P 2018: Light Therapy for Psoriasis – Week One

Week One

Light Therapy Treatment for Psoriasis

Well, I have now started light therapy treatment for the dreaded P. So far, I have had 4 visits. Each one seems to have been very quick. I understand why they build it up though. As the weather has been amazing in Devon, I have been working a lot outside. But I have had to be careful and not to get too much exposure to the sun.

I thought I’d try to record the progress on just one particular area, and that is namely “Flock of Seagulls”, my left calf. I hope this will indicate the effect the treatment is having. Not a lot at the moment. However, there is improvement on my arms and midriff and back. But we’ll see next week on the leg. I’ll just focus on that for now.

Light Therapy for Psoriasis

Light Therapy for Psoriasis

I have previously mentioned about my initial problem with my important little place. I haven’t had any light treatment there, but I have been taking some supplements and I’ve changed my diet. Quite a lot of water has been consumed too. The P on my P has gone, and it is no longer painful. In fact, there is no pain there whatsoever – so something is working.

Supplements

The supplements I have been taking are:

  • 4 drops of cannabis oil (CBD)
  • 1 teaspoon per day of sea buckthorn oil
  • Probiotics – Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Lactobacillus acidophilus (1 of)
  • Omega 3 fish oil (2 of)
  • Ginseng (1 of)
  • Turmeric (1 of)
  • Garlic (1 of)
  • Chlorella (2 of)
  • I have also been using extra virgin coconut oil on my head, and the plaques have all but disappeared.

Medication

I am also taking the following for diabetes each day:

  • Metformin
  • Alogliptin
  • Gliclazide

I think it is a good idea to collate what is deemed to be bad and good for P. This is as follows, but is by no means exhaustive:

Bad for P

  • Alcohol
  • Junk Food and being overweight (bad for most things to be fair, I struggle with my weight but am trying hard to shift some)
  • Red meat – including sausage and bacon
  • Dairy products and egg white
  • Peppers, White potatoes, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Potatoes
  • Grapefruit, Oranges, Lemons, Limes, plus juices, plus lemonade
  • Pimento, Cinnamon, Curry, Vinegar, Mayo, Paprika, Tabasco Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Ketchup
  • Fried food
  • Unsaturated fats

Good for P

  • Fruits and Veg, especially berries, cherries, blueberries and leafy greens, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, avocado and broccoli
  • Whole grain bread, cereal, beans and lentils
  • Chicken or turkey
  • Salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna and other fish rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Antioxidant rich herbs and spices, like thyme, sage, cumin and ginger
  • Heart healthy sources of fat, olive oil, seeds and nuts

Links

For more information check out:

The Psoriasis Association (UK) 

The National Psoriasis Foundation (USA)

Psoriasis Healing Warriors (USA)

(Please let me know if you have any others you think are worthy of a mention).

 

2 Comments:

  1. Pingback: Combat psoriasis - how to using light therapy (UVB) treatment - week five

  2. Pingback: Light Therapy Week Two - how to cope with psoriasis using UVB treatment

Any thoughts?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.