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All the Home Remedies I’ve Stopped Using for My Psoriasis

Posted on March 15, 2022
Article written by
Katya Meltaus

Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried many different products to help treat my psoriasis. Some of the products I tried after considerable research. Others I purchased late at night when my skin was unbearably itchy. I’ve discontinued many products due to cost, lack of evidece, or finding a better alternative. Here are the home remedies I’m no longer using.

Moisturizers

For moisturizing, I’ve stopped using coconut oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, and vegetable glycerin. I also experimented with adding in essential oils such as tea tree oil and frankincense. I stopped these because I found better results with Aquaphor.

Supplements

I stopped taking neem oil, milk thistle, and zinc because they are now covered by a multivitamin that I take instead. I discontinued slippery elm bark and saffron tea (separately), which I took to heal a leaky gut based on a theory from chiropractor John Pagano, who wrote a book called “Healing Psoriasis” in 2008. I also stopped taking NAC supplements to help with repetitive behaviors such as skin picking.

I am currently taking several supplements, including probiotics and Vitamin D supplements, but the jury is still out.

Diet

I reincorporated meat into my diet after 16 years without it. I did this for six months when I embarked on the autoimmune protocol diet. I saw no positive changes with increased meat consumption, despite drinking many cups of nutrient-rich bone broth a day. I have since moved to consuming only fish — and no more than once or twice per week.

Chinese Medicine

I stopped taking traditional Chinese herbal formulas because I did not see improvement after a few months and two different formulations. However, it’s possible I might not have been taking them long enough.

My Treatment Outlook

Nothing that I tried, thankfully, made my psoriasis worse. In the course of trying many home remedies and alternative medicine options, I have found moisturizers, supplements, and other tools, such as acupuncture, that do help me. Read more about the nonprescription remedies that work for me.

While I determined that the remedies mentioned here did not work, I feel that I will never really know how a particular remedy is working while I’m taking a biologic. My plan is to taper off my biologic drug this summer, at which point I’ll have a clearer picture of how nonprescription remedies are affecting me.

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Katya Meltaus is an early childhood educator living in the Bay Area. She has been managing severe psoriasis for the past two years. Learn more about her here.

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