You may know sarsaparilla as the traditional root used to make root beer. This flavorful root is another herb traditionally classified as a “blood cleanser.” Like samambaia, it interferes with the body’s autoimmune response that is responsible for the development of psoriatic plaques.
Compounds in sarsaparilla bind with harmful compounds in your system called endotoxins. The endotoxins are harmlessly eliminated from your body instead of causing the autoimmune response and plaques.
Many people do not consider the health of the liver when thinking about psoriasis. But other than the skin, the liver is the other major detoxifier of the body. Sarsaparilla protects the liver, thereby eliminating toxins effectively through the entire system.
This systemic detoxification effect improves the health of the whole body and alleviates pressure on the skin to rid the body of toxins. This affords the body with an opportunity to use its energy to prevent and heal psoriatic lesions.
In addition to relieving psoriasis, sarsaparilla is used for the treatment of eczema and acne. It decreases inflammation and discomfort and is rich in flavonoids, which protect the entire body.
Sarsaparilla root is readily available commercially in the forms of capsules, extracts, and tablets. Follow label instructions for extracts. Take the equivalent of one to two grams of the capsules or tablets each day. The bulk herb is inexpensive and easy to obtain from herbalists online or at health food stores.
To prepare Sarsaparilla root as a decoction, follow the instructions given above for kudzu. Drink half a cup to one cup of the sarsaparilla decoction two or three times daily. The decoction is best consumed while it is warm. You may also use the decoction topically by applying it directly to lesions two to three times daily.
4. Burdock Root
Burdock is a classic herb to use as a remedy for psoriasis. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, and palatable. Burdock is classified as an alterative herb. It is a nutritious, detoxifying herb which is outstanding for long-term use. Burdock improves the health of your entire body by gently but deeply cleansing and toning all of the tissues – it soothes your skin from the inside out.
It also provides healthy carbohydrates and minerals which your skin needs to promote healing and decrease inflammation. In addition to healing psoriasis, burdock reduces acne flare-ups, boil formation, and canker sore development, as well as relievinh skin and joint discomfort.
The Japanese vegetable called gobo is burdock root. It can be consumed in cooked in dishes like other root vegetables. However, for maximum effect, consume burdock in tea, tablet, extract, or capsule form so that you will be sure that you obtain it in adequate amounts.
Follow package instructions on commercial products. Use the kudzu recipe above to prepare a burdock decoction and drink 3-4 cups of burdock tea daily. If you find that you are having loose or frequent bowel movements, decrease the amount of tea that you drink each day.