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Q. My daughter's psoriasis was quite severe. She had a red rash and scaling on both arms from shoulders to wrists. When I read your column about turmeric helping psoriasis, she started taking this spice in gel capsules.

The rash has cleared almost completely, responding better than to any prescription medicine or salve. Is there any information on long-term effects or tolerance to turmeric? It has made a significant difference in her skin condition and consequently her self esteem.

A. When a reader told us that taking a teaspoon of turmeric each day cleared up his psoriasis, we were intrigued. This spice is an ingredient in curry powder.

We discovered that researchers are looking into the potential health benefits of curcumin, a key component of turmeric. One group found that curcumin inhibits an enzyme called PhK associated with overactive cell growth in psoriasis (Br. J. Dermatol. Nov. 2000).

We don't know of any long-term studies on whether people develop tolerance to turmeric. Millions of people in South Asia consume it daily for much of their lives. Whether it would be safe and effective for ongoing psoriasis suppression, however, remains to be determined.

Here are some links to other stories and more recent research about turmeric (and its active ingredient curcumin) and psoriasis:

• Turmeric for Psoriasis

• Turmeric Against Psoriasis

• Yellow Spice Eases Skin Problem

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To complete the story, could you add what size capsules were taken - 400/500mg and how many per day? Where purchased would be a bonus!

Any time that turmeric and curcumin are recommended, advice should include caution in combination with coumadin--as well as consultation with one's doctor.

Just thought I'd let you know that turmeric is one of the things that I take for arthritis, & I've taken it for years - probably a lot more than 6 but I don't want to exaggerate. As far as I can tell, I have had absolutely no side effects from it. I can see people smiling when I tell them all of the vitamins, etc. that I take for my different conditions, but that's ok. I'm a true believer.

I've heard good things about it, too. I went to buy some for a relative who has her stents and some evolving spinal inflammation/arthritis and is on all the standard post-surgical statins/thinners. The supplement consultant actually took the bottle right back out of my hand when I mentioned my relative was on blood thinners, said the turmeric supplement could GREATLY increase the effects of them. My relative seems to have no problem with using it as a spice or eating mustard, maybe there's a difference in concentration/isolation. This brought up the question of fish oil/krill oil, but the consultant assured me that those did not have the same exaggerated effect and were safe to use in conjunction w/pharma blood thinners.

Please tell me what is the best Turmeric tablets that is best for skin problems. I never tried it but I read from all these comments that it has improved their skin condition, now I also want to try it.
Please help.

I found it helps me with daily bowel movements. I tried fish oil and found it gave me diarrhea, but turmeric works fine.

I have suffered with psoriasis on the soles of my feet and also on my hands for several years. I have had skin problems since I was 5 years old. My dermatologist had me on Soriatane (25 mg) during the summer months until I had too many side effects, so I stopped this medication. He has recently (September) prescribed Methotrexate (four 2.5 mg pills a week) along with folic acid (1 g) on the other six days. My major side effect is hair loss. Is this medicine a life-long experience? I know about having my blood tested regularly. If I take turmeric, will that interact with Methotrexate? I also use Clobetasol Propionate cream daily. I get light treatments 3 times a week. Lots of money exchanges hands! Do you have any advice. I need it!

It is said that 1 teaspoon of turmeric will help w/psoriasis. I have the spice on hand but don't know how to administer it. Is is taken with water or mixed in food?

People's Pharmacy response: It is probably easiest to mix it in food, but it can also be stirred into water or milk.

In addition to using turmeric, low dose naltrexone will also help with any autoimmune condition such as psoriasis. Read more about low dose naltrexone (LDN) at You will not be disappointed.

Turmeric has been used as a treatment for many illnesses. Using it for psoriasis is the first time I heard about it. It is such an exceptional herb!

The last time you ran a story like this I ordered and tried turmeric curcumin. This time I have ordered just plain turmeric. I hope to have positive results this time. I wonder how much, if at all, these products are different. I plan on taking three 400mg capsules twice a day.

