Mahonia Aquifolium – also known as Oregon Grape Root or Berberis Aquifolium


Mahonia Aquifolium- also known as Oregon Grape Root or Berberis Aquifolium

 Botanical Names are Berberis aquifolium and Mahonia aquifolium

Its properties are antiproliferative, antimicrobic, antimutagenic and antioxidant

The berries are edible and are rich in vitamin C but it is the root of the plant that is used for its medicinal properties.

The plant contains alkaloids berberine, berbamine, canadine, and hydrastine.  It is believed that these alkaloids inhibit the ability of bacteria to attach to human cells and so prevent the spread of infection.

Oregon Grape root is used for for the natural treatment of atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and seborrhea (scalp psoriasis).

The roots of mahonia aquifolium contain isoquinoline alkaloids, which include jatrorrhizine, berberine, palmatine, magnaflora and columbine.  It is considered that these alkaloids are active plants components that have anti-microbial and antifungal effects.

Alkaloids berberine, jatrorrhizine, and magnoflorine are antioxidant.

Oregon grape (Mahonia/ Berberis aquifolium) extract was found to inhibit the growth of keratinocytes by 50% in vitro. This is useful to manage psoriasis as people with psoriasis have a faster than normal turnover of skin cells in the top layer of the skin.

Laboratory tests have shown that Oregon grape can kill or suppress the growth of candida and other fungal infections, staphylococcus, streptococcus, E. coli, Entamoeba histolytica, Trichomonas vaginalis, Giardia lamblia, Vibrio cholerae, and other harmful microbes.

One of the primary actions of this herb is an improvement of blood flow to the liver.  It also stimulates intestinal secretions and bile flow.

Traditionally, a tincture of the herb has been used, orally and topically, to treat eczema, acne, conjunctivitis and herpes.

Additional historical and traditional uses include the treatment of gall bladder disease, hemorrhages and a few forms of cancer.

Animal studies have indicated that it may enhance the performance of some antibiotics but no clinical trials have as yet been carried .

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CBD Potential Benefits for Psoriaisis


CBD Potential Benefits for Psoriaisis

CBD Potential Benefits for Psoriaisis

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects millions of us, worldwide. There is no known cure but researchers continue to explore alternative treatment options. The use of CBD (cannabidiol) derived from the cannabis plant is one such, relatively new, alternative.

Here we look at the evidence surrounding the potential benefits of CBD for psoriasis.

Anti-inflammatory  CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which have been extensively studied. In psoriasis, inflammation plays a crucial role in the development and progression of the condition. Research suggests that CBD can interact with the body's endocannabinoid system, reducing inflammation and potentially alleviating psoriasis symptoms.

Immune Modulation  Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells. CBD has shown promise in modulating the immune response, potentially regulating the overactive immune system associated with psoriasis. This modulation may help reduce the severity and frequency of psoriasis flare-ups.

Pain Management  Psoriasis can be accompanied by discomfort from itching and inflammation or pain as in the case of Psoriatic Arthritis. CBD has been recognised for its analgesic properties. By interacting with the body's pain receptors, CBD may help alleviate psoriasis-related pain or discomfort.

Skin Health and Moisturisation  CBD has been found to possess moisturising and hydrating properties. CBD-infused topical products have shown promise in improving skin hydration and barrier function, making it potentially beneficial for individuals with psoriasis. (Try adding a few drops to your moisturiser or m-folia cream or ointment.)

Stress and Anxiety Reduction   Stress is a known trigger for psoriasis flare-ups. And anxiety often accompanies this condition due to its impact on our quality of life. CBD has been studied for its anxiolytic and stress-reducing effects. By interacting with the brain's receptors, CBD may help manage stress levels and potentially minimise psoriasis exacerbations triggered by psychological factors.

So preliminary studies and anecdotal evidence suggest CBD's potential as an additional treatment option, Its anti-inflammatory, immune-modulating, skin-hydrating, and stress-reducing properties offer hope for those of us seeking alternative ways to manage our symptoms.

But please remember the following:
This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.
CBD should not replace standard medical treatments for any condition.
Please always consult your doctor or healthcare professional before starting any new treatment for your psoriasis (or for any other condition).


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Skin Irritation and Laundry

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Skin Irritation and Laundry

For many of sufferers of skin disorders, laundry detergents and fabric softeners can be huge irritants. They can cause flareups or further irritate already sore or inflamed skin.

The effects of these products is impossible to get away from. For almost 100% of your day, the thing closest to your skin will be your clothes or a towel or bedsheets.

You may prefer to use eco washing products.  If you do, and have seen an improvement in your skin as a result, please do comment and let us know.


1. Put each washing machine load through at least two, preferably three, extra rinse cycles thereby washing out all  the detergent.

2. Don't use fabric conditioners- at all!

Many of us associate cleanliness in our clothes with the smell and softness we get from fabric conditioners. So it can be dismaying when these are no longer present or when our towels don't look fluffy any more. However the artificial perfumes in these softeners seem to have an even worse effect than that of the laundry detergents. So ditch the softener and not only will be your skin feel happier, if you have delicate sinusses or any kind of respiratory allergy, these will also get relief.

