Mindfulness Meditation Enhances Psoriasis Treatment


Allie Lemco Toren

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For many people, stress doesn’t just affect mental health—it impacts physical health, too. Being stressed out can cause headaches, sweating, rashes, pain—it can even raise your blood pressure and change your blood sugar levels. And if you have psoriasis, stress can lead to a frustrating, unsightly, and sometimes painful flare-up of symptoms. In fact, stress is one of the most common triggers for psoriasis flare-ups.

Typically, it’s best to avoid psoriasis triggers altogether; however, as we all know too well, stressful situations are everywhere. Aside from joining a monastery or staying in bed for the rest of your life, what’s there to do? Fortunately, research over the last 30 years has shown that controlling stress by practicing meditation can greatly reduce psoriasis symptoms. And meditation doesn’t only help manage the disease—it’s also been proven to significantly increase the efficacy of psoriasis treatment.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 18, 2017

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