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Some experts believe that food sensitivities might cause or at least worsen psoriasis. Consider doing an elimination diet to identify foods that might be triggering your symptoms.

The following supplements are sometimes mentioned as possible treatments for psoriasis. There is not yet much meaningful research evidence that they are effective.

Fish oil is often recommended for psoriasis, although the research is contradictory. Based on very preliminary evidence, shark cartilage20 and cetylated fatty acids have also been proposed for treatment of psoriasis.30

Vitamin A or special forms of vitamin D taken at high levels may improve symptoms, but these treatments can be dangerous and should be used only under the supervision of a physician.

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Exposure to light can suppress the immune system (activated T cells) in the skin, thus reducing inflammation and slowing the rapid growth of skin cells, two common symptoms of psoriasis. Phototherapy might also help treat psoriasis by helping the body make more vitamin D.

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Stress may be a trigger of psoriasis outbreaks, and having psoriasis can be stressful in and of itself. Maintaining emotional balance and avoiding stress are strongly recommended. If you need support or assistance in reducing stress, you may want to try some of the following techniques:

In addition, hypnosis has demonstrated potential as a treatment for psoriasis.

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Hypnosis is not nationally recognized as a distinct profession and therefore has no licensure. Various certifications are available but not required for practice. Hypnosis practitioners are often separated into two camps: clinical hypnosis and lay hypnosis.

Clinical hypnosis is a credential for people with advanced study and experience in a health profession who are formally trained to use hypnosis as part of their health profession. This could be dentists, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and others. Sessions offered by these people might be fully or partially covered by your health insurance. Two professional institutions, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association, offer certification in clinical hypnosis.

Lay hypnosis is less formally defined and is not as centrally organized as clinical hypnosis. It generally refers to all other hypnosis training and practice. There are a number of schools and organizing bodies that offer training and certification in hypnosis.

People seeking hypnosis as a treatment for a health challenge such as psoriasis will probably have the most success if they choose a hypnosis professional who understands at least the basic physiology of their condition.

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Hypnosis is probably most effective when it is practiced regularly and frequently. It is also most effective when it is tailored to the individual patient, including his or her specific health challenges, preferences, experiences, etc. For instance, some hypnosis uses imagery and colors to help relax the patient and make hypnotic suggestions. The images and colors employed should be those that speak to each individual patient.

Hypnosis is currently available in a variety of forms. You can purchase pre-recorded hypnosis sessions for general or specific health challenges. You can also have one-on-one sessions with a hypnotherapist or health professional who practices hypnosis. At the end of the day, all hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis because it requires you to engage your own mind. You can experiment with various options and use the hypnosis techniques that suit you best to practice hypnosis by yourself. Indeed, most hypnosis will only be effective if you practice it regularly and frequently.

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  1. Zachariae R, Oster H, Bjerring P, et al. Effects of psychologic intervention on psoriasis: a preliminary report. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1996;34:1008-1015.
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One study found that hypnosis may improve psoriasis symptoms.26

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Hypnosis has shown some promise as a treatment for psoriasis.

Hypnosis comes in different forms, but generally it is described as a form of heightened attention combined with deep relaxation ("trance"), uncritical openness, and voluntarily lowered resistance to suggestion. Suggestions are typically introduced once the person is deeply relaxed into a trance state. In the case of hypnosis for a health challenge, the suggestions involved will relate to the that specific health challenge that is being addressed. For psoriasis, this might be, "You can feel the soothing effect of your body reducing the inflammation on your elbow."

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not involve the patient losing control and becoming vulnerable to manipulation by the hypnotist. More theatrical versions of hypnosis are called "stage hypnosis," which has little in common with therapeutic hypnosis.

