Always consult with your health care provider before seeking out complementary and integrative therapies.
You may hear or see stories in the media related to complementary and integrative therapies and psoriasis. It’s best to speak with your health care provider about your specific circumstances. What works for one person isn’t always the best option for another person. Your health care provider can help you determine the best treatment plan for you.
Many psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients have an interest in complementary and integrative therapies that focus on preventive care and pain management. These therapies may build onto your current treatment plan. Your health care provider can help you decide if they are appropriate for you.
Learn more about how a healthy diet can help prevent obesity, a common comorbidity, and how to work with your health care provider to find an appropriate diet.
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, risks that are increased when you have psoriatic disease.
Additionally, mind-body techniques can help reduce your stress levels and approach your disease with a more positive frame of mind.
Some patients report hands-on alternative therapies can help relieve their psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis symptoms. Learn more about integrative approaches to care, such as physical therapy or acupuncture.