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Turmeric’s Amazing Effect on Psoriasis

See that teaspoon? That’s what you need for your flakes.

Today I want to talk about the benefits of eating turmeric for psoriasis, and especially, of taking a supplement known as curcumin.

Many of you curry-eating flakers out there might know that it’s used by the bucket-load in Indian cuisine. It has a warm yellow colour, an earthy, peppery taste, and it stains absolutely everything a nice ten-day old urine colour. So don’t get any on your pants.

Turmeric’s use in Asia goes back at least 2,500 years – and it’s not just contained to the cooking pot. In fact, this amazing spice was highly valued in traditional healing practices, especially when it came to skin conditions. Which is where psoriasis comes in.

It’s all about “curcumin”

It looks pleasant enough… right?

So why is turmeric so good for our flaky skin?

Science has no proven that it contains certain compounds that are fantastic for fighting chronic inflammation, such as psoriasis.

The most important compound of them all – for us flakers – is “curcumin”. It reduces histamine levels (which are responsible for inflammation), blocks a molecule called NF-kB, which “turns on” the inflammation response in cells, and a does a whole range of other good things.

Curcumin has even been found to treat Alzheimer’s, prevent cancer, destroy bacteria, boost brain function and protect the liver from toxin damage – which also helps to reduce psoriasis as the liver is essential for cleaning the blood and getting rid of impurities.

The scientific evidence

There are several studies out there supporting the claim that curcumin is great for psoriasis:

In this study, patients with at least 6% psoriasis coverage were given three 500 mg pills of curcumin three times a day. At the end of four months, two patients saw excellent improvements of over 80%. The researchers did note that there’s a problem with it not being readily absorbed by the body. I’ll show you how to get around that later!

In another clinical trial, this time conducted by the University of California, curcumin was put up against calcipotriol, which many of you might know as the branded cream Dovonex. Patients in this study either used an alcoholic gel with 1% curcumin, or the Dovonex. The ones who used curcumin did far better: five had more than a 90% improvement after 2–6 weeks of treatment, and the remaining five patients showed a 50–85% improvement after 3–8 weeks.

But there is a catch

Before you run off to your local shop to get some, there are two little catches.

Firstly, only 3% of turmeric powder, by weight, is curcumin. So for you to get the full benefits I’ve mentioned above, you would have to gobble hundreds of grams of turmeric powder every day. You’d you’d have to add it to your Weetabix and froth it up in your latte, and that’s before lunch!

There is a workaround for this, which I’ll mention later.

Secondly, curcumin is not absorbed very well by the body. This is why you have to ingest it with black pepper, as it contains a compound called “piperine” which increased the body’s absorption of curcumin by a whopping 2000%!

You can drink it

There are several ways of using turmeric for psoriasis. I’ll go over the… rather unpleasant ones first.

I made and drank this for your benefit, reader!

First of all, you can consume it. It’s simple, just mix it in a glass and drink it, trying not to gag. It’s super inexpensive and should set you back only $1 or $2 dollars for a nice bag.

All you have to do is mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder with a bit of juice and a teaspoon of black pepper. The last part is essential as otherwise it will be broken down before having any noticeable effect.

I won’t lie; it’s not like a nice cold cup of OJ in the morning. The pepper gets stuck between your teeth and it feels like you’ve just washed down a cup of curry.

But it does the job. I took it this way for ages as it was the cheapest method available, and I was extremely happy with the results.

Remember, you can also add a pinch to your favourite marinade or sauté it with onions to increase your daily intake. Get creative.

Or you can rub it in

I’d like to see you laugh when you try to scrub it off!

Secondly, you can rub it onto your psoriasis patches.

This is also simple, but highly, highly dangerous to your wardrobe. Or anything that stains for that matter. Just mix the powder with a bit of water, or Vaseline, and whack it on.

At this point I have to emphasise that turmeric is a pain in the ass to remove! It’s like having the Midas touch, but only in colour. Your skin, your shirt, your iPhone, your dishes, your dog, your girlfriend… everything you touch will turn yellow. The first time I tried it, it took three days for it to come off. My hands were so yellow it looked like I had jaundice.

To get around this, buy powder with any extra dyes removed, such as Starwest Botanicals Organic Turmeric. Starwest turmeric is still yellow but they do not add additional dyes to make it look even yellower, like some other brands.

However, the effect was simply amazing, particularly after a few runs. It really soothes psoriasis when it’s inflamed!

Or simply take a capsule!

The most convenient solution that I’ve found, is taking turmeric pill capsules. Just the amount of time they save me from splashing around in the kitchen with turmeric makes them worthwhile.

If you’re like me and are not in love with the taste of turmeric, then this route may be for you too. The brand I’ve started ordering regularly is called Dr. Danielle’s Organic Curcumin.

It’s comes in a bottle of 120 capsules, each one containing 500 mg. At two a day it lasts me for two months, which is pretty affordable when its only $24. 95

As a bonus, it’s already pre-mixed with a compound called “bioperine”, which is basically a branded form of piperine, so you don’t have to swallow any black pepper when you take it!

For me, turmeric, and curcumin by extension, is a staple in the psoriasis-fighting cupboard. I’ve been using it regularly for over two years now and cannot recommend it highly enough!

I partly bought this brand because it had great reviews from other flakers on Amazon. For example:

Julie Casbar says:  “I used this product because I have psoriasis and nothing pharmaceutical was working or was too expensive. I found that this tumeric worked excellently for inflamation! My skin cleared within 6 weeks between diet and using the tumeric.”

Chad Phillippi says: “I suffer from extreme psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, along with some IBS, just because God has a sense of humor, I suppose. I’ve been using this product for a few weeks now and have really noticed a change in my body for the better! My joints, fingers, ankles, and toes don’t seem to ache as often as they did prior to the product. Also, my stomach issues have gotten a lot better!”

Let me know if you end up trying it!

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I'm just an average 28 year old living with psoriasis. Over the last decade, I've tried everything, from real snake poison to rubbing banana peels over my body. I've finally found an approach that's working for me, and I'm sharing it with all the flakers out there. But Psoriasis Blob is not about one man, it's a growing community of great, red people.


114 Responses to Turmeric’s Amazing Effect on Psoriasis

  1. Sriram iyer says:

    you can add a spoon of turmeric and pepper to hot milk if wanted sweet you can add brown sugar a bit that will really taste good. even when you catch a cold this helps actually.