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Hypnosis might help treat psoriasis in multiple ways. First, it might help relax the patient, reducing some of the emotional stress that might be partially responsible the psoriasis symptoms. Second, if the psoriasis is addressed directly in the hypnotherapy, the treatment might help alter the physiological mechanisms behind the condition. Hypnosis might be helpful for treating psoriasis for a variety of reasons. First, emotional stress is generally accepted as playing a role in triggering or worsening psoriasis; by helping the patient relax deeply, hypnosis might help decrease the stress that contributes to the condition. Second, a growing field of study called psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) recognizes the biochemical connections between the mind and the body. Hypnosis might help alter the physiological processes that cause psoriasis, acting first on the mind, which can then influence the physical body.

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Hypnosis might be helpful for treating psoriasis for a variety of reasons. First, emotional stress is generally accepted as playing a role in triggering or worsening psoriasis; by helping the patient relax deeply, hypnosis might help decrease the stress that contributes to the condition. Second, a growing field of study called psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) recognizes the biochemical connections between the mind and the body. Hypnosis might help alter the physiological processes that cause psoriasis, acting first on the mind, which can then influence the physical body.

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Hypnosis Hypnosis has shown some promise as a treatment for psoriasis.

Hypnosis comes in different forms, but generally it is described as a form of heightened attention combined with deep relaxation ("trance"), uncritical openness, and voluntarily lowered resistance to suggestion. Suggestions are typically introduced once the person is deeply relaxed into a trance state. In the case of hypnosis for a health challenge, the suggestions involved will relate to the that specific health challenge that is being addressed. For psoriasis, this might be, "You can feel the soothing effect of your body reducing the inflammation on your elbow."

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not involve the patient losing control and becoming vulnerable to manipulation by the hypnotist. More theatrical versions of hypnosis are called "stage hypnosis," which has little in common with therapeutic hypnosis.

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Hypnosis might be helpful for treating psoriasis for a variety of reasons. First, emotional stress is generally accepted as playing a role in triggering or worsening psoriasis; by helping the patient relax deeply, hypnosis might help decrease the stress that contributes to the condition. Second, a growing field of study called psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) recognizes the biochemical connections between the mind and the body. Hypnosis might help alter the physiological processes that cause psoriasis, acting first on the mind, which can then influence the physical body.

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Some experts believe that food sensitivities might cause or at least worsen psoriasis. Consider doing an elimination diet to identify foods that might be triggering your symptoms.

The following supplements are sometimes mentioned as possible treatments for psoriasis. There is not yet much meaningful research evidence that they are effective.

Fish oil is often recommended for psoriasis, although the research is contradictory. Based on very preliminary evidence, shark cartilage20 and cetylated fatty acids have also been proposed for treatment of psoriasis.30

Vitamin A or special forms of vitamin D taken at high levels may improve symptoms, but these treatments can be dangerous and should be used only under the supervision of a physician.

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Fish oil supplements are sometimes recommended for psoriasis treatment. Research The research evidence is contradictory. Because , but because fish oil can be beneficial for overall healthhave other health benefits (see article on Fish Oil), it might be worth trying.

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Typical dosages of fish oil are 3 g to 9 g daily, but this is not the upper limit.

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Inflammation plays a role in psoriasis, and fish oil has also shown promise as an anti-inflammatory treatment.

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  1. Bittiner SB, Tucker WF, Cartwright I, et al. A double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of fish oil in psoriasis. Lancet. 1988;1:378-380.
  2. Soyland E, Funk J, Rajka G, et al. Effect of dietary supplementation with very-long-chain n-3 fatty acids in patients with psoriasis. N Engl J Med. 1993;328:1812-1816.
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An 8-week, double-blind study followed 28 people with chronic psoriasis.1 Half received 10 capsules of fish oil daily, and the other half received a placebo. By the end of the study, researchers saw significant improvement in itching, redness, and scaling, but not in the size of the psoriasis patches. However, another double-blind study followed 145 people with moderate to severe psoriasis for 4 months and found no benefit as compared to placebo.2

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Enter section content... Inflammation plays a role in psoriasis, and fish oil has also shown promise as an anti-inflammatory treatment.

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Fish oil supplements are sometimes recommended for psoriasis treatment. The research evidence is contradictory, but because fish oil can have other health benefits (see article on Fish Oil), it might be worth trying.

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