I did a search and side effects of the turmeric curcumin gave me concern. A search for side effects of just plain turmeric didn't bring up any red flags for me.

Interesting info. I was just reading about the benefits of turmeric for psoriasis just recently.

Hi... I was wondering how many turmeric 500mg capsules you can take a day, and at a time? I have degenerative disc disease and suffer in a great deal of pain. I'm trying to end my long time use of Motrin 800mg. I also read that hyaluronic acid could help me as well. Is there anything wrong with using these two items together? The HA I have are 20mg capsules. Thanks so much.


There is a UK TV show that has just started called The Food Hospital and I watched the episode with a young boy and his mother who are both suffers. One of the natural foods they recommended is turmeric and the results after 12 weeks (I think) were incredible! I've had psoriasis since I was 6 (I'm 31 now) and I'm now adding a teaspoon of turmeric to my morning warm water and lemon drink, looking forward to see if there are any improvements.

I suffered from psoriasis on the soles of my feet (palmo-plantar pustulosis) for about three years. Was given Soriatane and a number of steroid creams/light treatments, etc. and nothing ever helped (and the side effects were horrid). The psoriasis was beginning to appear under my toe nails.

Then someone recommended that I give up gluten. My feet where a little better within a week, much better within a month, and I had practically no trace of psoriasis after 6 months. It has been seven years since I gave up gluten and my feet are perfectly healthy with no trace of psoriasis.

A year ago I suffered a bout of guttate psoriasis, with the red spots covering me from neck to ankles and wrists. I read online that turmeric might help. The active compound is best absorbed in the company of the active ingredient in black pepper and it is fat, not water soluble. So I mix a big bottle of oil, vinegar, lots of ground black pepper, and several tablespoons of turmeric.

It separates so I give it a good shake before pouring it. I eat salads every day. The guttate psoriasis has not returned and my feet are still as healthy as can be. Needless to say, I continue to eat gluten-free and now try to consume as much turmeric as possible.

I have plaque psoriasis on my hands, elbows, knees, ankles, and feet, as well as joint pain in my knees that i suspect is psoriatic arthritis, although it's not been officially diagnosed. I've tried all the topical pharmaceuticals and natural remedies I've been able to find, but I've resisted conventional systemic treatments because of the possible side effects. Mostly, it's been "grin and bear it" and try not to flay all my skin off with scratching. but i think that turmeric may be the thing that turns it around for me.

I've been making my own turmeric capsules for a couple of weeks, and have mixed a little ground black pepper in, as well; apparently, some commercial manufacturers of curcumin capsules have been adding piperene, which is a chemical derived from black pepper and is supposed to increase the speed of absorption of the curcumin. I can attest to the fact that it acts quickly: I woke up one night with an incredible burning itch on my feet, so I got up and took a capsule, and, within fifteen minutes, felt what I can only describe as a cool flush throughout my skin.

Turmeric has made all the difference to my being able to sleep through the night. it has also kept the "bounce-back" effect after my most recent attempt with Dovobet from being as bad as the previous time, when it was almost as bad a week after I stopped using the ointment as it had been before I started.

One of the reasons I've been making my own capsules from food-grade ingredients rather than buying the concentrated commercial versions is that I suspect that it's safer and healthier; from what I've read, extracted curcumin has more potential side effects than the whole ground turmeric root that you can buy at the store. Also, it's *dirt* cheap! I can make 250 capsules for less than $15CDN.

This is the 1st time I've ever posted on a medical board as I normally get information but have nothing to give back. But this time I do!

I too watched the food doctor programme in the UK (despite being told previously by my Indian mother in law that turmeric/haldi would really help but didn't believe until I saw it) to counter both guttate and plaque psoriasis.

I took 1tsp of turmeric in 50ml of hot water mixed to a paste, then topped up with another 50ml of cold water.

Results - After 3 weeks all of my guttate psoriasis had gone (approx 400-500 spots on my body). The plaque psoriasis remains after 6 weeks although some plaques have shrunk by 50% and most are much less prominent.

