When you have psoriasis, following the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor is your best bet to help you gain—and maintain—control of your condition and prevent related health complications. But many people with psoriasis are looking for additional steps they can take, outside of their treatment, to take charge of their health.

About half of those people with psoriasis turn to complementary and alternative options to add on to their treatment regimen, including things like dietary modifications, meditation, and acupuncture, according to a systematic review published in JAMA Dermatology. For some, that may also include a practice called ayurvedic treatment, or simply, Ayurveda.

What Is Ayurvedic Treatment?

Ayurvedic treatment is the traditional medicine of India. It’s one of the world’s oldest medical practices, dating back to about 1,000 B.C., though it has evolved over the years.