How To Treat Psoriatic Arthritis Naturally (In 9 Steps)
Are you struggling with psoriatic arthritis? Then you probably experienced the nasty side effects of classic drugs.
But there’s another alternative – the natural way.
So let me show you how to treat psoriatic arthritis naturally, in 9 major steps.
Obviously – these tips won’t cure your arthritis completely, because that’s basically impossible. But if you use them on the long term, there are 80% chances that they help.
So I think it’s worth trying – at least checking them out.
Note: While you follow these 9 steps, don’t give up your prescribed medication (if there’s any). These are all some alternative treatments that I tried – so they don’t replace real drugs.
Step #1 – Sit In The Sun
Did you know that heat and sun rays can improve psoriatic lesions?
And obviously – then can also help the joint lesions. Here’s the thing:
- people with PsA tend to have a deficiency in vitamin D
- sun exposure increases its level
- that’s because our body needs sunlight to produce vitamin D
Now – scientists believe that a low level of this vitamin could increase the joint pain from PsA. Many patients complained of that – so it’s more of an experience-based conclusion.
Because studies didn’t manage to prove there’s a link – yet.
But one thing is clear – a normal level of vitamin D will surely not hurt your PsA. In fact, it could even improve it considerably.
Obviously, you could take this vitamin out of supplements. But instead of taking several thick pills daily – I recommend you the natural approach:
- Stay outside at least 20 minutes per day
- Consume lots of fish (at least every 3 days)
- Drink citrus juice and milk
Step #2 – Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Just like osteoarthritis – PsA also improves with the right diet.
So what exactly does this “right diet” consist of? It’s simple – 2 major things:
- Less processed foods
- More natural foods
Your probably didn’t even expect anything else, did you?
But out of these natural foods – there are some that can bring more benefits. They’re actually the foods that can reduce the swelling of your joints:
- celery and green vegetables
- beetroots, cherries and citrus fruits
- fish and fresh (unprocessed) meat
Now – the foods make the (probably) best diet for psoriatic arthritis: the anti-inflammatory one.
Even though there are several diets that can help, this one remains the top one – in terms of results.
So all you have to do is to start eating more of these foods and give up processed ones (as much as you can).
That will surely have a positive impact on your arthritis – but it’s going to take a couple of months.
Step #3 – Turmeric Supplement
That’s a life-changing step – because turmeric can make miracles for your joints.
Here’s why I recommend this herb:
- the strongest natural anti-inflammatory
- reduces joint swelling within days
- also decreases the pain
So if there’s a must-use remedy for psoriatic arthritis and inflammation – it’s surely turmeric.
However, I strongly advise you to take is as a supplement – instead of fresh powder. Here’s why I recommend the pills:
- Contain turmeric extract – which is much more powerful
- Have a better absorption (because of bioperine)
- Higher doses overall
- A lot more comfortable
So if you want to get all the benefits of turmeric, I would definitely recommend you the supplements.
However – not all of them contain the right thing. So if you want to spend your money wisely, here’s my best of list for 2019.
If you choose the right product, you could start to feel an improvement withing days (depending on your condition). But in the worst case, the results should appear in about 1 month.
Step #4 – Epsom Salt Baths
If you never heard of Epsom Salt, you should definitely give it a try.
You can find it in most shops for less than $10 – and its benefits for psoriatic arthritis are real:
- the magnesium inside can soothe painful lesions
- minerals reduce joint pain
- hot water decreases your joints’ stiffness
So it’s pretty easy – get a bag of Epsom Salt, add it in your warm water tub and enjoy.
It won’t only improve your joints – but it will also relieve your stress and help you relax.
You can also add some essential oils, to make the most of their healing power. Here are the top oils for joint pain:
- CBD oil
- Lavender/ Mint oil
- Frankincense oil
- Peppermint oil
You will feel like a new person once you finish your bath – I can guarantee for that. The only problem is that it’s not going to last for long – but that’s why we have 8 other steps.
Step #5 – Vitamin K
This is a tip you probably didn’t hear somewhere else – but it’s based on my experience.
So here’s the thing:
- vitamin K can reduce inflammatory cells
- it also reduces associated pain
- it strengthens the bones
Now – studies didn’t prove that vitamin K is an anti-inflammatory. That’s because it’s not a major one – it’s not as strong as Turmeric, Boswellia or NSAIDs.
But among its numerous benefits – it seems to keep inflammatory cells under control.
