Q: I am a 51-year-old woman. I have psoriasis on my feet and hands which keeps on receding and aggravating at times. Can you suggest an adequate remedy other than steroids?
A: According to Ayurveda, psoriasis is an indication that the body is producing a lot of toxins from imbalanced digestion. With psoriasis, this digestive imbalance usually takes place because of there being too much heat in the body and this heat manifests in the form of toxicity of the skin. Without more balanced digestion, the body isn’t able to absorb that toxicity and the scaly patches erupt as a result.
The remedy is therefore to reduce the heat in the body, balance digestion, and allow the body to rid the skin of its toxicity. This can happen by avoiding spicy foods, avoiding sour foods like yogurt and pickles, avoiding pungent foods like onions and garlic, avoiding alcohol and coffee, reducing the amount of high-impact physical activity you take on (favor gentle yoga postures instead), and even reducing the amount of sexual release you have in any given week—for sex creates a lot of heat in the body. You can also explore various topical remedies, though these have less of an impact than shifting your lifestyle as a whole through diet and activity. One remedy is to mix the gel from an aloe plant with coconut oil and apply that topically to the patches of skin. This will help cool the skin off.