  2. Lili P says:

    My son has scalp and face/back psoriasis. We have been using tumeric which helped some. We also recently used castor oil for the skin as a rub on the plaques. It has really helped shrink the plaques. This last week we added probiotic “bacillus coagulans” and another multi strain probiotic Epic-Pro 25 strain. The plaques are drying up like crazy. I’m wondering if this isn’t some sort of Gut Health issue at its root.

  3. Verushka says:

    Hello,

    I have had plaque psoriasis since I was 7 yrs old, about 31 years. It’s a part of me and honestly because of my experiences over the years has made me into much better person. My parents invested a lot of time and money into treatments, dr, and remedies over the years until I was in middle school I decided no more. Omega 3, vitamin E & D, use of creams and oil gels with aleo Vera, cocoa butter, vit e, drinking glass of water with teaspoon of turmeric, and Mainly better stress management has allowed me to control my flare ups. noticed I was starting to break out on my legs and my arms after being clear for over a year and half was due to stress (relationship, divorce & Nursing School), decided enough with the necessary stressors (got rid of him) and started drinking glass of water with teaspoon turmeric last week. Been a week and already seen a drastic reduction in plaques and skin healing. So moral of my story is cut out unnecessary stressors, moisturize continuously (never allow skin to dry out), take omega 3, vitamins, and drink water with turmeric 1-2 times everyday!! also to hell with what people think or comment.. never be embarrassed of who you are inside and out!!

    Sincerely,
    Verushka

  4. Alexandra says:

    @redblob and others: With regard to the Dr. Danielle Capsules – can you share with me how long before you began to see any affects from ingesting? I do see that the Amazon reviewer noticed some change in six weeks. Is that typical? Thank you in advance for any responses and input. It is greatly appreciated!

  5. Graeme says:

    Found a product called Bio-curcumin at my health shop – it doesn’t require black pepper to be added. Along with ACV, I can confirm this combination is helping.

  6. Zainab says:

    Tomorrow i went to doctor, he said you had scalp psoriasis, cause is genetics, i was crying whole night and pray to God, now i found your website i am very happy and i will try turmeric, hope it will work for me Insha Alla

  7. Pat Conary says:

    Hey there, ive had psoriasis since about 2005 and was fortunate enough to get involved with a blind research study for a new drug in 2013 that was, at the time, not on the market yet. It was an inject-able once a month. I had amazing results almost immediately with 95% clear skin within a month. After 3 years on the study i started getting a few patches back on my elbows and the doctor on the study recommended that I double my dose to twice a month. That was when the trouble started. At that point my hands have become so swollen that I can’t make a fist and all my joints (elbows, shoulders, knees, feet and hands) are stiff and sore ALL the time. Ive been seeing a Rheumatologist that has officially diagnosed me with psoriatic arthritis and but me on Indomethacin 3 x daily and Methotrexate. I with drew myself from the study, naturally, and am searching for relief. I am hoping that turmeric will at least help with the soreness so I can start moving around again. BTW, the study drug was later revealed to be either Enbrel or Taltz.

  8. Jen Samuel says:

    My 11 year old daughter was just diagnosed with guttate psoriasis. I am going to get her turmeric capsules. I’d also like to add it to drinks smoothies for her. I’m worried it will discolour her teeth. Is this a valid concern? Especially after your comments on how badly it stains!! Thanks for any input.

  9. willybyogi says:

    Hey Jack! I’m starting to take the Tumeric Supplement I purchased a while back. After reading the portion where you mentioned a study where participants took up to 3 tablets (500mg) I am thinking about adjusting my dosage to that level. Are there adverse effects from taking too much tumeric? I’m about to google some, but wondered if you knew anything from experience.

    • redblob says:

      Hi Will, I’m taking 1,350mg currently and haven’t experienced any side effects with this dosage and even higher ones. The thing I would be careful with is that turmeric thins the blood so can interact with other meds that reduce blood pressure, but all in all it seems very well tolerated by people.

  10. KYle says:

    Works for me as well also found benefits from drinking it with chaga tea.

  11. Syed Sarfraz says:

    hello there, thanks for this awesome piece of information. I’ve just been suffering from Guttate Psoriasis and PLEVA for the last six months. Coming from India I should have tried turmeric before but better late than never. I’ve tried steroids creams, steroid tabs and also UVB therapy. Nothing seems to work. Now first thing in the morning I’m going to start on Turmeric the way you have suggested. I’ll keep you posted on the improvement :-).

    • redblob says:

      Good luck Syed! Turmeric is amazing. Let me know how you get on!

      • Angela says:

        Hi can anyone help. I have psoriasis since I was a child. I don’t have it all the time, I get bad flare ups. Especially on my face at the moment. The redness and itching drives me crazy especially at night. I’m exhausted with tablets and creams that don’t work. Because my psoriasis on my face is itchy red and sore No Flakes can I put the turmeric treatment on red raw. Is this treatment turmeric just for flakes?
        My face psoriasis is called sebopsorias . Can any one please help.

  12. Doug Christensen says:

    I’ve had psoriasis 47 years. The best relief I have experienced, was from sun, exercise, and untreated fresh water baths. But seven years ago p. arthritis crippled me up. Steroids and methotrexate got me going again. But methotrexate gave me problems I couldn’t live with. so off that and steroids. Then NSAIDS came into my life, and more serious problems. Finally, in November 2016, “Golden Paste” came to my rescue. And I’m off all NSAIDS, except a little ibuprofen when I work too hard, and “golden paste” makes that work better. The golden paste recipe I found was; 1/2 cup Turmeric powder with 2 cups water, simmered for 7-10 min. Then add 1-2 tsp. ground black pepper and 1/3 cup olive or coconut oil. Mix and refrigerate. One tsp. two to three times per day. It’s so good to be pain free.

    • redblob says:

      Thanks Doug for sharing your story! Never heard of this golden paste but will definitely give the recipe a try.

      • Doug says:

        The best way for me to consume “golden paste” is to use coconut oil in the recipe and mix the paste in a cup of hot cocoa (made with hot water, cocoa and honey) or stir it into hot beef broth or chicken broth.