The local GP was still dubious of the outcome despite the fact that through antibiotics/topical steroids and creams had not moved anything in the 6 months previous to this and I was booked in for light therapy which I've now cancelled as no longer required.

The turmeric in water approach tastes awful (I can't lie), but 20 seconds of discomfort is well worth having a go at in order to lose the tedium of applying all that cream!

I also have psoriasis and swear by turmeric capsules! I only take two 400 mg capsules when my psoriasis is calm, and two capsules 3x/day when it is acting up--clears the majority of spots within a day or two, and the worst patches on my elbows within three or four!

I'm going to try this starting from today! I will try turmeric with honey as someone said above. Today I cried so hard in the shower because I found a new spot of psoriasis under my arm. So sad.. But lots of people have found ways to help them. I'm sure I will and I'm sure you will too! Lots of love and wishing everyone lots of health!! Take careeeeeeee

I started using turmeric for psoriasis a few weeks ago, I have been taking 1-500 mg capsule a day. I was pretty skeptical but I must say my psoriasis has been clearing up the thick scales are gone now. I still have the red spots but it’s not itchy. I have also noticed my blood pressure has been lower and I have been sleeping a little better at night probably because I have not been itching as much. I have had psoriasis since I was 15. The only side affect I noticed was that I had a headache I’m not sure if it’s related but I never had them before like that after a few days it went away. I have tried a lot of different medicines over my life for this problem but so far this has helped the most I hope this info helps I am not a doctor just figured I share my experience.

I have been using Turmeric for about 3days now for my psoriasis on my scalp and have noticed a difference. The itching was lessened the first day and for the next two days but have not seen less scaling on the patches. I might have not given it a chance to get in my system. How long does it take to fade away after taking the pills?

Ayurveda believes that each one of us is unique and has his own body constitution which is defined and designed at the time of conception. This is how Ayurveda can explain the subtle differences between individuals and explains why everyone is unique and that two persons can react very differently when exposed to the same environment.

Imbalance of THRIDOSHAS ( vata (air), pitta (bile) and kapha (phlegm)) are the main reason behind all illness. Diseases are caused by derangement of one or more of the three doshas and also blood. Imbalance of Thridoshas will affect the normal functioning of tissues inside the human body. The complication inside the tissues appears as skin diseases & allergies on external body. Skin/Allergic diseases cannot be considered as only external problems. Defective functioning of vital internal organs reflects as skin diseases. Application of cosmetics and ointments will not give any relief in skin diseases. A Fundamental treatment is necessary.

Untimely food habits as well as the regular consumption of junk food are the major cause for skin problems. Mental stress also cause improper functioning of digestive organs which in turn lead to insufficient production of healthy tissues and moreover disease prone tissues increase in number.

Symptoms of skin diseases like itching, roughness, scales & cracks are appearing because of the imbalance of Kapha in the cells. Burning sensation, excessive body heat, redness etc. indicates the imbalance of Pitta in the cells. Body pain, dryness & scales indicate the imbalance of Vata inside the body. After understanding the condition of the Thridoshas and treatment started, diseases can be cured.

The Ayurvedic diet is one that not only nourishes the body, but also restores balance of 'Tridoshas' which is very much essential for maintaining Health. Depending on our dosha, or constitutional type, some foods can be beneficial, and others should be avoided. These same foods may have the opposite effect on another dosha. The science of Ayurveda teaches that right diet is the foundation of healing. For maximum health and vitality, the ideal diet is one that balances our doshas.
A basic body purification method is using in the treatment of Psoriasis, vitiligo and all other skin/allergic diseases.. Ayurvedic treatment for the above mentioned diseases goes through several stages viz. lepanam (application of ointments), Abhayangam (oil massage), Snehapanam (taking medicated ghee), Udwarthanam (medicated powder massage), Swedanam (medicated steam bath), Shirovasti (keeping oil on head) and other Vastis (Medicated enema). Besides the medicines, the patient should follow the instruction on diet and life style

There are two methods of treatment in Ayurveda for chronic diseases like Psoriasis. They are ‘Shodhana’ & ‘Shamana’. Shodhana aims complete purification of each cell. After this purification, with Shamana medicines, Ayurveda can give complete relief from illness.

