August Marks Psoriasis Awareness Month

August is the official month for psoriasis awareness and here at Balance Integrative Health in New Orleans, our focus is to spread awareness about psoriasis, to educate, and to provide relief to those who suffer from psoriasis.

Did you know that your skin is an organ?  It is. In fact the skin is the largest eliminatory organ the body has, which means out of all the organs ridding your body of toxins (liver, kidneys), your skin has the most work to do. When you have eruptions on your skin, it is because your skin is reacting to a known toxin, or in some cases, a perceived toxin. Psoriasis is a non-contagious autoimmune disease that commonly takes the form of red patches on the skin. These patches occur from an over-active immune system when your skin perceives toxins and sends out signals to speed up the growth of skin cells. Traditional treatment of psoriasis includes topical ointments and baths, and in some extreme cases, medications to rid the body of inflammatory response.  To this date, there is “no cure” for psoriasis, only treatments that lesson the symptoms.

What if we honored the fact that the body is working perfectly, and responding to something that just isn’t right?  The team here at Balance Integrative Health is invested in a multi-dimensional approach to healing, so psoriasis is the perfect example of how we can create success stories.

Acupuncture can help with the stress and psycho-emotional effects that dealing with psoriasis and eczema have on a person.  It can also balance the immune system response so that flare-ups are not so severe.  Our medical doctors can order tests for specific allergies, and our nutritionists can help guide you with an elimination diet to help identify triggers.

Naturopathic doctors and researchers have identified certain nutritional triggers that seem to be universal among those suffering from psoriasis and eczema.  These include:

  • Tobacco and alcohol
  • Nightshades: Tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers, paprika, eggplant
  • Sugar and refined carbohydrates
  • Red meat (except for lamb)
  • Fried foods

According to “Healing Psoriasis” by Dr. John Pagano, thin, porous intestinal walls are one of the reasons people develop psoriasis. Toxic molecules then escape through the thin walls of the intestine and into the bloodstream. The skin then helps to rid the body of these poisons.  Supporting the healing of your intestinal tract as well as changing the diet and reducing stress are all part of the plan to alleviate the suffering that psoriasis and eczema causes.

If you are struggling with psoriasis or eczema, a multi-dimensional approach may be the only way to truly heal your body. Schedule a consultation with us and we’ll take a full evaluation of your symptoms and frequency of flare-ups, as well as external factors such as general health, diet, daily routine and common life stressors. By doing this we can create a tailored treatment plan specific to you that is most likely to lead to results. Simply give us a call at (504) 522-9645 to get started.