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.

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Yogi Cameron is a former super model turned Ayurvedic healer and yoga master who uses ancient healing treatments to help people recover from their health issues in Z Living's TV show Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru. He left the world of high fashion in 1998 to seek the higher path available to all of us. He began his ongoing studies in Ayurveda at Arsha Yoga Vidya Peetam Trust in India under the guidance of his guru Sri Vasudevan after training at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and Yogaville of Sri Satchidananda. Since then, Yogi Cameron has worked with individuals throughout the world to provide them with these ancient methods to live healthier, greener, more spiritually-minded lives in accordance with the Ayurvedic and yogic path. Using a combination of treatments, meditation, herbal remedies and diet guidance, Yogi Cameron helps treat specific conditions and set his clients on a path to greater mental, physical, and spiritual health. A primary goal of this path is helping each person find their purpose and practice. Yogi Cameron has also brought Yoga and meditation to Afghanistan as part of the reintegration program to prepare the country for troop withdrawal in the coming years, and works with young girls rescued from sex trafficking practices in Cambodia in coordination with the Somaly Mam Foundation. Yogi Cameron has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Extra and Martha, amongst others. He has also been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, The London Times and ELLE magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Sharecare, a health portal which is part of Dr. Oz’s outreach program for health and lifestyle experts. The Guru In You, his first book, was published by HarperCollins in January 2011. His latest book, The ONE Plan (HarperOne January 2013) provides a realistic approach to the Patanjali teachings designed to penetrate one’s entire being to result in a positive transformation of one’s life. Through The ONE Plan, Yogi Cameron translates these complex, intricate teachings into practical daily tasks, routines and systems that can easily be incorporated into everyday life for an improvement in one’s overall physical, mental, and spiritual health.