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Q. My stepdad has had a horrible case of psoriasis for over 10 years. The rash was all over his body, caked on his scalp and itched constantly.

The dermatologist he saw prescribed Dovonex and Capex and clobetasol. He has used these off and on since about 2001, but they provided minimal relief.

Mom found a suggestion in your book (Best Choices From The People’s Pharmacy) that turmeric might help psoriasis. We went to the local food coop and picked it up in pill form. Within a week his scalp was halfway clear and now, three weeks later, it is just a tiny bit flaky with no itching.

This has been life changing for him. Nothing ever cleared up his psoriasis like the turmeric has. He had discontinued using Dovonex and wants to drop the Capex and clobetasol next. All of these medications are very expensive, especially in comparison to turmeric.


A. Turmeric is the yellow spice in curry powder. It has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine in India for thousands of years.

Basic research suggests a number of reasons why curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, would have a beneficial effect in psoriasis (Biochemical Pharmacology, Aug. 19, 2007). We hope to see a double-blind study of the benefits of curcumin some day.
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I read that turmeric can cause a rash. Is this true? What should I look out for?

This treatment sounds promising. Are you aware of others who have used the product with similar success? What about side affects of the product? I have had psoriasis for thirty years with a period of 10 years of it being dormant for no obvious reason. Now it's back but much worse and with plotches on arms and legs. I will try this product and hope for similar results. I will keep you posted of my progress. Thank you very much for the information.

I have had psoriasis for 27 years, having taken all types of medicine, buying a tanning bed, etc. It is all over my body! For the first time ever, I have found something that works! Turmeric is amazing! I would not miss taking this pill under any circumstances and have not even finished a bottle yet. Winter is the worst time of the year for me, but I am better than in the summer time. It is wonderful having something to take that does have a warning with it! Thanks so much for this article!!!

None of the notes about turmeric mention dosage. How much should I take to treat psoriasis?

I have been dealing with psoriasis for years. I have used Dovonex and Clobetasol with some help, but a little expensive. I saw an article about turmeric, very interested. Please adv dosage in pill form and side effects if any.

I too have suffered from plaques over 80% of my body and only by suppressing my immune system do I get any relief. I would like to try the turmeric too, but need dosage instructions.

I have read these notes on psoriasis, which I have as well. I want to know about the use of turmeric and Milk Of Magnesia, which I read about in the Palm Beach Post this past week. I need some help, please respond. Thanks, Roberta

My 22-year-old daughter has been dealing with psoriasis for years with little or no relief from medications. I would like to recommend this to her, but need dosage instructions. Also, I am curious, if the psoriasis does clear up, should she continue taking the doses of turmeric or is it ok to cut back or cease taking it? Thank you so much for the information.

Check out www.psoriainfo.org and www.psoriagold.com

Dr. Heng developed psoriagold which is made out of turmeric. You apply it to the psoriasis. It helps inhibit rapid cell turnover. She provides free consultation over internet.

Hmm I wonder if I can get my daughter to swallow a pill? She is the one with P.

I wanted to let people know that turmeric is absolutely AWESOME for the treatment of itchy, scaly psoriasis. My roommate had a nasty spot of it on his knee and shin. I applied a paste made of warm water and turmeric and stirred it together into a thick but smooth paste. I applied the mixture with a clean spatula all over the sore spots and wrapped a papertowel in 2 layers over it. I then put shrinkwrap bandage around it and left it on for 12 hours. We have only started this 3 days ago and most of the spot is either completely gone, no more thickened skin, redness going way down and on its way to a complete healing of this spot. I am a homeopathic pharmacist myself and found the info about the turmeric on your website and also in the Fayetteville NC Observer Times. I plan on directing people to your wonderful site.

There is only one thing about the turmeric. It is intensely yellow and will stain your floors or whatever it touches. When applying the mixture, make sure you protect your surroundings from getting stained. Turmeric is also great for coloring and flavoring vegetarian indian style dishes.

Thanks for the info on turmeric !

Curcumin healing for many diff conditions and ginger cures also; I have on my blog info on over 200 foods that can keep cancer away also.

I started taking one a day pill of turmeric (I have psoriasis on my fingers and the soles of my feet), but my stomach is bothering me. Is there any other way to use turmeric without affecting my digestion?