      • diane says:

        I am super excited I have found your blog, while trying to help a co worker get relief from her terrible flareups. I believe in the power of curcumin for many of my health concerns and I just knew when I googled it I would find positive feedback on the use of curcumin for psoriasis! thank you for sharing!

  13. Randy says:

    I have exfoliative cheilitis. It is a dermatological condition on the lips where the skin cells turn over too rapidly, like psoriasis. I would like to try curcumin or turmeric topically but the only way it can be absorbed, I understand is with alcohol which is too irritating for my lips. Does anyone have a suggestion on how curcumin or turmeric can be absorbed into the skin without alcohol. Is there a transdermal product or substance that can do this with turmeric or curcumin? Thanks very much.

  14. Amy says:

    Hi, I’ve had psoriasis for years, I’m wondering how to start a regimen with the turmeric.. should I drink the tea AND take the supplements as well as apply the paste or is that too much?

  15. Manjinder Bhandal says:

    I got psoriasis back in 2006 and for years i struggled to find anything that worked. I visited numerous dermatologists who prescribed various skin creams, ointments. Some doctors thought it was an allergic reaction and i should keep a food diary. I was covered at 70% on my body which led to me wearing long sleeve shirts even in the summer. Eventually member of my wife’s family told me they take a spoon of dried turmeric with warm water in the morning. Its made up of part turmeric, lemon juice and black pepper. I started taking it and within 3 months my skin cleared up. I only have a few patches now which in itself is a miracle.

    I cannot speak highly enough of the healing powers of turmeric and anyone who is trying it for the first time, stick with it…you will get there.

    • Darren Wilson says:

      I’m two and a half months into taking turmeric tablets though I haven’t noticed any changes.

      • Manjinder Bhandal says:

        Hi Darren, i haven’t used the tabs as i tend to use the powder. I remember when i first started it was a slow process and for a while i didnt think it would work but i did start to see a difference. I cut a few things out of my diet like booze, caffeine and citric fruits but thats because i used to bring out in a made itch after having it.

        Out of curiosity, which tabs do you use?

        • Darren Wilson says:

          I’m currently using the tablets quoted in the above article (Doctor Danielle Organic Curcumin with Bioperine) though I still have a drink at the wknd and tend to have one coffee per day…does coffee then have a bad effect?

      • Ruth says:

        Have had psoriasis for 50 years; scalp, elbows and little on knees. Just started taking turmeric tea and in two days noticing a difference. Taking turmeric root tea and will continue. Refused medication in the past and feel fine. Hope this continues to help. Just started taking bone broth too, to heal the gut. I’m 65.

        • Syed says:

          Hi there. Turmeric is usleless unless followed up with black pepper. Have a tea spoon of black pepper immediately after taking turmeric and then see the magic. Also, replace your table salt with Himalayan pink salt.

  16. Hi Jack.

    My name is Randy and I write health and nutrition articles for my web site Health News Library. I just got finished writing an article on curing plaque psoriasis with turmeric. I included a little of your story and your picture with a link to your blog in the article – here is a link to the post:

    http://www.healthnewslibrary.com/treating-your-plaque-psoriasis-with-turmeric/

    I personally do not have psoriasis – but I do use turmeric with black pepper for several health benefits. I did have IBS and some nerve problems in my legs. I use the product Mega Food Daily Turmeric – I would suggest while you use the turmeric with black pepper to lower the skin inflammation that you also take other vitamins that aide in the regrowth and renewal of skin. Like collagen, vitamin-C, vitamin-D3, calcium, zinc, copper, magnesium, and a good multi B complex vitamin.

    Again, I am grateful to have found your website, and I hope you do not mind a little of the info I used from your My story page. As I said I did ad a link to your website Psoriasis Blob.

    Also thumbs up to you for not relying on conventional medicine, but thinking out side the box and doing your own investigation to find a natural cure for your condition.

    When I found out I had IBS – the doctors told me there was no help for the digestive issue. But I was not satisfied with their response to my diagnosis. So I did my own investigation and found there was a cure thru one’s own diet.

    Since then, I started my website Health News Library – and have been writing all about diet and nutrition as the cure to all what ales you.

    Link over to the post and leave a comment if you wish.

    I wish you all the best in your endeavors to be as healthy as you can.

    Sincerely,
    Randy

  17. Meaghan says:

    I’m so glad I found this site! I developed a nasty case of scalp psoriasis 3 years ago that has since spread into my left ear and taken over the entire back of my scalp. I’ve tried every shampoo on the market, and even steroids and neither worked, so I’m looking into the natural stuff. I just started a regimen of golden paste (made with turmeric, coconut oil, black pepper, and ceylon cinnamon) and I’m anxiously awaiting potential results.

    • redblob says:

      Awesome Meaghan! Let me know how it works out. Would love to feature your shampoo recipe if you see positive results 🙂

      • Meaghan says:

        Just an update! I’ve been ingesting 1/4 tsp of golden paste in the morning with a glass of water, and at night and in the middle of the day I’ve been taking a turmeric supplement w/ piperine for about 3 weeks and I think I’m noticing a very slow receding of the areas with P, and the larger areas are feeling a little less thick and a little less irritating. I’m paranoid that it’s all in my head haha. A lot of people are saying it will take a couple months to see any big difference, so I’m going to stick with it!

        PS I’ll also mention that I wash my hair with Thursday Plantation tea tree oil shampoo, and then slathering my scalp with virgin old-pressed coconut oil which helps too (I’m lucky that my hair is thick enough that it never really looks greasy haha)

  18. Angie T says:

    I’ve had psoriasis for 35 years. Tried every lotion and potion from doctors and over the counter finally gave up after 20 years. After stumbling across this very informative and helpful site(keep up the great work)and reading positive posts on turmeric I thought why not ??? I started taking capsules containing black pepper and after only 2 days (4 capsules). WOW!!! The improvement was amazing. I finally thought I’d found the answer it had actually improved by 95%. I continued deliriously happy at the results however it was only short lived as after only 3 weeks it has started to return but hey it was great while it lasted. I am going to continue but now going to try taking ACV with mother as well. I intend to drink and apply externally. The search continues ……

  19. Louisa says:

    My husband has psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis too. His nails are pitted and discoloured and although the methotrexate treatment has delayed any further damage from the arthritis, the patches of psoriasis have worsened over the 5 years he has been taking the medication. I am now wondering if he should be trying turmeric (he is a big curry lover so pretty sure he’ll enjoy it!). I wonder if anyone else has introduced turmeric into their routine when they have been on Methotrexate as well. I just wondered if it was safe to be doing both

  20. N Shetty says:

    Hi I had psoriasis from 6 years it’s in mild stage, used some creams on scalp it’s cured very fast but flares started to come on elbows..

