Effectively Treat Psoriasis Eczema with Naturopathic Medicine Shannon Sinsheimer ND
Psoriasis and eczema are both skin conditions.They present very similarly on the body. Psoriasis presents as large, scaly, white patches ofskin that itches, and when you scratch it, will produce pinpoint bleed marks. Eczemawill start out as smaller bumps that are vesicles that when you scratch, they ooze and, overtime, will create larger white plaques on the skin. Conventional medicine treatmentsfor eczema and psoriasis are most often topical creams, such as hyocortisone creams. Whenthese creams are applied to the skin, the plaque diminishessize over time. However,when you stop using the cream, the plaque can return. When a patient comes into my officefor eczema or psoriasis, I first begin with
a medical intake to find out how long they'vehad their symptoms and how severe they've been. I take a look at their skin, and thenI order a blood test to find out about any food sensitivities, their liver function,and total cholesterol levels. Diet plays a significant rolethe development of psoriasisor eczema, therefore, based on lab results. My first step is to eliminate foods the personis sensitive to, and instead, I recommend whole, organic foods that are nutrientdenseand are less likely to aggravate the skin. Stress or high stress levels are known toincrease inflammationthe body. Psoriasis and eczema are both inflammatory conditionsof the skin, therefore, unmanaged or highstress
levels will increase the problem of psoriasisor eczema. Stress management is necessary to help deal with psoriasis and eczema, thereforeI prescribe stress management techniques, such as exercise, yoga, meditation, and deepbreathing. I'll also prescribe a number of supplements. They include fish oil forits antiinflammatory properties and ability to support the skin; vitamin A for its skinhealingproperties; milk thistle for its ability to detoxify and support the liver; and vitaminD to support the immune system. Depending upon the symptoms, I may also prescribe atopical ointment, such as a homeopathic cream to decrease inflammation and increase healingtime, or a vitamin and mineral infused cream
with vitamin A and zinc to support the skin'shealing process, or a calendula ointment, which can decrease the appearance of plaquesand decrease the itchiness. Naturopathic medicine is about treating the root cause of disease,so when I treat the root cause of eczema or psoriasis, I see significant to complete reductionin my patient's symptoms. For example, I had a patient comewho had psoriatic plaquescovering nearly his entire back, the backs of his legs, and almost all of the backs ofhis arms. After three months, we saw a significant reductionthe size of the plaques, andafter six months, the only symptoms present were some light pink discoloration on theupper part of his back. Another example is
a young child I saw who had such bad eczemaon his feet and inbetween his toes, he was unable to wear shoes at two years old. Afterthree months of treatment, his symptoms had completely resolved, and he was wearing shoesagain. Another patient had scaly, itchy plaques covering the majority of her scalp, and withina few months of treatment, she had eliminated 95 percent of the plaques on her scalp. Naturopathicmedicine works. If you're experiencing symptoms of eczema or psoriasis and you want to reduceor eliminate those symptoms, I suggest you see a naturopathic to receive yourown individualized treatment plan.
Psoriasis And White Spots
This is quot; Lin Is In: Linking Science WithNaturequot; Hi I'm Mark Alyn along with Michael Lin and today we're gonna talk about treatmentsfor white spots and psoriasis. Let's talk about psoriasis first that's where you getreally ugly patchy skin on elbows, feet, handsé Right yeah, actually psoriasis has a lot ofdifferent presentations but that's the most common where people get red scaly plaqueson the elbows, knees or scalp. Oh on the scalp tooé And it's one it's it's not it's not prettyis it dangerous can it be become something worseé Well they've done some recent researchinto it and it seems like people with psoriasis are actually at increased risk for other medicalproblems including heart disease and cancer.
Oh wow. So you gotta get rid of it you wannaget rid of ité So you want to treat your psoriasis. Uh I understand that psoriasis also can beemotional, uh that people you know they get very stressed out the psoriasis has an outbreakéYes psoriasis has been linked to depression and even suicide, people that you know havepsoriasis some of them feel hopeless and they just don't even know what to do. There area lot of products that are being sold over the counter as psoriasis treatments but myunderstanding is that many of them don't worké Yes um most treatments you need at least aprescription strength mediion such as a steroid or a Vitamin D ointment but rightnow we're livinga great time for psoriasis
cause there is a lot of new treatments outthere um these include the excimer laser treatment, narrow band UVB, and then there is a wholeclass of mediions called the biologics. These are products like Enbril, Humira, orStelara and these have fantastic resultsgeneralized psoriasis. Let's take a look atthe laser for right now how does that worké Well the excimer laser has a high intensitynarrow bandfact it's only one band of wavelength and it's a 308 nm wavelength, it'sextremely effectivetreating psoriasis. And they you you apply the laser beamé Rightyeah you use the laser beam and it looks kind of like a wand you holdyour hand and youapply it right on the psoriasis plaques. So
you touch the skiné Yes yes. Ok. And thenwithin two weeks you can see significant improvement maybe even elimination of the psoriasis plaques.Do you have to go back for additional treatmentsé Well after you do your two week course thensometimes you get remission which may last many months to maybe even a year. Wow wellthat seems like a great great thing. It's a fantastic treatment. And what about thebiologics that you mentionedé So the biologics are a new class of mediion and they'reinjected under the skin so these attack the immune function of the body so right now withpsoriasis people have a hyper immunity so they're attacking their own body, now by usingthe biologics we're counteracting that hyper
immunity and calming it down. Wow, it's amazingas we've said the technology that exists todayhealthcare is truly amazing. That's correct.And works the same way on the white spots you were talking abouté Yesthe conditionof Vitiligo where people will have white spots on their body we also use the excimer laser,in fact it's the only treatment that we've had for a while that actually works well onVitiligo. It does take several treatments maybe up to 30, but it's the only thing that'sable to restore the pigment that's been lost. Wow the technology that is available todayfor healthcare is absolutely amazing. It is amazing. We've been spending some time with Michael Lin and of course this is quot;
Lin Is In: Linking Science With Naturequot; ifyou want information about these treatments you can always reach out to Lin and hiswebsite all you have to do is go to michaellin , michaellin or visit us at latenighthealth ,latenighthealth . I'm Mark Alyn we'll see you on the next edition.