** Originally posted by CHOPTRIUMPHCHICK **
I have tried milk thistle after reading about it here under alterative treatments. I have been on it for a week and it is helping so much. I have psoriasis on my knuckles, fingers, elbows, knees and legs and the milk thistle is clearing it up. Before when the scales would come off, the area around the lesion would bleed and create a larger lesion or my knuckles would crack and bleed leading to larger lesions, but now when the scales come off there is no bleeding and HEALTHY skin underneath. I still have the redness, but I think over time this will also go away. We do not have a family history of this and I only developed it 2 years ago and all I have to go by as to why I developed it is that I went through a terrible situation right before this developed, so I am going to relate mine to stress. I have tried numerous treatments over the past 2 years and just sort of gave up...nothing worked. I am too afraid to try the treatments that are advertised on T.V...they have too many side effects and I'd rather deal with the psoriasis than have a more dangerous health issue to deal with. I also use Skin So Soft (by Avon) before I get out of the shower on the affected areas to help lock in the moisture and throughout the day I use bacitracin to keep the areas moist and free of germs. I take the milk thistle 3 times a day with a meal. I purchased Life Fitness Milk Thistle @ 175 mg at my local drug store for about $9.00 and it was on sale with a BOGO so I got 2 bottles for the price of one. The only side effect I have noticed it a bit of bloating after eating a large meal, but that is nothing compared to what I am experiencing with my psoriasis actually clearing up!! That is a trade I'd make over and over again. I hope this helps someone in their journey to clearing up their psoriasis.