    P s finding one n the other place to come out.
    I am following Dr pagano diet. It cures for few month .if we start eating things again it ll come.

    My scalp p never cleared in natural remedies until I use some steroid creams.

    I m going to try turmeric powder n black pepper.

    Is there any side effect by drinking turmeric daily?
    How many times need to take turmeric powder. I m from India I prefer using power.
    Pls suggest what dosage and how many times I need to take.

    Thanks in advance.

  21. ben says:

    Note: The progress using the turmeric tea is uneven. I find that “newer” psoriasis patches respond better and faster. The older patches are responding slower and less. But ALL of them are getting better. And my face is clearer. I have a moderate to severe case of this (maybe 25% of my body). I believe this is curable, but you can’t rely on standard dermatology advice. Doctors’ do not bother reading the studies (mentioned above) and really just don’t care. They are most comfortable prescribing “subscription” medicine (e.g. steroids, biologics, etc.) and get paid by seeing you. They don’t get paid for “curing” you. I am not saying they don’t want you to be well. But I am saying that they don’t really have an incentive to cure you, and they are definitely not reading the scientific papers (as mentioned above). It’s up to us to do our own research and experiment with these alternative treatments.

  22. ben says:

    I’ve been following a regimen of drinking ginger tea mixed with Turmeric (as suggested above) for two weeks now and my skin is *noticeably* better. The amount of scale on my skin has decreased about 98%! Many of the patches are noticeably lighter and “clear spots” are appearing in them. Here is what I do.

    I drink 48 ounces of the following drink daily (three cups of 16 oz. each).

    Take 16 oz. of the ginger tea (see below)
    Add two teaspoons of turmeric
    Add one and a half teaspoons of ground black pepper
    Add one quarter teaspoon of ground cloves
    Add one teaspoon of coconut oil.

    Blend in blender for one minute.

    Drink.

    Here is how I make the ginger tea:

    Take 4 oz. of fresh ginger root (about one large root)
    Chop it up.
    Put it in a medium sized pot of water
    Bring to boil
    Boil for five minutes
    Let simmer for ten minutes.

    I typically let the tea sit overnight with the ginger to strengthen it.
    It will be a dark tea color.
    Then I strain it and put it in the fridge.

    Note: The reason I use ginger tea is that it supposedly has antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. And it tastes good.

    The reason I add the clove is for the same reasons.

    The reason for the coconut oil is that it supposedly helps dissolve the curcumin and helps your body process it.

    Warning: the pepper makes the drink spicy and gritty. And the drink will stain anything it touches. I suggest drinking it with a straw.

    It’s spicy. But it really, really seems to be working.

    I also wash myself with Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap.

    I will report back in anther month to let you know how it’s going.

    Prior to this I took Bile Acid supplements on the advice of my Dr. They helped. But not a lot.

    I used to also drink a lot of yogurt and probiotics.

    Anyway, I hope this continues to work for me and I keep improving.

  23. shilee cloud says:

    I just started takin the capsules today. I have has psoriasis all my life…the figured I had it when I was 3…and I am 43 now…and it’s the worse it’s ever been on my head and I am out of options so I am tryin the pills…I will let you know what happens

  24. Bill says:

    4 days in to my turmeric and black pepper regime and feelinga small difference already. I normally take two Telfast anti histamine tablets every day and have done for for over 2 years to combat th incessant itching. The itching hasn’t completely disappeared but its now manageable. The plaques on my elbows are where the most difference is apparent. Whilst they are still flaky, the redness under the plaques has settled back to a healthy pink. As i have psoriasis all over my body, any small difference is a blessing. Must admit that i thought taking a spoonful of turmeric along with a spoonful of ground pepper in a drink was going to be disgusting, I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was when mixed the ingredients in with 250ml of Koko dairy free coconut milk. It mask the flavour of the turmeric i used Chocolate and Strawberry flavoured Koko milk and put it in the blender with the ingredients. To save getting small lumps of black pepper stuck In my teeth, I used finely ground shop bought black pepper powder instead of trying to grind it myself in the pestle and mortar. Its still early days but for someone who has suffered from psoriasis since 2003, any changes in my condition that improve the appearance and incessant itching are always a bonus. I’ll post an update again in a month or so to let you know how I am getting on.

  25. Finally bought some turmeric capsules (with Bioperine). Have been taking slippery elm and eating foods that are more healing for the gut. Not noticed too much of a difference. Will let you know how the turmeric goes along side this!

  26. david says:

    Put fresh turmeric, ginger, 2c coconut water in a blender, thoroughly blend strain. Rinse blender, put juice back in add juice of one lemon, sea salt, cayenne pepper, turmeric powder pepper, honey a couple splashes of apple cider vinegar blend again – put in a clean bottle and keep in fridge – take 2oz every morning on empty stomach. Don’t have real measurement as I do it by taste -but has worked for me especially when I have flare ups usually gone on about two weeks. Juice last about a week. I usually do three weeks on tree weeks off so and keep to a healthy diet and exercise.

    • redblob says:

      That sounds like a wicked concoction David 😀 I would buy a bottle! I can imagine the taste being alright as its mixed in coconut water.

  27. kevin says:

    I have scalp psoriasis had it for several years have it under control but going to try the pill .
    thanks, will report the outcome

  28. Jennifer Roundy says:

    I had psoratic arthritis so bad I could hardly get up stairs, and I lived on the 3rd floor! Only 26 at the time, and only having psoriasis for 4 yrs prior I didn’t know what to do. When I was pregnant twice it all but went away, but came back worse than ever after each birth. A friend at work brought me some turmeric and I made a tea like above. After a month I realized my knees weren’t hurting as bad, after 2 months my lower back pain went away and I could almost jump out of bed in the morning! Now just over a year later, no more arthritis, and no more pain. Now I really want to try and put my psoriasis in check, so I’m just starting to take the capsules along with acv, and I can already tell the difference just within the first month! Can’t wait to be confident again!

