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HERBAL TREATMENT OF PSORIASIS - A REVIEW

Akhil Hari and Reshma M.*

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Psoriasis is a long lasting autoimmune disease that cause raised red scaly patches appearing on skin. The most affected parts in psoriasis include skin, nails and joints. The prevalence of psoriasis were estimated to be 2% in world population and the incidence in India was found to be 13.25% .The prevalence in Kerala was estimated to be 27.90%. The skin psoriasis patient may become dry and covered with raised thick silvery flaky skin becoming red colour, itching, browning of nail and severe dandruff also seen in psoriasis patient. The treatment options of psoriasis include topical drugs like steroids, vit D, U V light therapy (PUVA), systemic administration of methotrexate, cyclosporine etc, biologic therapy which include etanercept, infliximab. But these treatment may causes adverse effect like anaphylaxis, delayed hypersensitivity, pancytopenia, G.I irritation, renal toxicity etc. The herbal sources are gaining more importance for being used in various treatment as it is readily available, safety and low cost. Turmeric have a long history of being used for infectious disease, as it contain cucuminoids and volatile oil. The herbal based therapy are becoming more popular and need to be explored further for treating various diseases.

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