I just started taking turmeric this past week. I bought some in pill form at my local health food store. it is 500 mg, and it shows recommending taking 2 caps daily with food. I imagine this is a good starting point at 2 pills a day and taking it with food will probably help with any digestion issues. I am keeping my fingers crossed it helps me as the ointment medications no longer are working for me, and I can't afford any other treatment options. I think I might try that option of it as a paste also! Thanks! And good luck to everyone!

I have had nasty, itchy psoriasis on both legs for about 8 months. Some of the lesions were as large as a quarter. I started taking turmeric about 3 weeks ago & have almost no lesions on one leg & the other one has healed up considerably.

I think it has also helped some delayed food sensitivities.

I took turmeric [turmeric root extract (Curcuma longa) 500 mg (95% Curcuminoids=475 mg)] for about 4 weeks and developed urgency, runny stool, and stomach cramps. I discontinued use and the symptoms ceased within 24 hours. However, I noticed that my psoriasis didn't itch as much, and the site on my scalp was smaller. It's so unfortuante... I believe I will try it again in the future, perhaps halving the dose.

I am an Indonesian. I have suffered from psoriasis since 2003. It began on my head then knees, then elbows and now almost all over my body. I am not sure if anyone have worse than mine. I want to start using turmeric which is plenty in my country.

My question is that how much to take FRESH TURMERIC to take daily as I bought it in the traditional market still as fresh root. Anybody can help me? Thank you.

This question is posted to the atention of Gene W. I have the exact type of psoriasis you have. I would appreciate if you could respont to me and 'Give me the Exact name of the Turmeric as writter on the tablet bottle. There are so many types of Turemic out there I'm not sure which one you use. Thank you so much for your help. If Gene is not able to helo can anyone give me the exAct name as written on the tablet bottle. Thanks so much

psoriasis is ruining my life,,,,have been taking turmeric @ 500mg. per day for about 3 weeks without any relief. Do you have any suggestions on dosage changes or product differences? I bought these capsules at GNC...any help would be appreciated. thank you.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: ALTHOUGH TURMERIC HELPS SOME PEOPLE WITH PSORIASIS, IT DOES NOT HELP EVERYONE. IF YOU CAN GET A LITTLE SUNSHINE (BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN!) THAT CAN OFTEN BE HELPFUL.

Just came across this site. I have had psoriasis for about 8 years now, head to toe. Nothing helps. Tanning beds, dexametasone, methotrexate. Am currently taking 15 mg of methotrexate weekly in addition to 2300 mg of Vitamin D and 1 mg of folic acid daily . Any suggestions on specific brand/type of turmeric? How about weight/dosage ratios? I am desperate for relief - physical and emotional.

I have suffered from psoriasis for over 10 years. I have used many different treatments, none of which have worked. I wanted to try turmeric but i was wondering what the daily usage is (the amount per day). Please let me know how much I should take daily. Thanks.

RE: DOSAGE inquiries: I did a little scouting around the web and this is what I got out of my truncated foray:

1] Jarrow seems to be a trustworthy brand. I found mine on the Vitamin Shoppe website, then went to the store and got them to knock $7 off my purchase to meet the online price.
2] Buy Curcumin with a 95% purity rate. See if you can get it bound with Bromillane (sp?) I heard that helps with digestion and absorption.
3] The dose is 1-2 500mg/day. I was doing the 2 dose but started to get acid-reflux, headache, nausea, pounding heart. I dropped the Curcumin a couple days to see if that was the problem (it was). I've started back at single 500mg, see if I can tolerate it better. My suspicion is that if you're not blessed wit a cast-iron stomach, or raised on a curry diet, it might be best to start slow.

I really hope this helps (all of us)!

In 2007 I developed psoriasis on about 30% of my body along with swollen lymph nodes on about 25% of my body. I was headed to the grave at a very young age of 47.

My internist was open minded when I told him I did not want drugs making my condition worse. Nothing, nothing he did helped.

My psoriasis was painful, raised and flaky patches. He wanted to try steroids and lots of other drugs. I said no and I tried turmeric and bromalein three times a day and in three days all my psoriasis was gone. I was tested to make sure I had psoriasis and it was confirmed before the turmeric and after the turmeric that I had psoriasis.

