Is celery good for psoriasis? Well this herb does have many, many healing properties which are recommended for various diseases and conditions and we shall look at whether psoriasis natural treatment is one of them below. It is important to note when considering the healing properties of celery that a significant and surprising number of healing properties have been identified by scientists to be present in the stalks and seeds of celery.
Natural healing using celery (apium graveolens)
Celery is also known as wild celery as well as marsh parsley and it belongs to the family which includes parsley and carrot. As mentioned previously, it’s the stalks and fruits (seeds) which are used not only for culinary purposes but also for the natural treatment of various diseases and conditions.
The healing properties contained in celery are commonly used to treat the following diseases and conditions;
- High blood pressure.
- The high fiber content in celery can help to reduce high cholesterol as well as the other healing compounds that it contains.
- Some studies have found that celery can help to reduce the high blood sugar levels associated with diabetes.
- Celery can help treat gout.
- It can play an important role in treating congestive heart failure due to its diuretic action.
- Anxiety and insomnia can be relieved with the help of celery.
- Various women’s gynecological issues can be relieved by celery due to its diuretic action.
- Some herbalists use it to treat obesity because of its diuretic action and it can help promote weight loss in the short-term but should not be used on a long-term basis for this purpose.
- And so on and so forth.
The reason that celery may be recommended as a natural treatment for psoriasis is because it contains chemicals known as psoralens which are similar to the psoralen drug used for PUVA (psoralen ultraviolet A) therapy.
Light therapy for psoriasis has been proven to be an effective natural treatment for psoriasis and psoralen has been found to make the skin more sensitive to UV light which helps to increase the effectiveness of ultraviolet light therapy. Is celery good for psoriasis? Well being that celery is one of the many foods which is a natural source of psoralen, if PUVA therapy is part of your psoriasis natural treatment regimen, adding celery to your psoriasis diet may prove beneficial.
Using celery for psoriasis
You can simply add celery stalks to your psoriasis diet or snack on it. You can also take celery supplements. In addition, a pleasant tasting and relaxing infusion can be made by crushing up to two teaspoons of celery seeds and adding this to a cup of boiling water and steeping for up to 20 minutes and then straining. Drink up to three cups of this a day.
Celery tinctures are also available and can be made at home. Take up to one teaspoon three times a day.
Celery juice can also be used which can be very healing especially when combined with other vegetable juices such as beet juice. It can also be added to your daily smoothies.
While celery can be a great way to improve the effectiveness of UV light therapy, it’s important to talk to your doctor first about eating foods such as celery that contain psoralen. While PUVA has been approved for the treatment of psoriasis by the FDA, it isn’t without its risks.
Eating psoralen rich foods can lead to phototoxic, mutagenic as well as photo-carcinogenic effects when activated by sunlight or other sources of UV light so it’s important to be careful. In addition, because of increased photosensitivity from eating psoralen rich foods such as celery, there is an increased risk of sunburn as well as age spots (liver spots) from exposure to light. Make sure that you protect the skin areas that don’t have any psoriasis skin lesions with sunscreen.
If you eat a lot of psoralen rich foods like celery and combine this with UV light therapy, there is also an increased risk of developing skin cancer so make sure that you have your skin checked periodically.
Other safety concerns relate to celery being a diuretic (eliminates water weight) and long-term usage can deplete the body’s potassium stores so make sure that you are also eating foods that contain high amounts of potassium such as bananas which will help to replace the lost electrolytes.
Is celery good for psoriasis natural treatment? It can certainly help especially if you are into UV light therapy to treat psoriasis. For more on the best treatments for psoriasis including effective natural methods, click here.