencing gastric side effects.
Turmeric tincture helps in reducing inflammation and pain but not much is known about its efficacy in psoriasis.
Take 10-30 drops 2-3 times a day depending on the condition. It can be added to teas, juices or smoothies.
Maximum dosage: 20-30 drops 3 times a day
This is a good option for tea lovers and who want to skip the taste of turmeric paste. Here is the recipe for Turmeric Tea.
Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day
This is just perfect when it comes to combating pain naturally. You can find the recipe for Turmeric Milk here.
Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day
The recommended dosage for supplements is 300-400mg 2-3 times a day for standardized 95% curcumin extract.
However the dose would differ based on the formulation, hence it is best to consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
Avoid taking supplements on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking medicines. Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.
How to apply turmeric topically for psoriasis?
Turmeric can be applied topically for relief in psoriasis. Conduct a patch test prior.
Mix adequate amount of organic turmeric powder with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil to form a smooth paste and apply to the affected area. Leave it on for 30 minutes or longer till it gets absorbed.
Cover with a gauze if needed. Cleanse with cool water if it hasn’t absorbed completely. You can also consider applying turmeric powder mixed with fresh aloe vera gel.
Topical application can be practiced 2-3 times a day and effects should be seen in 1-2 weeks. If symptoms worsen please discontinue application.
Turmeric in diet is absolutely safe. Turmeric supplements should be taken with care. (Read Side effects of Turmeric)
If you are taking blood thinners, turmeric supplements should be avoided. Turmeric can be included in diet in small doses. If suffering from a bleeding disorder consult a doctor and herbalist or naturopath before taking turmeric.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of pregnancy and lactation. Discontinue use of turmeric supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of gall bladder obstructions. (Should you take turmeric if you have gallstones?)
Turmeric may interact with certain medications like stomach acid reducing drugs, diabetes medications, blood thinners. Avoid taking turmeric supplements at the same time as medicines.
Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.
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Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder which is also concerned with the immune response of your body. It is incurable but few treatments and self-help measures may help in coping up with the disease.
After various research studies and experience of users it has been established that turmeric is useful in treating psoriasis. Turmeric and especially curcumin is studies as a potential anti-psoriasis agent.
Turmeric can be included in diet to help in psoriasis. Turmeric paste can be applied directly to the affected area.
Turmeric can also in incorporated in diet in the form of turmeric milk, golden paste and turmeric supplements.
Taking turmeric in proper dose can result beneficial in psoriasis.