Psoriasis - Basics
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.
Psoriasis - Diagnostic Patterns
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:
Psoriasis - Formulas From Our Store
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.
Psoriasis - Questions
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Psoriasis - Related Acupuncture Points
The following (2) acupuncture points may be useful for psoriasis. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.
Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
Psoriasis - Related Chinese Herbs
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.
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The following (4) Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Psoriasis
- Indigo Combo Pills
- Itching, rashes, general skin irritation especially of the type that moves around or is intermittent.
- Insect bites, allergic contact dermatitis, poison ivy/oak/sumac, sun burn.
- Clear Heat
- Clear Heat From The Nutritive Level and Cool The Blood
- Do not use for damp heat skin conditions such as boils or carbuncle.
- Four Substances Pills
- The primary base formula for tonifying the blood and regulating menstruation in Chinese Medicine terms - irregular cycles, amenorrhea or long cycles.
- Postpartum issues such as uterine bleeding when arising from blood deficiency.
- General blood deficiency symptoms - dry skin, dry eyes, dry hair, anemia, calf cramping. Certain version of dermatitis, psoriasis and other skin conditions - diabetic ulcers, etc.
- With the right underlying factors threatened miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy.
- Fertility issues, endometriosis.
- Tonify the Blood
- Avoid during the early phases of a cold or flu.
- Immortals Formula For Sustaining Life
- Generally for short-term use with early stage heat toxins - sores, carbuncles, boils, styes, acne. Swollen and painful skin lesions with other heat signs (chills/fever).
- Breast abscesses, mastitis.
- Uses for rheumatoid arthritis and/or psoriasis with the right underlying diagnosis.
- Internal abscesses from blood stasis.
- Clear Heat
- Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
- Generally not for long-term use.
- Use with caution with spleen qi deficiency.
- Avoid with yin fire.
- Clear Wind Pill
- Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping -psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc.
- Topical allergic response, dermatitis -poison ivy, oak, sumac.
- Acute [allergic] edema in the limbs.
- Expel Wind
- Release Wind from the Skin and Channels
- Use with caution with patients that present with yin and or blood deficiency.
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