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January 2003 Issue

Natural Relief for Psoriasis? Not Proved, But May Be Worth a Try

Q. I have mild psoriasis, but avoid prescription medicines because of potential side effects. Are there any natural treatments I could try? A. Many alternative remedies are touted to subdue—even "cure"—this age-old chronic skin condition. Few have scientific validation, however, and many are downright scams. But natural approaches often have fewer side effects than pharmaceuticals, so even slightly promising ones may be worth a try. The "Heartbreak of Psoriasis." In psoriasis, skin

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