Doctors are testing new treatment for psoriasis

For twenty five years Mrs. Marie Prstkova refused to wear shorts skirts during the summer time. What was the reason? Her legs were full of big ugly red flakes – psoriasis. "I also could not do my hair nicely, because my hair looked as if I had hardened egg-white in it" she describes.

This year during the spring time she started to use new product imported to Europe from Australia. It helped Mrs. Prstkova get rid of the symptoms of this insidious disease. It has got real healing effect even proven by dermatologists. It means hope for many people – there are about 300 thousand people suffering from psoriasis in the Czech Republic. However, doctors remind that Dr Michaels products are rather suitable for chronic forms of psoriasis, not for the acute forms. That was even proven by the new study that took place in hospitals all over the Czech Republic and was based on experience of more than two hundred patients. The product is not classified as medicine, but cosmetics. More specifically healing cosmetics, that is how they call a product line of Gel, Oil and Cream in other countries.

"I have to admit, I was very skeptical. After all, it is only an alternative method. However, I was very surprised with the results," says one of the leading Czech dermatologists, Prof. Frantisek Novotny. The products had been working with more than 80 % of my patients." Prof. Novotny has been using this method for three years already. "In some cases the patients remain healed and without symptoms for over a year," he says. For many patients this is a great result. "I was treated with corticoids and also photo-therapy. But this kind of treatment must be often discontinued for some period of time. Therefore psoriasis was coming back after two to three months, "describes Ondrej Tichota from Melnik. Now he has been without any symptoms for four months.

One set for 2,000 CZK

However, other doctors still keep a safe distance when judging these products. "I have heard from patients very enthusiastic opinions in regard to these products helping them. I myself rather prefer the traditional methods," says dermatologist Dr. Monika Arenbergerova. She is afraid that the good results may not last long enough. In any case, she is sure that this cosmetics based on natural elements can do no harm, either. According to children’s dermatologists the products are even suitable for children. Since these products are classified as cosmetics and not medicine, patients have to pay for the set of product themselves. "To me that was a small price I had to pay regarding the fact that I got rid of psoriasis", says Ondrej Tichota.

What is psoriasis

Incurable disease, when the skin renews 7 times faster than usual. Psoriatic patients have red flaky spots on their skin. The disease is a huge emotional burden as well: psoriatic patients are afraid to go out and meet other people, very often they are depressed and even try to commit suicide.

Treatment of psoriasis

There are many ways and methods how to fight psoriasis. Patients can get treated by corticoids and photo-therapy. However, hormonal treatment has many bad side effects and therefore can’t be used for a long time period. Dr. Michales products are mainly based on natural elements and consist of plant oils.

Author: Lucie Frydecka