Psoriasis

Psoriasis is well-managed using naturopathic medicine.

Psoriasis is a skin condition in which improper immune system functioning causes skin cells build up more quickly than is considered normal, resulting in patches of thickened skin.

There are several types of psoriasis, including plaque psoriasis (the most common type), guttate psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, nail psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. It is a chronic condition that may feature periods of flare up and remission.

It is unclear what causes this immune system malfunction, but possible triggers include infections, skin injuries, stress or exposure to tobacco, alcohol or certain medications (e.g., beta blockers).

Seek professional healthcare if your psoriasis is associated with arthritis (joint pain and swelling).

Symptoms of Psoriasis

Possible symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • Red patches of skin with silvery scales
  • Small, scaling skin spots
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Thickened, pitted nails
  • Joint pain and swelling

Treatment of Psoriasis at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine

At Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, the goals of psoriasis treatment are minimizing skin plaque formation and episode recurrence, and managing pain of associated arthritis.

Conventional treatment for psoriasis may include light therapy, or a variety of medications, including topical corticosteroids, retinoids or anthralin; methotrexate; azathioprine; or immunomodulating drugs. These treatments may have short- or long-term side effects.

For this reason, you may choose to try natural treatment to possibly avoid use of conventional medications, or together with conventional medications in order to decrease dosages of conventional medications required to manage your psoriasis symptoms.

Naturopathic treatment of any chronic health concern must be recognized as a process that involves:

  • Identifying specific treatment goals
  • Development by your naturopathic doctor, of a thorough understanding of all factors affecting your health, including physical, psychological, emotional and lifestyle factors
  • Development of a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Implementation and maintenance of that plan through periodic monitoring and adjustment

At Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, a typical approach to treating psoriasis may be to:

Where appropriate, a number of therapeutic options are available, to be used alone, or more often in a complementary fashion, including:

Treatments provided by naturopathic doctors and registered massage therapists are covered by most extended healthcare plans.

References

Psoriasis [Internet]. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, [cited 18 Feb 2009]. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/psoriasis/DS00193http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/psoriasis/DS00193.

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