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What are some alternative remedies for psoriatic arthritis?

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One herb, turmeric, has been found to reduce psoriatic artritis flare-ups. However, some herb-based treatments that you buy over-the-counter can cause serious side effects if you take them with your medications. Talk to your doctor before you use them.

Acupressure gives some people relief. That’s where a therapist applies slight pressure on key points on your body to ease pain and stress, increase blood flow, and boost your immune system. Scientists can’t prove it works for PsA, though.

Simple massage therapy might help, too. It stretches muscles and joints, and it can help you relax.

SOURCES:

The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “Epidemiology of psoriatic arthritis in the population of the United States”

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, The Eular Jounal: “Obesity is associated with a lower probability of achieving sustained minimal disease activity state among patients with psoriatic arthritis”

Arthritis Foundation: “How Overweight and Obesity Affect Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Diet and Nutrition.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Anti-Inflammatory Diet."

American College of Rheumatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Living With Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Stress and psoriatic disease,” “Herbs/Natural Remedies,” “Alternative Therapies.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “Epidemiology of psoriatic arthritis in the population of the United States”

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, The Eular Jounal: “Obesity is associated with a lower probability of achieving sustained minimal disease activity state among patients with psoriatic arthritis”

Arthritis Foundation: “How Overweight and Obesity Affect Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Diet and Nutrition.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Anti-Inflammatory Diet."

American College of Rheumatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Living With Psoriatic Arthritis,” “Stress and psoriatic disease,” “Herbs/Natural Remedies,” “Alternative Therapies.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

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