I just want to thank everyone for all of their input. I've has psoriasis since I was 4 years old. I haven't been able to wear shorts since I was maybe 10. I have been offered so many modeling deals and with my psoriasis never felt comfortable taking them. After reading these entries I purchased Turmeric 400 mg from my local walgreens and have been taking 3 a day ... it's only been 4 days and I see a HUGE difference already! I'm so excited to see if the results continue.

I have psoriasis on my scalp, nails, and about 70 percent of my body! The scales are thinning and my skin is so smooth, my elbows are much clearer... the only side effect I've noticed is ITCHY ITCHY skin.. if that makes any sense... I'll keep everyone posted. But so far so good, I've tried everything under the sun practically and this is THE BEST so far :)

Turmeric with black pepper aids absorption, try on skin also, grate fresh turmeric, squeeze out juice, rub on skin, maybe even use pot of water steam to help aid absorption, open wide them pores. You'll look like the Simpsons for few days, all good, real sign of wealth=health, not that old tanning skin stuff, we the real deal!

After reading all this, I am currently on my second day of taking two 500mg in the morning and another 2 at night. I haven't had any stomachs discomfort at all. I have noticed a difference yet (as it has been 2 days) but I am hopeful after all I have been reading.
I am 18 and I have literally tried everything. I have been to about 5 doctors/dermatologist, 1 naturopath and one chinese medicine doctor and I haven't had any relief or noticed a difference yet. And the doctors don't even think it is psoriasis it's just some random rash all over my body.

I'm spending minimum of 400 dollars a week on doctors and medicine and nothing has worked. I'm at my wits ends. My whole career had been put on hold. I am a full time model and had to watch my best friend leave for Paris today to walk in a Chanel show and then move to NY. Something we were suppose to do together but I now can't as I am covered in a rancid, henious rash. I counted this morning, I take so many different multi vitamins etc that I take 30 tablets of a morning and 27 every night along side of going to my doctor twice a week to have a vitamin C drip put in my arm and B12 shots in my butt, then injecting myself with B12 every other day (did I mention I am needle-phobic... Wits ends people!!!!)

I have literally tried everything and nothing helps. Even though it may not be psoriasis just a rash due to stress my parents are even talking about flying me to Balu for a couple of weeks and see if I can seek any better treatment over there it's that bad.

Someone help me for the love of God. This is ruining my life.

Let me add just a few thoughts. Thorough allergy testing should be the first step. There is now a good, albeit not perfect, food allergy blood test called Food Safe. One drops blood from a pricked finger on a card and mails it in.

The second step should be looking at substances one is exposed to. Laundry detergent, bath soap, cleaning products, fabrics in one's clothing etc. I have found a cup of vinegar in the final laundry rinse helps prevent itchy skin. Polyester clothing causes me itching problems. I stick to cotton if possible. Organic is the best because of the Bt cotton and chemicals used in much of the cotton today.

Another rather strange thing I discovered by trial and error is vitamin K. If I get enough, especially K2, the rough irritated skin on the back of my arms smoothes out and now it feels like a baby's skin. No more pain either.

At 66 my skin now looks and feels 20+ younger, yes even with my tanning. I don't use creams every day either. I've found a natural product with coconut oil that is great. I use no make up and only use cream on my face when it feels dry.

I have been adding powdered turmeric to my food for the last month or so and nearly all my long standing psoriasis in my head is now gone... turmeric is amazing, you don't need medication from the doctor for psoriasis, just go and get yourself a jar of turmeric from your local supermarket, it has worked for me.

take a spoonful turmeric powder with a cup or glass of milk in morning after brushing teeth and before breakfast can also be taken twice daily as at morning and before going to bed, it will help. Yuo can add 1 to 2spoons of ghee. works for me

you can mix turmeric powder with warm milk (cup or glass full milk) in morning before breakfast. Can also be taken at night before going to bed.

