The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point

Archive for the 'Psoriasis' Category

Tanning beds to treat psoriasis?

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

ailmentPsoriasis-100x100In a recent post on the National Psoriasis Foundation discussion board, a patient stated that the dermatologist recommended “that I use a tanning bed as this is far more convenient and less costly than using light box therapy.”

This lead to divergent views on the role of tanning beds in psoriasis treatment.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Using emollients to increase absorption of UV light in psoriasis

Monday, February 18th, 2013

ailmentPsoriasis-100x100Various topical emollients can affect the penetration of ultraviolet (UV) radiation during phototherapy of psoriasis.

Researchers at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Still useful: Coal tar for treating psoriasis

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Applying the prescription drug tazarotene (Tazorac) to chronic plaque psoriasis is more effective than using a placebo. But how does it compare to the age-old remedy, coal tar?

Researchers from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi reported their findings during the International Congress of Dermatology. (more…)

Indigo naturalis to treat plaque-type psoriasis

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Topical indigo naturalis is a traditional Chinese herbal therapy.

In this study by researchers from Taiwan studied its use in treatment-resistant psoriasis. (more…)

Homeopathic treatment of psoriasis

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

 Researchers from Charité University Medical Center, in Berlin, Germany report on patients taking homeopathic treatment over 2 years. (more…)

Weight lose and the response to psoriasis treatment

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

 There’s evidence that obesity (among other factors) increases the risk for developing psoriasis.

But do obese psoriasis patients who lose weight respond better to pharmacologic treatment? (more…)

A contrarian’s view of lycopene and prostate cancer

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Despite the fact that it’s widely believed that lycopene protects against prostate cancer, Dr. Ulrike Peters at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle says “studies of the potentially protective role of lycopene have been contradictory or inconclusive.”

Here are two studies that support her skepticism. (more…)

Turmeric comes up short in psoriasis

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Curcuma longa (aka turmeric) shows a favorable effect on inflammatory processes such as psoriasis in experiments in mice.

Here’s a study about curcumin taken by mouth. And a reader expands the discussion to include topical therapy. (more…)

The pros and cons of folic acid fortification of foods

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Fortifying food, such as wheat and corn flour, with folic acid reduces the risk of spina bifida in babies.

This public health practice was introduced 10 years ago in North America. Now, that practice is being debated in the UK and worldwide. “Are the benefits to the few outweighed by possible harm to some of the many exposed? (more…)

Coffee and psoriasis

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

“Patients with psoriasis who drink coffee frequently respond better to treatment with methotrexate and sulfasalazine.” This is the conclusion reported by Dr. Yolanda Helfrich during her presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology in Philadelphia. (more…)

Coffee: Should you drink it or not?

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Let’s see, since June last year this blog has summarized 8 reports on the effects of coffee and caffeine and health.

What should we make of all this?