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Can acupuncture ease psoriasis symptoms?

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Acupuncture stimulates specific points on your body, most often with thin needles inserted into the skin. It’s often used to treat pain. In China and elsewhere in Asia, it’s widely used for psoriasis.

Some studies show acupuncture doesn’t make a meaningful difference, while others find it helps. One recent study found that acupuncture therapies were simple, effective, and had few side effects.

Run it by your doctor before you get acupuncture.

From: How to Ease Psoriasis Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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National Psoriasis Foundation: “Managing Itch,” “Herbs/Natural Remedies,” “Over-the-counter (OTC) Topicals.”

Suzanne Friedler, MD, clinical instructor of dermatology, Mount Sinai Hospital Center, New York; dermatology faculty, St. John's Episcopal Hospital, New York.

Mitchell Manway, DO, dermatologist, Affiliated Dermatology, Phoenix, AZ.

Toral Patel, MD, dermatologist, Chicago.

Jordan Carqueville, MD, dermatologist, Chicago.

Jeffrey S. Fromowitz, MD, managing partner and medical director, Dermatology of Boca, Boca, Raton, FL.

Harvard Medical School: “Acupuncture is Worth Trying for Chronic Pain.”

The Journal of Dermatological Treatment : “An Overview of Acupuncture for Psoriasis Vulgaris, 2009-2014.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on January 23, 2018

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Managing Itch,” “Herbs/Natural Remedies,” “Over-the-counter (OTC) Topicals.”

Suzanne Friedler, MD, clinical instructor of dermatology, Mount Sinai Hospital Center, New York; dermatology faculty, St. John's Episcopal Hospital, New York.

Mitchell Manway, DO, dermatologist, Affiliated Dermatology, Phoenix, AZ.

Toral Patel, MD, dermatologist, Chicago.

Jordan Carqueville, MD, dermatologist, Chicago.

Jeffrey S. Fromowitz, MD, managing partner and medical director, Dermatology of Boca, Boca, Raton, FL.

Harvard Medical School: “Acupuncture is Worth Trying for Chronic Pain.”

The Journal of Dermatological Treatment : “An Overview of Acupuncture for Psoriasis Vulgaris, 2009-2014.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on January 23, 2018

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