Capsaicin, the natural ingredient found in cayenne pepper, eases arthritis pain in some people. It’s found in over the counter topical cream products such as Zostrix and Capzasin-P, which often need to be applied three to four times a day. Cayenne pepper has helped people with osteoarthritis, according to a study published in March 2014 in Progress in Drug Research, but it may have adverse effects on skin lesions. “Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water after applying,” Dr. Qureshi says.

 Boxberry Boxberry

The boxberry plant goes by several names, including Eastern teaberry and wintergreen. An infusion of this plant has been long-used by Native Americans as an anti-rheumatic. Extract from Eastern teaberry leaves showed anti-inflammatory effects in a study by Polish researchers published in December 2014 in the journal Molecules. Always apply according to package directions.

Oil of Wintergreen

Oil of Wintergreen

As topical agents, oils of wintergreen, menthol, eucalyptus, and camphor are called counter-irritants because they create a distraction from real pain when applied to the nerve endings in the skin. These are the tingly ingredients in over the counter products like Icy Hot and other soothing balms. In research on animals, Chinese researchers found that oils of wintergreen (methyl salicylate 2) had anti-inflammatory effects on rats and reported their findings in March 2015 in International Immunopharmacology. But again, these oils could have a negative reaction to skin lesions.

Aloe Vera Vera

This plant gel is often used as burn relief as well as an ingredient in moisturizers and body lotion that can soothe psoriatic skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s being studied as a medium to deliver prescription NSAIDs, according to a study published in June 2014 in Current Drug Discovery Technologies. Apply after showering and washing your hands. Aloe is available in gel and pill form, but the pills in particular may interact with some diabetes and other medications.

Fish Oil

Fish Oil

Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which the body converts into anti-inflammatory chemicals. Fish oil is found in coldwater fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon, herring, tuna, halibut, and cod. Omega-3 fatty acids have a potent anti-inflammatory effect on chronic illnesses, including arthritis, according to research published in the June 2015 issue of the Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry.



The active ingredient in the common Indian spice turmeric, curcumin may help relieve arthritis symptoms because of its anti-inflammatory effects, according to research published in the January-February 2013 issue of BioFactors. Curcumin is available in concentrated supplements. The Food and Drug Administration says 1.5 to 3.0 grams of turmeric a day is safe. However, the National Psoriasis Foundation suggests working with a naturopathic practitioner to determine the correct dosage for you.

Willow Bark

Willow Bark

Willow bark reduces arthritis pain in some people, according to a German study published in August 2013 in Phytomedicine: The International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology. Its active ingredient, salicin, reduces the production of pain-inducing chemicals in your nerves, Qureshi says. Willow bark is available over the counter in tablet form. It’s generally safe but may cause stomach upset, increased blood pressure, and skin rashes.



Researchers at the NYU School of Medicine found that people with recently diagnosed psoriatic arthritis had lower gut bacterial diversity than healthy people. Their findings were published in January 2015 in Arthritis & Rheumatology. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that can restore the good-bad bacteria balance and are found in foods such as yogurt as well as in supplement form. What’s more, a study published in June 2013 in Gut Microbes found that probiotics can have anti-inflammatory effects beyond the gut, including for diseases such as psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.



Known commonly as Indian frankincense, boswellia has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect on some conditions including arthritis, according to Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. In pill form, dosage is 300 to 400 milligrams three times per day, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Beware: Topical creams with boswellia may irritate psoriasis.

Vitamin D

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There’s a correlation between psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and low vitamin D levels, according to research published in July 2015 in The Journal of Dermatology. There’s no conclusive evidence that vitamin D is helpful for psoriatic arthritis, Qureshi says, but you might want to ask your doctor to test your D levels and discuss whether supplementation can help your symptoms. Good food sources include salmon and fortified foods such as milk.

Dead Sea Salts

psoriatic arthritis-Dead Sea Salts

Epsom salts to your warm (not hot) bath water and soaking in the tub for about 15 minutes may help remove scales and ease itching. Be sure to apply moisturizer to your skin as soon as you get out of the tub. You may see some improvement.



Capsaicin is the ingredient in chili peppers that make them hot. Added to creams and ointments, capsaicin blocks nerve endings that transmit pain. Researchers from the University Medical Center Freiburg, in Freiburg, Germany, found OTC creams containing capsaicin may help reduce the pain, inflammation, redness and scaling associated with psoriasis. However, more research is needed to assess its long-term benefits and safety. Some people may feel a burning sensation where capsaicin ointment is applied.



