Black Ginger Extract Could Help Control Psoriasis Flares

0-246852872-fotolia-49319690-subscription-monthly-m

A ginger extract may be able to stop psoriasis flares before they even start.

A recent study, funded in part by the National Psoriasis Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, discovered that a natural molecule known as methoxyluteolin can block a type of immune cell called mast cells from launching an inflammatory response.

Mast cells are the “universal alarm cell” that starts the inflammatory cascade leading to psoriasis, according to Dr. Theoharis Theoharides, a researcher at Tufts University a co-author of the upcoming Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology study.

They can be triggered by infection, allergens, environmental factors like pollution, or even emotional stress. Once that happens, Theoharides explained, mast cells set into motion a series of inflammatory reactions, including the activation of immune cells and the release of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), a pro-inflammatory protein, or cytokine, involved in psoriatic disease.

Not only are mast cells the source for most TNF-alpha in the body, Theoharides said, it also is the only kind of cell that stores ready-made TNF-alpha that can be released in seconds.

Reducing inflammation

He and his colleagues first identified another natural molecule called luteolin, found in chamomile and artichokes,  that could block mast cells. But then they discovered that methoxyluteolin, a different version of luteolin found in Thai black ginger, was an even more potent mast cell blocker.

Through a series of experiments, they found that both luteolin and methoxyluteolin inhibited the ability of mast cells to start inflammation, and could even block inflammation when given before a trigger sets mast cells into action, as reported in the study.

But in addition to being more powerful, methoxyluteolin had two other advantages, Theoharides said. It could be easily absorbed by the skin, and it had no color—two attributes that are important for a topical treatment.

Although methoxyluteolin and luteolin can both be found in food sources, it is impossible to eat enough to get a therapeutic effect, Theoharides explained. So he developed a topical containing purified methoxyluteolin extract.

A small group of people with psoriasis and other skin disorders have already tried the lotion, trademarked as Gentle Derm, which also contains aloe vera, olive fruit extract, honey and oregano oil. So far, Theoharides said, it seems like the lotion might be a recipe for success.

Gentle Derm has yet to undergo a clinical trial. But, many of the people who tried the lotion saw improvement in their psoriasis or other skin issues after one to two weeks of daily use, according to Theoharides. He hopes to get enough funding to launch a clinical trial soon.

About black ginger

Black Ginger (Kaempferia parviflora) is an herbaceous plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family. It commonly grows in the tropical Asia. In Thailand it’s known as Krachai Dam; in Japan it is commonly referred as “black turmeric” or “black ginger”.

Traditionally, it is used as an energy enhancer and general tonic. In South East Asia region, especially in Thailand, people drink tea boiled from sliced black ginger as well as alcohol soaked with black ginger. Alternatively, black ginger is commonly used a folk medicine for energy enhancement, and relief of gastrointestinal complaints.

Laboratory and animal studies have shown it to have properties that make it a useful treatment for treatment of allergy and allergic-related diseases, and for benign prostatic hyperplasia, as well as being a metabolic stimulant and anti-diabetic. A small human trial showed potential to improve peripheral blood circulation, strengthen blood vessels and relieve symptoms of oedema.

2016-01-08T13:41:18+00:00

Related Questions

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I am a 43 year old black male, non smoker, and in good health. Latest labs read: Hemoglobin 13.1g, Hematorcrit 41.3%, and WBC 55.1. Initial exam taken on 10/2/08, a peripheral blood smear shows, a moderate lymphocytes,(small to intermediate sized). The lymphocytes are monomorphic and have little cytoplasm. Some of the lymphocytes have cleft uclei. There are no prolymphocytes seen. Occasional smudge cells are seen. RBC morphology, and platelets are normal. Additional testings sent to me included a chemistry profile, LDH, beta 2 microglobulin, serum protein electrophoresis with immunofixation, CLL flow cytometry, CKK FISH panel, and direct Coombs. CT scan showed a enlarged spleen without any focal abnormalities. Splenic size was 13.4 X 6.1 X 13.4cm. no mention of any lymphadenopathy evident on the scan. What do you suggest?

    A:

    I suggest you perform the Full Body Detox, followed by the 10-Day Supreme Blood Cleanser. Your diet may want to consist of 50% raw foods, and include vegetable juicing (which helps to rebuild and repair blood).

