Dead Sea salts are an effective, natural treatment for psoriasis patients. For years, Dead Sea salt has been recognized as wonderful alternative therapy offering long-term relief with no side effects. Not to mention, bathing is a wonderful way to end the day!
Controlled Studies A series of clinical research studies have been conducted in order to evaluate the effectiveness of Dead Sea salts as treatment for psoriasis. According to several published studies, about 80 percent to 90 percent of psoriasis patients visiting the Dead Sea for treatment are either completely cured or significantly improve. Only a few (less than 1 percent) of patients experience no change at all or a worsening of their condition. Most of us don’t have the time or the money to travel to the Dead Sea, so more studies have been conducted to test the effectiveness of Dead Sea salts when used at home, away from their natural environment. The results indeed show that Dead Sea salts are effective in improving the symptoms of psoriasis – take a look for yourself!
International Journal of Dermatology A 1999 study published in the International Journal of Dermatology tested one hundred patients with psoriasis who sought treatment in the Dead Sea. 75% of these patients were clear of their condition after four weeks of on-site treatment. Of this group, 68% remained clear (in remission) through 4 months, and 43% were clear after six months.
Journal of the AmericanAcademy of Dermatology In a 2003 study published in the Journal of the AmericanAcademy of Dermatology, twenty seven patients traveled to the Dead Sea for treatment of plaque psoriasis. The treatment consisted of daily bathing in the Dead Sea and controlled sunlight exposure. 48 percent of the twenty-seven patients were cleared of psoriasis completely and stayed in remission. The other 41 percent demonstrated a positive response to the treatment.
Israel: Dr. Zvi Even Paz In 1989, Israeli dermatologist Dr. Zvi Even Paz conducted a study to evaluate the effects of Dead Sea Salts on 50 psoriasis patients. It had already been established that bathing in the Dead Sea itself brought relief, but it was not known if the Dead Sea salts would have the same effect when used in different environments (such as a bathtub).
47 of the 50 patients experienced significant relief after soaking in a bath containing Dead Sea salts. The best results came to those who soaked in two pounds of salts (divided into 3 baths) three times a week for six weeks.
Germany: Dr. J. Arndt Dr. J. Arndt conducted a controlled study involving 50 psoriasis patients, between 14 and 77 years of age. All patients were treated using Dead Sea salts in partial or full baths and were treated with the salts in a controlled way. In a full bath, 2 kgs of the salts were dissolved in a bath at a temperature of 27 C. The partial baths were made with a concentration of about 10%. The baths lasted for 20 minutes and followed by a rinse. The patient remains in a warm, packed condition after the bath to enhance the effect of the salts.
The treatment lasted for 3-4 weeks, with 3-4 baths per week. Within only one week of treatment, symptoms diminished, includingitching and scaling joints. Other symptoms such as spread, redness and infiltration continued to decrease. Improvement was steady- after four weeks, patients were clear of all symptoms.
The symptom patients were most concerned about was itching, and they were thrilled to be relieved in less than one week. Sleeping disturbances go hand in hand with the itching and are widespread in psoriasis patients – and sleep also improved in Dr. Arndt’s study.
Both patients and physicians in the study interpreted the drastic decrease in discomfort and scaling within one week.
Healing was complete in 27 patients (54%), and in the other 22 cases, there was vast improvement in their condition. Tolerance to the treatment was excellent in all patients involved in the study, and none of the participants experienced any side effects whatsoever, dermatological or otherwise.
How it Works: Dead Sea salts provide an effective, natural treatment for psoriasis without the side effects of other popular treatments. How do Dead Sea salts actually treat psoriasis? Dead Sea salts work in a variety of ways to alleviate symptoms and heal the skin.
The Dead Sea lies at 1,200 feet below sea level and is the lowest point in the earth’s surface. The climate in the region is dry, warm, and the UV light is well filtered. This allows individuals to sunbathe for hours without getting burned. Psoriasis can be treated using UV therapy, which uses the rays of the sun to benefit the skin.
The waters of the Dead Sea are extremely high in salt and mineral content. The Dead Sea is a whopping 33% salt – more than ordinary seawater, and is high in minerals such as bromide, potassium, calcium, zinc, and many more. These minerals, combined with the detoxifying properties of Dead Sea salts, cleanse and detoxify naturally, pulling the toxins out and away from the body.
The Dead Sea is the world’s most popular destination for Climatotherapy, a therapy that uses the effects of the sun and natural elements to treat various conditions. The clean air, warm temperatures, natural UV filtering, and mineral-rich waters make the Dead Sea a perfect place to practice Climatotherapy. Solariums are built around the lake so that patients can sunbathe inside, either in private or in larger public solariums. Almost all hotels and resorts have solariums for their guests. As patients go into treatment, sun exposure is slowly increased to a total of three to six hours per day, and bathing in the Dead Sea is encouraged as part of therapy, for minute sessions twice a day, totaling one hour. Moisturizers and mild topical treatments are integrated into the treatment for some patients as well, although most of the time, they aren’t necessary.
Dead Sea salts and the minerals contained within them can be used in either baths or mud masks, and are helpful in relieving the most common symptoms of psoriasis: itching and redness. You don’t need to travel to the Dead Sea to reap the rewards of its majestic waters – buy your own Dead Sea salts and bring them to the comfort of your own home. When you purchase Dead Sea salts, be careful not to buy salts that are processed or cleaned. Most bath salts you will find have been treated, and during the process, the essential minerals described above are removed, along with their therapeutic properties. Our exclusive Minera Dead Sea salts are of the finest quality, harvested from the mineral-rich southern end of the Dead Sea and presented to you in their raw, natural form so you can enjoy the benefits and healing powers of the Dead Sea.
To use as a treatment for psoriasis: Take 3-4 baths per week, using Dead Sea salts such as our Minera Skin Care salts. Each bath should be approximately 20 minutes. Stay on this program for 4 weeks and you will feel a difference!
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