Course: Naturopathic Approaches to Treating Psoriasis
Naturopathic Approaches to Treating Psoriasis
Nikka Kanani, ND +1

Psoriasis is a complex chronic systemic-inflammatory disease resulting from genetic, epigenetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. A growing number of psoriatic individuals are turning to more natural treatment options because of the potential risk for adverse effects associated with conventional treatments. A plethora of evidence-based research is showing that a naturopathic approach including nutritional supplementation, dietary modifications, and natural topical agents can help to manage co-morbidities, control pathogenic factors, and aid in symptom relief.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify comorbidities and pathogenic factors of psoriasis
  • Explain how gastrointestinal and hepatic function contribute to the pathogenesis of psoriasis
  • List natural topical agents that have been shown to be beneficial in improving psoriatic lesions
  • Recall dietary modifications that have been shown to improve psoriasis


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Nikka Kanani

Dr. Nikka Kanani is a licensed Naturopathic doctor practicing in Orange County, California. She specializes in naturopathic dermatology, women’s health, and digestive health. She struggled with skin conditions including acne and eczema, and found relief and healing through integrative medicine. This developed into a passion for natural skin care and integrative dermatology. She believes that clear, healthy skin is achieved by treating the person from the inside out. 

Dr. Kanani earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Science from the University of California, Irvine. She then completed her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in San Diego, California. Dr. Kanani received advanced clinical training in women’s health, dermatology, environmental medicine, and autoimmune disease. She believes in an individualized approach to medicine and treating the patient as a whole person. Dr. Kanani is passionate about educating patients and working with them to create a treatment plan that is both feasible and effective. Her goal is to empower people to take control of their own health.

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Michael Traub

Dr. Michael Traub's father was a dermatologist, and this inspired him to become the leading expert in skin in the naturopathic profession. He has taught dermatology at five of the seven accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America and is the author of “Essentials of Dermatologic Diagnosis and Integrative Therapeutics.” He has been medical director of Lokahi Health Center in Kailua Kona, Hawaii for the past 32 years. He has been actively engaged in clinical research throughout most of his career. His most recent investigation is “Efficacy and Safety of Kamedis Eczema Treatment in Children and Adults with Atopic Dermatitis.”

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