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How to Manage Psoriatic Arthritis Without Drugs

Natural Remedies

Herbs, supplements, and skin treatments that people commonly use for psoriatic arthritis and related psoriasis include:

No medical studies prove that these will ease your symptoms, though.

The Food and Drug Administration doesn't control these products, and they may not contain the ingredients listed on the package. Be careful, and talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. Let him know everything you're trying to manage your disease.

Healthy Diet

Some people claim that certain diets, such as eating only gluten-free foods, will ease inflammation. Your symptoms may get better if you follow these diets, but there's no proof they work.

Your best bet? Stay at a healthy weight. It helps ease your inflammation, joint pain, and fatigue. A nutritious diet is also a good idea to help you avoid heart disease. Having psoriatic arthritis makes it more likely that you'll get it.

Stress Busters

Tension can make your symptoms worse, and everyone has it. It doesn't have to come from a sudden crisis. Little day-to-day things can add up. And you've got a built-in source: dealing with a serious, ongoing disease.

Exercise can help you work off stress and boost your mood. Meditation can help you feel calm and clear-headed. Because deep breathing and focus are parts of yoga and tai chi, these practices offer the perks of both exercise and meditation.

Aromatherapy can also help you relax. A soothing scent could take the edge off of a stressful setting. But putting oils in bath water or directly on your skin might irritate it.

If your worries are getting in the way of your life or seem overwhelming, consider talking to a counselor or therapist.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on May 31, 2015
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