Navigation Links
Popular alternative therapy for psoriasis performs no better than placebo
Date:2/29/2008

Anecdotal evidence touting the healing power of the Indian spice turmeric for psoriasis received a setback in a prospective study published this month by a leading dermatology journal stating that the low response rate of patients who ingested the active ingredient of the exotic spice was probably a result of the placebo effect.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that despite strong scientific evidence in the laboratory demonstrating the ability of curcumin (the active ingredient in the spice turmeric) to inhibit a critical pathway of psoriasis, the positive response in patients was so low that scientists suggest the placebo effect or the diseases natural remission might be the reason. The study was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Alternative and complementary websites and newspapers publish anecdotal reports that the Indian spice has been successfully used to treat psoriasis, says Joel M. Gelfand, MD, MSCE, of The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. However, spontaneous improvements in psoriasis are common, and based on our study, until larger, placebo-controlled trials are conducted, oral curcumin should not be recommended for the treatment of psoriasis given lack of proven efficacy.

But the researchers do not discount entirely the potential of curmumin as a treatment for psoriasis.

They recognize that current traditional pharmacologic approaches in the treatment of psoriasis are costly and have their limitations, including the risk of infections and possibly malignancies with long-term use resulting in many patients with the disease unable to achieve effective long-term control. Turning to complementary and alternative therapies is understandable, they say. In fact, of the estimated 7 million diagnosed with psoriasis, it is estimated that 51% use complementary and alternative medicine therapies to treat their skin.

