Treatment of psoriatic arthritis with acupuncture, turmeric, and Vitamin D. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis With Acupuncture, Turmeric (), Sarsaparilla () and Vitamin D: A Case Report.
J Chiropr Med. 2020 Sep ;19(3):194-200. Epub 2020 Dec 15. PMID: 33362443
Brett R Martin
Objective: The purpose of this case report is to analyze the treatment of a patient with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) using natural medicine.
Clinical Features: A 73-year-old woman complained of PsA in her second and third digits with gradual onset over a 6-month period. PsA was manifesting as dactylitis with moderate to severe stiffness and edema in her proximal and distal interphalangeal joints and the surrounding soft tissue. A radiographic image revealed narrowing of the proximal and distal interphalangeal joints, mild erosion, and periosteal thickening.
Intervention and Outcome: Traditional Chinese Medicine-style acupuncture was combined with 500 mg of turmeric curcumin () with 3 mg of black pepper extract () that was standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids, 425 mg of sarsaparilla root () powdered capsules that were not standardized and 10,000 IU vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol oil capsules once a day. She received 2 acupuncture treatments in combination with the supplements. She experienced an increased range of motion and a reduction in edema and stiffness. She continued to experience a reduction in symptomatology while supplementing with turmeric curcumin, sarsaparilla root, and vitamin D, which might have helped to control her symptoms. Supplementation with these agents may have helped to maintain the swelling and stiffness at a tolerable level for the past year.
Conclusion: The natural modalities administered to the patient might have been able to reduce her symptoms of PsA and maintain them at a tolerable level. Acupuncture, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, and vitamin Dcould be viable natural alternatives for the treatment of PsA.