Studies have found that psoriasis is somewhat more prevalent in people with blood type O who eat grains and dairy, or, by eating grain-fed meat. This may be primarily due to the blood type O's genetically hyperimmune system. Psoriasis is known to be an autoimmune disorder. People with psoriasis have been found to have a higher incidence of arthritis, which, again, is more prevalent in people with blood type O.
Another possibility concerning psoriasis is an underactive thyroid. Low thyroid function is known to cause acne, psoriasis, eczema and other skin disorders, in addition to a myriad of other problems. The best way to initially determine a hypothyroid condition is by checking the basal temperature. It has been recommended that the temperature be taken under the arm first thing in the morning - without much movement - for 10 minutes. This was to be recorded for 5-7 days in a row. It has now been found that a more optimal method would be by taking the oral temperature every 3 hours, 3 times a day, 3 hours after you wake up; then adding them all together and dividing by 3 to get the average basal temperature. This, also, is to be done 5-7 days in a row. If the temperature is below 97.5F, then a hypothyroid condition should be considered. Either method should give you an indication, one way or the other. Once a hypothyroid condition is suspected, THEN, it may be of benefit to have a thyroid panel done. (please review my indepth information on this in the THYROID topic)
It has been found that an overburdened liver may result in an accumulation of toxins in the colon; which may result in the development of psoriasis. Research has found that, periodically, it is a very good idea to detox the system using a variety of liver cleansing herbs. Milkthistle, artichoke, sarsaparilla (an adaptogen that is known to both calm inflammation and be of benefit in chronic, large-plaque forming psoriasis), burdock, yellowdock, Oregon grape root(known to reduce inflammation, slow abnormal cell growth, and help the liver metabolize toxins), and dandelion root are all good detoxifying, liver tonic herbs. The use of one or several of these herbs in combination three times a day for several weeks has been suggested. Several sources recommend supplementing with dessicated liver extract an hour before each meal.
Other herbs that have been found to be beneficial when dealing with psoriasis are:
Probiotics are another extremely beneficial supplement recommended for psoriasis. Research has shown that a very large percentage of psoriasis patients have the presence of fungal colonies in their digestive system and on their skin. Candida has been found to be responsible for nail problems, and also problems in between the fingers and toes. By treating a yeast infection, skin inflammation has often decreased. Resources suggest that the best probiotic would be a combination containing L. acidophilus, Bifido bacterium, L. bulgaricus, L.casei, and sacchromyces boulardii. Acidophilus and bifidus are very important, as they are known to repopulate the system. L.casei is a transient strain, but, while it is present, enhances the production of bifidus. Studies have found that the best probiotic supplement is either free-dried and shelf stable, or refrigerated, with as high a count of live organisms per serving as possible. It is known that an overdose of probiotics is nil, especially considering the probable bacterial imbalances created by health disorders. During a time of active disorders, sources recommend taking probiotics three times a day on an empty stomach, if possible. My personal experience, in addition to those of my clients, has revealed that it is very beneficial to take at least 2 capsules three times a day for at least a month; then reduce the dosage to one capsule three times a day indefinitely. As a good preventative therapy, taking one twice a day may be the best. Despite prevention, it is always important that you BE VERY CAREFUL OF WHAT YOU EAT... GRAINS, FRUITS, STARCHES,AND SUGARS CAN CAUSE THAT IMBALANCE TO RESURFACE!
- clove fruit - a known anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic herb
- cleavers - known to be a lymphatic cleanser which may be very beneficial in lymphatic drainage and removing toxins out of the system and into the liver for final detoxification.
- thyme, rosemary, and oregano - all known powerful antioxidant herbs with anti-inflammatory properties.
- ginger - found to be an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties; making it an effective pain inhibitor.
- Neem is known to be a potent antibacterial, anti- inflammatory and immune stimulant herb. According to research, neem oil is the most effective for use with psoriasis. It is always recommended to use this sparingly externally. The "immune stimulant" property of the neem herb would caution people with blood type O to use it sparingly, in general. They do not need to overstimulate their immune systems.
Other beneficial supplements that have been researched are:
The following tidbits of information may be of interest to you:
- MSM cream which is known to help in decreasing the proliferation of skin cells. This may be due to the sulfur compounds in MSM
- Aloe gel has also been found to be very soothing
- An essential fatty acid deficiency (omega 3 particularly) can cause or trigger psoriasis.
- 1-2 tablespoons of a good quality fish oil a day has been found to be very beneficial in alleviating symptoms and helping the skin. It is best to stay away from all vegetable oils. They are a source of omega 6 fatty acids. An overabundance of omega 6 in the diet may cause inflammatory reactions throughout the body - not only on the skin.
- Olive oil has been found to be very good with skin problems. A good way to get the benefits of olive oil, onions, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and oregano might be to chop fresh garlic and onions and add them to organic extra virgin olive oil along with crushed oregano, thyme and rosemary herbs. Let this marinate for a week or two, then use 1-2 T on salads or brown rice.
- A lack of or low digestive enzymes may also be a problem with psoriasis. It is a very good idea to take 2 with each meal. For blood type O people, it is best to get a brand that has no HCL. People with blood type O genetically have an overabundance of HCL (hence the need for high protein). For people with psoriasis, it is recommended to take non-enteric coated enzymes, high in lipase one hour before each meal. Also recommended is the daily intake of one non-enteric coated pancreatin tablets before each meal.
- People with psoriasis have been found to do very well with an additional supplement of the B-complex. The vitamin B complex is needed for cellular functions and stress.
- In autoimmune disorders, many people with blood type O have taken supplemental bladderwrack to quiet down the over active immune system. Years of research on biochemical individuality and polymorphism has found that people with blood type O tend to have autoimmune problems because their immune system attacks the sugar fucose that is the O blood type antigen. By using bladderwrack (fucus vesiculosis) which has that same compound in it- the O immune system attacks the bladderwrack and not the O cells. It then washes out of the system, alleviating some of that damage. It is only necessary to take bladderwrack in small amounts. One capsule a day would be fine. Bladderwrack is also a source of iodine which may help with thyroid function.
- It has been recommended in many sources to refrain from taking vitamin C or eating citrus foods. In some instances, this has been found to trigger psosriasis attacks or cause outbreaks.
- Be very cautious of what you put on your skin. Many lotions have some kind of citrus ingredient in them. Beware of anything with vitamin C or lemon.
- A good multiple vitamin is very important. I have found liquids or powders that can be mixed in vegetable juice or a liquid (no fruit juices)to be the best absorbed. Food source vitamins are also good.
- Zinc is known to be very beneficial for healing and skin problems. This, however, is a supplement that is not beneficial if taken in large amounts; in amounts in excess of 100mg. a day, it may DEPRESS the immune system. Suggested daily doses would be only 50mg a day supplemental, in addition to what is in your multiple vitamin and food. Zinc gluconate or Optizinc (trademark) are the most recommended sources.