Alternative Medicines Gaining Ground to Treat Psoriasis

Alternative Medicines Gaining Ground to Treat Psoriasis

A new study revealed that complementary and alternative treatments are currently gaining popularity on how to treat plaque psoriasis.

“The authors concluded that indigo naturalis, curcumin, dietary modification, fish oil, meditation and acupuncture had the most robust evidence of efficacy for treatment of psoriasis,” report said.

However, the JAMA Network reported that while it is gaining popularity, it remains “unclear” on how effective these treatments are. However, significant improvements were seen for those in the uncontrolled studies as far as use of fish oil is concerned.

“Meditation and guided imagery therapies were studied in 3 single-blind RCTs (N=112) and were found to be modestly effective,” the study said.

While psoriasis is not curable, “doctors treat the condition to enhance the patient’s sense of well-being and independence.”

Genetic and environmental factors play a big role in plaque psoriasis, “an inherited systemic inflammatory disease of immune dysfunction that causes plaques of elevated, scaling, inflamed skin that is often quite itchy.”

WebMD said the factors affecting psorias range from emotional stress and trauma, such as a new job or a death of a loved one, to streptococcal infection. Injured skin and some drugs may also aggravate the condition.

“Certain mutations pave the way for the development of the disease. It seems likealy that more than one mutation in more than one gene must be present simultaneously to develop psoriasis. Once the genes are inherited, some sort of environmental factor is necessary to activate it. Such a factor could be a common viral or bacterial infection or even a simple injury,” a report said.

However, the said disease may also affect one’s mental health. A 2010 study found out that those with psoriasis have a “39 percent increased risk of being diagnosed with depression than those without the disease,” said the Psoriasis.org.

“I got very depressed,” a patient with psoriasis said in a report, “because I couldn’t do anything about it, and it was taking over my life.”

EverydayHealth said that psoriasis can be a “vicious cycle” because “when the disease flares, it can exacerbate your emotional concerns. Your worries can result in depression, which starts the cycle all over again.”

Plaque psoriasis affects at least two percent of the total population of the US.

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