Based on surface area, the skin is our largest sensory organ and contains various receptors associated with our sensory functions. Mechanoreceptors respond to pressure and thus constitute our sense of touch. But the skin also reacts to changes in temperature and thus regulates our body temperature. The skin essentially forms the outer envelope of the body, defines the body from the outside world. Its most important functions are in areas of temperature regulation, metabolism, and immune response. But the skin not only has practical properties, it also plays an important role from an esthetic perspective. It is thus very bothersome when nasty red patches and spots develop from a rash or allergic reaction.
Patients who suffer from psoriasis also have this problem. After neurodermatitis, psoriasis is the second most common skin disease. The word psoriasis stems from the Greek “psora” which means something similar to “itchiness” and conveys one of the symptoms of the disease. Psoriasis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease, a chronic skin and joint condition. Triggering factors are not clearly understood, and many factors are at play. It is hereditary, but that does not necessarily mean that it will manifest. People may simply be carriers of the defective gene. Psoriasis patients have a strong reaction to physical and psychological stress, as well as external and mechanical stimuli to the skin. Taking certain medications, the wrong diet, or excessive alcohol consumption may also be triggers.
Psoriasis is a condition in which your own immune system attacks the first layer of skin. As a result, the body responds with an inflammatory reaction at the affected sites. The inflammatory response stimulates the constant production of new skin cells. Normally, the skin regenerates itself every 26 to 27 days. In cases of psoriasis, this happens every 6 to 7 days. Through this process, excess and immature skin cells are released and migrate to the surface. This process, the inflammation and production of cells, explains the appearance of psoriasis. Patients with psoriasis show raised, red patches of skin with white scales. For some patients, these only appear at the knees or elbows, others are affected throughout their bodies, including the mucosa. Every patient expresses the disease differently. The rash leads to severe itchiness, bordering on pain. Those suffering from psoriasis are severely limited by the inflammatory reaction. It is important to know that psoriasis is not contagious. Although the disease is very prevalent, psoriasis patients are still discriminated against and shunned to this day. This leads many patients to withdraw from society for fear of mean reactions by others. In some cases, patients even suffer from depression. It is time to spread the truth about psoriasis so that those affected do not have to suffer any longer.
Psoriasis is widespread; in Germany alone, about 2 million people live with the disease. In 2014, the WHO (World Health Organization) officially declared psoriasis a severe non-infectious disease. Psoriasis cannot be cured, but patients must nonetheless undergo therapy to be able to tolerate its symptoms.
There are two approaches to therapy: localized and systemic therapy. Localized therapy involves the application of cremes and salves on affected areas. Patients also have to carry out daily basic care to prevent possible outbreaks and to strengthen the skin. UV therapy is also used in combination with other therapy; particularly in severe cases.
In especially severe manifestations of the disease, for example when the joints are also affected, localized therapy is not sufficient and systemic treatment is required, in the form of infusions and injections.
Because these medications can be difficult to digest and often have strong side effects, it is time to apply natural remedies. Our tip: chaga tea!
Due to its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting effects, the chaga mushroom provides great benefits in the treatment of psoriasis. On the one hand, it directly targets the cause of the disease by working against the abnormal immune response against the body’s own skin cells, and on the other, it helps reduce inflammation, which provides rapid relief for those affected. There is a reason why the mushroom is a popular home remedy in Lapland and Siberia.
Chaga provides another decisive benefit. It has a direct effect on the spleen and liver, organs that are responsible for ridding our bodies of toxins. When liver function is thus improved and it can now more effectively eliminate toxins that would otherwise be expelled through the skin and cause an outbreak, the skin has fewer negative reactions.
Therapy should consist of two to three cups of tea per day. It is important that the first cup is consumed directly after getting up on an empty stomach. Try not to eat until 30 minutes thereafter so that all the tea’s properties can work effectively. You can also apply chaga tinctures and wraps topically. The combination of ingested and topical therapy shows surprising effects. In most cases, patients experience distinct improvement just after a few weeks, with children, possibly after a few days. In severe cases, therapy can take months. But don’t give up, some treatments just take a little bit more time. Even after you notice improvement, continue drinking a cup of tea per day to prevent another outbreak.
Psoriasis patients experience severe symptoms and it is time to put an end to the suffering. The chaga mushroom is a solution for improved quality of life. What are you waiting for? Give it a try and let yourself be persuaded by the power of chaga!