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My mom has psoriasis

AVLAVL Raw Newbie

My mom has been suffering from psoriasis for many years. She has it all over her legs, her scalp, but really bad under her feet. She has tried so many different creams and goes for UVB treatments, but nothing seems to help.

She has been eating somewhat raw for a year, but eats bread and cheese everyday. Has anyone had experience with getting rid of psoriasis by being 100% raw? Do you guys think that cutting the bread and cheese out of her diet would help?


  • joannabananajoannabanana Raw Newbie

    i don't know anyone who has it, but i definitely think cutting out the bread and cheese would help. they are really processed foods and can't be good for your body.

    this is kind of random, but i used to get planters warts all the time on my feet, and one of them was there for about 2 years!! after 1 month on raw, all my planters warts are gone and there are no scars either.

    so i guess what i'm saying is you can never underestimate the power of your body. if you put good things into it, then it will be able to recover and repair itself.

  • After 21 years, I still have it. This is one of the most persistant conditions since it's an immune disorder that's increased by stress.

    An apple cider vinegar bath with 10 drops of lavender essential oil helps a lot; yes you can soak your scalp too. Sunlight is also great for psoriasis; not tanning, just normal walking outside. I use neosporin on breakouts and Selsun Blue Naturals for my scalp.

    A raw food diet has helped too. Switch to sprouted breads ( EX: Ezekiel) and limit dairy to raw cheese.

  • SimplyRawesomeSimplyRawesome Raw Jr. Leader

    My husband has psoriasis on his head (he has a receding hairline). I recently purchased raw organic sesame oil and have been dry brushing his head, then massaging the sesame oil into it. It cleared up in two days!! He is *not* raw, but he does drink the green smoothies I make for him almost every day. I do believe that has helped some as well.

  • AVLAVL Raw Newbie

    rowanviolet - my mom tries to spend time in the sun everyday and also goes for UV treatments 3 times a week. I think that she also uses Selsun Blue Naturals for her scalp.

    GeorgiaPeach - I'll let my mom know about the sesame oil dry brushing. She mostly has it on her feet, could she use it there as well?

  • SimplyRawesomeSimplyRawesome Raw Jr. Leader

    AVL, that reminds me. My husband recently noticed that the skin on his feet is dry and cracking. I told him last night that we need to start massaging the sesame oil into his feet. Thanks for reminding me! =)

    Another suggestion would be to add some coconut oil to green smoothies as coconut oil is excellent for the skin. Check out this link: http://www.coconut-connections.com/skin_care.htm

  • You can put some apple cider (organic) from the outside, applying it on the place with psiorasis 3 times a day, and have one tablespoon in water each day when getting up (drink it).

    I had some skin problems during high school and a few years after, which means about 7 years of my life. I tried a lot of chemichal or any stuff they were giving me. A naturopatist friend told me to try the organic apple vinager and it worked after 3 days!!!!!!! From this time (3 or 4 years ago) i dont have any skin problem. If it shows a little, a put this and it just disapear.

    Take care !


  • AVL,

    Yes!! I have experience with this. I myself have suffered from eczema and a very close friend of mine has been struggling with sever psoriasis for the past two years. She does not eat raw, but attempted to alleviate her condition by following a macrobiotic diet, eliminating all nightshades (tomato, eggplant, etc.). It helped some, but she did not see significant improvement until she started drinking Kombucha Tea. Literally, her skin changed over night. I also tried it and haven't had any skin problems since.

    She now brews it herself and drinks a minimum of one glass per day. Her skin looks virtually psoriasis free. She looks great!

  • schmoopeeschmoopee Raw Newbie

    that's interesting about the kombucha catbird. I believe that psoriasis and eczema are symptoms of candida so the probiotics in kombucha must be helping her.

  • RawKidChefRawKidChef Raw Newbie

    I read that black walnut hulls are great for psoriasis. Black walnuts are those golfball sized green globes that fall from wild black walnut trees in the fall.

    however i do believe that there isn't one special cure for anything. I suspect any kind of skin problem (or any health problem really)would be caused by toxins in the body originating from the colon. Even sometimes eating a lot of raw food doesn't address certain issues until the colon is cleaned out by an enema or colonic.enemas, colonics, fruits, water, lots of cleansing foods. oh and bread and cheese are like the second to worst foods for you in the world second to meat. I would definately try to eliminate a lot of that.

  • Using ginger shampoo or taking ginger baths or taking ginger supplements can help psoriasis. I was diagnosed a few years ago after years of doctors thinking I had eczema. It seemed to help.


