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Ethnobotanicals for the treatment of Psoriasis This thread is to document mine and others observations on plants and there effect on psoriasis. Please add any relevant info or queries. I am referring to plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease that presents itself as inflamed, red, flaky patches of skin where skin cell production has increased to replace every 3 - 5 days rather than the regular 28 - 30 days. Joints can become inflamed with what is called psoriatic arthritis. Nails can also be affected by psoriasis. Many factors seem to influence psoriasis including genetics, diet, stress, allergies & environment. Due to the nature of psoriasis and other autoimmune conditions there doesn't seem to be a panacea, some things work for some people and don't work for others. Your methods may vary. Botanical name - Common name Uses Parts used Description Aloe vera Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal Gel Topically reduces itching, redness and scale. Calendula officinalis - Calendula Antiviral, anti-inflammatory Flower petals Made into a balm or oil and used externally this soothes skin inflammation Cocos nucifera - Coconut Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral Oil Use only virgin cold pressed (no chems), organic oil. Others have burnt me and tasted of solvent.. This is one of the best topicals I have found at reducing redness, scale and size of spots and moisturizing. Eating it regularly seems to improve skin health. Curcuma longa - Tumeric Anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial Root Helps with inflammation, increasing overall mobility. Contains curcumin, which apparently inhibits skin growth factors leading to psoriasis scales. Malus domestica - Apple Antibacterial, antifungal Apple Cider Vinegar Externally good for scalp psoriasis, don't use if you have broken skin as it will burn. Phormium sp. - Flax Anasthetic, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory Gel from leaves Reduces itch, redness and scale. History of use by Maori internally and externally. Piper excelsum - Kawa Kawa Antibacterial & anti-inflammatory Leaves Adds a soothing quality to balms, helps with the burning and scale. Many accounts of use amongst Maori internally and externally. Withania somnifera - Ashwagandha Anti-inflammatory Leaves & Root Alleiviates pain in joints, itchiness and fatigue. General mobility seems improved The immune boosting and steroidal properties of this plant may be of concern when used for psoriasis. Zingiber officinale - Ginger Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory Root Topically reduces joint inflammation. Internally reduces joint & skin inflammation, increasing overall mobility and energy.