Psoriasis is more than a skin condition. It can affect one’s confidence in social situations, causes stress, anxiety, and great physical discomfort.
After trying medications with harsh side effects and therapies that don’t work, many people turn to Chinese medicine, which has been helping people with psoriasis and other skin conditions for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic medicine that understands a skin condition is not only what it looks like on the skin but how it effects the whole person.
Chinese medicine therapies work by addressing the underlying imbalance causing the psoriasis. For autoimmune conditions like psoriasis, the concept of imbalances makes perfect sense. The imbalance leads to an autoimmune reaction causing red, raised skin (plaque) and flaky white scales. (1)
Once the imbalances are corrected, your body can work to heal itself and stay healthy. I like to say this is like hitting the reset switch. In this case, resetting the immune system. One of the phenomenal aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that it can lead to long-term reduction in psoriasis.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Psoriasis
In my 17 years as a Chinese medicine practitioner, I have helped many people with psoriasis. When you start treatment, our first consultation will review your complete medical history and the development of the psoriasis. This, along with looking at your skin, will provide the information needed to identify the nature of the psoriasis. The therapy, herbal formulas and acupuncture, are customized to address the specific type of psoriasis you are experiencing.
The most common imbalances causing psoriasis are blood heat, dryness, and blood stagnation.(3) Damp heat and qi stagnation can also be a factor, particularly in pustular psoriasis.(4)
If you have hot type psoriasis, your herbal formula would consist of cold herbs that reduce the heat. If your psoriasis is from dryness, then herbs that moisten the skin will be used.