  29. charlotte says:

    Unlike most people that have psoriasis, I have had it my whole life (since the age of 2). I have never known a moment when I have not had to deal with it. I’ve tried anything you can think of, as far as creams and ointments from the doctor and oils, herbs, and holistic stuff. I have been covered in plaques head to toe and I have had remissions. Lately I am (thank God) in remission for the most part. The one part that never goes into remission, though, is my scalp psoriasis. I have tried *everything*. I used to put this stinky oil called Neem on my scalp. It smelled god-awful but I was up for anything to help.
    Then I read this blog and started taking Turmeric pills every day with Piperine…. at first nothing happened. But I was steady taking it, and sure enough, there’s a HUGE improvement.
    If you’re on the fence, go for it!

  30. Gayle R. Bullock says:

    Hi,
    I have been dealing with psoriasis for 14 years now. Believe me I have tried everything from Methotrexate, Enbrel, Humira , natural sea salt baths you name it… all prescribed by my dermatologist. Most seem to work for a while, but then it’s as though my skin gets immune and they stop working. Personally I don’t like all the side affects that come with the meds especially the biologics and stopped taking them. Not to mention all the doctor visits every 3/6 months doctor visits for blood work. I would prefer something natural. Thank you, I plan to try the Turmeric and pray for a positive outcome.

    Gayle

  31. Dave says:

    Thanks very much for the article. Tried the drink with turmeric and black pepper every AM. Plaques are definitely thinnng and breaking up. Scalp is also clearing, with far less flaking and itch.

    I also drink an 8 oz. glass of warm water with 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon organic lemon juice once a day. Has something to do with balancing your Ph levels, and seems to help with psoriasis too.

    Supplement with a daily dose of vitamins, Omega-3 oil capsules (fish, flax, etc.). Keep moisturized with skin cream, and get a moderate amount of sunlight.

  32. Barbara Jennnings says:

    I found this website in a google search for psoriasis and turmeric. A few weeks ago I began taking turmeric because I read it can keep throat cancer at bay which I had three years ago. Almost immediately I noticed the scalp psoriasis I’ve had for decades began clearing up. That is what compelled me to do a search and now I’m finding out that is indeed the turmeric that is healing my scalp. Wish I knew about this years ago!

    • Al says:

      Hi Barbara, after 17 years of mild psoriasis, I began experiencing a bad flare up starting 2 months ago. Like you I started taking turmeric capsules for other health reasons. After 2 days of 1 capsule a day, I noticed the lesions and plaque becoming less pronounced. I’m at 4 days and many of the previously involved areas are now just reddened areas. I have not been this clear for 5 years. I hope that this continues.

  33. Pharmacist Allan says:

    Wife is having amazing results with Tumeric. I am a pharmacist. Doctor prescribed methotrexate and I told her the dangers so she did not take it. He legs are 95% better, they were bleeding and oozing. I will try to experiment making a paste with various oils, will post results. Good luck

  34. Cynthia says:

    If you use a fat-base, the color should come out easier.

    Also, I have read other places that just a pinch of pepper will still enhance the absorption.

  35. Mary Kay Thompson says:

    I am so thrilled that I found your website. I am off to the pharmacy right this minute to buy some Curcurmin. I have a horrible flush day before yesterday from about 2 inches below my knees to my ankles. Left leg looks like a tree trunk and it’s so itchy it’s nearly driving me insane. I have deformed fingernails – 3 on one hand, 1 on the other and discolored elbows. I use two prescriptions – Ammonium Acetate and Fluocinonide. I have read (I thought) everything out there and the news was all bad, even with those meds. Now I read your blog and I realize that I have actually tried a couple of the things you have, but for other reasons. Turmeric helps with diabetes, which I have. So, I’m going to go back to a BETTER level of Cucurmin and use the petroleum jelly the RIGHT way. I always thought there must be a way to get that moisture on the skin first. And you answered my question. Thank you SOOOO much for this great website! I’ll be back to post about my experiences with turmeric. Thanks again!

  36. eve walsham says:

    Had psoriasis since age seven am now in my seventies. Scalp really bad. Started taking taking curcumin 95 for fibromyalgia which is much better and noticed the psoriasis completely went.

  37. Eric says:

    I am really glad I found your page. I have been living with flakes for almost 20 years. My skin has only been clear for a few months during that time. I am convinced that I do not have to live with this disease, I see it as a side effect of modern living. I am on day two of a three day water fast. I will follow up with a 10 day in the next month. Got to get me some turmeric! I will report my results.

  38. Lisa says:

    Try Orange oil (from orange peel) it removes the yellow. Since starting on turmeric my skin is not flakey for the first time in years. I recently joined the turmeric users group and find them to be very knowledgeable.

  39. jenny w says:

    I am super excited to find someone out there that refuse to accept “just take this medicine or there’s a shot for that, don’t worry about the side effects – there’s only a small chance it will happen to you” I am trying to powder mixed with grape seed oil. I also purchased on of the dead sea soaps you recommended. So far so good! It still looks a little red but a lot less flaky, which is a constant source of anxiety. This is the first blog I found that normal flakers could relate to and afford to try suggestions. THANKS!!

  40. Ika says:

    Hi there. Ur writing helps me alot! Thanks. Im in malaysia and ive been searching for 3 pharmacies, guardians n watsons store but couldn’t find that turmeric supplement.

    So what if i just take the a teaspoon of turmeric powder n mix it with half glass of water n drink it with empty stomach?

    Is there any side effect ?
    Or will it work?

    • redblob says:

      Thanks Ika. That’s a good idea, just remember to add some black pepper to increase the absorption. It has quite a strong taste so you might want to consider mixing it with a bit of juice. Good luck.

