Dubai: Patients and homeopaths from the United Arab Emirates have shared how the mainstream of alternative medicine has benefited people suffering from psoriasis, the autoimmune disease that is traditionally known to have no cure.
The ideas come on the heels of World Homeopathy Day (April 10). A 40-year-old marketing manager in Dubai, who had suffered from psoriasis for 15 years, said he started feeling much better after starting homeopathy more than a year ago.
“I was struggling with big patches all over my body and scalp. It irritated me. I couldn’t sleep because of the itching,” he recalls.
Today, almost all the spots on his body are gone and he leads a normal life.
When a 10-year-old expatriate boy in Sharjah was diagnosed with psoriasis five years ago, his parents were left in a helpless state.
“We were concerned about the use of strong drugs and we didn’t receive effective treatment for a long time,” said his father, who was deeply concerned about psoriasis which mainly affected his son’s feet.
“Then, my brother and his wife, who are allopathic doctors with us, suggested that we follow a homeopathic treatment. After four months of homeopathic treatment, our son was completely cured. It was a great blessing for our child,” he said.
A 48-year-old teacher in Dubai said she struggled to peel skin off both hands due to the severity of her condition.
“I felt in good hands only after I started to see a difference in my condition after starting homeo medicine three years ago. Now there is a big change with my palm psoriasis. This made a huge difference in my life,” she added.
The doctors speak
Dr Neetu Nicholas, a homeopath practicing at Jupiter Al Nahda Polyclinic and Houston Clinic in Dubai, said doctors here have seen an increase in the incidence of psoriasis cases in recent years, mainly due to lifestyle and stress-related factors.
“The cases of psoriasis reported to us are the highest among all skin conditions and it takes a long time to treat these patients,” she told Gulf News. “Psoriasis affects all ages and mainly in middle-aged people, but we have also seen it in children. People tend to think of it as a contagious disease because of its appearance. , but it’s not,” Dr. Neetu said.
She said psoriasis can be effectively treated with homeopathy if the patient seeks treatment at the first signs of the disease. Psoriasis is not just a skin disorder, but rather a multisystem inflammatory disease with negative implications for the patient’s overall health, she pointed out.
“It is associated with a variety of psychosocial symptoms, including guilt, embarrassment or helplessness. Poor self-esteem and low self-esteem sometimes lead to social isolation. Risks of anxiety, neurotic and sleep disturbances are doubled in people with psoriasis compared to those without.Although psoriasis is only a minor irritation for some people, it can have a significant impact on the quality of life for those most seriously affected.
Dr Alphons D’Souza of Unicare Medical Center in Dubai said: “Psoriasis is a multifactorial disease where the physical and emotional aspects of an individual play a major role. A homeopath tries to understand and assess the contributing factors through a detailed analysis and treats it accordingly. A longer period of follow-up and observation is needed when treating psoriasis.
Dr. Abdul Rasheed of Al Ain Modern Medical Center also said that good results are expected when a patient undergoes long-term treatment.
“It helps to find all aspects related to psychosomatic factors leading to the condition of the skin, and then to prevent its complications. We advise patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle and avoid aggravating factors,” he added.
How homeo helps
According to homeopaths, homeopathy relieves psoriasis without side effects and improves the lives of people with psoriasis. Homeopathy views psoriasis as a disturbance of normal bodily functioning and treats the individual with psoriasis according to their distinctive symptoms, since no two individuals with psoriasis will exhibit the same symptoms of the disease.
They stated that homeopathic medicines remain effective in the treatment of psoriasis by moderating the overactive immune system. It strengthens the immune system, improves digestion and absorption. This allows the body to get the necessary nutrients that are essential for a healthy life.
Homeopathy has the potential to stimulate the body’s natural healing ability and restore disturbed immune systems and misconceptions about disease. Additionally, homeopathy is very effective in treating stress which can be a precursor to psoriasis, they added.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It usually affects the outside of the elbows, knees, or scalp, although it can appear on any part of the body. Psoriasis occurs when skin cells are replaced faster than usual. Our body produces new skin cells in the deepest layer of the skin. These skin cells gradually move up through the layers of skin until they reach the outermost level, where they die and flake off. This whole process normally takes about three to four weeks. However, in people with psoriasis, this process only takes about three to seven days. As a result, cells that are not fully mature quickly accumulate on the surface of the skin, causing scaly, crusty red patches covered with silvery scales.
Causes and risk factors
Psoriasis has a strong hereditary component. A family history of psoriasis is a major risk factor.
It is not known exactly what causes this problem with the immune system, although certain genes and environmental triggers may play a role, such as constant exposure to sunlight, vitamin D deficiency, certain infections, certain medications, skin lesions, dry skin, lack of nutrition and hormonal changes. In Middle Eastern countries, vitamin D deficiency has been found to be one of the main triggers of psoriasis.
Stress is a common trigger for a psoriasis flare. At the same time, a flare-up of psoriasis can also cause stress. When we are stressed, our body consumes extra energy and nutrients, which can lead to low immunity, insomnia, poor eating habits, smoking, alcoholism, hormonal imbalances and digestive problems.
Managing life with psoriasis isn’t always easy. Patients should avoid climatic extremes. Warm weather can often improve psoriasis due to natural sunlight and humidity.
The appearance of psoriasis plaques can have a direct impact on your self-esteem. Depression and anxiety can reduce quality of life. As psoriasis can impact relationships, it is important to educate the patient, immediate family and friends. A tip will be a big help.
People with psoriasis are more likely to become depressed. Relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation can help prevent the stress caused by psoriasis, which reduces inflammation — the very thing that can cause a psoriasis flare.
Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to psoriasis. Although a deficiency does not appear to cause psoriasis, it can impair the body’s ability to maintain healthy skin. This can increase flares. When taken in healthy doses, vitamin D can help treat psoriasis.
Strengthening the immune system through healthy eating habits, drinking plenty of water, exercising half an hour a day and getting enough sleep is very important.