Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Why Homeopathy? The treatment of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a dreadful ailment. Anyone who has seen Dennis Potter's play, broadcast by the BBC in 1986, will realise this. The play makes use of the authors own problems with the skin disease, as Potter suffered from this debilitating condition which led to his hospitalisation.

Potter only had access to conventional medical treatment, and his sufferings are well illustrated in the play. When I was writing my "Why Homeopathy?" article on psoriasis, I recalled the play. In particular, I remembered the hopelessness of his situation, and the apparent lack of medical help that was of any value to him in his suffering.

Researching the conventional treatment available to Psoriasis sufferers today, now in 2016, brought home to me, yet again, how little effective treatment conventional medicine has for ailments like this. I have listed these treatments in my blog, alongside the side effects of each treatment.

    “Treatment for psoriasis usually helps to keep the condition under control”.

This is what the NHS Choices website claims for these treatments. What this means is that conventional medicine has no treatment that cures the condition. They just 'keep the condition under control'. Yet even this limited objective is undermined by the side effects of the treatments. The creams and lotions are bad enough, but for the drug recommended, the site effects are quite alarming. They include mouth diarrhoea and sickness, ulcers, vulnerability of infection, reduced libido, executive dysfunction, kidney and liver disease, and because of the dangers in pregnancy, they are not recommended for pregnant women. Depression is also mentioned, although it is depressing enough to realise that conventional medicine offers only palliatives and not cures, and that these palliatives are themselves harmful to patients who are already suffering from an unpleasant chronic disease.

The second part of the blog is rather more hopeful, in that it deals with the homeopathic treatment of psoriasis. Unlike some simpler conditions, psoriasis is not really self-treatable, it is too complex for this. But homeopaths have been treating this and similar conditions, successfully, for over 200 years now. And, as the article outlines towards the end, there are modern studies that can demonstrate that homeopathy is an option for anyone who suffers from psoriasis, particular for anyone who has suffered from conventional treatment in addition!

If you, or anyone you know, suffers from psoriasis, they would do well to read the article, and book an appointment with a homeopath!