Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition in which skin cells turn over far more quickly than usual. The plaques that form in places like elbows and knees can be red and unsightly and may be covered with silvery “scales” that are the dead skin cells. They are unsightly and frequently uncomfortable, as they can itch. Severe psoriasis may be associated with debilitating arthritis, but for many people with a mild case, the question is how to soothe psoriasis.
Cilantro Leaves to Soothe Psoriasis:
Q. I read a newspaper column that mentioned cilantro herb in the diet could be helpful for psoriasis. I tried this, adding fresh cilantro to my diet.
It is a very versatile herb and I was delighted to experience dramatic improvement in my psoriasis symptoms. BRAVO to you and the reader who originally gave the recommendation!
Testimonial from the Source:
A. A few months ago, we heard from the reader who initially suggested this approach:
“I have been using this as needed for more than ten years. When I first notice small red patches, usually on my legs, I get two bunches of cilantro leaves and eat them over the next three days or so. The red spots go away.”
Properties of Cilantro:
We have not found any scientific studies of eating cilantro leaves (Coriandrum sativum) to control the redness and itching due to psoriasis. It is reported to have significant antibacterial activity (Food Chemistry, March 15, 2009). It also has antioxidant properties and appears to protect the liver from injury and inflammation (Food & Chemical Toxicology, April 2009). Cilantro appears to have beneficial effects on muscle tissue (Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, online Oct. 9, 2015). It is not clear whether any of these biochemical properties would contribute to its ability to soothe psoriasis plaques.
Cilantro is a popular component of many cuisines, from southeast Asia and China to Latin America and the Mediterranean. Not everyone likes the taste of cilantro, however. For some people, the leaves taste like soap. They may wish to look for dietary supplements with cilantro in health food stores, although dried herb in capsules may not be as helpful as fresh leaves.