Psoriatic arthritis is one of the chronic conditions that never go away completely even with the proper treatment. This makes patients suffering from it try all the possible ways to get a relief. And natural treatments in this case are often considered a perfect option because they have no (or less) side-effects, associated with traditional remedies and they are seen as all-in-all beneficial, effective, and harmless.
Surveys reveal that around 40% of all patients with psoriatic arthritis use this or that natural treatment on the regular basis, and almost all of them have tried some form of a natural remedy at least once.
In most cases, natural remedies are really effective in case they are used as complementary — i.e. along with some form of traditional treatment as a way to soothe some symptoms that are associated with psoriatic arthritis. Also, they may be called completely harmless only in case they won’t cause allergies or other side-effects alone or in combination with any other treatment you use. Some natural remedies for psoriatic arthritis may worsen other health conditions you may have (for example, diabetes). At last, not all of them are safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
To make sure that the natural remedy you’ve chosen will be completely safe and effective for your particular situation, consult your doctor before doing any experiments with your health.
That said, here are some psoriatic arthritis natural remedies for you to consider.
The insides of Aloe Vera leaves and their juice are an effective natural remedy for skin redness and irritation. They are able to make skin softer and moisturize it, by that, lessening scaling, which is one of the most obvious psoriasis symptoms. You may also opt for Aloe Vera-based creams and gels that may be even more beneficial due to their other ingredients.
There is also Aloe Vera dietary supplements in tablet form. In case of psoriatic arthritis, they are not recommended; what is more, they may be even dangerous because of certain components, contained in the plant.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an extract of the leaves of the sort of tree that naturally grows in Australia. This substance is used to heal wounds, pimples, and hives and it has strong antibacterial purposes. It is used by many people with psoriasis; however, it is not proven to be effective in this case. Anyway, be careful when applying pure essential oil on the skin. It may cause irritation and allergic reactions.
Capsaicin is the substance that makes chili peppers that hot. It is extracted from plants and added to some ointments and creams, able to relieve pain and inflammation, typically associated with psoriasis. This effect is produced by the ability of capsaicin to blocks nerve endings.
Turmeric and its active ingredient called curcumin are characterized by anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is believed that this substance is able to relieve psoriasis flares both when consumed with food and applied topically.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Acid that is contained in cider vinegar may help to reduce itching, associated with psoriasis. This product is sold in every supermarket and it may be applied topically several times a week diluted with water in 1:1 proportion to prevent further skin irritation and possible chemical burns.
Wintergreen grows in the east of the USA and it is traditionally used in folk medicine due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is not proven to be an effective treatment for psoriasis; however, it is still often used for this purpose. Its main problem is its toxicity and the potential harm it may cause to your health in the large doses.
Dead Sea Salts
By adding Dead Sea salts to a warm bath, you may relieve skin itching, inflammation, and remove scales from your skin. On top of that, taking warm baths is pleasant by itself.
The effectiveness of any of above-described alternative remedies for psoriatic arthritis is not scientifically grounded. However, if your doctor finds some of them harmless and potentially beneficial for you, you may try them without any fear.