    Product Links:
    Full Body Detox
    10-Day Supreme Blood Cleanse

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I'm wondering if there is any way to increase red blood cells, in someone who has bone marrow fibrosis. White blood cells are being produced by the spleen, but bone marrow is converting to bone and blood cell production is diminishing in marrow. Thank you very much!

    A:

    You can do this by supplementing with our Vitamin C Formula, Blood and Lymphatic formula, and Electric Greens Cell Food formula!

    Product Links:
    Vitamin C Formula
    Blood & Lymphatic Formula
    Electric Greens Cell Food

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I am loving my FULL BODY DETOX. I have realized that I am not as disciplined as I previously thought. Having to make the wonderful changes you stated to return to optimum health has been a trial. I have started over several times. I just hate taking pills...I can smell them before opening the bottle Anyway the doctor said they found Pre cancerous cells in my breast and suggested I have a mire prior to having the cells removed (I have absolutely no intentions of having the butchers cut on me) please share with me your thoughts on these procedures....I bypassed Ramadan to do the FULL BODY DETOXand I'm planning to start the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE. afterwards. However, I did allow them to perform the breast ultrasound and mammogram. I had a breast biopsy and that's when they found the pre-cancer cells I immediately started TBC. There is cancer in my family history on my mother's side. Also on a different note I love the videos on you tube. How can I send them to my email to share with others that I know i.e... toxic kitchen, toxic bedroom etc..Thank you and may God always bless you, your family and all those who work at dherbs and supporters.

    A:

    Precancerous cells? LOL!!! This is a fraud to scare people (women) and it works too! Pre cancerous cells means PRE = BEFORE, cancerous cells. Precancerous cells are normal cells and thus there's no need to worry. This is just an excuse to incite fear in you and have you allow them to put you on drugs and/or perform surgery. If the FULL BODY DETOX (FBD) is too much for you, order 6 bottles of ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD and take 5 capsules every 2-3 hours for 20-days following the food/dietary regimen of the FBD! Just keep doing what you're doing!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I want to find out about skin lightening or evening out my skintone. I am a dark skinned 46 year old black female, I do not use bleaching creams because they are cancerous, and I think that it borders on black female self hatred, But I have uneven, and very dry dark skin color, I would like to get my skin all to one tone, and moist and healthy. Do you have any ideas, or recipes for a natural bleaching cream?

    A:

    Skin tone changes based upon life changes, just as your hands change based upon life changes. Live healthy, holistic, and everything will come back into balance. You see, evidently you did something for the skin to become uneven, after all, the skin was not always uneven. Something happened based upon what was going on in your life, and things you were doing and thinking. Go back to that period and reflect and start from there. Do the reverse and the healing will begin.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: For the last two years I have been suffering from a skin disease calledpostural psoriasis. I was wondering if the FULL BODY DETOX (FBD) would assist in the cleansing of the disease from my body?

    A:

    It sure would assist. Give the FBD a shot! Please read our articles for more information and the best thing you could do is schedule a 1-hour consultation ($100) and get to the root of the problem for a permanent solution.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I was having a discussion with my sons father about whether or, not black americans are descedants of africa. He says he is black, and is not a descendant from africa. That "we" can be from any where, not just africa. He doesn't accept the term african american. My sister was present, and she agreed with him. His statement made me so angry! Do think blacks are descedents of africa? Where else are we from, Europe? I thought this was just ignorant of thim to say. Unfortunately being slightly ignorant of this subject myself, I didnt have a way to argue that we are african. Are we black people descedents of africa? Should we use the term Afrian American?

    A:

    Undoubtedly we are descendants of Africa (Afraka) and we should also socially and politically go by African-American for purposes of claiming our civil rights under a government we pay tax dollars to so as to serve our interests as American citizens.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I was reading about a famous black author who died of brain cancer and I wanted to know what does it mean on a metaphysical level? Cancer of the brain, breast, colon, mouth. What does this signify other than extreme toxicity? What does poor circulation mean metaphysically speaking? Do you think there is a link between hair dyes, hair relaxers (burners) and brain cancer and lupus among black females. This is "off the cuff" but I hate seeing black females with straightened hair and hair coloring. I really hate it. I hate long claws (fake fingernails).

    A:

    Metaphysically, cancer denotes a feeling being eaten up (on the inside) by some emotion or emotions, always negative emotions. Mouth cancer - the person refused to speak out their hurt, anger, pain, etc. Breast cancer - the female failed to get things off of her chest or neglected caring for herself (nurturing herself, her wounds and pains, etc.). Colon cancer - the person couldn't stomach things but failed to release what was emotionally eating away at them.

