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Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition
producing patches of silvery scales that cover areas of reddish
skin. These often appear on the scalp, knees, elbows, buttocks, and
back; sometimes the armpits, genitals, eyebrows, navel, nails, or
other regions are involved. Psoriasis is a deep condition, and
eruptions should not be suppressed with medications; they are best
treated by restoring balance to the system. Descriptions below give
brief information on some of the remedies that help a person with
psoriasis when the remedy fits the individual on many levels. Like
other chronic skin disorders, the treatment of psoriasis takes times
and patience, and is best addressed with the guidance of an
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Arsenicum album: People likely to
respond to this remedy usually are anxious, restless, and
compulsively neat and orderly. They are often deeply chilly,
experience burning pains with many physical complaints, and become
exhausted easily. The skin is dry and scaly and may tend to get
infected. Scratching can make the itching worse, and applying heat
Calcarea carbonica: This remedy is
suited to people who are easily fatigued by exertion, sluggish
physically, chilly with clammy hands and feet, and often overweight.
Skin problems tend to be worse in winter. Typically solid and
responsible, these people can be overwhelmed by too much work and
stress. Anxiety, claustrophobia, and fear of heights are common.
Cravings for sweets and eggs are often also seen when Calcarea
Graphites: People needing this
remedy often have a long-term history of skin disorders. The skin
looks tough or leathery skin with cracks and soreness. Itching is
often worse from getting warm, and the person may scratch the
irritated places till they bleed. Trouble concentrating, especially
in the morning, is also often seen when this remedy is needed.
Mercurius solubilis: People who
seem introverted and formal—but are very intense internally, with
strong emotions and impulses—may benefit from this remedy. They
tend to have swollen lymph nodes and moist or greasy-looking skin,
and are very sensitive to changes in temperature. The areas affected
by psoriasis may become infected easily.
Mezereum: A person who needs this
remedy usually is serious, and often feels strong anxiety in the
region of the stomach. Scaly plaques may itch intensely, thickening
or crusting over if the person scratches them too much. Cold
applications relieve the itching (although the person feels
generally chilly and improves with warmth). People who need this
remedy often have a craving for fat, and feel best in open air.
Petroleum: This remedy is often
indicated for people whose physical problems are aggravated by
stressful emotional experiences. It is especially suited to
individuals with extremely dry skin, and problems that involve the
palms and fingertips. The person may feel a cold sensation after
scratching, and the skin is easily infected and may look tough and
leathery. Itching will be worse at night, and from getting warm in
bed. People who need this remedy may also have a tendency toward
Rhus toxicodendron: When this
remedy is indicated for a person with psoriasis, the skin eruptions
are red and swollen, and often itch intensely. Hot applications or
baths will soothe the itching—and also muscle stiffness, toward
which these people often have a tendency. The person is restless,
and may pace or constantly move around. A craving for cold milk is
often seen when a person needs this remedy.
Sepia: This remedy may be helpful
to a person who feels dragged out and irritable, often with little
enthusiasm for work or family life. The person’s skin may be look
dry and stiff. Psoriasis may appear in many places on the body,
including the nails and genitals. Signs of hormonal imbalance
are often seen (in either sex), and problems with circulation are
common. Exercise often helps this person’s energy and mood.
Staphysagria: This remedy may be
helpful to individuals whose psoriasis has developed after grief or
suppressed emotions. Any part of the body can be involved but the
scalp is often affected. People who need this remedy often seem
sentimental, meek and quiet, and easily embarrassed — but often
have a strong internal anger or deeply-buried hurt.
Sulphur: Intensely burning,
itching, inflamed eruptions that are worse from warmth and bathing
suggest a need for this remedy. Affected areas often look bright red
and irritated, with scaling skin that gets inflamed from scratching.
This remedy is sometimes helpful to people who have repeatedly used
medications to suppress psoriasis (without success).
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
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