Psoriasis hope for sufferers
Author: Shelley Bennetts Date Posted:1 November 2018
Turmeric Hope for Psoriasis Sufferers
Psoriasis is one of the most common immune-mediated chronic inflammatory skin disorders affecting about 3% of Australians. An outbreak causes new skin cells to multiply and mature at a faster than usual rate. It causes itchiness and red, or flaking scaly patches on the skin, which can consequently crack and bleed. There is no known cure, and the result is painful and unattractive.
Sufferers have had great effect using steroid hormone treatment, however it comes with serious side effects. There are several types of psoriasis, and as a result they can affect a range of areas on the body. Skin psoriasis most commonly affects the scalp, elbows and knees, however it can occur anywhere on the body. Joint psoriasis can create discomfort, swelling, and pain of joints including, knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, and fingers.
This study using curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has shown promise in preventing the increase in skin thickness and inflammation. This signals the first step in the development of a plant-based topical ointment that has all the attributes of steroid treatments by reaching the target cells at high concentrations without the adverse side- effects. This would be a welcome breakthrough for sufferers.
Anti inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-neoplastic (tumour) properties are found in turmeric. Its active constituent, curcumin, is showing great promise in the treatment and severity of symptoms of dermatologic diseases, including psoriasis and melanoma and even in the treatment of tuberculosis. The thousands of research studies being conducted across the globe indicate the possibilities for treatments using curcumin.