    Metaphysically speaking, poor circulation means your "life flow" is stagnant due to the burdens of life "weighing you down." Most people with poor circulation have weight issues. In addition they may be "poor" and their cash flow does not "circulate" the way they'd would like and so worries about bills and other financial responsibility makes them eat away their worries whereby they gain weight and hamper their bodily circulation.

    And yes, chemicals in hair products (dyes, conditioners, relaxers) are playing a role in certain cancers of the head (i.e. brain cancer).

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I have a very bad case of psoriasis, which a great part of my scalp is affected. Any suggestion for the problem of psoriasis in the scalp.

    A:

    Perform the Full Body Detox first. Afterwards, concentrate on cleansing your blood (Electric Greens Cell Food, Mucus Buster, and Vitamin C from Dherbs.Com)

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: What do you recommend for someone who has been diagnosed with Lupus. Lupus is a blood disorder which is found mostly in Black Women (all minorities), but Black Women have been given this diagnosis more frequently so I've been told by doctors.

    A: We recommend performing the Full Body Cleanse, followed by the Anti-Viral Cleanse. These cleanses will help optimize all the essential organs and systems of your body, and then help. to fight viral infections and build the immune system. By performing these cleanses, you can help your body eliminate toxins that are contributing to symptoms of Lupus.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I have a very bad case of psoriasis, which affects a large part of my scalp. What are your suggestions for the problem of psoriasis in the scalp?

    A:

    We recommend starting off with the Full Body Cleanse first to get your body into a healthier state and receptive to treatment. Psoriasis is a skin issue that's related to a problem within the blood stream. After doing the cleanse move on immediately to the 10 Day Blood Cleanse to specifically help assist with psoriasis. We also suggest trying the Healing Facial and Body Oil as a topical solution.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I think this way is easier and faster to have your response. I currently have many skin problems. I first started having body rash and eczema around my lips. When the skin gets dry, it hurts, and I've been trying to moisturize the skin with using all natural Burt's Bees andor Hugo natural lotion, cream or oil. I tried sea salt soak and been taking Sen-Fen, Blood formula, Immune support, Anti-Viral, but it's not working and the symptoms haven't gotten better at all. My entire body is really itchy from rash, so I haven't been able to sleep well for the past 2-3 weeks. If you have any suggestions for life style, special drinks and foods or products I can use, please let me know asap.

    A:

    Greetings! You skin problems are explained in the article "SKIN DISORDER = BLOOD DISORDER" which I suggest you read. (visit articles section). When there's no physical healing, check the mind. Check out the NEW MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL and there is a chapter in there on using the mind to heal. Basically you are focusing too much on the problem and not the solution which is optimal health and well-being. You are telling yourself how you don't want these problems and by saying this subconsciously, you are keeping the problems. Have your permanently switched or changed your diet? If not, what are you waiting for? Your blood is begging to be purified. Herbs alone won't get the job done. Let go of worrying about the problem. Focus on enjoying life, getting back in balance and you will begin to heal!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: My dog has kidney disease and is ill. The vitamin supplement I use has helped and KD food for kidney. However, he is anemic due to low red blood count hormone in kidney that makes bone marrow produce more red blood cells. I am searching for product to stimulate production of red blood cells soonest.

    A:

    Try the CAT AND DOG VITAMIN C-BIOFLAVANOID FORMULA for companion animals.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I was on the computer, I came across the article on the big ole butt. In the article you said (paraphrase) that successful women tend to be sick. Are you saying that these women should not try to be successful? in my opinion if black women are overweight, they cannot blame the corporate lifestyle, they have to blame themselves. We are all in control of our own lifestyle, those same corporate black women, if they were working 9-5 at some factory somewhere, they would still be fat. I do agree with you when you stated that many black women lack will power to fast. I think that we lack will power to do anything that is beneficial to us. Yes I do agree with you that the steatopygia female does look like a "pig". their faces tend to take on pig like facial features. Yes you are right that miss steatopygia tends to wear tight pants, (in my opinion that type of backside is stinky looking). So yes there is some parts of the article I do agree with. Far too many of us black women, tend to be stubborn and too defensive. I am glad that your site does exist, because far too many sites like to blame "whitey". You are one of the few black health specialists, that put the blame on us, and you should because our lifestyle is our responsibility.