  41. Love your info and am sooooooo over this nightmare of a condition! Can’t sleep, can’t eat much (in not a big fan of cooking nor do I have the time) and just wanna crawl away into a cave until winter is over. I practice yoga regularly, breathe and meditate, use ACV to ease the itch and flakes which helps but I notice it moving to the back of my neck. (It’s all in my scalp) GROSSSSS!
    I consider moving to the tropics daily. I spent most of the winter in Ecuador last year and didn’t break out.
    I now suspect it’s all due to leaky gut and have started making bone broth soup, eating sardines and other cold water fish, NO SUGAR, or soy, corn, gluten..,blah blah blah. I’m sure it’s going to help me…along with the curcumin, omega 3’s, MORE SLEEP, yoga and meditation.
    Thank you for the early morning rant.
    ✌️❤️Melanie

  42. SNAP says:

    You are on to something my friend. I am a fellow flaker, and as of late i have been making home made black bean veggie burgers. They’re cheap (hey i’m on a very tight budget), and healthy. I started adding turmeric, cumin, pepper and salt to add extra flavor. Well, ever since i started eating said veg burgers, the affected skin’s redness started going down and fast. So in doing research i came across your blog and i must tell you, it makes sense now that the turmeric and pepper in the vb’s are working amazingly! A total lucky fluke! Thanks for your post bro! God knows we need to share this amazing news with fellow sufferers. I never knew what it was until i had my first breakout at 32, covered from scalp to toe. I felt like a snake changing skin every other day…gosh it hurt to take a shower. Once i was told what my prescription options were and how much the copay’s cost (a bunch of $$$ i don’t have even after insurance) i was so depressed i developed anorexia. Somehow in my mind food was the culprit, the enemy. I though i was allergic to food. BUT i realize it is the quality and eating the right types of food that counts.
    Hugs to all. Don’t give up, we’ll make it through!

    • redblob says:

      Awesome stuff SNAP! Thanks for writing in and sharing your story. Those burgers sound good, I would eat them! Awesome you how stumbled across this by accident. I’ve been convincing everyone to try curcumin. The supplements are a bit on the expensive side, but everyone can use the spice and add black pepper to it. The cost shouldn’t put anyone off – it’s the god damn colouring! I have so many patchy yellow clothes now I must be starting to look unkempt 🙂 Hope your clearing continues bro, all the best. I know how good it feels after a few years to finally get this damn this off, and the funny thing is, for me at least, I wasn’t even paying attention. It just happened and when I finally noticed the clearing it was like.. “Oh… sweeet!”

  43. Hannah says:

    Your ‘about the author’ picture is hilarious, as are your posts! My psoriasis is really getting me down (because it’s bloody spreading!) so it’s nice to come across someone with such a sunny, funny attitude 🙂

  44. sabhow97 says:

    Wow! This sounds awesome! I really have to try the pill-form turmeric. I have had psoriasis for five years, and it has very quickly progressed to the severe “covering-50%-of-my-body, and pretty itchy” stage, despite my ministrations. Topical treatment stopped being effective. And I started taking Otezla. It worked, but very gradually, and with annoying nausea as a side effect. So I stopped taking it. I was considering trying acupuncture, but that may not be the cheapest option for one in college like me. I also have a sort of irrational fear of needles… Just thinking about it makes me shudder….

    I’m glad I found this! I just ordered some bioperine online, so I can try it. I really hope it works. *fingers crossed*

    Thanks for sharing this!

  45. helen says:

    I have found that no grains…no nightshades and no alcohol clear it up. Plus sunshine!
    I had huge patches covering my arms and legs…but luckily did not itch or hurt at all.

  46. Megan says:

    I’ve been taking prednisone for the last year for my psoriasis and it has helped but I have to take it in crazy high doses that I know can’t be good for my body, and with in a few weeks of ending the cycle my skin is a mess again, I’m definitely going to try this method of treatment!

  47. Colleen says:

    My mother in law was telling me about this for treatment today. I’m going to try it out. I have psoriasis over a large portion of my body, under my nails and have psoriatic arthritis. I will try anything to help with the itchy pain my body is!

    • Esteban says:

      Hi colleen,

      Your psoriatic arthritis sounds as bad as mine used to be. I started at the beginning of this year what I can only describe as a miracle drug called HUMIRA 40mg which is an injection taken twice a month. It has basically gotten rid of all my psoriasis and my nails are back to normal and all arthritic pain gone !!! You have to ask your doctor as it is very expensive I think In the region of £15000 a year but it has changed my life .

  48. Nora says:

    I have scalp psoriasis which is causing my hair to fall out (Yikes) and I am seriously concerned that this will never go away. Will the turmeric cause more hair fall out??

    • redblob says:

      Ouch, sorry to hear that Nora. I don’t think turmeric will cause your hair to fall out. But if you do apply it directly, you might end up turning blonde! Have you tried a good, strong tar based shampoo like Psoriatrax?

  49. I’ve been using curcumin for about a month now. The results were immediate. Not clearing, but reduced inflammation, less turnover of skin, less redness. I take 500mg in the morning, and 500mg in the evening. I have noticed that I sleep much better and if I have alcohol, my hangovers are less ‘awful’. Am considering upping my dose slowly to see what happens.

    • redblob says:

      Good stuff Chappers. I normally take between 1000mg and 2000mg a day. I have zero flaking now, although the patches where I used to have psoriasis are still discoloured. Overall I’m super happy with the results.

  50. Michael says:

    Have had this fun skin disease for over 20 years and have tried everything including Humira and recently goin gluten free. Nothing works. I just bought curcumin, I hope this works. Thanks

    • redblob says:

      Thanks for the comment Michael. I’m surprised going gluten free didn’t help. It helped me a lot, but I was quite hardcore about also cutting out processed foods and all forms of wheat that might contain gluten, including rice and pasta. All the best with the curcumin, it’s one of those supplements I really couldn’t do without!

    • Shreyas says:

      Hi Michael. Its been 3 months you have posted. Did the curcumin work?

  51. jani says:

    Hello. I have psoriasis on my fingers, they are so sore and cracked. Also, have it on my shins, and its terribly itchy. I have been on Otezla, which helped my fingers, but it has awful side effects, like migraines and stomach upsets. I’d like to try the turmeric, but I’m wondering if it causes acid-reflux, as I have that pretty badly. Thanks in advance, for your help.

    • redblob says:

      I also have a funny tummy, and I’m happy to report that turmeric has never been a problem for me. Why don’t you try a very low dose (50-100mg tablet or half a teaspoon of powder) and go from there?

      • jani says:

        Ok, thanks for the tip. I’ll try a lower dose. Sure hope it works. Just started using ACV, so we’ll see how that works too.

    • Angela says:

      Hi I had brittle nails, terrible nails I am a psoriasis sufferer for years. I found manuka honey amazing for your nails. Give it a try it worked for me.
      I thought I would share this to help you. I have psoriasis on my face at the moment. Sebopsorias it’s called driving me crazy.

