Can apple cider vinegar treat psoriasis? According to anecdotal evidence and scientific research, it may be able to.
There is a long history of apple cider vinegar (ACV) use in medicine dating back to 400 B.C., when Hippocrates used it to treat his patients. ACV is considered to be a potent remedy for illnesses and overall health. There are so many reasons to use apple cider vinegar.
ACV is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid.
Bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid to start the alcoholic fermentation process, and the sugars are turned into alcohol. In a second fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria. Acetic acid and malic acid give vinegar its sour taste.
Apple cider vinegar has potent antiseptic properties, and it may help get rid of itching and irritation, especially on the scalp.
Health experts and those who use it suggest applying the apple cider vinegar to the scalp a few times a week to help reduce or relieve symptoms.
Some report seeing an improvement in their symptoms in a matter of weeks.
The great thing about using natural remedies is that they usually don’t have side effects, and are generally safe, with doctor or health practitioner advice of course.
If you have open wounds, cracked skin, or bleeding on your scalp or anywhere else on your body, do not apply apple cider vinegar to that area. Doing so will only make it worse, and can add to the irritation and symptoms that you are experiencing.
Also, using too much vinegar can cause a burning sensation. Dilute the apple cider vinegar with equal parts water to mellow down the acidity and make it safer to use. Rinsing the solution after it has dried can help reduce any burning sensation as well.
Although these benefits have not yet been confirmed, apple cider vinegar was used in an article in the Journal of Pharmacy Research.
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2. “Update and Management of Psoriasis: A Perspective.” EBSCO Host. Journal of Pharmacy Research, n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2016.