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How Effective is Turmeric for Psoriasis?

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Turmeric has been widely used as an herbal remedy for centuries, and it is reputed to be an effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, making it no surprise that many have turned to turmeric for psoriasis relief. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the spice might be effective in treating the skin condition, and many people rely on turmeric for treating psoriasis. Accounts vary, though, and it remains unclear what actual effect, if any, turmeric has on medical conditions such as psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a skin condition in which an autoimmune response is activated mistakenly. Symptoms can include red blotches, inflammation, scaling and silvery skin lesions. Joints can be affected by psoriasis as well, and pain and inflammation are common symptoms. When psoriasis is present in the joint, arthritis is a likely result.

The causes of psoriasis are not fully understood. Psoriasis is not a contagious disease and does not appear to be an allergic reaction or the result of an infection. No link to environmental or dietary factors has been conclusively proven. Heredity does appear to be a factor, and sufferers are likely to share the condition with other family members, but the disease is not necessarily passed down from parent to offspring.

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There is a large body of anecdotal evidence supporting the use of turmeric for psoriasis. Advocates of using turmeric for psoriasis suggest that the spice’s anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the symptoms of psoriasis, and complimentary medicine experts are quick to point to anecdotes and personal accounts of its effectiveness. Some people find no benefit, but many report relief from symptoms, and some claim that the symptoms have disappeared entirely.

Despite these accounts, researchers have not found turmeric to be an effective treatment. A study by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine tested the effectiveness of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, as a treatment for psoriasis. The study found curcurmin to be no more effective than a placebo. No valid scientific hypothesis has been put forward to explain how using turmeric for psoriasis would produce any medical benefit.

Scientists point out that anecdotal evidence and personal accounts fail to take into account other relevant factors, such as diet or environmental contributors, or even the nature of the disease itself. For instance, psoriasis is known to flare up and recede without any treatment. Accounts of using turmeric for psoriasis suggest that results might sometimes take weeks, so it is possible that turmeric is credited with easing symptoms that actually faded naturally.

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anon989471
Post 5

I have had very good results with turmeric. I have psoriasis and other skin problems, and I make a turmeric paste with organic turmeric powder, hot water, add at least 10 percent fresh ground pepper (very important), add some type of fat, such as olive oil or coconut oil, and organic honey or molasses, put in glass jar and put in the fridge. Take a heaping teaspoon per day, preferably at night since it will make you also sleep much better. Good results in a considerably short time period.

candyquilt
Post 3

Turmeric didn't work for me. In fact, I think it made my psoriasis worse because it irritated my skin. And it smells bad.

ysmina
Post 2

@simrin-- I cured my psoriasis with turmeric!

I heard about this home remedy for psoriasis online and decided to give it a shot. I have tried many medications and products to treat this condition and so I decided I had nothing to lose by trying this.

I both eat turmeric and apply it on my skin as a mask. I eat about a quarter teaspoon of it every day, I just add it to my meals while I'm cooking. Some people take turmeric extract supplements and that should work fine too. Also, every few days, I make a paste with turmeric powder and water and apply it on my skin. I keep it for about fifteen minutes and

wash it off.

I didn't see much results the first couple of weeks I tried this and in fact, I was about to give up. But after the second week, my skin started to change and psoriasis symptoms slowly went away. After about a month and a half, I realized I had cured my psoriasis!

Please tell your sister about this!

SteamLouis
Post 1

I use turmeric in cooking and I've used it a couple of times on my skin for acne. But I didn't see much of an effect, except that it made my face orange.

My sister is looking for natural psoriasis remedies and she asked me about turmeric.

Has anyone here tried this for their psoriasis? What was your experience?

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