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Acupuncture, meditation and fish oil for psoriatic arthritis

January 28, 2013 — 11:37pm

I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis 2 years ago. It started in my right index finger and the second toe and balls of each foot. For the first year and a half, I took prescription anti-inflammatories.

A year ago, when fatigue started to get the better of me, I started a course of weekly acupuncture, which I followed for 6 months. This helped immensely to reduce the inflammation and joint pain as well as improve overall vitality. I also took 2x 1000 mg of fish oil with omega 3 twice daily. I also began to meditate and visualize a control center with which I could turn my immune system up and down as required.

I haven’t taken any anti-inflammatories for four months now. My toes, although still curled under, haven’t got any worse and are not swollen or uncomfortable. My index finger knuckle joint is a third of the size it was and I can almost make a fist again. I have also in past weeks experimented with reiki and find the results so far in energy and vitality very good.


  • Can you please give me specifics? I am not familiar with acupuncture or meditation/visualization. Could you fill me in on things like is the acupuncture something you have learned to do or do you pay someone (if so, could you tell me weekly cost?)? For the meditation/visualization – is there a book or website that you recommend for learning how to do this? I have recently read about people directing their bodies to attack cancers this way.

    Would you have to do the acupuncture long term or is it just a way to help direct your body where to concentrate? I would appreciate any direction. I suffer from PsA all over (at least it feels like all over – collar bones, breastplate, ribs, shoulders, 1 elbow, all fingers, 1 hip, pelvis, 1 ankle, toes, etc.). Thanks for any help!

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