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Home Remedies and Alternative Therapies for Psoriasis

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Laura Ramos Hegwer

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Do Dead Sea salts help ease psoriasis? What about Chinese herbs? If you’re looking for some alternative ways to manage your condition, you have lots of options.

Homeopathy

The aim of this alternative medical practice is to trigger your body’s defense mechanisms in order to prevent or treat disease. People who practice homeopathy believe that taking very small amounts of a substance, such as sulfur or nickel, can help treat psoriasis. The treatment is tailored to each individual person and is considered safe. Do your research first by talking with a professional trained in this alternative medical system.

Psoriasis can change your life, but these patients are proof that finding the right treatment can put you back in control.

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

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Diet

What you eat may help you control the inflammation at the root of psoriasis. The best inflammation fighters to put on your plate include:

  • Fatty fish, such as salmon, cod, and sardines

  • Whole grains

  • Olive oil

  • Fruits and vegetables

Try to limit foods that might add to inflammation, such as fatty meats, fried foods, processed foods, and refined carbohydrates.

Mind-Body Therapies

To reduce the stress that can trigger psoriasis, some people turn to meditation. Tip: Consider taking a class or listening to a CD that teaches you how to focus your attention while keeping other thoughts at bay.

Yoga, too, may be helpful for managing stress. Some people with psoriatic arthritis use it to help ease stiff joints.

Acupuncture

Although acupuncture is considered safe if you have psoriasis, it’s not clear if it actually helps your skin. However, if you have psoriatic arthritis, acupuncture may help manage the pain.

Other Remedies

The Chinese herb indigo naturalis may be a safe and effective alternative for treating psoriasis, according to a small study published in the Archives of Dermatology. The powdered herb, made from the plant Strobilanthes formosanus Moore, can be mixed into an ointment and applied to the skin, although it may stain skin and clothing.

When added to a bath, Dead Sea salts can help remove scales on your skin and reduce itching. For the best effects, soak for 15 minutes. An easier-to-find alternative is Epsom salts, which can help your skin in the same way.

When applied directly to skin, aloe vera may help reduce psoriasis plaques. People with psoriasis have also seen results from applying oats, tea tree oil, and apple cider vinegar to the skin. Some of these may make you more sensitive to ultraviolet light, so use caution.

Be Safe With Supplements

Many common herbs and other supplements, such as St. John’s wort, can interfere with common medicines for psoriasis. To avoid dangerous interactions, be sure to ask your doctor if a particular supplement is safe for you to take.

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Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 24, 2017

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  3. Questions and Answers About Psoriasis. National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health, April 2009. http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Psoriasis/default.asp
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