January 23, 2017

How to Cleanse the Liver to Eliminate Psoriasis


Psoriasis is a result of an overproduction of skin cells, which creates a red rash area with silver-like scales. Though both conditions cause inflammation and itching, psoriasis is an autoimmune response whereas eczema is an allergic response.

When treating psoriasis from the outside, I suggest the same approach as I do for eczema. All natural creams, in particular the homemade Soothing Blue Skin Relief Cream can bring relief to many with psoriasis.

However, the most effective approach I have seen in beating psoriasis is liver detoxification. Studies have proven that there is a direct connection between the liver and psoriasis. [1]

These studies have found that nearly half of those with psoriasis also have fatty liver disease! Click to Tweet.

How can a skin condition like psoriasis be connected to the liver? Our liver’s job is to filter and detoxify our blood. However, if our liver becomes damaged and unable to do its job correctly, toxins begin to accumulate in our blood. These toxins can aggravate the immune system and initiate inflammatory responses throughout the body. One of these inflammatory responses can manifest as psoriasis.

First and foremost, when you have psoriasis, you must avoid alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs that damage the liver. The liver cannot regenerate and heal adequately when bombarded with these damaging substances.

Cleansing and regenerating the liver can reduce and even eliminate symptoms of psoriasis. There are many options for liver cleanses on the market. My recommendation is that you choose a liver cleanse with the following ingredients:

Milk Thistle

Contains silymarin, which protects liver cells from chemical insults. It blocks toxins like pharmaceuticals from damaging the liver’s filtration system.

Milk thistle is also a powerful antioxidant. It maintains health and energy by protecting the body from free radical and lipid peroxidation damage, which injures healthy cells and tissues and leads to pathological conditions.


Dandelion stimulates digestion, acts as a natural diuretic, and encourages liver detoxification. Dandelion cleanses the liver by stimulating bile products, which single-handedly break down the body’s toxins so they can be excreted by the kidneys.


Artichoke contains liver-protective phytonutrients like cynarin, which help with both the digestion of fats and the absorption of vitamins from our food. Artichoke also eliminates toxic wastes and normalizes blood cholesterol levels. It is especially effective in the regeneration of damaged liver cells.

Artichoke helps the digestive system, which means it is helpful for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), dyspepsia, or upset stomach. The boost to bile production that comes from the cynarin in this vegetable helps the liver remove toxins.

Many liver cleanses contain a combination of these ingredients, which saves you both time and money. I recommend a cleansing formula by Enzymatic Therapy called Liver Cleanse, available HERE. It is a two-week formula with milk thistle, dandelion and artichoke that can be repeated as needed. For those who struggle with psoriasis, I recommend taking it for an entire month.

Following this, take the cleanse 2 weeks out of every month until symptoms lessen dramatically or completely resolve.

Not many of us relate the outer glow of our complexion to our liver health. Your liver is the metabolic factory of your body producing energy to sustain the thousands of functions performed every minute by all of your body’s cells.

Your skin cells require energy to eliminate toxins and repair and regenerate themselves. If your liver is not doing its job of breaking down toxins efficiently they must be eliminated from your body by other means – in many cases they come out through your skin! When excessive toxins build up in the deeper layers of the skin this causes inflammation that can manifest as psoriasis. Support your liver’s ability to detoxify and eliminate psoriasis.

By purifying your liver, you will purify your skin! Click to  Tweet.

In addition to the measures described above, which may be necessary in severe cases, Home Cures That Work recommends 3 Tips for Healthy, Flawless and Beautiful Skin.


Amanda Box, N.D.
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Amanda Box is a Traditional Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic practitioner to turn to for your personal needs, Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.


[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20415823

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