Psoriasis Goes
Beyond the Skin

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is considered an autoimmune disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick red skin and silvery scales. These patches can appear anywhere but are typically on the elbows, knees, scalp, back, and soles of the feet. 

Although there are many causes and forms of autoimmune diseases, the mechanics are very similar. The underlying theme is that the immune system is out of balance or dysregulated. This is why anti-inflammatories and immunosuppressants are the preferred treatment for most autoimmune diseases. These medications can be very helpful but it is crucial to remember to address the underlying cause. By addressing the cause of the imbalance we find that the immune system functions as it is supposed to. 


  • A rash with itchy, scaly patches that can vary in size and color, from small spots to large eruptions.
  • Rashes that come and go, flaring for a few weeks or months and then subsiding.
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed.
  • Itching, burning, or soreness.
  • Rashes vary in color and show up differently on different skin colors. They may be red with silver scales on someone with white skin or purple with gray scales on someone with darker skin.

The Infection Connection

There are several things that cause dysregulation of the immune system. One of the most noteworthy causes for someone with psoriasis is infection. Infections can show up as an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut (such as Candida albicans) or as other stubborn pathogens. These infections wreak havoc on the body by causing immune driven inflammation.

There are two main ways to treat infections naturally. One is to reduce overgrowth of bacteria or the infection in the gut. This can help to take stress off the immune system and improve other symptoms simultaneously. The second focus is to balance the immune system so it can fight off the infections effectively. If you have other gut-related symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, or nausea, you should address these first.

Rebalancing the Immune System

Rebalancing the immune system is not an easy task. It is a very complicated and responsive system that permeates every aspect of the body. The biggest categories to address with an imbalanced immune system are infections and inflammation. 

In order to reduce pathogenic overgrowth in the gut, broad spectrum antimicrobial herbs are required. Consider stopping a probiotic and use some of the classics – Melia, Goldenthread, or Morinda. You may also need to remove sugar, yeast, alcohol, cheese, and other aggravating foods that may feed infections and cause symptoms.

The above recommendations are very general and broad. Whether or not you have addressed infections and your immune system, if you need help diving further into the cause of your symptoms please reach out and schedule an appointment or initial consultation with myself or another skilled practitioner.