The top layer of the skin consists of dead cells which are constantly shed off and replaced by newer cells from the lower portions, which move upwards to the outer layers of the skin. This complete cycle of skin production, replacement and renewal takes about 4-6 weeks. In psoriasis, a common skin disorder of unknown cause, this life cycle of the skin cells is accelerated and that causes the cells to accumulate and build up on the skin surface. This causes red, dandruff like, scaly plaques which are sometimes itchy on the skin. The disease is recurrent and chronic with some patients suffering for decades. Some people also develop ‘psoriatic arthritis’ where the joints are affected and become painful and deformed.
Psoriasis can be disabling and can affect the quality of your life. If the patches are at visible areas of your body, it can have major cosmetic implications and can affect you emotionally. Sometimes people stay away from a person with psoriatic patches because of their ignorance and belief that it’s probably contagious (though it’s not)! If the patches are in the groin, it can make sex uncomfortable and negatively affect sex life.
Homeopathy has a lot to offer in this condition, it also helps for the arthritis associated with it. Homeopathic remedies help your body heal in a gentle way without any harmful side effects. I, as a Homeopath, try to understand how the condition has been affecting your day to day life, your relationships, and how you uniquely respond to all the stressful situations you have had to deal with from having psoriasis. The remedy is individualized for your personal needs. Once we select the right remedy for your case you should gradually be able to notice positive changes in your physical, mental and emotional health and hence also in your social life.