Psoriasis is an inflammatory disorder of the skin. It is characterised by red patches, or plaques on skin, covered by silvery scales. The disorder is not contagious. One cannot get psoriasis if one touches someone having psoriasis, or swims in the same swimming pool.
Psoriasis often runs in families. For example, if both parents are affected, their children have a 60 per cent chance of developing the condition. Common causes of psoriasis are stress, a distressing life event, skin injury, and “strep throat.” Most individuals report that their problem first appeared after experiencing a stressful situation, or event. What activates psoriasis is not universal to all. What may cause psoriasis in one individual may not trigger the disorder in another. When not suitably treated, psoriasis can lead to complications — most notably, thickened skin, bacterial skin infections, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and also social withdrawal.
Clinical research studies conducted in the UK and Germany evidence that 81-97 per cent of psoriatic cases treated with homeopathy showed distinct improvement, with no side-effects. A study published in The Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, a conventional medical journal, also reported that psoriasis patients experienced significant improvement in their quality of life and reduction in their psoriasis symptoms with homeopathic treatment.
14-year-old Asha had psoriasis since age eight, following her father’s death. She stopped going to school, owing to her ungainly psoriatic patches, and stayed at home with her grandma. When I analysed her case, I found that she was greatly attached to her father and missed him badly. Homeopathy believes that it’s basically one’s latent, or underlying, psychosomatic factors that “activate” skin problems like psoriasis. Children are like sponge; they absorb emotions. They too, like grown-ups, mirror emotional expressions by way of outwardly manifestations — most often on the skin. Asha expressed her feelings of emotional uncertainty, along with emotional disconnection. This was actually the primary cause of her psoriatic patches. When her feelings were addressed with Magnesium Carbonicum, a homeopathic remedy, which is almost “specific” to problems of emotional insecurity and separation, she was able to overcome her scaly distress — quickly and safely.
Article by Dr. Mukesh Batra
L.C.E.H., F.H.M.A. (U.K.), F.R.S.H. (Med) P.(Lon), M.D.H. (U.S.A.), F.B.I.H.(U.K.)
Published in Times of India on 15 August 2010