Psoriasis as described by Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 6th Ed. G Tortora, N Anagnostakos 1990 states that it is “a chronic, occasionally acute noncontagious, relapsing skin disease characterized by distinct reddish slightly raised plaques or small round skin elevations covered with scales.”
Psoriasis is normally seen on the elbows, knees, scalp, back and buttocks. The lesions involve a high rate of cell multiplication so that the epidermis has an abnormal rate of regeneration as opposed to normal skin life and replacement.
This skin disease is classified as an auto-immune disease and as such there is no known medical cure.
Most treatment involves keeping the lesions under control by controlling other factors that may trigger worsening.
Factors That may Contribute to Psoriasis
• Particular prescription drugs
• Weather changes
• Hormonal changes
• Emotional Stress
• Infections and Virus’s
Natural Medicines Used For Psoriasis
More and more psoriasis sufferer’s are turning to natural medicine or remedies to help with their disease as the side-effects of prescription drugs outweigh the benefits.
One such proven natural medicine is bovine cartilage. Bovine cartilage is not a common treatment as it is quite new in the treatment of psoriasis as new research on natural medicines are emerging every day.
Bovine cartilage is derived from the trachea’s of cows. This is different from chondroitin and shark cartilage as these come from sea creatures.
The following information was taken from ‘Semin Arthritis Rheum 1974 :3:287-321.’
“Bovine cartilage topically appears to have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin and has also been useful in treating anal fissures, haemorrhoids and acne.”
It has also been found to be an immune regulator which makes it even more beneficial for psoriasis. On top of this benefit, bovine cartilage increases wound healing.
Safety of Bovine Cartilage
As this product is derived from an animal source there was some concern about contamination of bovine diseases. To date, there has been no report of any contamination or reaction to topically used bovine cartilage and psoriasis.
Studies have also shown that there are no adverse reactions with using bovine cartilage and other drugs or food. No testing has been conducted on pregnant patients with psoriasis so it is advisable not to use it when pregnant and lactating.
Dosage of Bovine Cartilage
For use on psoriasis it is recommended that a 5% ointment be applied 2-3 times daily after the area has been cleaned.
Patients are warned that when first using bovine cartilage on psoriasis, to expect the appearance of new lesions as old ones fade. This can last up to 6 weeks and is thought that there is a release of toxins which makes it temporarily worse.
Once the six weeks has passed, the lesions then improve.
Bovine cartilage appears to be a safe and effective way to treat psoriasis. If you suffer from psoriasis, consider the use of natural medicines as the majority are as effective as prescription medicines without the side-effects.