  52. Karen says:

    Soooo much great info! Thank you! Can’t wait to try several things listed!

  53. Tasnim says:

    Love your blog, thank you!

  54. razak m says:

    Whoa dude, i just got diagnosed with psoriasis a month ago and it is bothering me like crazy. Your cheerful outlook certainly has spread some positivity and I am looking forward to trying this out!

  55. Nicole says:

    Hi! I just stumbled on your blog today while doing some research. I’ve had Psoriasis since I was 3. I have tried nearly everything besides steroids. I still haven’t cured it, but I have found a lot of things that help.
    If you are interested at all, these are the things that have helped me:
    Diatomaceous earth (food grade) has been amazing detox for my liver and body. Its also helped me have more energy, and my non psoriasis skin looks radiant, for lack of a better word.
    Fish oil has also really helped with inflammation. I take it in pill form every day. Also, borage oil, also taken internally, is amazing for inflammation. I am wanting to try cod liver oil, because of its high vit d & a…but I haven’t actually tried it yet.
    Like you, I loooovvee dead sea salt. I’ve also found doing a clay mask (whole body) with Bentonite clay would detox my actual skin. Then I would get in a bath of dead seas salt & epsom salt and soak for an hour. For the next week or two after my psoriasis would look really good.
    This winter, I discovered Rose Hemp Seed oil. It is the single most helpful moisturizer I’ve ever used. I get psoriasis on my face in the winter, and I work customer service, so it can be embarrassing. This oil helped so much with flaking, and keeping my skin moisturized. (Also, I talked my boss into getting a humidifier this year…that really helped too)
    I also make my own lotion out of olive oil & beeswax and a few other oils that works well for me. I haven’t found any store bought lotion that does not irriate my skin.
    Another thing that has helped, is eating liver. I really do not like liver, but I notice a big difference when I consume it.
    Oh, also, beef gelatin, mixed in with tea in the mornings has also improved my skin, along with a semi paleo diet. I don’t have a gluten allergy like some Psoriasis sufferers, but I have noticed that if I eat a lot of dairy, my inflammation is worse.
    I don’t know if its made a huge difference on its own, but supplementing vitamin d, along with my diet, seems to have helped in an overall health type way. Its definitely helped keep the winter blues away. Oh and probiotics, again, it doesn’t seem like a direct help, but over time I’ve noticed steady improvement over time. It seems to help mainly with breaking out on my face, (like acne/zits) and not being able to do much about it because everything for acne, makes psoriasis worse.
    Also, I notice a big difference in my skin when I get a massage
    That’s pretty much it! This has helped manage my skin, and I’m hopeful that someday it will be gone forever, and that my body will heal. I am going to try your tumeric recipe…I’ve tried tumeric before, but not with pepper, and not in large doses…thank you, thank you for your blog. Also, sorry if this was too much info…I just know how frustrating chronic psoriasis is, so I wanted to share just in case it would help someone else. God bless, and good luck.
    – Nicole

  56. KC says:

    Jack: Just wanted to send you a huge THANKS for creating this blog! I have been dealing with flaky, inflamed skin on my face for years… saw one dermatologist and naturopath after another, and nothing was stopping the flaking… until I tried the Turmeric with Curcumin. I didn’t have luck when I took the supplements orally, but then I actually opened up the capsules, extracted the Turmeric spice, and mixed it with a dab of coconut oil to create a paste. I applied the paste directly on to the flakes and within minutes… voila! My skin was clearing up… amazing! When I think of all the time and money spent on doctors who really couldn’t figure out what was going on… wow. This also makes me wonder if I should eat Indian curry more often. I love the taste anyway so if it has anti-inflammatory properties, even better. Thanks, Jack!

    • redblob says:

      KC, thank you for posting your results! I’m really happy to hear that Psoriasis Blob helped. I love Indian curries, even though my psoriasis isn’t a fan of chapattis and potatoes, and load up my pot with turmeric every time for that extra anti-inflammatory hit. Hope that your skin continues to heal 😀

  57. Cirene P says:

    I just found your blog today and I’m so happy I did! So much practical and useful info, all in one place! I already ordered 2 soaps you suggested (Sappo Hill and Adovia Natural Dead Sea Mud Soap) and the Dr. Dani supplements. I’m so excited to give it a try! I’m also going to take Coconut Oil and ACV daily too. Please keep this blog going and the info flowing! It is helping all of us. Once again, THANK YOU! 🙂

    • redblob says:

      Love the enthusiasm Cirene, and many thanks for your nice comments 🙂 Hope you get some much deserved relief from the P monster. Keep me posted on how you get on!

  58. Anuradha says:

    Hi,

    I am an Indian and we use turmeric a lot in cooking. Turmeric is an antiseptic and is believed to heal your body inside out. After cooking the most common use is adding a few pinches of this golden stuff to face masks. Can you believe 🙂

    There is a day celebrated before weddings called ‘haldi’ where the bride / bridegroom with all the family smear their bodies with the turmeric paste. In all auspicious occasions / traditions, haldi is a part in some way, blending health issues and remedies into traditions and customs is an Indian way of making sure the young generations follow and derive benefits of age old Ayurvedic remedies.

    The advice on using turmeric called, haldi in Hindi, if you take 1 tbsp of chickpea flour and a tsp of haldi into a paste and apply, you’ll get the benefits of haldi while keeping the staining down by 70/80%.

    My husband has psoriasis and recently has started using Dead Sea salt in baths which has helped him a lot. Takes away the itch and gives relief for 1/2 days, it’s something he has recently started and can’t thank me enough for researching and bringing it for him.

    I being bought up in india but living in UK for the 20 years didn’t think of using turmeric for my husband 🙁 thanks for the blog kiddo.

    • redblob says:

      That’s very interesting Anuradha. Thanks for the chickpea flour tip! I always end up looking like a mess when I use turmeric. One of my Indian colleagues once told me that her mum always made her drink milk mixed with turmeric whenever she had flu symptoms as a child. Fixed her up in no time. I’m glad that more people are starting to discover that its a badass spice for psoriasis too.

  59. mary says:

    Enjoyable blog. I have been using turmeric since December and mention it to everyone who mentions a problem now that I have read that this wonderful root can help sooo many things!