    A:

    No, these women should BECOME successful, but not lose their health and/or souls in the process of becoming successful. The corporate sector has played a great "role" in Black women gaining weight because the jobs are too sedentary and they have access to too much sugary junk which converts to fat because corporate jobs don't allow them to burn off the fat. I've seen this firsthand with many once fine sisters who blew up like houses within a 5 year period. Corporate America was the venue in which Black women CHOSE to let their health go by the wayside, at least the majority of them. Thank you for sharing your views and sentiments on this Dear Sista! Much obliged!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: What Causes Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura? A lack of activity in the ADAMTS13 enzyme (a type of protein in the blood) causes thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TPP). The ADAMTS13 gene controls the enzyme, which is involved in blood clotting. Not having enough enzyme activity causes platelets to clump together, forming blood clots. In TTP, when blood clots form, there are fewer platelets in the blood. This can cause bleeding into the skin (purpura), drawn-out bleeding from cuts, and internal bleeding. It also causes small blood clots to form suddenly throughout the body, including in the brain and kidneys. TTP also can cause red blood cells to break apart faster than the body can replace them. This leads to hemolytic anemia. My 25 yr. old niece has this very serious, rare disease, and I wanted to know if there is any natural herbs to that can help her heal this condition?

    A:

    There is plenty that can be done. Basically her blood needs to be addressed. This disease is perhaps mostly diet-related. Have her perform the FULL BODY DETOX. After the detox, put her on: BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA , ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD, VITAMIN C FORMULA, and KHEMETIAN GOLD and her situation will change for the better. She needs to change her diet too! More fruits and vegetables (and vegetable juice). Just stick with Dherbs and her situation will change. Stay positive!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I was watching some video on Dr. Sebi, and he mentions how the black people need to eat vegetables and nutrients, that are electically charged, complete, and ph balanced. Is that what your supplements are similiar to?

    A:

    Our supplements are 100% natural plant life herbs. Our products work best with foods that are raw like fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and raw seeds. Cooking foods take out the natural nutrients and enzymes that are beneficial to our health. Keeping a raw food diet can play a major role in our health.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: My son with "ALLEDGED" sickle cell is now said to have adenoid problem. He does sound like he has nasal congestion most times. What product(s) do you have to remedy this issue? He has currently been taking your astragulus combination, ginger root and vitamin c. Those products work wonderfully!!

    A:

    Try SINUS FORMULA , MUCUS BUSTER FORMULA, and RESPIRATORY INSPIRANT. Make drastic changes to his diet as well. Less meat and dairy products.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I have Psoriasis in my foot I'm so tired of all the creams I just want it to calm down my whole body feel itchy I have dark circles under my eyes I'm 41 years old woman should I perform the full body detox or the 10 day cleanse can you help?

    A:

    Perform the FULL BODY DETOX and rub on HEALING SKIN OIL (both available from our on-line store). Soak the foot in hot water, 1 box (13-26 oz) of sea salt, and 5 drops of tea tree oil.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I am a medium brown colored black male, age 41. I am conscious about what I eat. However, I am experience spotty scalp discolorations on my head scalp and neck area. There are like an almost white color. Dermatologists can't help it. It just comes and goes. I can not figure out what it is? I don’t drink sodas, fried foods, I am big on fruits, vegetables, salads, and I take omega 3fish oil, vitamin E. I wear my hair cut low bald style and would like to know what can return my skin color back to an even tone. Please HELP. I urgently want to remedy this problem.

    A:

    ANY SKIN PROBLEM IS A BLOOD PROBLEM. WORK ON CLEANSING YOUR BLOOD AND MAKING SURE YOUR BODY GETS THE ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS IT REQUIRES.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: For the last two years I have been suffering from a skin disease called postular psoriasis. I was wondering if the FULL BODY DETOXwould assist in the cleansing of the disease from my body?

    A:

    Hell yes the FULL BODY DETOXwill assist in healing this condition.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I am a 49 year old black female with stage 4 Sarcoidosis with Pulmonary Aspergillosis. I would like to know if there is some type of supplement that will help me with this problem. I had read an article about boiling garlic until it turns into a syrup, but I misplaced the article. Are there items I can purchase at the herb store? I'm taking prescribed lung medicine called voriconazole and inhalers. Can you help me?

    A:

    Please read the following article entitled Sarcoidosis, below are some recommendations, there is help for you Beloved!

    Article:
    Sarcoidosis

    Product Link:
    Full Body Detox
    Blood & Lymphatic Formula
    Vitamin C Extract
    Electric Greens Cell Food
    Mucus Buster Formula