  • AVLAVL Raw Newbie

    Thanks everyone for all your suggestions! Every time there is a new post I tell my mom, so I'm sure that something will work :)

  • luxdivonluxdivon Raw Newbie

    it's so hard sometimes with holistic health. I'm still trying to clear up whatever is making the problem child with my face, and there are so many suggestions from so many angles its so hard to not only know where to start, but how long to try it before you give up? when you should stop? LIke if i use apple cider vinegar and my face gets redder and worse does that mean it's healing? how many days do i wait? how do i know? the last thing i want it to make my skin worse. i did that once already, after reading garlic might help because of properties i can't even remember now. It created a small red vessel that now still shows.. it wasn't there before i tried the garlic. I don't know what's working. I guess maybe i need to start trying only one thing at a time. So which should I start with?

    Oil Pulling?

    Cod Liver Oil?

    Apple Cider Vinegar?


    Get back on my parasite herbs?

    Kombucha? (and i drink Kombucha on a regular basis at least a few times a week) how much do i need to drink?

    I even tried a natural fungicide combination. That didn't help with my face but something on the above list did help with the wart on the side of my neck. Its not gone, but it's alot smaller. I was considering the possibility it was chronic ringworm or something...Grrr. it's frustrating to say the least...I tend to be scatterbrained alot so its hard for me to stick with something longer than a a few days...

    What's your vote? try a week with all of them?

    or take them one at a time?

    Not even the master cleanse seemed to help. Or the watermelon fast. Same afterwards as before. Do i take from that it's not toxic but a vitamin deficiency or something like that?

    I lean towards psoriasis since my dad has it. It could be rosacea but its not really in the signature spots its alot farther out on my cheeks, nothing on my nose or chin. I can't seem to remember how long i've had it.

    One other thought is that it's my amalgam fillings. sadly those aren't coming out anytime soon either..

    Thanks for letting me rant, and let me know if you can think of anything that might be helpful, or what you think my game plan should be. I don't use anything on my face. I've cut back drastically on shampoo, just wash with water on my body for the most part. it's no better with raw food over cooked food. The rest of me loves raw food. my face doesn't care one way or the other. I've never been 100% raw, but from what i've seen that wouldn't even help. What could it be? What am i missing?

  • RawKidChefRawKidChef Raw Newbie

    let me put profound emphasis on this: Cleanse your colon. toxins from the colon penetrate the whole body including the skin. if you don't attempt to cleanse, those toxins will continue to penetrate causing the psoriasis. if you cleanse, and then go back to eating bad food, (which can mean more than small amounts of nuts or seeds or oils or dried food), the cleansing attempt will be useless.

  • A different view of autoimmune skin disorders, and indeed all autoimmune disorders, is that they are expressing something from your psyche that you can't express with your words. Essentially, your skin is screaming from your unconscious mind or mounting a defense against the world that your conscious actions cannot protect against. That is why some remedies or regimens are helpful for a while but are not cures. You can heal the surface but you haven't healed the underlying emotional issue so additional outbreaks occur. The stress factor link is fully supported by this hypothesis.

    Some great ways to begin to address underlying emotional issues are EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique www.emofree.com) and TAT (Tapas Accupressure Technique www.tatlife.com) and QT (Quantum Techniques, www.quantumtechniques.com) These are all related methods of Energy Psychology.

    I have psoriasis on my scalp and my daughter does as well. My husband has moderately severe eczema on his hands. Eating raw has helped, but has not cured any of us of these particular ailments. We discovered which foods were toxins for each of us and got that load off of our bodies. We got rid of our Candida overgrowths and that helped us all, especially my husband. He had a secondary fungal infection on top of his eczema most of the time and now does not. Energy healing has definitely made great strides in eliminating lots of our issues. I believe my psoriasis will be gone in another year or so as I address my lifelong issues and collapse them one by one while learning to speak my truth and set appropriate boundaries with the world. I will no longer need my skin to work extra hard to protect me or express things for me. Or perhaps I'll have a big breakthrough next week and it will be gone!

    I have great hope since these methods of healing have reduced my debilitating nasal allergies, also an autoimmune disorder, to a small pittance. I now know my allergies were a way of my body protecting me from the bad scary world, which turned out to be an expression of financial insecurity passed down for generations. Worrying doesn't protect us, it cripples us! I have replaced the set of filters I was using to interpret the world with a more realistic and appropriate set. It takes some time, but it WORKS. I believe The Work of Byron Katie Mitchell is also very useful in this realm.

