Psoriasis, a life-long disease that affects about 7.5 million people worldwide, is an auto-immune but non-contagious condition that results in itchy, red skin patches on different parts of the body. Although there is no permanent cure for psoriasis, there are certain ways one can control the condition, sometimes even to a maximum extent. One of those ways includes turmeric.
The Healing Benefits of Turmeric
Thanks to its spicy taste and its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, turmeric has been used for centuries. This peppery spice has numerous health benefits, including:
- Powerful anti-oxidant capacity
- Can boost the immune system
- Can improve brain health
- Can improve heart health
- Can improve liver health
- Aids in digestion
- Relieves arthritis,
- Can improve cholesterol,
- Reduces high ,blood pressure
- Heals wounds,
- May prevent cancer.
It’s good to know that the most of turmeric’s health benefits come from a compound called curcumin, which is a powerful healing agent, both when consumed and applied topically.
Turmeric for Psoriasis
Thanks to its healing properties, turmeric has been used in the treatment of various skin problems, including acne, congested skin, wounds, burns, but also eczema and psoriasis.
The reason why turmeric can be used for the treatment of psoriasis is because it’s anti-inflammatory, with the ability to inhibit the inflammatory enzymes that are associated with this condition.
The best way to use turmeric is both orally and topically.
Orally: to consume turmeric regularly and in sufficient amounts (between 1.5 and 3 grams), you can add some in your smoothies, juices and meals, or take turmeric supplements.
Topically: tor topical applications, simply mix turmeric with water. You should get a pasty turmeric mixture. Apply the remedy onto your psoriasis lesions, cover with gauze and leave it on overnight. In the morning, rinse with warm water.
Tip: to remove turmeric stains from your skin, you can first cleanse your skin with oil (cleansing oil or simple coconut oil will work) and then with a gentle gel or foam cleanser and water.