liquid gold: AN ALTERNATIVE THERAPY
Dr Sharan Kaur is a lifetime member of the Anti-Aging Society (SAAARMM), dedicated to the wellbeing of patients through preventive medicine, nutritional medicine, anti-aging and wellness for a younger life incorporating lifestyle modifications, nutrition, supplementation and rebalancing hormones. Her expertise include BHRT (Bio-identical Replacement Therapy), trained by Dr Neal Rouser, a renowned BHRT expert and Aesthetics. At Dr Sharans Clinic, services include screenings such as ultrasounds & ECHO, GP practice, FOMEMA and other diagnostic services.
What is psoriasis?
It is a chronic skin condition characterized by "dry scaly skin", usually itchy, crusty and red.
How does it happen?
It is an autoimmune disorder where a person's immune system goes haywire and sends faulty signals in which new skin grows at an accelerated rate and does not shed unlike normal healthy skin therefore this pile up of skin on the surface causes patches of psoriasis to appeal. It can also be induced by stress, strep throat infection, cold dry weather, bad sunburn, side-effects of some medications, even a cut or a scratch can cause it. About 3% of the worlds population is suffering from psoriasis.
Who is affected?
Genetics play an important role whereby one or more person in the family has psoriasis therefore increasing the risk of psoriasis in the individual and it affects age group between 15 to 30 years and between 50 to 60 years. Infants and young children can also be affected. Both males and females are affected.
Where are the usual sites?
Typically it occurs on the knees, elbows and scalp but does not necessarily confine itself to these areas only. It can also affect the palms, soles of the feet and the torso.
Pure ARGAN oil- also known as an "ancient secret". It is extracted from the nuts of the ARGAN tree found in the southern regions of Morocco. It is rich in anti-oxidants and is used for prevention of premature aging and is widely used in cosmetics. It is extremely rich in anti- inflammatory compounds. It has been proven to show amazing results for psoriasis and other skin conditions. It helps protect, moisturize, reduces redness and irritation, neutralizes free radicals, softens the skin, soothes the skin, nourishes the skin and it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities. It is an incredibly effective treatment in psoriasis. When used on the skin, it will reduce the redness and inflammation without drying the skin unlike conventional treatments. It also moisturizes the affected area without the greasy oily feeling and with regular daily usage of this miraculous ancient secret ARGAN oil even when the patient is not experiencing a flare up or an outbreak, the skin will feel less itchy, less inflamed, less red, less scaly, less flaky and the patient will feel much better over time and the embarrassing discomfort feeling is elevated over time. THERE ARE NO SIDE EFFECTS WITH ARGAN OIL.
On the contrary, Vitamin E is also a strong antioxidant but not as powerful as ARGAN oil. Usually patients with psoriasis tend to have lower levels of Vitamin E. Supplementing with oral Vitamin E can help as an adjunct together with Omega fish oils ( take 3 grams a day for its benefits). This helps combat oxidative stress and protects skin from free radicals. On another note, although Vitamin D is still called a vitamin, it is also known as a hormone and one should get their levels checked and take an oral supplement to achieve optimal levels. This is good for psoriasis as it works from within as it helps the way the skin cells grow and affects how the immune system works since psoriasis is an abnormality in the function of the immune system. Another form of organic therapy is Aloe Vera. If taken from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant, it may help reduce redness,scaling, itching and inflammation and it takes a long period of time to start seeing seem form of improvements and that can be disappointing to some patients as they want a fast relief of this condition.
Ultimately, lifestyle change is vital. It includes daily bathing to remove scales and calm the skin using mild chemical-free soap and lukewarm water (not hot water), use argan oil as a skin moisturiser when skin is still moist after bath, exposing skin to small amounts of sunlight is beneficial, use broad spectrum sunscre
en on unaffected skin, avoid triggers or stressors, avoid alcohol and eat a healthy balanced diet and try to omit greasy and high fat dairy food products.
Always consult your doctor on recommendations, education and support.
DR SHARAN KAUR
"For a new younger you"
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