See the signs and seek relief from psoriasis, a common condition affecting the skin and often the nails. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
Chili Peppers
Apply 0.025 to 0.075% capsaicin ointment four times per day over pain areas with unbroken skin3 stars[3 stars]
to relieve itching and help heal sores. Cayenne contains capsaicin, which relieves pain and itching and may help heal sores..
Fumaric Acid
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner3 stars[3 stars]
Fumaric acid, in the chemically bound form known as fumaric acid esters, has been shown to be effective against psoriasis symptoms.
Apply a 0.5% extract three times daily2 stars[2 stars]
Topically applied aloe may improve skin-healing in people with psoriasis.
Fish Oil
Take orally 10 grams daily oil or 3.6 grams daily EPA, or apply a 10% topical solution twice per day2 stars[2 stars]
Fish oil has been found to reduce the severity of psoriasis and improve skin lesions. It also may help prevent increased triglyceride levels that result from certain psoriasis drugs.
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
An ointment containing barberry may reduce inflammation and be effective against moderate psoriasis.
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
In traditional herbal texts, burdock root was believed to clear the bloodstream of toxins. It was used both internally and externally for psoriasis.
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Some herbalists use the herb coleus in treating people with psoriasis.
Folic Acid
Only for people who are not taking prescription drugs such as methotrexate that interfere with folic acid metabolism1 star[1 star]
High amounts of folic acid have been shown to improve psoriasis.
Oregon Grape
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Oregon grape has been shown to be effective against moderate psoriasis and to reduce inflammation.
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  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

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