The excellent responses that were o
'/>"/>

Contact: Marc Kaplan
marc.kaplan@uphs.upenn.edu
215-662-2560
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Despite popularity, researcher finds not everyone can successfully learn through online courses
2. Small-Diameter Dental Implants Increasingly Popular In the US
3. Two Little Hands Productions, Creators of Popular Childrens TV Series Signing Time, Debuts Second Season at This Years Toy Fair 2008
4. Popular Florida Restaurant Leads Hospitality Industry by Converting to Pasteurized Shell Eggs Usage
5. PetFirst: Pet Insurance To Be More Popular in 2008
6. Popular arthritis drug may disrupt heart rhythm, UB research finds
7. Jan Marini Skin Research Suspends Sales of Popular Eyelash Products
8. Popular osteoporosis drugs triple risk of bone necrosis
9. Climate change, gender differences, health among EurekAlert! 10 Most Popular Stories in 2007
10. Will Lipodissolve Continue to Remain Popular?
11. One-Third of Popular Songs Refer to Substance Abuse
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/25/2014)... 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of burns ... so you need to be extra cautious, an expert ... see a significant increase in patients coming in with ... Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center of Stony Brook ... be full of joy, but if not careful, could ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... AngelWeddingDress.com tries its best to translate the experience ... business has introduced its new collection of 2015 prom ... The new prom outfits are guaranteed to contain the ... are specially designed for 2015. Anyone who wants to ... its website before Jan. 26, 2015, the deadline of ...
(Date:12/25/2014)... North Carolina (PRWEB) December 25, 2014 ... North Carolina Retirement Community, recently showed their generous ... girls of the Catawba County Parenting Network- Grandparents ... the 10 children gathered around the largest Christmas ... to open presents purchased by residents of the ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... 25, 2014 Over 700 toys, that’s ... local communities. That is 700 smiling little faces this ... Additionally over $6000 in monetary donations was given to ... of the expenses they incur through the year. Some ... A Child's Haven , Shrine's Children's Hospitals, Toys ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... York (PRWEB) December 24, 2014 Risperdal ... in a mass tort litigation currently underway in Pennsylvania’s ... As of December 24, 2014, court documents indicate ... on behalf of individuals who developed gynecomastia (male breast ... Data from the Court indicates that this represents an ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Don't Let Burns Mar Your Holidays 2Health News:Angelweddingdress 2015 Prom Dresses Online Now 2Health News:Retirement Community Residents Make Impact During Holiday Season 2Health News:AlignLife Donates Over 700 Toys This Year 2Health News:Risperdal Lawsuits Continue to Climb, as Claims in Pennsylvania Litigation Exceed 1,180 Filings, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 2Health News:Risperdal Lawsuits Continue to Climb, as Claims in Pennsylvania Litigation Exceed 1,180 Filings, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 3Health News:Risperdal Lawsuits Continue to Climb, as Claims in Pennsylvania Litigation Exceed 1,180 Filings, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 4
... CRT replacements for MRI, CT, US, NM, X-ray, ... is now available from Medical Displays for Less. ... equipment ROI and lower replacement costs with new ... to adapt and display the signals from GE, ...
... also air on the Big Ten NetworkUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., May ... "Emotionless warriors" and thought scans of detainees may not be ... ethical ramifications of these innovations? Find out by watching the ... State . This new series, hosted ...
... ARLINGTON, Va., May 19 The National Alliance ... "Exemplary Psychiatrists" at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) ... to honor 41 psychiatrists from across the country ... mental illness," said NAMI executive director Michael Fitzpatrick. ...
... , , TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- A mother,s ... own health but on the respiratory health of her ... at an increased risk of asthma if the mother ... the department of prevention and health services research at ...
... now available online to read, share, or purchaseNEW ... ), a global leader in electronic content ... of Physicians (ACP) has launched its e-book portal ... easy-to-implement, cost-effective, self-service solution that allows publishers to ...
... Present Clinical Data at, ... Upcoming Scientific Meeting -,LAVAL, QC, May ... ) today announced the publication of Extended Release Trazodone in Major ... issue of the journal Psychiatry (Edgemont) (Volume 6, Number 5) ( ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Universal CRT Replacement Gives New Life to Medical Equipment with Analog Video 2Health News:Universal CRT Replacement Gives New Life to Medical Equipment with Analog Video 3Health News:WPSU Debuts New Series; 1st Show Tackles Neuroscience and the Military 2Health News:NAMI Applauds America's Exemplary Psychiatrists 2Health News:NAMI Applauds America's Exemplary Psychiatrists 3Health News:Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids 2Health News:Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids 3Health News:American College of Physicians Chooses iPublishCentral to Launch its e-Book Strategy 2Health News:Results of phase III study on Labopharm's novel antidepressant published in Psychiatry (Edgemont) Journal 2Health News:Results of phase III study on Labopharm's novel antidepressant published in Psychiatry (Edgemont) Journal 3Health News:Results of phase III study on Labopharm's novel antidepressant published in Psychiatry (Edgemont) Journal 4
(Date:12/24/2014)... , Dec. 24, 2014  Actavis plc (NYSE: ... Company has received a complete response letter from ... its New Drug Application (NDA) for the fixed-dose ... treatment of hypertension.   Photo - ... disappointed in the receipt of a complete response ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... CHENGDU, China, Dec. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/  -- Tianyin ... a pharmaceutical company that specializes in the patented ... and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) released unaudited preliminary ... year 2015. Fiscal Year 2015 Ended ... was $9.7 million compared with $14.7 million in ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... 2014 Soligenix, Inc. (OTCQB: SNGX) (Soligenix ... products that address unmet medical needs in the ... that on December 24, 2014 it closed its ... Company raised approximately $2.3 million in gross proceeds ... net proceeds from the offering to fund its ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Actavis Confirms Complete Response Letter for Nebivolol/Valsartan Fixed-Dose Combination for Hypertension 2Actavis Confirms Complete Response Letter for Nebivolol/Valsartan Fixed-Dose Combination for Hypertension 3Actavis Confirms Complete Response Letter for Nebivolol/Valsartan Fixed-Dose Combination for Hypertension 4TPI Presents Unaudited Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results 2TPI Presents Unaudited Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results 3TPI Presents Unaudited Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results 4TPI Presents Unaudited Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results 5TPI Presents Unaudited Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results 6TPI Presents Unaudited Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results 7TPI Presents Unaudited Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results 8TPI Presents Unaudited Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results 9TPI Presents Unaudited Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results 10TPI Presents Unaudited Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results 11TPI Presents Unaudited Preliminary First Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results 12Soligenix Announces Closing of Public Offering of Units 2Soligenix Announces Closing of Public Offering of Units 3
... Technologies, Incorporated (IDEV), an innovative leader in the development ... another step in the implementation of its strategy to ... vascular disease with the addition of two longer stents ... the newly introduced 180mm and 200mm stents occurred in ...
... Shionogi-ViiV Healthcare LLC today announced the start ... once-daily, unboosted investigational integrase inhibitor, S/GSK1349572 (,572). The ... includes two studies (SPRING-2 and SAILING) that will ... but integrase-naive patients. "Progression of ...
Cached Medicine Technology:IDEV Technologies Launches Additional Products in Europe 2Shionogi-ViiV Healthcare LLC Initiates Phase III Clinical Programme for Investigational Once-Daily HIV Integrase Inhibitor 2Shionogi-ViiV Healthcare LLC Initiates Phase III Clinical Programme for Investigational Once-Daily HIV Integrase Inhibitor 3Shionogi-ViiV Healthcare LLC Initiates Phase III Clinical Programme for Investigational Once-Daily HIV Integrase Inhibitor 4Shionogi-ViiV Healthcare LLC Initiates Phase III Clinical Programme for Investigational Once-Daily HIV Integrase Inhibitor 5
... were developed in surgeon's desire to have ... an instrument with the strength to maneuver ... the bending or breaking. Arthrotek Hand Instruments ... to the surgeon's hand. This new generation ...
... Meniscal Stapler XLS consists of a resorbable ... the staple. The staple is used in ... The staple is made of a resorbable ... and glycolic acids. Polylactic/polyglycolic acid copolymer degrades ...
... BTA stat Test is an ... qualitative detection of bladder tumor ... with bladder cancer. This test ... aid in the management of ...
... in a bottle becomes preservative-free on ... into oxygen and water on eye ... with mild to moderate dryness or ... treatment. Now you can have the ...
Medicine Products: