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Psoriasis: When the skin scales and itches

January 20, 2020
Dr. Dorothee Bös et al.

Psoriasis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. It is manifested by scaly skin that bleeds easily when the scales are removed. The joints can also be affected (psoriatic arthritis). For the treatment of psoriasis, the use of medicinal mushrooms has been repeatedly proven. Regular use can have both a preventive and therapeutic effect, because medicinal mushrooms support the body’s own defenses.

Psoriasis - type 1 and type 2

Psoriasis is divided into two types:
  • Type 1 occurs before the age of 40 when there is an underlying genetic predisposition.
  • The onset of type 2 is later and the cause so far unclear.

Causes and triggers of poriasis

In both types, certain triggers precede the onset of this autoimmune disease. In 90% of type 1 psoriatics, the disease first appears after a streptococcal infection.

In addition to infections, certain medications are also known to cause psoriasis. In some cases, even stopping or switching leads to a decrease in symptoms. These drugs include antihypertensives (e.g., beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors), antidepressants containing the active ingredient lithium, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Smoking, stress, poor diet, obesity or alcohol can promote psoriasis by promoting inflammation.

Treat psoriasis

In the conventional treatment of psoriasis, many active ingredients target an inflammatory signaling substance known as TNF alpha. Mushrooms such as reishi also have anti-inflammatory ingredients.

In inflammatory diseases, including psoriasis, the body has an increased need for antioxidants. Vital mushrooms are a natural source for this. The highest content of antioxidants among mushrooms has Chaga. But also the simple mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Effects of intestinal health on the skin

When treating psoriasis, it can be very rewarding to pay special attention to gut health. An imbalance in the intestinal flora due to a damaged, too permeable intestinal mucosa (leaky gut syndrome) represents a further, confirmed trigger factor for psoriasis. Toxins and allergens can enter the bloodstream unchecked if the barrier function of the intestinal mucosa is disturbed.

How do vital mushrooms help with psoriasis

Regular intake of medicinal mushrooms such as Hericium, Pleurotus and Reishi can build up the intestinal flora, strengthen the mucosa and increase the tightness of the intestine.

Mushrooms also have immunomodulating ingredients: they can calm an overactive immune system while still keeping defenses strong. In their beneficial influence on the immune system and inflammation, the vital mushrooms ABM, Chaga and Reishi are particularly noteworthy.

If uric acid is elevated and also if the joints are affected, reishi and shiitake can be combined.

Psoriatics often suffer from various other symptoms at the same time, such as cardiovascular diseases. These must of course be taken into account in the therapy. Appropriate mushrooms can then be additionally selected to treat these concomitant diseases.

Fungal ingredients have also been used externally for a long time, e.g. as a cream. Chaga in particular is known for this. Medicinal mushrooms can therefore also contribute to relief in this way.

Note: Please consult your therapist before use.


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