Modern medicine cannot offer any of the most effective drugs for the treatment of psoriasis. All sprays, ointments, creams, therapeutic procedures, pills only help to eliminate unpleasant symptoms and make the patient's life better, prevent and weaken the manifestations of relapses. Then, when the belief in medicines disappears, many patients turn their attention to folk remedies.
Home treatment for psoriasis
Many of those who have been suffering from psoriasis for a long time try to try all possible means to get rid of plaque and flaking for years to come. Tar is considered one of the most effective remedies in folk medicine. Although most patients note that it helps to cure plaques only if psoriasis has begun relatively recently.
Before treating with birch tar, be sure to check if you have an allergic reaction to this substance. This can be done using a special test. Soak a cotton swab in a little bit of tar and apply the product to the crook of the elbow. If you suffer from allergies, then its first signs (redness, itching, peeling) will appear in half an hour. Remember that there are no other contraindications for using birch tar.
Treatment with this remedy lasts 2-6 weeks, depending on the stage and severity of the disease. You can buy tar at any pharmacy. Apply with a cotton swab to those areas of the skin that have been affected by psoriasis. During the first days of treatment, the tar is applied for only ten minutes. After that, it must be washed off with tar soap. Gradually, the therapy time increases to 40 minutes per day. It is best to apply tar in the evening.
Within a couple of days you will be able to see the first positive results. But in any case, do not stop treatment until all plaques have completely disappeared.
Despite the fact that it is birch tar that is considered the best folk remedy for psoriasis, some patients prefer other treatment options.
Even older forms of psoriasis can be easily treated with regular baking soda. In some patients, long-term remission occurs after it, which is quite difficult to achieve with the help of medications. The easiest and most inexpensive option for treating psoriasis with baking soda is to use baths with this substance.
To do this, hot water is taken into the bathroom and up to 900 g of soda is added to it. If necessary, you can also add sea salt, chamomile or string infusions. You need to lie down in the bathroom for at least half an hour to get an effective therapeutic result. After that, never rinse the baking soda off your skin or wipe it off.
Such baths are taken in one day from two to eight weeks. Until complete remission occurs.
Some patients claim that copper sulfate helps to cure psoriatic plaques quickly and for a long time. To use this recipe, you will need the following ingredients: yellow sulfur (powder), copper sulfate, dried celandine (powder), lard, and birch tar. Take 50 g of sulfur and 50 g of burnt vitriol (in powder form). Add there 25 g of birch tar and celandine, as well as 150 g of fat. Put the mixture in a water bath, stir. Then let cool.
The resulting ointment must be lubricated with plaques once a day (best before bedtime). To avoid any problems in the form of allergies, you should first try the ointment on a small area of the skin.
Alternative treatment for psoriasis of the scalp
Homemade shampoos are best for treating scalp psoriasis. The following recipe is considered the most effective.
Take 20 g of honey, baby shampoo and one egg white. All these ingredients must be thoroughly mixed and applied to the scalp every day for three to eight weeks for 15-20 minutes.
No less effective in the treatment of psoriasis of the scalp are a variety of infusions and decoctions, which are taken internally. Among them should be highlighted:
- Take 20 g of elderberry flowers and pour 500 g of boiling water. Insist for about 1. 5 hours. It is necessary to take the tincture every day one hour after meals (120 g).
- Take the roots of calamus and elecampane and combine them with celandine, St. John's wort, lingonberry leaves, horsetail and black elderberry flowers. 10 g of the mixture must be poured with boiling water (250 g).
Treatment of plantar psoriasis with folk remedies
The most effective treatment for plantar psoriasis is fatty or machine grease. In this case, note that only simple grease, which is sold for lubricating metal car parts, helps. Today you can see various preparations based on this substance with herbal ingredients, but, as practice shows, they do not bring the desired result.
Immediately it is worth setting yourself up for long-term treatment (from one to two months). Plantar psoriasis usually takes a long and difficult time to heal, since the plaques are in a place that often comes into contact with other surfaces.
For treatment, you just need to smear the affected areas of the skin with grease. In the first days, spread the grease for 15-20 minutes and every day (within a week) increase this time to 40 minutes. Be sure to wash off the grease after use with tar soap.