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Psoriasis – differences between men and women

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Psoriasis – Differences Between Men and Women

Do men suffer from more severe psoriasis than women?
A recent Swedish study of 5,438 patients with moderate to severe psoriasis found that "women had statistically significantly lower median PASI scores (5.4) than men (7.3), consistent across all ages.
The authors concluded:
"For more than 70 years it has been speculated that women have less severe psoriasis compared with men. By investigating, for the first time, the sex differences in the severity of psoriasis using the gold standard of severity measurement—the PASI score—and the distinct elements of the PASI score, we were able to corroborate this thesis in a nationwide population. Further research is needed to substantiate this finding in different populations."

Hägg, D., Sundström, A., Eriksson, M. et al. Am J Clin Dermatol (2017). doi:10.1007/s40257-017-0274-0

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Psoriasis on the Feet and Toenails

M-Folia Herbal Extract
M-Folia Herbal Extract

Psoriasis on the Feet and Toenails

For psoriasis on the feet and toenails we recommend M-Folia Herbal Extract and M-folia Bath Oil.

1. Take M-Folia Herbal Extract 3 times a day in a little feshly boiled water.

2. Regularly soak your feet in a small bowl of warm water to which you have added M-Folia Herbal Extract or M-Folia Bath Oil .

Pat your skin dry.

Apply M-Folia Ointment or M-Folia Cream.

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Coronavirus and Our Updated Packing Procedures

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Covid-19 - Our updated procedures for packing your orders.

Given the current infection uncertainties, we would like to reassure all our lovely customers that we have adopted stringent measures to safeguard you from our end.

All our products are wiped down with surgical spirit when they first come into the building.  This has always been our standard procedure.  These are then stored in airtight plastic containers for optimal freshness.  Again, this has always been our practice.

Since Covid-19,  our routine has been to clean all surfaces in our despatch office three times a day with antibacterial agent.

Individual items due for despatch are wiped once again with surgical spirit immediately before being packed.

Our despatching staff pack your orders wearing latex gloves and and surgical face masks.

Stay safe and well!

the PsoriasisSolutions team xx

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Free M-Folia Tablets!


Free M-Folia Tablets With Your Order!

* This offer ran from 27 Jan to 27 March 2018.  It isn't currently available but we will do an offer on another product soon.  If you have any suggestions, do drop us a line or give us a call.*

As you have no doubt found for yourself, psoriasis is best tackled from the inside out, as well as outside in.  This is why so much emphasis is placed on diet for psoriasis suffers and for sufferers of skin conditions generally.

So to encourage our lovely customers to add the inside to out approach to their treatment, we’re offering a free M-Folia tablets with every four items ordered. Your choice of Mild or Super Potency.  (These usually retail at £8.99 for the Super tabs and £7.99 for the Mild.)

The Mild tabs are equivalent to homoeopathic 6c and are suitable for mild symptoms.
The Super tabs are equivalent to homoeopathic 30c and are suitable for acute and/or persistent problems.

You dissolve one under your tongue 3 times a day.  But don't take don't them within 20 minutes of eating.

Each bottle contains 120 tablets which means you'll have enough for four months.  The bottles are light but sturdy so you can carry them around with you in your pocket or bag.

So, our offer is a free bottle of Mild or Super tablets when you order 3 or more items.  And non-UK customers, please note, the bottle will not contribute to any shipping charges!

Your multibuy discounts for 3 or more items ordered will, of course, still apply.

If you haven't previously tried the tablets, now’s your opportunity to try them for free.

The tablets offer is here:

So happy shopping, and do get in touch if you need to ask us anything at all.  We're always happy to help.  (You may like to know that as a company we only sell products that we personally use.)

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M-Folia Lotion

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M-Folia Lotion for Psoriasis, Eczema & related skin conditions 250mls

* This offer was posted in April 2017 and isn't currently available* 
M-folia Body Lotion is healing, soothing, light and non-greasy.  Perfect for this time of year.  And perfect  to wear under day clothes.  Use it on literally any part of the body.
We're currently offering the lotion at just £7.99 (normally £14.95) with any order.  Not only this,it also counts toward your multibuy discounts on our other products!
If you haven't previously tried M-folia Body Lotion, take advantage of our offer and check it out.  And if you already use it, you may like to stock up while it's on offer!

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For Scalp Psoriasis

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M-Folia Cream for Psoriasis, Eczema & related skin conditions

For Scalp Psoriasis

Psoriasis on the scalp is for many of us a partciularly distressing aspect of this disease.  It's less easy to cover up than on other parts of the body.  It can affect the way our hair looks and scalp flakes can show up on our clothes.

In addition to the excellent m-folia scalp oil, you may be interested to know we found m-folia cream also works particularly well.  It's a less oily alternative to the scalp oil and particularly suitable for an overnight "soak" of the scalp.

You will probably still want to put an old teeshirt or similar over your pillowcase to avoid any mess but it is hardly greasy at all.  When you wash it out, the results are lovely - your hair and scalp feel softer and more relaxed and your hair shines.

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