Oats are considered one of nature’s best skin soothers. There is no scientific evidence to support the use of oats to relieve psoriasis symptoms. But many individuals with psoriasis report applying an oat paste or taking a bath in oats relieves their itchy skin and reduces redness.

Tea tree oil


Tea tree oil is from the leaves of a plant that is native to Australia. Tea tree oil is believed to have antiseptic qualities and can be applied to the skin. Some people find using shampoos with tea tree oil helps relieve their scalp psoriasis. However, there are no scientific studies to prove the effectiveness of tea tree oil on psoriasis. Use tea tree oil with care as some people may be allergic to it.

Homeopathic Medicines for Spondyloarthropathy

Arsenic Album 

  • Arsenic Album is one of the highly effective Homeopathic medicines for treating psoriasis. Indicative symptoms for use of Arsenic Album include rough patches of skin covered in scales. The patches may be brownish or blackish in color. The roughness of the skin is very well marked.
  • Burning sensation in eruptions may arise. The skin may be oversensitive. Swelling may also be present on the skin along with dry, patchy eruptions.


  • For psoriasis with intense itching in psoriatic lesions, Sulphur is an excellent choice of Homeopathic medicine. Though itching is present throughout the day, it gets worse during the evening and at night. Another unique symptom to look out for while prescribing Sulphur is that the Itching worsens with warmth.
  • Intense burning on the skin may also be felt. The skin is dry, unhealthy, dirty-looking, and covered in scales. Also, if psoriasis worsens in damp weather, Sulphur will work best. It is also a good choice of Homeopathic medicine for psoriasis cases that have been suppressed with external applications such as ointments.

Arsenic Iodatum

  • A highly useful Homeopathic medicine for psoriasis with extreme exfoliation of abundant scales from the skin is Arsenic Iodatum. Beneath the scales, raw red skin is exposed. Dryness of skin with itching may also be present.


  • Petroleum is an appropriate choice of Homeopathic medicine for psoriasis that gets triggered during the winter. The skin is dry, hard, rough, and very thick. Cracks on the skin may also be present.
  • Bleeding from the cracked skin may be observed. The skin may look dirty. Petroleum is also one of the majorly indicated Homeopathic medicines for psoriasis of the hands and psoriasis arising in skin folds. The affected skin may be very sensitive to touch.

Graphites Naturalis

  • Graphites Naturalis is one of the prominently indicated Homeopathic medicines for psoriasis of the scalp. It is useful where the scalp is covered in excessive scales. It is attended with intense itching. The scalp may emit a foul odor and the hair may get matted together. A burning sensation on the scalp may arise in hot weather.

Antimonium Crudum 

  • Antimonium Crudum is a very useful Homeopathic medicine for treating nail psoriasis. The person needing Antimonium Crudum has brittle nails. In some cases, the nails grow out of shape.
  • Nail discoloration is also observed. If there is pain under the skin of the nail, Antimonium Crudum is the ideal choice of Homeopathic medicine.

Rhus Tox

  • Rhus Tox is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for joint pains arising in psoriasis cases. A person who needs prescribing Rhus Tox will have highly inflamed and painful joints. Joint stiffness will be marked.
  • Warm applications on the affected joints bring relief. Movement, too, provides relief. On the other hand, exposure to cold air worsens joint pains.

Lifestyle tips to treat psoriatic arthritis

The symptoms of PsA often flare up during periods of stress or fatigue. It may help people with PsA to change their lifestyle to reduce stress since stress is associated with increased inflammation. Doing so also helps people to get adequate sleep so that the body can heal itself.

The following tips and suggestions may help

  • Relaxing – Using aromatherapy, breathing techniques, and keeping a journal may help manage stress and promote relaxation.
  • Getting gentle exercise – Exercise is recommended for people with PsA. They may find yoga and tai chi particularly useful for helping to loosen stiff joints and release stress.
  • Meditating – Meditation may result in a deeper level of relaxation that may help alleviate stress, so helping prevent or manage symptoms of PsA.
  • Getting enough sleep – Sleep is crucial to allowing inflammation to heal and to promote good health.
  • Taking a warm bath – Spa therapy, including hydrotherapy like a warm bath, can loosen joints and ease pain and inflammation associated with PsA. These therapies can also promote relaxation and decrease stress.
  • Practicing mindfulness – Being mindful involves checking in with the body and taking stock of how it’s feeling. It also involves being aware of any situations that may cause unnecessary stress.