Jeff Cured His Psoriasis
The next lines are from Jeff who cured his psoriasis naturally. Thank you for your story!:
If you are reading this blog, then I’m sure the disease of psoriasis affects you on an intimate level. I don’t have to tell you that this disease has not only a physical component which can be seen, but also a mental and emotional aspect that adds an additional level of anguish to an already torturous condition.
I suffered with progressively worsening psoriasis for years before I finally cleared it completely. I would like to share my story.
Start and Spread
My psoriasis first manifested in the spring of 2008 at the age of 38. It was precisely one spot – about the size of a quarter – on my left shin. As the months progressed, more spots appeared on my shins, elbows, calves, knees, eyebrow, scalp, wrist, and even genitalia. The lesions were thick with plaque, and ranged from about 3 inches in the worst places, to about the size of a pencil eraser on the smaller end of the scale. New lesions always began the same way: first, the area of skin would become red and irritated (as if from a bug bite), and then over the course of about 2-3 weeks, the scaling and plaque would form.
By the beginning of 2009 I could no longer wear shorts in public. By the end of 2011 I could no longer wear short sleeve shirts to work. I can look back at pictures of myself during those years and pretty much chart the progress of the psoriasis based on how I was dressed. I would go out of my way to avoid mirrors, even when trying on new clothing. I no longer attended the sauna, hot tub and steam bath with my workout partners.
In the early months, lesions would come and go. After about a year and a half, they wouldn’t ‘go’, but just continue to get worse. I used to dread waking up in the morning to check my body for new spots. Every time I had an itch, my heart would sink. In a strange way, I almost began to disassociate myself from my own skin.
Treatments I Tried
The saga of unsuccessful treatments began with over-the-counter creams, ointments, moisturizers – which had no effect whatsoever. I then went on referrals from my doctor to a series of Dermatologists and specialists who prescribed topical steroids. These would reduce the plaque by about 50 percent in two weeks (the maximum time per round of treatment), after which time the scaling would return full force. These doctors were only too happy to point out that my “only” option at that point was to go on immune-suppressant drugs. I declined.
I went to Holistic practitioners, Ayurvedic doctors, acupuncturists, and other forms of ‘alternative’ medicine. Now instead of cortical steroids, I was using natural salves and creams with ingredients such as coal tar, and neem. Nothing even made a dent in my condition. By the fall of 2012 I had tried just about every remedy I could find online. I cut out the so-called nightshade vegetables such as potatoes and peppers from my diet, I cut out dairy – still no effect whatsoever. In the privacy of my backyard, I would spend a lot of time in the sun. I got a nice tan, but it did not help the lesions at all.
I don’t even want to calculate how much money I spent in those years chasing a cure. Another significant expenditure was time. I spent hours upon hours searching websites, online journals, forums, alternative cure books, etc. trying to gain some sort of insight into this condition. As you probably know, there was no consensus as