Updated: Mar 13, 2021

The skin is the largest organ of the body. Its many functions include protection, excretion, and sensory perception. The skin is responsible for excreting about one-quarter of the body's wastes. Any problem with the skin puts a strain on the other three major organs involved in eliminating wastes: the kidneys, lungs, and bowels. Any dysfunction with these organs will also have an effect on the skin. The skin helps to regulate body temperature through perspiration, which acts as a cooling process. It protects the more vital organs from extremes in temperature, harmful rays from the sun, and invasive microorganisms. Ailments are rarely symptomatic of the skin itself; more often they are sings of complex processes involving aspects of the hole body.

Skin problems vary enormously, from those that are chronic, such as eczema and psoriasis, to those which might be a temporary allergic reaction, such as a rush or urticaria. Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections may cause acne, boils, warts, herpes, and athlete's foot.

Psoriasis is an extremely common autoimmune condition that causes the body to react in an abnormal way buy attacking parts of its own skin cells. It is distressing because of its appearance: red areas, often raised and clearly marked, produce excess epidermis, which can itch and flake off. Eruptions are symmetrical, preferably elbows, ears, knees, legs, scalp and low back. Attacks fingernails, leaving them discoloured, pitted, cracked or split.

Psoriasis is non contagious and is rare under age of ten, usually first appears in early adult life. Though it is said there is no cure, herbs can keep psoriasis under control. Topical steroids may clear lesions but they have a high relapse rate and are subject to side-effects.

Being psoriasis an autoimmune disease, anything that compromises the body's immune system can lead to its improper reaction and the developing of conditions like psoriasis. There are several factors that harm the immune system and weaken it. Stress, a poor diet and nutritional deficiencies, environmental pollution, injury and surgery, digestive problems, and the over-use of antibiotics can all impair the immune system.

A positive and relaxed state of mind will help to increase the body's ability to cope with allergies and disease. A wholefood diet high in organic fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans and legumes, and unrefined oil will provide a good foundation for a healthy immune system. Using herbs that strengthen the immune system and help recovery from illness and injury, will enhance healthy functioning in all systems of the body.

Herbal treatment include: Burdock root, Chickweed, Clivers, Dandelion, Echinacea, Balm of Gilead, Bitter lemon, Blue Flag root, Figwort, Goldenseal, Linseed, Mountain Grape, Queen's Delight, Red Clover, Sarsaparilla, Thuja, Yellow Dock, Chaparral, Liquorice root.

Link to herbal treatment: The herbs recommended below are all organic and pure with nothing else added. For best result take both Burdock root and Lemon Balm dried herbs, the first is a blood cleanser and the second calm and soothe the nervous system. For children dosage click here.

Note: The herbs here recommended are to be used for their natural healing properties. If you have a chronic condition or are already following medical advice, you should seek further advice before you start any herbal treatment. There are herbs that are not safe to be used when you have a medical condition, are pregnant or breastfeeding, so pay particular attention to warnings and contraindications. Children's dosages differ from those for adults. Do not exceed the recommended dosages.

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