Psoriasis is a chronic disease of your immune system that causes cells to build up on your skin, making it itchy and painful. It is characterized by thick red, patchy scars. Experts estimate that 30 percent of people suffering from psoriasis develop an inflammatory arthritis condition called psoriatic arthritis. Unlike other forms of arthritis, psoriatic arthritis can occur at any age, and can be also seen in youngsters. It begins to show symptoms between 20 and 30 years of age.
“Remedies that may work on psoriasis and arthritis may be worth trying, but it’s important to note that psoriatic treatment often needs serious medication,” says Shakaib Qureshi, MD, section chief of rheumatology for Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware. While these herbal remedies aren't a cure for psoriatic arthritis, they can certainly help manage the pain associated with it.
Here are seven natural remedies to ease your psoriatic arthritis pain.
1) Cayenne Pepper
The hot and spicy taste of cayenne pepper is mainly due to a compound called capsaicin, which helps reduce pain. It does so by reducing the amount of substance P, a chemical that carries pain messages to the brain. Capsaicin is also found in over-the-counter topical cream products such as Zostrix and Capzasin-P.
Also known as Eastern teaberry, a study published in the journal Molecules reported that an extract from its leaves showed anti-inflammatory effects. This can prove beneficial to ease arthritis pain, which was successfully explored by the Native Americans who often used boxberry as an anti-rheumatic agent.
3) Aloe Vera
The gel and latex obtained from the leaves of this plant are extremely useful to treat burns, sores, and inflammations. It offers relief from stiffness, and tenderness caused due to inflammation in psoriatic arthritis. You can either grow aloe vera in your home or use lotions, creams, capsules and tablets containing extracts of it. Be sure to take these under medical supervision, though.
4) Fish Oil
It contains omega-3 fatty acids, which your body converts into anti-inflammatory chemicals that can be helpful for arthritis pain alleviation. Sources of fish oil include cold water fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon, and cod.
According to a research published in BioFactors, an active ingredient found in turmeric called curcumin can be used as an anti-inflammatory agent to relieve arthritis symptoms.
6) Willow Bark
Its active ingredient, salicin, exhibits anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to relieve arthritis pain.
Commonly known as Indian frankincense, it has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect on arthritis, according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The Arthritis Foundation recommends 300mg to 400mg of Boswellia three times a day for effective results.