The doctor was shocked and now this is what he uses first on his patients with psoriasis. I have not had any problems whatsoever with psoriasis ever again and my lymph nodes are just about normal now. I only occasionally use turmeric about once to twice a week.

I wish to say that anyone who does not give turmeric a try may be missing out on one of the most incredible ingredients we have on the planet and it is so inexpensive. Turmeric rules. Educate yourself about turmeric because we are all living in the age of inflammation and turmeric is an incredible answer to the reduction of inflammation. Use turmeric and be part of the natural solution.

Olivia

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE:

Glad you had just a good response Olivia. Not everyone benefits as you have and some report that the effects eventually wear off. We also caution about potential side effects. Some people are allergic to turmeric. Anyone taking the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin) should not take turmeric or its active ingredient curcumin as the combination may increase the risk for bleeding. Some folks may also experience an elevation in liver enzymes, so this requires MD monitoring!

I took 600 mgs today and got horrible abdominal cramps. Coincidence?


NOT coincidence!! I too got terrible ulcer-like reaction to turmeric. As I had received NO BENEFIT from taking it for my psoriasis -- nor any other kind of benefit -- I stopped taking it and the side effect disappeared immediately. Lowering the dose did not help. Topical application did not help (and stained my skin bright yellow for weeks!) If there's another option out there I'd like to know what it is.

Not all Turmeric supplements are of good quality -- you should be cautious of what you purchase. Also, to increase the bioavailability of Turmeric, consume it with piperine (an extract of black pepper) which is available under the registered name BioPerine. Otherwise, Turmeric is very poorly absorbed into the bloodstream and hence will probably have little or no effect on your psoriasis. I presently take 3000 mg daily -- I'm quite certain I could reach 6000 mg without a hitch.
Note : If taking other medications, piperine may not be recommended; I would consult my pharmacist.

Is turmeric any good for inverse psoriasis? Or only plaque? I consume a good bit of turmeric for other reasons, I have itchy redness around rectum, in crease of buttocks, coin-sized batches on buttocks, and armpits which is lessening..... doc thinks there might be fungus all places as well as diagnosis of psoriasis.... HELP!?

It's ruining my life too. Does the itch from inverse psoriasis feel URGENT and FRANTIC such as yeast infection (in women)? I suspect there IS fungus but it is taking such a long time to destroy with topical fungicide... I have protopic too but have not used yet as we are trying fungicide first.... does protopic clear the itch?? HELP!

I have dealt with psoriasis for the past ten years. Mostly on the backs and palms of my hands and wrists. When I first experienced the symptoms, I was living out West. I spent several night all lotioned up and wearing full clothing to bed to keep the lotion in place and off the sheets. Those were the most uncomfortable times to say the least. The dry weather played havoc with my condition, as it covered approximately 50% of my body.

Since then I moved to the East Coast and the damper climate seemed to improve my condition somewhat. At this time I also read about the negative effects of Hydrogenated oils on the skin. I cut back on on foods that contained hydrogenated oils (i.e., chips, regular margarine, etc). This seemed to help a bit more in reducing my symptoms, but I was still getting severe bouts on my hands and wrists every so many days apart. The itching was so intolerable that I always ended up scratching and tearing the skin.

In the last month (six years after cutting back on hydrogenated oils) I heard about taking Turmeric and Garlic to treat skin conditions. Wow! Within one day of chewing on a half clove of Garlic, and taking a half a teaspoon of Turmeric, my psoriasis began to subside dramatically. I don't know if it psychological or physical but it appears to work for me. After three days of taking garlic and turmeric my symptoms are almost completely gone.

I will now try the Turmeric on its own to see if these results continue. It is sure a big relief to not have the severe bouts of itching and oozing. I am now looking to get back to the life I left behind ten years past.

I hope this will help someone else. I strongly suggest you go to the spice rack at your local store and pick-up a tin. And by the way, the garlic acts against infections and is very good to help maintain healthy blood.

Hi Jim,

I also just bought turmeric root and was wondering if you ever received any info on the dosage to take of FRESH TURMERIC for psoriasis?

Thank you and best wishes,
annie

How does the intake of turmeric affect G.E.R.D.?

Any help would be appreciated.

