I had a very good question today from a patient who has a friend with psoriasis and wondered whether TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) could treat it. The short answer is: absolutely!
Ever hear of psoriasis? It’s a non-contagious, chronic skin (and nail) issue that 7 million Americans currently have with over 100,000 new cases diagnosed yearly. If one or both of your parents have or had it there’s often a hereditary chance you may develop it too.
It’s not known what causes psoriasis but what is known is that with healthy skin cells it takes around 28 days for the cells to mature. Psoriatic cells take only about 8 days to form causing an overgrowth of skin cells in a short time that can continue to spread over ever-increasing areas in scaly patches. Psoriasis often progresses through a remission to flare-up pattern.
How does Chinese medicine treat psoriasis? Just as it would treat any condition: by treating the individual. Why any one person might manifest psoriasis might be different than why a second person is exhibiting seemingly the same issue. We use our usual tools: acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and supplement advice (based on traditional Chinese medicine principals) and activity recommendations all in the hope to bring about positive change to the individual. The idea is that whatever was out of balance with the patient’s constitution that led to the psoriasis manifestation in the first place, is put back into balance and better health (including no psoriasis!) overall is the result.
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