Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Psoriasis
From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the skin lesions of psoriasis is mainly caused by an excess of heat which can manifest as blood dryness, heat in the blood and blood stasis. The heat is often resulting from pathogenic wind entering the body and invading the yin and blood. TCM approach to treat psoriasis is to differentiate the syndrome and find out the underlying cause. The aim of TCM is to result in a solution for long term relief after treating the root cause of the illness. Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes three main syndromes for psoriasis: blood heat, blood dryness and blood stasis.
Chinese Herbs for Psoriasis
Blood Heat: It resembles guttate psoriasis which can occur after a bacterial infection in Western medicine. Patients generally present with an acute eruption of numerous bright, active, red lesions that can spread quickly and have an irregular and guttate pattern. Itching may be intense. Symptoms often get worse in the summer. TCM herbal formula can clear the heat, cool the blood and relieve toxicity.
1) Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan is also known as Siler and Platycodon Formula, is a Chinese herbal medicine that clears heat, resolves toxins from the body.
Where to buy: Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan
How to use: Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan can be used in the forms of powder and capsules.
Blood Dryness: It resembles plaque psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris) in Western medicine, the most common type of psoriasis. About 8 in 10 people with psoriasis have this type. Patients generally present with more of chronic diseases with large and coalescent plaques. Skin lesions tend to be thicker and hard to peel off. In addition, the skin is dry and cracked. Other symptoms may include dizziness, pallor, poor memory and foggy thinking. TCM herbal formula can nourish the blood and moisten dryness.
2) Xiao Feng Wan (Xiao Feng San) is also known as Tang-Kuei and Arctium Formula or Wind Dispersing Powder, is a Chinese herbal medicine which helps recovery from skin lesions such as eczema, urticaria, psoriasis and diaper rash.
Where to buy: Xiao Feng Wan
How to use: Xiao Feng Wan can be used in the forms of powder and capsules.
Blood Stasis: It does not have a clear counterpart in Western medicine. Patients generally have a chronic condition with clearance and relapse of skin lesions. Lesions are dark or hyper-pigmented, covered by thick, hard scales that are difficult to scrape off. Lichenification (the skin has become thickened and leathery) is possible. Long-standing lesions may overlap. Lesions may become fissured (cracked) and painful. TCM herbal formula can move and activate blood.
3) Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan is also known as Cinnamon and Poria Formula is an ancient Chinese medicine that promotes blood circulation to remove blood stasis and may help disintegrate masses in the lower abdomen.
Where to buy: Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan
How to use: Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan can be used in the forms of powder and capsules.
Relieve Psoriasis Itch
Yiganerjing Antibacterial Ointment is suitable for eczema, psoriasis, acne and all kinds of skin diseases. It is used externally as topical ointment.
Where to buy: Yiganerjing Antibacterial Ointment
Acupuncture Treatment for Psoriasis
Acupuncturist may use needles around a psoriasis flare, attempting to bring more qi to the affected area and balance the immune system. This is called “surrounding the dragon”. There is no strong evidence that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for psoriasis. Some studies have shown acupuncture helps to improve psoriasis symptoms. Some studies claim that there is no benefit from acupuncture. Many TCM practitioners believe herbal medicine often generate better results for skin conditions.