Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Psoriasis

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Psoriasis

Indigo naturalis, curcumin, dietary modification, fish oil, meditation, and acupuncture had the most robust evidence of efficacy in the treatment of plaque psoriasis.

These are the results of the systematic review of 57 trials and 3 meta-analyses of the complementary and alternative medicine therapies for plaque psoriasis.


Plaque psoriasis

The review was carried out by A. Caresse Gamret; Alexandra Price, MD; Raymond M. Fertig, MD; Hadar Lev-Tov, MD; Anna J. Nichols, MD, PhD



Indigo naturalis, also known as Qing dai, is an herb commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is extracted from the leaves of specific plants including, Indigofera tinctoria, baphieacanthuscusia, Isatis tinctoria, Polygonum tinctorium, and Isatis indigotica.


Indigo naturalis; plaque psoriasis

Conclusions from the study were published in JAMA Dermatology.

Up to 51% of patients with psoriasis report the use of complementary and alternative medicine in their treatment regimen, although it is unclear which CAM therapies are effective for treatment of psoriasis.

You can read the abstract HERE.