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Psoriasis-eating Fish — It’s True!
from Jesse C. & Dee S.

Hi Ed:  Just looked through you site today and saw the letter about Psoriasis-eating fish. I have seen the story twice now. I have found a couple of web sites you may want to look at.



Thank you for your site. -Jesse C.


Just a quickie — saw an email on your site about this and that you hadn't seen any info — I remember hearing about this myself and did a search on Google — here are two links:



Second time on your site — re-discovered it and will gather up the courage to put in my 2 cents worth sometime ... and will definitely bookmark it so I can keep coming back.

Am going through a major flare up right now and just want it over.  Sigh … sigh.

Thanks for the humor :) -Dee S.


Ed’s Response:  Thanks Jesse and Dee.  All these sites were eye-opening. 

Here’s some lines from tuvpo.com:

The fish strike and lick the psoriatic plaque — or plaques of other skin diseases — which have been softened by the water.  This clears away the scales, causes minor bleeding, and exposes the lesion to water and sunlight.  This may also cause drainage of pus in patients with abscesses.  The high level of selenium in the water, an element the topical application of which is beneficial in some diseases, is reported to be the most important factor for wound healing…

They prefer to attack diseased rather then healthy skin simply because it is easier to nibble at it.  It has been shown experimentally that food deprivation is the reason why the fish eat off man.  

The role the doctor fish can play in therapeutic medicine deserves proper study. -Dr Levent Undar  

There are several photographs on these sites including close-ups of the little fish (there’s really two varieties, a “striker” and a “licker”) and people in the water experiencing this benign consumption (they’re all smiling — a good sign). 

One of the sites promotes a spa that caters to people suffering from neurological and rheumatic diseases as well as psoriasis.  Its name is Kangal Balikli Thermal.

None of the maps of Turkey I could find (on or off the web) showed Kangal, which is not surprising as these websites say it is a small place.  One site positions the Dr. Fish 103 km from Sivas and 450 km from Ankara, both of which are shown on most maps of Turkey.  Those of us with a fair map of Turkey, a compass (the pointy-pencil kind) and some recollection of junior high school geometry will be able to narrow down the search area for Kangal in a jiffy.

I’d like to recommend the National Psoriasis Foundation send their international investigations team to Turkey for a closer look.  This team, for those who might not remember, consists of Bill Taggart (NPF staff) and Ed Reiss (NPF Board of Trustees member).  You may recall their visit two years ago to the Dead Sea, which resulted in a fine two-part report in the NPF Bulletin.  Gentlemen:  Do either of you fish?  -Ed

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