These therapies include:
- Diet, herbs and supplements
- Aromatherapy, yoga and meditation
- Exercise, Tai Chi and other physical therapies
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.
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 »
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 techniques can help reduce your stress levels and approach your disease with a more positive frame of mind. Learn about mind/body 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 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.
Get assistance finding the right medical expert
To find a licensed naturopathic doctor (or any other type of medical professional) near you, contact NPF’s Patient Navigation Center. We specialize in finding licensed naturopaths who also understand diseases related to the immune system, like psoriatic disease.
Last updated by the National Psoriasis Foundation.