Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Psoriasis
What Is Psoriasis?
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.
What Patterns Are Related To 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:Blood StagnationHeat in the BloodLiver Wind
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Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Psoriasis?
Psoriasis - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols
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 and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with psoriasis:
2 Points Are Empirically Important For Psoriasis
2 TCM Herbs Are Potentially Used With Psoriasis
Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Psoriasis
The Following (5)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Psoriasis
Dan Gui Yin Zi (Tangkuei Decoction)
- Exterior wind skin conditions with underlying blood deficiency - eczema (particularly dry and flaky), hives (urticaria), neurodermatitis, psoriasis, dry skin, itchy skin that is generally worse at night.
- Anemia generally, particularly when associated with related skin issues.
- Avoid alcohol and spicy, greasy, fried, and/or fatty foods while taking.
Fu Fang Qing Dai Wan (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.
- Do not use for damp heat skin conditions such as boils or carbuncle.
Si Wu Tang Wan (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.
- Avoid during the early phases of a cold or flu.
Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin Wan (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.
- Generally not for long-term use.
- Use with caution with spleen qi deficiency.
- Avoid with yin fire.
Xiao Feng Wan (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.
- Use with caution with patients that present with yin and or blood deficiency.
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