The Link Between Psoriasis and the Immune System
No one ever really considered that the immune system had any real role in psoriasis, or its painful outbreaks. Not until a new drug – Cyclosporine — was offered to arthritis patients. What happened next was both surprising and unexpected. Patients who were prescribed the immune suppressing drug for their arthritis symptoms (and who also suffered with psoriasis), began to report a decrease in their skin attacks. Without warning, researchers were faced with the theory that the immune system could be causing psoriasis.
It didn’t take long before researchers began to figure out the mystery of psoriasis in regards to how the immune system can impact it.
The Role of the Immune System on the Skin
The immune system is responsible for standing guard and attacking any invaders which penetrate the body. Since the skin’s main job is to act as the body’s first defense mechanism against invasion, it is no wonder that the immune system works in close connection with each layer of the skin. Here’s how it all works:
1. Immune cells patrol the entire body (each type has its own area to watch) for dangers.
2. When an invader is detected, these immune (and other skin cells) send out chemical and nervous system messages to the immune system to ready itself for an attack
3. To help safeguard the skin, the immune system release chemicals that can cause nerves to itch and blood vessels to dilate to prepare the skin for a sudden rush of immune cells
4. When the immune cells arrive at the scene, most work to kill off the pathogens causing the distress, but a few captures some of the invaders and take them back to the heart of the immune system, where other soldier cells are produced in a way to recognize and attack the invading cells on contact
5. Inflammation is the body’s way of opening blood vessels to allow more soldier cells to rush to the battlefield.
While this entire process is completely normal, people with psoriasis tend to overproduce these soldier cells when the body feels threatened. This overabundance of killer immune cells can actually be dangerous to the skin since they begin to attack good cells along with the bad ones.
While it is great to finally understand the impact an improperly working immune system can have on your skin – and cause psoriasis — more research is needed to pinpoint the exact cause for the over-firing of the cell messages.
If you are really looking for a solution to your Psoriasis, the cure should address the internal causes of Psoriasis by tackling all the factors that contribute to Psoriasis. A natural cure is a good approach but only by controlling the nutritional, hormonal, psychological and environmental triggers of Psoriasis using a multidimensional and holistic approach to healing one can make amends to the reasons why one has Psoriasis. If your treatment option encompasses all this only then can you a permanent solution to Psoriasis.
This article is based on the book, “Psoriasis Revolution” by Dan Crawford. Dan is an author, speaker, researcher, nutritionist and health consultant who dedicated his life to creating the ultimate holistic Psoriasis healing solution guaranteed to permanently cure the root of Psoriasis and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life, naturally, without the use prescription medication and without any side effects. Learn more by visiting his website: