Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory type of arthritis that's associated with skin psoriasis. And, if you don't control the inflammation, it can cause swelling and joint pain that can lead to damage of your joints!
While conventional drugs are proven to delay damage from psoriatic arthritis, there's little research on natural treatments for the condition.
However, according to Guy Fiocco, assistant professor of internal medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Texas in the USA, there are a couple of remedies that may successfully treat psoriatic arthritis.
“Many of these supplements or vitamins may ease some of the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, but none have been shown to prevent damage,” says Fiocco. Ready to find out what they are? Read on!
Four natural psoriatic arthritis remedies
#1: Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiencies are very common nowadays – especially in people with psoriatic arthritis
, according to a 2011 study that wasn’t able to pinpoint why. This study found that vitamin D levels didn’t have much effect on psoriatic arthritis activity.
However, a separate study that looked at 10 psoriatic arthritis sufferers concluded otherwise. In this small study in which patients were given a vitamin D supplement to take, seven out of the 10 patients reported a decrease in joint pain
. But it’s important to note that there wasn’t a placebo group in this study for comparison.
While it’s clear that more research needs to be done to determine whether or not taking a vitamin D supplement can benefit psoriatic arthritis patients, Fiocco says it’s worth giving it a try. Even if it doesn’t ease your pain
, you’ll at least optimise your vitamin D levels!
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They prescribe drugs that mask your aches, pains, arthritis
and more – but that’s where it stops.
They last a few short hours – and then you need more.
#2: Fish oil
According to Eric L Matteson, chair of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in the USA, it makes sense that taking a fish oil supplement can keep psoriatic arthritis at bay. He explains, “Fish oil can reduce the proteins that are involved in inflammation a little bit.” If you want to give this remedy a try, Matteson suggests taking between 2,000 and 3,000 mg per day.
As for Fiocco’s take on fish oil as a psoriatic arthritis remedy? He notes that Eskimo populations have a much lower incidence of not only psoriatic arthritis, but rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease), too, compared to other groups.
Therefore, Fiocco suggests that genetics play a role in psoriatic arthritis, but it’s possible that upping your intake of omega-3s by taking a daily fish oil supplement can help, too.
According to Fiocco, it makes perfect sense why turmeric, a member of the ginger family, may have a positive effect on psoriatic arthritis... the spice has natural inflammatory protein-reducing properties! Well, in the test tube, at least.
While many psoriatic arthritis sufferers have reported significant relief by using turmeric, Matteson says that, “its effects are extremely mild and difficult to measure”.
“Most people say they try it and generally they don’t notice enough of a benefit to continue with it,” he adds. But keep in mind that everyone is different – perhaps this is a remedy that will work remarkably well for you!
#4: Willow bark
Willow bark isn’t called “herbal aspirin” for no good reason, you know! This remedy dates to the time of Hippocrates (400 BC), when people chewed on the bark to reduce inflammation and fever. So what’s in willow bark that makes it a powerful inflammation-calming remedy? Salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), apparently...
Still not convinced? A study published in 2001 that looked at 78 osteoarthritis patients found that those who took willow bark extract equivalent to a dose of 240 mg of salicin per day experienced pain
relief better than a placebo.
Sure, osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis are two different conditions. But according to Fiocco, it’s very possible that the effects of willow bark could extend to people with psoriatic arthritis as well.