    One of my friends has only half a face left from skin cancer. He has started taking the capsules right away and used a paste on a lesion on his ear which cleared up in a short time this February!

    It has helped his entire system – he feels sooo much better, is gaining weight, has more energy because he doesn’t ache so much and sleeps better and his attitude is now much more upbeat.

    I would caution people to start slow and build up to avoid diarrhea and build up to what is good for you. I have some minor eczema that the paste has cleared up and take at least 2 caps a day for maintenance and for esophageal erosion problems.

    I can tell it is working for me in my mood, lack of aches and pains, and especially when I forget to take my caps for a day or two and see that I am not so on top of my game.

  60. I have had psoriasis since I was 3 and I’m now 54 and it’s worse than ever. I also have psoriatic arthritis in hips, lower back, knees and ankles. And IBS. I hate my life. Are the capsules the most effective way to go? Seriously – I don’t mind turning my world yellow if that would be better…

    • redblob says:

      Sorry to hear about your troubles Lisa. Hang in there. I favour inside-out approaches to treating psoriasis, so for long-term relief, I would ingest the turmeric. For immediate relief, applying it directly is the best way – if you can handle turning into a big banana! It’s been used in a paste form for skin conditions in the Indian subcontinent for aeons. Do let me know if you try it. I have also found a great cream I’m trying out now that has curcumin, the active ingredient, mixed inside. I will let everyone know if it works or not after my test run.

  61. Valerie says:

    I put it in a smoothie along with the pepper, cayenne , fresh ginger, juice of a lemon, some OJ, spinach and frozen fruit for sweetness. You don’t even notice the taste! Delicious!

  62. James C says:

    I’ve had psoriasis for 10+ years and gave up on treatment a while back as my doctor kept prescribing stuff that didn’t work and I was getting sick of the lack of progress.

    I found your blog earlier and just bought a bottle of 500mg curcumin capsules. Especially useful info on piperine/bioperine as these capsules don’t contain any, so I chewed up a dozen or so peppercorns with it and washed it down with a swig of apple cider vinegar that you recommended in another post. Keeping my fingers crossed, I’ll let you know how it goes!

    Cheers Jack, much appreciated.

    • redblob says:

      ACV and turmeric are a standard breakfast for me now, haha! That said I’m always on the lookout for other herbs and spices that improve gut health or reduce inflammation. Hope it works for you James, and of course please do keep me updated! Cheers.

  63. Isabelle says:

    My hubby has really bad psoriasis everywhere on his body including his face…it was scaly, inflamed and itchy…we had tried all the creams possible and followed a dermatologist closely but nothing would help. Finally, our last option was to try injections that would cost up to 20,000$ a year!! Before trying the injections, I saw a show on TV about the benefits of turmeric on skin cancers. A little skeptical, I told my hubby that we had nothing to lose to try it. Within a month, his face cleared, his scalp and hands stopped itching and a lot of it even completely disappeared!! We could not believe that this little capsule was helping him so much! If you have mild to severe psoriasis, you don’t need to think about this, just take Turmeric!

    • redblob says:

      Thanks for your comment Isabelle, that’s really awesome! Glad that your husband discovered this fantastic spice in time. It’s great for many things, not only psoriasis. I have a relative who plops it on whenever she has a chance – on cuts, scrapes, infections, you name it, she will yellow it up in no time. Take care and all the best.

  64. P Bhatt says:

    You can apply turmeric with boiled potato. Just boil a potato and once it’s cooled down add a teaspoon of turmeric. Mix it well and apply that mixture on the psoriasis patch and cover with gauze pad. You have to leave it overnight.

    • redblob says:

      Thanks for your P suggestion P. I’ve never heard of mashed potato and turmeric being used as a compress for P. Sounds tasty! Have you tried it personally?

  65. Anne says:

    I add turmeric/black pepper paste to my tea with some honey and it tastes fine, just a little gritty.

  66. urbrother says:

    Hey I am Indian …

    We use it daily in our dishes and regards it as very effective and holy, but i didn’t knoe about its potential benefits for psoriasis (I have it on scalp). Thanks…

  67. Debbie Horne says:

    My son has psoriasis over at least 50% of his body. We have ordered and received the turmeric curcumin and a topical cream that is 100% organic “Metaderm”. He is going to begin the treatment in a few days. But I was wondering if you also have a certain diet that you use. We know to avoid cheese,all dairy products and red meat, Is there something else that we need to try concerning his diet? Thank you so much for all the info that you have given us in this blog. It has been very useful. Debbie

    • Barb w says:

      Zinc as a supplement and in food or zinc tablets have worked well for me, as well as eating turmeric in curry w/ white pepper. White pepper digests better.

  68. Rachel Vaughan says:

    I’ve bought the capsules and am about 4 days in, so too early to see any change yet. If anything my psoriasis seems a little more inflammed although it may just be coincidence. I’m going to persevere anyway! Just wondered if it’s ok to be using the organic ACV as well and if I should use at different times? Love these posts, they feel like a life saver when I’m particularly low about my skin.

    • redblob says:

      Thanks Rachel! I personally haven’t had any problems with combining ACV and turmeric, both topically and by ingesting it. Do let me know how the turmeric supplement is going after about a week in. Its not unusual to see ups and downs in the very short-term with turmeric, as its a very powerful liver cleanser. It could be pushing out a lot of toxins at this stage.

      • Angela says:

        What is ACV?

        • ixios (Paul) says:

          Apple Cider Vinegar – Jack (the proprietor or this blog) has an article about ACV. The link is on the right-hand menu at the top of the page. http://www.psoriasisblob.com/apple-cider-vinegar-and-psoriasis/

          I am going to start using it in the next couple days. It seems to have a good reputation for helping with psoriasis. The article mentions using organic ACV (Bragg’s brand). My former boss has been drinking Bragg’s for years for health benefits (he doesn’t have psoriasis). Hope this helps…..

  69. Penny McCrea says:

    I grow turmeric in my garden. I’m in a hot climate. Do you know if applying fresh turmeric has additional benefits?

    Thanks.

    • redblob says:

      Hi Penny. I haven’t been fortunate enough to try fresh turmeric – I’ve only ever had access to the powder or dried roots (which are rock-hard) – but I don’t see why it shouldn’t be as good. Do let me know your experience.

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