Acupuncture helps relieve stress, which is key to preventing psoriasis flares

According to a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treament, using acupuncture therapies to treat psoriasis is “simple, convenient, and effective” and comes with long-lasting therapeutic effects and very minimal side effects and toxicity compared to more traditional methods of treatment. Furthermore, a review of 13 different randomized trials published in The Journal of Alternative Medicine and Complementary Medicine suggested that acupuncture could be considered a natural short-term treatment for this skin disease and that more well-designed studies will be helpful in determining its true efficacy.

Beyond its stress-relieving qualities, acupuncture offers plenty of other health benefits that make it one of the most widely used natural therapies around the world. Here are a few other things that may convince you to give acupuncture a try:

  1. Reduces chronic pain. A recent study published in the Archive of Internal Medicine found that acupuncture could reduce pain by up to 15 percent when used for different types of pain, but the study focused on chronic back pain caused by physical stress or poor sleeping habits. This study also suggested that using acupuncture could reduce the pain caused by psoriasis. (Related: Acupuncture significantly reduces pain following C-section: Research)
  2. Reduces the frequency of insomnia. Acupuncture increases the secretion of melatonin, which is a chemical that induces sleep. This, in turn, reduces the frequency of insomnia.

People who have psoriasis may find that natural treatments like acupuncture can be a great option for relieving their symptoms. Visit for more studies and stories on other natural medicines for dealing with skin problems.