Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF PSORIASIS
WHAT IS PSORIASIS?
Psoriasis is a noncontagious skin disease that afflicts
over 5 million people in the United States. It is highly variable
in its symptoms and severity. In its most common form (plaque psoriasis),
it is characterized by inflamed, swollen skin lesions covered with silver-white
scales. Other forms of psoriasis display pus-like blisters (pustular
psoriasis), sloughing of the skin (erythrodermic psoriasis), smooth, inflamed
lesions (inverse psoriasis), and drop-like dots (guttate psoriasis).
Psoriatic lesions appear most often on the scalp,
knees, elbows, hands, and feet. Although it rarely affects the face, no
area of the body is exempt.
The pain of psoriasis is more than skin deep.
Emotional scarring is also common with this disorder, as people have to
deal with disfiguration, embarrassment, frustration, fear, and depression.
A loss of self-esteem and self-confidence may complicate matters, leading
to social withdrawal and interpersonal problems.
CAUSES OF PSORIASIS
From a medical perspective, the cause of psoriasis
is unknown. It probably has a genetic component which increases
the chances for developing the disorder. Approximately one-third
of all persons suffering from psoriasis report a family history of the
Psoriasis is an excellent example of the concept of
"diathesis/stress." Some individuals are born with a genetic predisposition
toward psoriasis, which is "triggered" into the clinical manifestation
of the disease by stressors, such as systemic infections, injury to the
skin, vaccinations, and certain medications. Flare-ups of the symptoms
are often preceded by stressful events.
Whatever the source of the illness, the outcome is
a growth of too many skin cells. The immune system may play a role
in triggering excessive skin cell reproduction which produces the psoriatic
COURSE OF PSORIASIS
The course of psoriasis is highly variable.
Symptoms may come and go, but usually do return. On average, the
onset of psoriasis occurs at about 22 years of age. However, it
may be seen at birth and as late in age as 90. From a medical
perspective, psoriasis is generally considered to be a lifelong, incurable
illness. Yet, some individuals with psoriasis experience spontaneous
THE TREATMENT OF PSORIASIS
Because medical treatment does not cure psoriasis,
therapies are directed at symptom management. Topical (external)
and systemic (internal) treatment provide varying degrees of temporary
relief that can clear psoriasis for periods of time. Treatment is
often expensive and time consuming. Experimentation may be required
to determine an effective treatment for each individual. A vast
array of therapies, including medicines, ointments, creams, lotions, and
phototherapy are used with varying success. However, these interventions
can be cosmetically unpleasant and make the patient vulnerable to additional
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE ON PSORIASIS
The Edgar Cayce readings, while recognizing the wide
variability associated with psoriasis, consistently maintain that this
disease most often can be traced back to problems with eliminations.
Many of the readings on psoriasis refer to a "thinning" of the walls of
the intestines, particularly in the area of the upper small intestine
between the duodenum and the jejunum. According to the readings,
substances can "leak" out of the intestine and be picked up by blood and
The body has four primary routes of eliminating toxins
from the body: the colon, kidneys, lungs, and skin. In psoriasis,
the other eliminating routes are not able to completely eliminate the
toxicity. Thus, the skin pathology associated with psoriasis represents
the body's desperate attempt to cleanse itself.
Here is an exemplary excerpt from the Cayce readings
on psoriasis, which describes the intestinal pathology and the treatments
to heal it.
"Q. Please give me the cause and cure for the so-called psoriasis
with which I am troubled.
"A. The cause is the thinning of the walls of the intestinal
system, which allows the escaping of poisons - or the absorption of same
by the muco-membranes which surround same, and becomes effective in the
irritation through the lymph and emunctory reactions in the body.
"An effective cure for same is first being
mindful of the diet, during the periods when these necessary elements
would be given for creating those activities within the system to close
"In the system we would use elm water
and saffron water. These would be taken in the ordinary drinking
water, during periods of one, two to three weeks at a time. All
the drinking water, carrying, then, either a small quantity of elm or
the Saffron. For this adds to the assimilating system those properties
that become effective to the aiding of building within the system itself
those conditions that will overcome such activities in the system.
"The diet during such periods should be more
of vegetables than of meats or sweets, so that there are those reactions
that make for better unification in the membranes' reaction within the
EDGAR CAYCE'S THERAPEUTIC MODEL
Edgar Cayce's therapeutic approach to psoriasis is
summarized in the following excerpt:
"The conditions that exist through the thinning
of the walls of the intestines allow the poisons to find expressions in
the lymph circulation; thus producing the irritation to and through the
"Q. Is there an absolute cure for psoriasis?
"A. Most of this is found in diet. There is a cure.
It requires patience, persistence - and right thinking also."
Consistent with the above quote, the treatment suggestions
in the Cayce readings rely heavily on patient, persistent application
of dietary recommendations and a positive, expectant mental attitude toward
healing. The rationale of treatment is to decrease the amount of
toxicity in the intestines, improve general eliminations, and heal the
"thinned walls" of the intestines. Also, the cause of the thinned
intestinal walls needs to be addressed.
Here is a basic treatment protocol for psoriasis:
- INTERNAL CLEANSING: Hydrotherapy includes drinking six to eight
glasses of pure water daily, enemas or colonic irrigations, and cleansing
diet of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- HEALING OF THE INTESTINES: Herbal teas were recommended in the readings
to assist with healing the gut. Typically, the slippery elm
bark tea is taken in the morning before breakfast and the American
yellow saffron tea is used in the evening.
- DIET AND NUTRITION: The Cayce diet for psoriasis is basically fresh
fruits and vegetables. Certain foods (which tend to increase
intestinal toxicity) must be eliminated from the diet. Taboo
items include red meat, fried foods, carbonated and alcoholic beverages,
and dairy products that are not low fat. Dr. John Pagano has
also identified the nightshade group of vegetables (tomatoes,
tobacco, eggplant, peppers, white potatoes, and paprika) as particularly
harmful for persons with psoriasis.
- SPINAL ADJUSTMENT: One of the primary causes of thinned intestinal
walls identified by Edgar Cayce are problems with the spine.
Pressures on certain spinal nerves (particularly the mid-dorsal area)
can compromise the nerve energy to the intestinal tract. Osteopathic
or chiropractic treatment can help correct the misalignment of spinal
vertebrae and improve nerve functioning.
- ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS: The mental and emotional aspects of healing
are very important. Particularly, an attitude of desiring and
expecting to be healed is essential ("right thinking"). Positive
mental attitude is necessary for following this healing regimen.
Doubt (or lack of conviction) will make it almost impossible to stick
with the dietary and cleansing treatments, which are a lifestyle adjustment
for most individuals. A positive mental and emotional attitude
and can be created and maintained by focusing on a high purpose (ideal)
for being healed.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health