At the Institute, we encourage a holistic management plan for your Psoriasis, including the use of natural remedies. It is important to understand that not all remedies work for all types of psoriasis. This applies to the high-end prescription psoriasis medications. Finding out what works for YOU is our goal.
Sensible sunlight can help some forms of psoriasis, especially the guttate variety.
Ensure that you do not burn or overdo light therapy as this can worsen your psoriasis. A safe regime is 3-5 minutes of mid-morning or mid-afternoon sun every second day. Make sure you cover up non-involved areas.
A safer more convenient way to have sunlight therapy is a process known as narrowband phototherapy. Narrowband phototherapy delivers only a specific wavelength of light, filtering out other wavelengths. This medical treatment is bulk billed, and on average takes less than 30 seconds to perform.
The Dead Sea is a recognised form of treating skin conditions such as psoriasis, in fact the therapeutic effects are so well know, it is often a prescription treatment by Dermatologists in Europe! Australian Dermatologists are well read in regards to this treatment, but limited in regards to the prescription of this regime.
Bathing is Dead Sea salts can exfoliate your skin, and coupled with the high mineral content of the Dead sea, can reduce skin inflammation.
Our special formulation of bath oil and Dead Sea salts can provide relief within days to inflammatory and scaly plaques of psoriasis.
**Certified Dead Sea salts are stocked at The Psoriasis Institute
Some patients will benefit from a change in diet. Eating health is the key to managing psoriasis, this includes eating small but regular meals, and in some cases supplements of vitamins and minerals. A dietitian can assist in replacing minerals lost in shedding of skin, or provide advise on food groups to help reduce inflammation.
As a guide we recommend foods high in fish oils such as Omega-3-oils, beta-carotene, vitamin A,C,E and folate.
Eating health will also reduce the risk factors for heart disease. Patients with psoriasis have higher degrees of inflammation in their skin, joint and heart.
For more information on what to eat, you can make an appointment with our Specialist Dietitian, Valerie Young.
Eating a health diet rich in vitamins and nutrients forms the cornerstone of living long and disease free, however in conditions such as psoriasis, diet alone may not be enough. Excessive skin shedding in psoriasis patients may deplete the body’s vitamin and mineral stores. In some cases supplementation with folic acid, beta-carotene and Vitamin A, C and E can help. Anti-oxidants as well as omega-3-fatty acids found in fish oil can reduce inflammation of the skin.
Homeopathic remedies - include calcarea carbonica, mezereum, sepia and staphysagria.
Chinese Medicine - As a rule we do not advocate Chinese Medicine due to the unknown ingredient list.
Acupuncture - Has been practiced in many Asian countries for the treatment of psoriasis and eczema. We do not provide this service at the Institute however patient may book an appointment with Phil Tan, at Accuphysio in West End.
Phil is a physiotherapist with over 15 years experience, learning the skilled trade of acupuncture in China.
At the Institute we place patient care as our number one priority. The center is unique as it combines treatments and specialists to form a holistic approach centred on best patient management. We combine natural remedies, dietary reviews, and cutting edge medical advances to provide a management plan based upon your condition.
Our team of psoriasis experts consists of dieticians, dermatologists, specialist nurses, cardiologists and rheumatologist, each contributing to the control of this condition.
Call the Institute on 07 3871 3437 to arrange an initial appointment with our Specialist Psoriasis Assessor. The consultation is partially covered by Medicare - an out of pocket fee of $25 applies. No referrals are required.
I like The Institute’s approach of a combination of treatments, and not just the usual creams! Really refreshing approach to psoriasis treatments. Highly recommended to any psoriasis patients out there.