Complementary and alternative therapies

Many psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients have an interest in complementary and alternative therapies that focus on preventative care and pain management.

These therapies include:

  • Diet, herbs and supplements
  • Aromatherapy, yoga and meditation
  • Exercise, Tai Chi and other physical therapies
  • Acupuncture

Much of the evidence supporting complementary and alternative therapies for psoriatic disease is anecdotal. Increasingly, researchers have studied complementary and alternative therapies particularly in looking at drug interactions, dietary outcomes and safety. Most complementary and alternative therapies are safe. However, some can interfere with your treatments and you should consult with your doctor before beginning any.

Here are some of the more common complementary and alternative therapies used by psoriatic disease patients.

Diet and Nutrition

You might wonder how what you eat affects you condition. Learn more about how certain foods may impact your symptoms. View more about diet and nutrition »

Herbal Remedies

Many herbal remedies have become mainstream in recent years. Don't mistake the terms "herbal" or "natural" or safe. Read more about herbal remedies »

Mind/Body Therapies

Mind-body techniques can help reduce your stress levels and approach your disease with a more positive frame of mind. Learn about mind/body therapies »

Alternative Therapies

Some patients report hands-on alternative therapies can help relieve their psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis symptoms. More about alternative therapies »


Physical activity is important for your overall health and especially so if you have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes is increased when you have psoriasis. Read more »

Yoga and Tai Chi

Yoga combines controlled breathing, stretching, strengthening exercises, and meditation to help control stress and improve blood flow to areas affected by psoriasis. Like yoga, Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art that can be effective in treating arthritis. Learn more »

Separate the fact from fiction

NPF’s Dispelling Psoriatic Myths webinar, presented by Jason Oberdick, PA-C and Todd A. Born, N.D., will dive into the truth behind non-traditional treatment methods.  

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Last updated  by the National Psoriasis Foundation.