So where can you find this vitamin? There’s no point taking it from supplements – since it exists in so many products:
- leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli
- olive oil
- dairy products (which are not that bad for arthritis – from my experience)
So what you have to do next?
Simply add green vegetables to your diet (if you haven’t done that in step #2), replace your regular oil with olive oil and consume organic milk at least 2 times per week.
Step #6 – Apple Cider Vinegar
If you never heard of this remedy, you should really give it a try.
It seems to be really effective in auto-immune forms of arthritis – but not only. Here’s what it can do:
- decreases joint swelling
- reduces the pain
- dissolves uric acid crystals from gout
Now – just like with vitamin K and D, studies didn’t manage to prove its effectiveness.
But I’ve tried apple cider vinegar myself – and I can tell that it works. It’s not the best remedy ever – but if you combine it with these 8 other steps, it can really help a lot.
And if you were wondering – you can find it in 2 forms:
Now – I would normally choose the first one, but the pills have several extra advantages:
- much better doses (more concentrated)
- don’t taste bad – as the drink does, in my opinion
- in my case, they worked much better overall
But obviously, it’s up to you. This step doesn’t have a major importance (like #3) – so I won’t insist that you use the supplement.
I personally prefer that option, but if you like the drink better – you can choose which one you want. Just make sure you choose one.
Step #7 – Cut Off Daily Stress
This may sound like a cheap tip, but it’s actually essential.
Did you know that all auto-immune conditions can worsen a lot because of stress? This includes psoriasis, RA and PsA too.
The thing is – you could be stress without realizing it. So here’s how you could reduce that stress:
- Sleep at least 6-7 hours per night
- If necessary, try to take a 1 hour nap in the afternoon
- Spend at least 15 minutes per day outside (fresh air makes wonders)
- Practice yoga or take a small walk daily
- Talk to a family member, a friend or a neighbor
- If you live alone, get a pet
- Take up an easy hobby or any activity that would keep your mind busy
- Try to take your mind off the pain
These are just some examples that I personally use – but you can try something else too.
Simply try not to work all day long or worry about the pain. Believe me, even if it seems weird – it will help.
Step #8 – Use Heat
Psoriatic arthritis doesn’t mean just pain and lesions – it also means stiff joints, especially in the morning.
And that’s where heat comes in. So here’s the thing:
- get a heating pad or heat up a bottle of water
- keep it close to your bed at night
- make sure it’s hot (or warm) when you wake up
- apply it on the stiff parts of your body for a few minutes
In a normal day, your morning stiffness can last for over an hour. Well, using this tip – it should go away in half of that time (depending from person to person).
This is a hack that I personally use and it’s been helping me a lot recently. Just remember:
- ice is good for pain and inflammation
- heat is good for stiffness
You can also use this heat tip throughout the day. A lot of people I know have joint stiffness after sitting or laying down – so heat helps once again.
Step #9 – Repair Your Gut
Believe it or not – some people say that the cause behind auto-immune problems is a leaky gut. What exactly is that?:
- the good bacteria from your intestines
Now, I personally don’t agree with that – since there are real factors behind each condition, including PsA.
But a healthy gut can surely improve your condition – I cannot deny it. So how can you repair your unhealthy gut?
Don’t worry, I will not recommend you any miraculous supplement – I don’t really trust products designed for gut. Instead, I prefer the natural way:
- Consume organic yoghurt and dairy products
- Eat more fresh foods and vegetables (that’s actually step #2)
- Don’t exaggerate with antibiotics
- Give up alcohol completely (if it’s the case)
Now – this step alone won’t make miracles for your psoriatic arthritis. That’s why I don’t personally recommend it alone.
But if you combine it with the steps above, the results should start to appear shortly.
My Verdict – Can You Treat PsA Naturally?
Short answer: Definitely – in fact, you should see a change after about 1 month of following these 9 steps.
But there’s one thing you must do – follow all of them, without giving up any.
Some may not seem so essential to you – but it’s actually their combination that helps so much.
And one more thing:
- don’t give up the treatment from your doctor
- take it as usual, while following these 9 steps
Everyone is different – so what worked for me may not work for you.
For this reason, following these 9 steps correctly is not a guarantee that your PsA symptoms will improve. It also depends of your body and of your own condition.
But in the worst case, you will feel no change. So these 9 steps can’t possibly worsen your condition.
Actually, there are 80% chances that you feel at least a bit better. So I think it’s worth trying.