Yes the itching from inverse psoriasis is urgent and frantic. It is true you may also have fungus. I had problems similar t o yours described. 8 Drs. could not diagnose correctly. Finally a dermatologist diagnosed correctly and put me on a low dose topical steroid got flares and Vectical. The Vectical is expensive, but worked quickly and without side effects. Good luck.

I have suffered from psoriasis for over 10 years. I have used many different treatments, none of which have worked.

Two months ago, I learned about Turmeric and give it a try. I took once a day a 400gr Turmeric pill from the health store, to my surprise the symptoms have healed up considerably.

Also my son suffered serious Eczema, I went to the Indian grocery store and buy some Turmeric powder and mixed with raw honey, I keep adding the Turmeric powder to honey and stir until I could not stir anymore.

He takes half of small spoon once a day, and after a few day his skin improved a lot, the roughness and scaling is gone, the smoothness of the skin is visually better.
This is awesome

I first started noticing signs early in the fall. For 6 months assumed it was just dry skin. A month ago I used aloe and the first morning it looked a lot healthier. No more scales and redness was down. After that all it does is keep the flakes from coming back. The redness is worse, if anything, and I'm noticing tiny spots appearing in other places on my body other than my face. I hate it so much! People think I'm dirty and don't shower. I will pick some turmeric TODAY! And I will keep you updated. Wish me luck!

I have just started taking 1000 mg per day. I also read that taking cod liver oil will help with psoriasis. Is it OK to take both simultaneously?

Hey! Thanks for the info... M suffering from psoriasis since young.. when I was abt 8 yrs old.. Its been 10 years.. Yet I have not gotten rid of this illness.. After seeing your msg/info, I have confidence that turmeric powder will help me reduce/cure psoriasis... THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN... I can certainly feel your dad's pain becoz I'm undergoing the same problem.. Would definitely pray for him to get cured fully! Take Care Bro/ Sis! :)

My son has suffered psoriasis for 8 years. Breaking out all over his body once or twice a year. Followed all the medical routes, Dovabate etc, after 3 to 4 months it would disappear. He broke out again about 3 weeks ago, from head to toe. A friend suggested Turmeric, half a teaspoon twice a day. I cannot believe the results. It has almost disappeared. Now he is also taking Udos oil in conjunction with the Turmeric. But again I cannot stress strongly enough the difference in 2 weeks. It really is heart warming. We are delighted with the results.

I am a patient of Psoriasis for the last 38 years. Now I 68 years old. I had been controlling my disease with several methods i.e. homeopathy, Ayurveda and naturopathy. I was always avoiding alopathic medicines. However for the last one year I am having Urticaria with Psoriasis and this is very bad.

First time in my life my whole body is full with Psoriasis and whenever Urticaria is there my whole body itches very badly. I want to try Turmeric but in India I cannot get these capsules. Can I take raw turmeric or in powder form which is used in Indian Kitchen for cooking? Please help me out to get out of this severe problem. Thanks every body whosoever reads it and gives me some advise.

Dear JK1944.
My son takes it in powder form. Just the normal Turmeric you buy for cooking. One level tea spoon in a small glass of milk twice a day. While it does not clear it completely, it certainly stops it from flaring up.
The very best of luck
Maria

Organic raw coconut oil also works. My psoriasis is gone. I have a small scar but it's gone. I don't know if it was that I was eating 1T/day but I was also applying it topically after a shower. The skin on my face also improved. I had to stop consuming it as my bad cholesterol went up with the good cholesterol.

I am taking Turmeric for psoriasis of the scalp. I developed this condition after my child was born. I have never ever had any type of skin condition so I spent the money on going to multiple derms. and all the same prescriptions everyone else has had little relief from as well. It was as if the issue was just something that completely and negatively changed my world. Itching and the flakes that fall from the extra layering of skin production drove my crazy!

I am of the researching type of person. With all the information out there here is what I have found works best for me: swimming in the ocean (salt water), being in the sun, washing my hair every day, and finally after only a week TURMERIC. It also bothered my stomach, like a nausea type feeling. I decided I had to keep on trying it so I waited one day and then just before bedtime I took the turmeric.

