Q: What causes psoriasis?
A: No one has the answer to the causes of psoriasis, or why an individual can go decades before ever having an outbreak. We believe that psoriasis originates in the intestinal track. Food sensitivities, unchecked yeast infections, and "leaky bowel syndrome" can all be triggers of psoriasis.
Q: Is there a cure for psoriasis?
A: There is no cure for psoriasis, not in traditional or alternative medicines. There are many approaches to controlling the symptoms (itching, flaking, red patches). Once a psoriasis outbreak occurs, the body will continue to utilize the nails, scalp, and skin to achieve balance. The psoriasis sufferer can achieve control and may even be Spot Free for years, but that is not considered "cured".
Q: How do traditional and alternative approaches differ?
A: Traditional medications are those that are taught to the physician, and are generally medicines, ointments or preparations manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. UVB light therapy and PUVA is also in the traditional category. Alternative approaches try to reduce and control psoriatic outbreaks with cleansing diets (detoxification), herbs, or homeopathic mineral preparations. Many people think alternative remedies are not scientific. This is not so! Although much data about herbal combinations can be considered anecdotal, there are hundreds of years of knowledge beginning to reemerge. The United States Government has maintained a list of approved homeopathic minerals for over 100 years. The natural and alternative approaches we look for must be free from the long term side effects and possible damage to the other body's systems. An example of a traditional approach would be oral medications or topical ointments containing cortisone. Cortisone is an effective anti-inflammatory, but the side effects and potential for damage to the other systems of the body is very high with long term use.
Q: Can you tell me the best approach for my psoriasis?
A: No. We are not physicians and do not prescribe treatments or treatment regimes. We can only offer information and give you the keys to making an informed decision. Our product list was not put together randomly. We searched for specific approaches that could help provide relief and minimize the potential damage to the body if used long term.