Always consult with your health care provider before seeking out complementary and integrative therapies.
Before you start
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.
Diet and Nutrition
There is no diet that will cure psoriatic disease, but there are many ways in which eating healthful food may lessen the severity of symptoms and play a role in lowering the likelihood of developing comorbidities, such as obesity. Several diets, foods, and ingredients have shown promise in their ability to potentially reduce or prevent inflammation in the body.
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.