What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis [pronounced sore-EYE-ah-sis] is a noncontagious, lifelong skin disease The most common form, plaque [plak] Psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scale.
This is non-infectious disease of skin, characterized by well-marked red lesions which are dry with silvery white scaling becoming obvious only after scraping.
Condition is characterized by exacerbations (flare-ups) & remissions (temporary disappearance). It can be associated with nail changes like thickening, thimble pitting, involvement of finger joints & occasionally severe systemic effect like fever & chills.
Commonest site involved is elbows, knees & lower back. Other sites which are prone to be affected are -scalp marked scaling with lumpiness, nails, all over the body, palms, soles.
Causes Of Psoriasis
Skin is made up of two layers : upper layer called epidermis and lower or inner layer called dermis. In healthy individuals epidermal cells on skin are continuously shed off and replaced by new layer of cells. The cells of the lower most layer of epidermis called keratinocytes gradually mature as soft mature cells as they rise from lower layer to upper layer to become the most superficial layer of cells. This process takes around 28 days and it is slow insidious and almost inconspicuous as dead cells are efficiently cleared off and no debris is seen.
In Psoriasis regeneration of cells of epidermal layer is abnormally accelerated. It takes only 5-6 days instead of 28days for the keratinocytes to travel the distance from lowermost layer to become the uppermost layer. In the bargain these cells do not mature in such a short time and remain immature hard and scaly. Before the superficial layer is shed off & cleared new layer of immature & ill-formed cells is laid, this results in piling up of scales and thickening of skin.
Moreover in order to maintain such an increased production of cells, demand for blood & other constituents for cell manufacture at that site is markedly increased. the blood circulation to that area is increased manifold leading to congestion, redness(INFLAMATION)of skin. Thus a psoritic patch is formed.
Experience As Homeopaths
In our experience as Homeopaths we have found individuals suffering from Psoriasis have in past suffered from
» Mental stress, Tension, Suppression of Desires, or frank grief. The grief or stress need not necessarily be present when the first lesion on skin is seen. The patches are usually observed after the grief and stress is over, and this surprises the patien and hence the patient does not relate this disease to grief directly or indirectly.
» Frequent respiratory complaints like asthma, bronchitis or rhinitis or stomach problems of acidity, gas, dysentery, which have been treated improperly and got suppressed and no longer exist now. They call themselves "cured" of those problems after treatment with conventional line of treatment but one does not realize that the disease has got transferred from this minor ailment to major one like Psoriasis.
» Have a strong family history of Psoriasis.
» In children there need not be history of mental agony or stress nor any rection to drugs. It could be due to suppression of respiratory, gastric or skin disease.
Allopathically speaking Psoriasis is incurable.
Homeopathic Psoriasis is completely curable.
Conventional or existing line of Treatment of Psoriasis is aimed at suppression of skin lesions. These skin lesions or scaling disappears with local ointments only to appear again as the ointment is discontinued. Skin specialists, in order to suppress the reactivity of the skin use steroids and the anti-cancer drugs like methotrexate. Though these are effective in making the lesions disappear they could have horrible side effects.
» They are not treating the cause and hence the lesions are bound to relapse on discontinuing of the treatment.
» Steroids give rise to obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, and occasionally also thyroid problems. Also cause immuno-suppression.
» Methotrexate is a drug used to fight cancer. This is done by suppressing the immunity of the patient that makes the patient prone to many infective diseases like tuberculosis.
» Few of the dreaded side-effects of suppression of Psoriasis are psoriatic arthritis deformans, severe vertigo, cancer etc