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Psoriasis – Alternative Treatments

February 24, 2021
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"There are definitely alternative treatments for psoriasis, however, there are ongoing investigations looking into potential benefits and drawbacks of complementary and alternative medicine in this field. The use of natural treatment options can be effective in some people, when used in conjunction with traditional treatment options or medication. The National Psoriasis Foundation suggests that you talk with your dermatologist before trying to integrate other treatment approaches, especially before taking herbal remedies, which can sometimes cause dangerous interactions with other medications. Also, you shouldn't take herbal remedies if you're breastfeeding or pregnant, or if you have pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or mood disorders. Stop using these alternative treatments and consult your dermatologist immediately if you experience any side effects or potential concerns. Some treatment options include rehab, acupuncture, massage, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, Dead Sea salts, capsaicin, oats, tea tree oil, tumeric, and plant called the Oregon grape. Whole medical systems are often built upon theories and practices that have evolved apart from and earlier than conventional medical approaches used in the United States. Whole medical systems have been developed in the West, which include a homeopathic medicine as well as naturopathic medicine. There are also some examples of whole medical systems that have developed in non-Western or Oriental cultures, such as traditional Chinese medicine, Aryuvedic medicine, and the traditional medicine of India. These include homeopathy, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, yoga, and Aryuvedic medicine. Other treatment options that are complementary and alternative treatments for psoriasis include supplements, exercise, splints for any affected joints that might be affected for arthritis, help for the feet. Please speak with your dermatologist before engaging in any of these integrative approaches to care. You, your primary care doctor, and your dermatologist can decide if these fit in with your treatment plan, considering your health status, as well as the progress of your psoriasis."

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