Capitola Acupuncture near Soquel
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a common skin disease affecting approximately 5% of the population. It is characterized by well-defined, pink or dull red lesions upon which characteristic silvery scales are layered. Psoriasis is fast growing skin. Normally, skin grows for 28 days as part of a full life cycle- from growth to flaking. However, in psoriasis, the skin life cycle is only 3 days and causes a build-up on the surface of the skin. It can be affected by climate, emotions, seasons, injuries, infections, and hormonal changes.
How does Chinese Medicine view Psoriasis?
In Western medicine the etiology is unknown and the condition is considered incurable. Doctors tend to prescribe topical ointments, UV light therapy, and sometimes internal medications to manage the lesions. In Chinese medicine, the etiology is known and the condition can be eliminated using herbal medicines to balance the body’s system such that normal skin growth occurs.
Is Diet related to Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is often hereditary but in all cases ir is related to diet and the proper balance of nutrients in the internal organs. Chinese herbal medicines can eliminate psoriasis but only if the patient discontinues drinking alcohol and eliminates deep fried foods from the diet.
Treatment for Psoriasis
I prepare custom made herbal teas or tea powders for drinking and custom made ointments, washes, and compresses for topical use. Psoriasis often affects the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet, legs, face, neck, back, and shoulders. However, psoriasis can also affect mucous membranes and sensitive skin such as the lower lip, gums, vagina, and penis. In some cases, psoriasis can cover the entire body. There are several types of psoriasis including psoriasis vulgaris, psoriatic erythroderma, pustular psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis. Vulgaris is the most common form and erythroderma usually occurs as a response to medications. Pustular psoriasis can be dangerous or even lethal and psoriatic arthritis involves joint pain. In all cases, I have experience in this Chinese medicine determatological specialty.