I have been told psoriasis is incurable?
You should certainly pay no attention to anyone that suggests psoriasis is easy to cure, because it isn’t. However, I have personally seen cases clear up and stay clear, and helping people with psoriasis is a challenge that I particularly relish as Chinese Medicine offers one of the very few genuine possibilities for effective treatment.
What is psoriasis?
It is actually quite common, effecting about 2% of the UK population. Nearly always an inherited problem, you have a 30% chance of developing psoriasis if one parent has psoriasis, and a 60%-70% if both parents have it. It is what is called an autoimmune disease, meaning that the problem is caused by your own immune system over reacting to factors in and around you. This provides important clues about treatment. There are around six different types of psoriasis, and accurate differentiation is essential for effective treatment. As well as the six types of psoriasis, it can also be classified into plaque, guttate, pustular, erythrodermic or arthritic psoriasis.
What treatment works?
Herbal medicine and natural herbal creams are the primary treatment. Each person is an individual and each herbal formula is produced specifically for one person and altered on a regular basis as the skin changes. It is important to take a very active approach to treating psoriasis – as an autoimmune condition it has a sort of life of it’s own and the physician needs to monitor and work very closely with how the skin is changing during the course of treatment.
Herbal treatment is often combined with stress and toxin reduction to reduce the load on the liver, and with nutritional medicine. For some people, genomics testing may reveal compromised mitochondrial DNA issues that may be responsible for the disease, which is valuable information allowing us to direct therapy even more specifically and to refer for treatment such as Phospholipid Exchange in some cases. Making dietary changes can often be useful as well.
What is your trigger?
Like all autoimmune conditions, there will be a trigger that set off the latent genetic tendency to develop psoriasis (not all people with the gene go on to get it). Identifying this trigger or combination of triggers is important in increasing the chance of treatment succeeding and in reducing the possibility of a relapse.
Deactivating trigger responses and downregulating the immune response may be achievable using tools such as trauma resolution (including Somatic Experiencing), meditation, breathing exercises, Mindfulness training and acupuncture.
What do you need to do now?