I have no longer had any of the upset stomach feelings like I was having (which by the way is a listed side effect). I am not kidding when I tell you I have noticed a change in my scalp in just 6 days. I am still looking for more visual changes to occur. I will try and keep an update. Oh, I just had to tell the comment one derm. gave me. She asked if a had any stress going on. I asked her why. She began to explain that stress can make it flare, yadda, yadda. I immediately said, "well, yes. Having this psoriasis is stressing me out!". I knew then it was really going to be a great battle - me versus psoriasis.

I couldnt understand as how to use turmeric if one has got itching all over his body. Pl advice.

Hi guys, read on your site about turmeric and thought I would give it a try, not in capsule form, but the powder, added some milk, worked it into a paste, and applied to my red sore scaly patches on my buttocks. That was three days ago, and for the first time in years, the soreness and swelling has practically gone, no more itching, feels comfortable, just very light pinkish patches left. This is wonderful... PS , I have had psoriasis for most of my life from five years old, I am now sixty.

Hello all,

Just a note on the problem of stomach upset taking the turmeric or curcumin pills. It might be helpful to ingest in the traditional way—that is, sauteed in ghee (clarified butter) with fresh ginger and fresh cracked black pepper. Then add milk and bring to just under a boil for at least five minutes. Then serve with a few teaspoons of almond oil. Some people also add raw, local honey (don't boil the honey or the almond oil), or cook it with rock sugar or with a fresh date or two (take out the pit first). Sometimes rose water and/or saffron is also added.

Something about keeping the herb whole, cooking it down and using warming herbs like ginger and black pepper, and soothing substances like almond oil and ghee—I feel amazing after I drink this and my tummy itself feels really happy and good. Black pepper also makes the active substances in turmeric 2000% more bioavailable. So if you are taking the concentrated pills to get a good dose, but it's hurting your stomach, try cooking the turmeric (ground or fresh) with black pepper (and ginger)—you will get a powerful dose without the tummy upset.

Cheers,

K

Masha Allah; I had the opportunity to read all your comments; Today I'm starting to take turmeric powder mixed with milk.

Hello, I have also been using turmeric w/pepper for several years to control the boils that suddenly started appearing. After reading that others had success with turmeric, I tried it and it was totally amazing. Now I take it everyday, increasing if necessary when I feel a boil wanting to pop out.

Concerning the stomach upset, it will heat up or upset my stomach if I take it on an empty stomach. So now I make sure that I have a banana or some food before consuming turmeric. I'm gradually learning to like it as an added spice to things like squash soup (which can be soooooo bland) - I either empty a capsule into the soup or take it from a spice jar and grind fresh pepper into the soup to increase the bio-availability of turmeric. Milk will do the same I'm sure... it's a buffer against the stomach lining. Probably whole milk works best. Or coconut milk.

Good luck,
LJ

Hi Olivia
I am suffering from psoriasis too. I was wondering what is the dosage of turmeric. I only found it in the powder form. Also should the treatment be forever or for how many days?

Hi can u please give instructions about cooking the turmeric with ghee and black pepper etc My son is 12yrs old and have been suffering with this since he was 2 it's really gotten worse and the dr's can't seem to find a good solution

Hi, can someone please please explain to me whether to consume turmeric or apply them on the patches? I have psoriasis since 3 years now and apparently it's something you inherit from your parents if they got it too. I have been doing an ayurvedic treatment at first the spots stopped but now have started reappearing on all my body. If someone can please tell me how exactly to use turmeric that would be really really cool. I am very young and feel like as if I'm in the darkest corner of my life already. Any help would be much appreciated.

Peoples Pharmacy response: The turmeric is taken by mouth, either in capsules or in food.

Maria,
What result does your son has now after using the turmeric powder ?

Hi, I have psoriasis for almost 4yrs. I am still 24.. I have been using different corticosteroids but my friend who has psoriasis advised me to use turmeric and coconut milk, all natural since I am from Philippines, a lot of those were available here, it's amazing how the itchy scalp was relieved. My flaky scalp is starting to fade, hope this helps.

If turmeric gives you an upset stomach, try mixing a tsp with milk first. If it is still a problem, just lower the dose.

I felt very happy as well as stressed to view all the sufferings of psoriasis, I took Ayurvedic (pancha karma) treatment, I could not find 100% result, but it was o.k. but It has reached to this stage only after taking medication for the severe headache, how about taking amrutha balli and garlic, because there was a slight betterment with the result. suggest me the food which are do's and dont's.

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