Psoriasis is a condition that millions of people has been diagnosed with and most has tried various medications unsuccessfully. The possibility that acupuncture for psoriasis can offer relief is a serious solution to this condition. Psoriasis is a skin condition that normally appear as red inflamed patches on the elbows and knees and is covered by a hard scale. The condition has certain genetic connotations but is aggravated by stress, certain foods and medications. The majority of sufferers has been living with this condition for years, tried various ointments and medications and still found no cure. Certain medication will suppress the condition and cause minor outbreaks that does not impact on the quality of life for the patient. Others however has large percentage body coverage and this cause severe embarrassment to the patient.
What results has studies on acupuncture for psoriasis yielded?
During a recent study conducted on the viability of acupuncture for psoriasis at the New York University some fantastic results were obtained. The study involved 60 patients with a long term history of psoriasis and very promising results were shown towards the relief of the condition. The study used 15 sessions where acupuncture was used on the patients and the results were that 30 of them has complete clearance of the condition. A Further 9 patients showed some improvement in their skin condition at the end of the test. The study also proved that the patients experienced an increase in natural pain killing endorphins as a result of the acupuncture treatments and this triggered anti-inflammatory defense in the body reducing the redness associated with psoriasis. The treatment of acupuncture reduce the stress levels in the patients and this in turn reduce the psoriasis.
What can acupuncture detect and cure?
In the experience of traditional Chinese medical treatments acupuncture for psoriasis can have a number of different causes that can only be established in the consultation with a highly skilled and experienced traditional healer. The healer will select the penetrating meridian if it seems that genetics may be the original cause for psoriasis. The healer will also investigate the liver as this stores the blood and they refer to this as the “hot blood” area. The traditional healer will use an acupuncture point Spleen 10 xue hai that is known as the sea of blood to reduce and remove the heat from the body. The herbs used in the treatment of psoriasis can range from sheng di rehmanniae to honey suckle and they will reduce the heat present in the body.
What results you should expect from acupuncture?
To obtain the best results using acupuncture for psoriasis the patient should combine Chinese herbs into the treatment by the healer. The important factor is that this healing will work over time and a few visits for treatments will be needed. The initial phase is around one month of weekly treatments of acupuncture and herbal medicine. After this month of acupuncture the needled treatment will taper down but the herbal treatment is an ongoing process to see the best results.
Before talking about treatments with acupuncture, understand what psoriasis is first
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that affects about 5.8 to 7.5 million people in the United States. Severe psoriasis is being suffered by almost 2% of the American population. In addition, there are thousands of new cases of psoriasis that are recorded each year making this condition a significant problem. It is characterized by scaly, inflamed, red patches on the skin that are painful and itchy. These unattractive patches usually appears on the elbows, knees, lower back, legs, feet, palm, on the face, and even on the scalp. Rare cases involve the appearance of these patches on the genitals, nails, and in the interiors of the mouth. According to the Mayo Clinic, this condition takes place when the T-cells attack healthy cells of the skin. White blood cells and immature skin cells gather together on the skin’s surface in response, causing the visible patches. The symptoms normally undergo cycles that can last for several weeks to months. In most cases, even Western acupuncture practitioners advocate the use of acupuncture in the treatment of psoriasis. Although the results are varying due to the fact that symptoms among individuals are also different.
How can acupuncture help treat psoriasis
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), psoriasis is considered a ‘blood heat’ disorder. This indicates that an inflammatory process is occurring in the bloodstream, exhibited as scaly, itchy, red patches in the skin. Therefore, acupuncture points that possess cooling effects that work on the blood are prescribed. Several acupuncture points for detoxifying the body can also be utilized to treat psoriasis. This is because TCM diagnose psoriasis by determining toxicity due to bad lifestyle habits and poor diet. Moreover, TCM doctors also consider our lungs to be an external part of the body like the skin, since they interact with the outside world via breathing. Due to this connection, the skin and the lungs have a close immune relationship. Strengthening the lungs and respiratory functions thereby results to the alleviation of psoriasis and other skin conditions because the body’s immunity is also improved.
Other ways to relieve psoriasis aside from acupuncture
There are other treatment regimens that can be used in conjunction with acupuncture to relieve psoriasis. The Chinese herb “Chang Shan,” which has been used for more than 2,000 years, has been discovered by Harvard researchers to be beneficial in psoriasis treatment. Compounds found in this herb specifically target the T-cells responsible for psoriasis, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. Also, turmeric (or also known as Jiang Huang in TCM), was proven to be 2x as effective as the drug called Donovex in alleviating symptoms of psoriasis. The study that has proven this was published in the British Journal of Dermatology and reported that 50% of the patients with psoriasis experience a 90% decrease in their skin lesions following 2 to 6 weeks of topical treatment.