Alternative treatment for nail psoriasis
In order to improve the condition of the nails with psoriasis, it is recommended to use the following folk remedy.
Take bay leaves (20 g) and pour 400 g of boiled hot water over them. Cook for about ten minutes over low heat. Then cool and strain. The infusion should be taken orally for a third of a glass three times a day. The therapy lasts up to seven days. After that, it is worth taking a two-day break, and then drinking again according to the old scheme until all the symptoms of the disease disappear.
You can also rub the liquid form of vitamin A (retinol) directly into the nail plate. But it should be borne in mind that such treatment will last at least three months. Some people use cornstarch or oatmeal nail baths.
Folk remedies for the treatment of psoriasis on the elbows
One of the most effective treatments for psoriatic plaques on the elbows is egg ointment. Many patients claim that thanks to this drug they were able to achieve a stable remission for several years.
In order to prepare egg ointment, the following ingredients are needed: put one raw egg (with shell) in a 200-gram glass jar. Pour it with vinegar essence, which should completely cover the egg. Close the lid and put in a dark and cool place for one day. Take out the egg and crush it with the shell. Add a little pork or goose fat there. Stir.
This ointment should be applied to the affected elbows in a small amount, since at first it will be quite unpleasant for the agent to burn. After a while, you can increase the amount. After 1-2 hours, wash off the ointment with water and spread the skin with an ordinary cream (children's is best suited). Apply only once a day. The effectiveness of this tool can be seen pretty soon (2-3 days). The therapy continues until the plaques disappear completely.
Herbal psoriasis treatment
Healing herbs are often used to treat psoriasis. But the most effective among them is purslane, in particular its seeds. For a long time, garden purslane has been considered the safest treatment for psoriasis. It should also be remembered that this plant helps to achieve long-term remission, which is quite difficult to obtain with conventional medications.
Purslane can be purchased either at a pharmacy or online. If you are going to buy over the Internet, then you need to pay attention to "Collecting garden purslane".
For effective therapy, you need to create a concentrated tincture. To do this, take two tablespoons of purslane seeds and brew them in boiled water in a thermos. After the infusion has stood (about an hour), you can apply it to the affected skin. Remember to keep the skin wet from the tincture.
The therapy lasts from four to six weeks and during this time the patient can completely get rid of psoriatic plaques. The remission is long enough. In some cases, it may even be five years old.
Psoriasis treatment with homeopathy
Homeopathic remedies are often used to treat psoriasis. At the same time, some of them help to completely get rid of psoriatic plaques, as well as get a long-term remission. But immediately it is necessary to pay attention to the fact that the treatment with homeopathy is lengthy and rather complicated. In no case should you refuse treatment in the middle of the course, otherwise you will not get effective and positive results.
Note that homeopathic medicines tend to be less effective when taken separately from medicines.
Rating of traditional medicine recipes in the treatment of psoriasis
Remember that traditional medicine is considered more effective in the early stages of the disease, when the first plaques appear on the patient's skin.
Among the most popular folk recipes are the following:
- Celandine is perhaps the most famous medicinal plant that is used, among other things, for the treatment of psoriasis. Its juice is most often used. Such treatment is carried out in the summer, since it is during this period that the celandine begins to bloom. Fresh sap of the plant is applied to the psoriatic plaques immediately after harvesting the plant. The therapy lasts about three months and during this time the patient can see an effective result.
- Hazelnuts are used for making warm baths. Applied during an exacerbation of the disease. To make such a bath, you need to take half a kilogram of walnut shells and insist in boiling water. It is recommended to lie in such a bath for half an hour.
- Meadowsweet - the root of this medicinal plant is used to treat psoriasis. It must be used in powder form. To prepare an ointment based on meadowsweet root, you need to take petroleum jelly or oil and half a glass of crushed root. Boil the mixture in a water bath and smear it on the affected skin.
Effective treatment of psoriasis with folk remedies
Alternative treatment in the fight against psoriatic plaques is more effective. It helps to achieve long-term remission (in some cases even up to five years), as well as to quickly clear the skin of unpleasant external manifestations. Each patient chooses the most effective and proven method for himself. The most popular today are considered: birch tar, celandine juice, viburnum tinctures, baking soda, machine grease. But it is worthwhile to understand that you may be allergic to these funds, therefore, before using them, you need to test for allergic reactions.