This REALLY works. It works for my psoriasis of the scalp (30 years of it) (atopic) and arthritis of the fingers.

One clove of garlic mashed. mix with a little honey. Swallow this, followed by a quick drink of - one teaspoon of turmeric mixed with quarter pint of lukewarm milk. I also take my fish oils at the same time as the absorption of the turmeric is limited (further research is looking into this).

I decided to apply no more harsh ointments on my scalp after 30 years of controlled psoriasis. In the early stages of the turmeric, until it kicked in, I massaged some olive oil when it became itchy.
Good luck

I have a three year old granddaughter with eczema. Has then been used on anyone this young? We eat turmeric. It is delicious! However, I would love to be able to give her this herb to clear up her eczema.

Is the turmeric still working? I have scalp psoriasis.... since I was 12. Now at 33 it is starting to appear on my body and my hair is falling out. I am, like everyone else, looking for a natural solution that works. How has the process been for you?

Is it still working? I have had scalp psoriasis since I was 12 and now it is starting to make my hair fall out and I am getting it on my body. Just wanted to know if the relief was temporary or not?

This is a lot of information. Don't get overwhelmed. It took me 3-4 years to implement all of this, and/or to find the info I needed.

What I did first (well, after I tried the 'band-aid' treatments):
- Note: I only did the food part of the cleanse and drank LOTS of water. I did not do the bentonite clay, as I read there is aluminum in it. Some say not to worry, others say not good. I also did not do any of the detox drinks. Your choice.)


1) Psoriasis 80-90% cleared in 3 weeks.
2) You eliminate possible food allergies, and when you slowly start adding things back in, you can tell what is bothering your skin.
3) My P almost NEVER itches anymore and is almost gone.


1) It's the most head-first you can go (aside from doing a fast), and you WILL have die-off symptoms. Mine were so bad I could barely walk for 3 weeks! Others have reported flu-like symptoms for days or weeks.
2) No fruit :( No, nothing!
3) You can have a worsening of symptoms for a little while. I did not, but my diet was already 99% whole foods for years before this diet. (No dairy, refined sugars, gluten and pretty much no foods with labels.)
4) All of the information I've read over the last few years has came back to: if you go back to eating the same way you did, without doing the bad in moderation, you'll go back to being in bad health. This is a life-time commitment to eating healthy.

What I am going to start doing:

I will keep my strict diet of organic: chicken, eggs, veggies, unrefined coconut and flax seed oil and the herbs/spices in the original link. Adding 1 apple / day. Half in morning, half at night.

About me:

1) Blood work: Low VitD3 (25 hydroxy) Taking 8000 IU / day for 3 months, then re-checking.
2) Low B-12. Lead to my egg consumption. There are other foods with B-12. I stay away from any and all synthetic vitamins, and get my nutrients through food.
3) I do NOT use ANY prescription drugs and I don't consume alcohol--although I have read it's okay to consume a glass of wine every now and then. Again, your choice.
4) Psoriasis on scalp caused me to lose 2/3rd's of my hair. (I also have it elsewhere.)
5) I make my own or use as close to natural of the following products:

A) Lotion: Olive oil / Coconut Oil
Shampoo: I use sulfate free. (You can use, if no reaction: Baking soda w/ water for shampoo, and Apple Cider Vinegar with water, for Conditioner.
B) Detergent/Fabric Softener: Soap nuts. (Cheaper than my original Tide. Purchase online.)
C)Toothpaste: Neem. (Health food store. Fluoride free.)
D) Deodorant: I make my own. No aluminum. (it ends up costing $2 less than buying it. Takes 5min to make.)

