Climatotherapy of psoriasis

Clin Dermatol. Sep-Oct 2008;26(5):477-85. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2008.05.001.


In the era when biological treatments for psoriasis are gaining more and more popularity, climatotherapy represents a safe and efficient alternative to the conventional therapeutic modalities. Climatotherapy comprises alternative treatment methods, which are based on the healing capacities of natural resources. This paper provides the reader with relevant information on the different climatotherapeutic methods, the intimate mechanisms of their action, and the cumulated clinical experience in the treatment of psoriasis. The positive effect of thalassotherapy for psoriasis has been known since ancient times. However, in the past decades a number of controlled studies revealed the efficacy of thalassotherpay in the treatment of psoriasis. Herein, it is exemplified on the experience in the centers at the Dead Sea and the Black Sea coast. Originating from Europe, balneo- and spa therapy are becoming popular alternatives for psoriasis treatment worldwide. A short review on the centers profiled for psoriasis therapy is provided. The unique sites of Blue Lagoon in Iceland and Kangal in Turkey are selected in this paper. Additionally, alternative nature-based treatments for psoriasis such as high mountain climatotherapy and naphtalotherapy are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Balneology*
  • Climatotherapy*
  • Heliotherapy
  • Humans
  • Psoriasis / therapy*