There being no cure for psoriasis, it does not hurt to check out an alternative psoriasis treatment using a type of "live" fish called doctor fish. For this treatment, you allow the fish to feed on the affected part of your skin. The more dead skin your have, the more these tiny fishes will come and nibble at you. Doctor fish is also known scientifically as Garra rufa.

This alternative psoriasis treatment with doctor fish for itchy skin came from the small towns of Kangal and Sivas in Turkey. This is where the fish are endemic. The spa in Kangal has been a
psoriasis treatment centre since 1988. Through word of mouth, people from all parts of the world have been flocking here for this alternative psoriasis treatment. Here, they get their first
experience with the doctor fish nibbling away at their skin. Although psoriasis is the most widely known skin disorder treated here, dermatitis, eczema and most other itchy skin conditions also benefit well from the treatment.

The doctor fish are very hungry as the high 36°C water temperature cannot produce enough nutrients for them. This causes them to get into a feeding frenzy when they come across scabby skin. The older and thicker your affected skin is, the more delicious it is to them. Will they eat all of you and your skin alive? Not to worry. the fish apparently only loves dead skin. They will leave your healthy skin alone. The result? Patients emerge from this treatment with healthy, glowing, fully buffed skin.

If you would like to give it a go, then this is what you need to do at the spa: immerse yourself in the pool eight hours a day for 21 days. Before having breakfast each day, you are supposed to drink a minimum of three glasses of healing water on an empty stomach. You are also not allowed to take other medicine or medication during the period.

It is said that their mouths are made for licking and nibbling away the psoriatic plaques and scaly skin. The saliva in the mouths of doctor fish is the vital component in the treatment; others also credit the selenium-rich waters (1 gram per liter concentration) of the spa plus the high altitude Turkish sunshine (ultraviolet is beneficial to psoriasis treatment). The effects are temporary; an alernative psoriasis treatment using doctor fish is by no means a cure. However, the results of having doctor fish to treat itchy skin can last for a few months.

Some of those who have experienced this alternative psoriasis treatment have gone on to set up their own doctor fish spas in their home countries. You can now find spas with doctor fish to
treat itchy skin in Germany, Ireland, and Austria. There are also doctor fish spas in Asia such as Japan. You may need to spend 21 days at the spa for the psoriasis treatment but you get a chance to share about your experience and bond with other psoriasis sufferers. This may just be what you need in order to lift your spirits from having a depressing skin disorder condition.

Author's Bio: 

An eczema sufferer, Evelyn Lim publishes a free newsletter on how to treat itchy skin. She shares about her experience from ailing to healing skin using a variety of natural treatment methods. To gain access to her tips, please visit