Reading material:
He suggests supplements in one of his articles, one is Glutathione. (See next link)

Studies I've read say it's dangerous to do a Candida cleanse with Mercury toxicity (Fillings): Here's why, and more into Glutathione. (Great read, but I did have to read it twice.)

Turmeric worked well for my arthritis too.
But it didn't cure it completely, so I continued to search for something more. And, I found Sam-e. Not only does it work well, but it is also a mood enhancer, so now I walk around happy all the time.

I just bought turmeric capsules online today. I should have them May 2nd. I have had palmoplantar pustular psoriasis for at least 10 years. I wonder if it was brought on by starting smoking a couple years earlier. I quit smoking march 2010 but my psoriasis is still bad and is still here. Since my psoriasis has only ever been on my palms and soles (constant) I never thought that I could end up developing plaque psoriasis as well!! Well just last night I noticed that I had it on the back of my thigh. Great. Just. Great.

I have recurring toe infections (due to diabetes?? nobody knows why!) and my blood sugar is well controlled. I'm still considered pre-diabetic with an a1c of 6.0. But with my recurring (monthly or more) infections in sometimes both of my big toes at the same time I can't take any biologics or methotrexate or other systemic medications that lower your immune system. So I'm stuck using ointments and creams that really don't work.

So I came across the idea of turmeric for psoriasis so I ordered a bottle from Amazon. I have nothing to lose. So hopefully it'll work. I'll give it 2 or 3 months to see any improvement. If no improvement I'll quit taking it. I do know that I cannot take aspirin or ibuprofen with turmeric so I'll switch to taking tylenol instead on the occasions I do take aspirin. I'm really scared that my new psoriasis on my leg will grow and grow and end up covering my leg OR WORSE my body!

My pustular psoriasis on my hands and feet grew and grew and have now engulfed my entire palms and soles and even gone up around the sides of my feet and on top of my toes. So that's why I'm terrified of it growing. Hopefully turmeric is the answer. We shall see.

How is your skin now, after using turmeric?

Hello, it is over two years since you posted about how psoriasis is ruining your life, and I do wish you have resolved it. But just in case you haven't I will share with you what really helped me. I am now 63 years old, but when I was 14 and had just started my periods I started getting an horrendous rash, it came in the form of raised wheals all over my body, lips and in my mouth. After my period it would vanish for a couple of weeks and the only time I didn't have it was when I was pregnant with my two children. I was put on valium at the age of 14 for this rash which obviously didn't help. Then when I was about 30 a professor prescribed Nalcrom (sodium cromoglicate), which eventually got rid of the rash and after a couple of years I came off the tablets.

I hope you don't need this info, and life is good for you now.

Best regards,

Eileen x

Kathy are there any improvements by using turmeric?

Psoriasis on hands and feet very bad. went through treatments up to methotrexate with folic acid for 3 months had to stop because of elevated liver problems and kidney and thyroid elevated also. The only thing the Derm will let use now is Clobetasol ointment, which thins the skin 10 days on, 10 days off. Derm said I cannot go back on MTX.

Don't know what he will say at my next appointment in a month. Thinking of dropping all meds because of the side effects and just use natural things. Do you think Turmeric will help with palmar/plantar? Insurance will not pay for holistic Dr. and can't afford it on my own. Do you know of ANYTHING that will help? I tried to talk with my Derm about taking some herbs and he said "leave that voodoo alone". Thanks for any help

Why can't you take aspirin with turmeric? I take a low dose Bayer Aspirin daily.( Don't want to take something that will do me harm.) Am thinking of trying Turmeric for Palmar/Plantar on hands and feet. Some days am not able to walk or use my hands. Hope to find something that will help.

See my note above. The same advice applies today as it did then. Be sure to take coconut oil internally as well as using it on the skin. I make an afternoon treat of hot chocolate using coconut oil as the base. Coconut oil (I use 2+ TB but work up slowl), cocoa powder, stevia, hot water and organic heavy cream (6-7 tsp.)

fbl | May 11, 2012 12:09 PM |

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