Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the skin cells, triggering the rapid production of new skin cells. In people with psoriasis, the new skin cells rise too quickly from below the skin's surface and stack up before they have had time to mature. This causes swelling and the appearance of red, scaly patches of skin on the body—most commonly the legs, elbows, knees, face, scalp, lower back and palms. People with psoriasis may experience flares, a period when their skin is worse and then becomes better. There are several factors that can trigger a flare, including stress, infection, and certain medications.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Psoriasis.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of psoriasis generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of psoriasis:
Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for psoriasis that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.
The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Psoriasis
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating psoriasis. For a complete list from our store with more details see our psoriasis formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
The following (2) chinese herbs may be useful for psoriasis. In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.