Diet for Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis

March 21, 2013

Question: What changes can I make to my diet for my psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis?

Answer: Interestingly enough, fish and shrimp are seen as exacerbating all skin conditions in Chinese experience. Beef and particularly lamb are seen as warm, and psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis is considered a hot condition in Oriental medicine. Avoiding spicy foods would make a lot of sense. Alcohol also is seen as damp and hot. Beer, wine and particularly red wine, more so than white wine, will exacerbate any inflammatory condition such as this. Caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, tea and colas are likely to induce and intensify the psoriasis.
Chinese medicine recommends more vegetables, which are cooling, and fruit, and to get enough rest.
The best success for all skin conditions, especially psoriasis, places equal emphasis on herbs, acupuncture and dietary changes. Most of you probably have already done things with your diet to help your disease. Again, just like anything, if you take wheat out and that didn’t work, it doesn’t mean there isn’t another type of dietary alteration that could work. Chinese medical practitioners do learn a type of dietary therapy rooted in our medicine, and practitioners will have various emphases on that.

 Dr. Roger Batchelor  DOAM  Lac and Eric Grey  MSOM Lac”

Dr. Roger Batchelor, DOAM, LAc
Batchelor holds a doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist. He is an associate professor at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore.

Eric Grey, MSOM, LAc
Grey holds a master of Oriental medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist. He specializes in classical Chinese herbalism and is a practitioner at Watershed Community Wellness LLC in Portland, Ore.

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