  • I had eczema on my legs and a couple of small spots on my chest and arms. After trying all kinds of creams and treatments, I went raw. Less than 6 months totally raw it went away. Here's what I did:

    A veggie juice cleanse for 5 days before going raw. I ate lots of superfoods including goji berries, seaweed and kombucha throughout. I also ate lots of omega oils with nuts and seeds for breakfast. At the time I didn't eat much fruit or sugary foods either. I exfoliated the skin, got lots of sunlight and rubbed hemp and coconut oil on it daily. Not sure exactly what did it but it's been gone for years and the scars are gone too. My hair even grows now in the follicles which were previously scar tissue. I'm not totally raw anymore and I eat fruits and cheese these days for 2 years and the eczema hasn't returned. It really seemed to go away when I started using hemp oil, but I've never read anything about that, just a random hunch. The sunlight helped dramatically too. Good Luck!

  • There is not something you put on the skin to make this occur. It happens from inside, so is an internal problem. You can put stuff on it to make it feel better.

    More specifically, this is a digestion problem from low gastric acid (either or pH or volume), that usually goes away in 7 days. Now, you can juice for 7 days adding lemon juice, and it goes away raw, or you can digest good food by taking 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar in an full glass of water, and drink during the meal, for 7 days.

    YOU CANNOT EAT GRAINS (bread, cake, cookies, pasta, yada yada) during the treatment. Grains suck up the low pH ACV water we just made.

    Some people that take a lot of vitamin C also get the the skin problems (the larger tablets eat a hole in the stomach). If so, stop the C for the 7 days.



  • troublesjustabubbletroublesjustabubble Raw Newbie

    Shellebell, that's awesome advice. My mom and two of my sisters suffer from psoriasis rather extremely. They have to switch creams and treatments every three months or so as the disease builds immunities to them.

    Grain and dairy both are awful for skin issues and drinking tons of water is really key to helping whatever internal treatment you're doing. I had rather bad eczema and since going raw I only have a small spot on the palm of my hand(I think because of all the hand washing, I'm a little OCD about that) but when I drink alot of water it disappears. I drink about a gallon a day. It also helps alot with my digestive system which is very damaged. The eczema may be caused by that damage in the first place!

  • Psoriasis is really healed from the inside.

    There are things that will contribute to a more smooth and easy healing, but the key is inside - as always, but especially with psoriasis it is crucial.

    A non inflamatory diet will help aid her body and mind in healing.

  • I agree about diet, but I would also like to add a "non-raw" treatment (no offense to anyone!) that can be a good compliment... I've heard that blue/red light therapy can do wonders for all kinds of skin disorders. It is non-invasive and doesn't have any documented side effects. It is carried out by a dermatolagist and there are even at home devices on the market now too. My ex had psoriasis and I know what a curse it was for him. It is worth looking into, if nothing else.

  • NyahzNyahz Raw Newbie

    luxdixon, I totally feel your frustration. The reason I started exploring raw foods is because of my eczema. I've also had patches of psoriasis in the past.

    I've tried many of the suggestions people have posted here, some of the ones you've tried: kombucha/colonics/UV/probiotics/omega oils, etc etc, but it's still such a struggle for me. My face gets hit by the flare-ups really badly. Sometimes the skin on my face has gotten so cracked that eating or smiling can be agony because everytime I open my mouth the skin on my face LITERALLY tears in a million different directions. I've woken up to see spots of blood on my bedsheets from the sores. It's comforting (in a sad way) to know other people out there have similar frustrations and can understand that our "skin problems" are not about vanity, but quality of life!

  • My mother had psoriasis all her life, and half the same condition too, though mine is not that sever and only breaks out when i eat suff I'm not supposed to, like sweets and things. My mom has been using a lot of things to treat her condition, both natural and medecinal ones. One she has taken up recently is using essentil oils to treat the break outs. It doesn't compeletely cure it of course, but it least it soothes the redness and inflammation, which is a good thing. She used lavander blends.

  • ClaireTClaireT Raw Master

    Staying away from everything seems to help, if only that were a long term solution..

    An anti-inflammatory diet helps some. 

  • AdebayoAdebayo Raw Newbie

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  • DiorellaDiorella Raw Jr. Leader

    I know someone who has it but would not listen to me when it comes to eating. Yes, raw vegan food is the best to heal. Plus she can place a little coconut oil to her affected skin. 

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