5 Psoriatic Arthritis Natural TreatmentsDo you suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis? Are you looking for alternative ways to ease your symptoms?  Below are some natural treatments that you can try.

Psoriatic arthritis is a complicated condition. It’s usually treated with prescribed medication as it needs aggressive treatment. Finding a safe and effective natural treatment can be difficult as there is little or no research available. There are natural treatments available, but they are usually used alongside standard treatments, not as a replacement to these.  Always talk to your doctor before beginning a natural treatment and do not stop your current treatment regimen.

Below are some natural remedies that may help ease the pain and discomfort of psoriatic arthritis.

 

5 Psoriatic Arthritis Natural Treatments

1. Lose Weight

The National Psoriasis Foundation advises people to lose some weight to help ease symptoms.  If you have psoriatic arthritis and you’re overweight, you’re more likely to have pain and tender, swollen joints, than other sufferers who are not carrying extra pounds. Being overweight, puts additional stress on your joints, especially the knees, hips and ankles.

 

2. Eat Healthy Foods

  • Psoriatic arthritis is an anti-inflammatory so you need to keep away from foods that trigger inflammation. Try to identify any foods that trigger the condition, and avoid that food for a few weeks. Then begin reintroducing it into your diet to see whether it really has a negative effect on your condition.
  • Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts. However, you should avoid potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers, citrus fruits, and eggplant as these increase swelling. Include plenty of apples, broccoli and carrots in your diet.
  • Eat only lean meats and poultry. Red meat can trigger the condition. Processed meats and bacon should be strictly avoided.
  • Eat lots of fish such as fresh tuna, salmon, halibut, herring, mackerel and trout. Fish oil found in these cold water fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have a potent anti-inflammatory effect on chronic illnesses, such as arthritis, according to research published in June 2015 in the Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in flaxseed oil.
  • Include turmeric and ginger into your meals as they are proven anti-inflammatory agents. Turmeric has been found to reduce flare-ups of the condition.
  • Use low-fat or fat-free dairy products
  • Cook using plant-based oils. Olive oil and canola oil have antioxidant properties. They are also rich sources of vitamin A, E and C.
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid refined sugar and processed foods, especially those high in fats.
  • Keep track of your cholesterol and how much salt you consume.
  • Avoid over-the-counter herb-based treatments or supplements. They can cause potentially harmful interactions if you take them with your medication. Talk to your doctor before using them.

 

3. Exercise

Psoriatic arthritis causes pain, swelling, and stiffness around joints and tendons. This results in decreased flexibility, strength, and range of motion in your hands and feet. Exercise can counter these problems.

  • Exercise improves blood circulation throughout the body which helps relieve pain and inflammation.
  • Exercise strengthens your muscles and makes them more flexible.
  • It helps you control your weight which minimizes pressure on your joints.
  • Brisk walking is the best form of exercise as it helps your blood circulation. Make sure you listen to your body when doing other forms of exercise. Swimming or walking laps in the pool are good exercise and avoids stress on your joints.
  • Exercise on a regular basis. For exercise to be effective, you must do it regularly. Not moving enough leads to stiff joints and muscle weakness according to the American College of Rheumatology.

 

4. Heat and Cold Therapy

  • Apply a heating pad or take a hot shower or bath to help relax your muscles. Heat also increases blood flow in the inflamed area.
  • If your muscles feel sore after exercising, apply ice to the area to soothe it and reduce any swelling.

 

5. Learn to Relax

Stress can lead to a flare-up of your condition. Find a way to relax that you enjoy such as:

  • Reading a book, or listening to some relaxing music.
  • Doing some meditation exercises.
  • Acupressure can ease stress, increase blood flow, relieve pain and boost your immune system.
  • Massage therapy can help you relax. It also stretches muscles and joints.

Used alongside any medication your doctor prescribed, the psoriatic arthritis natural treatments above can help you deal with the unpleasant symptoms and also prevent the number of flare-ups you experience.

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