Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis Treatment

How Can I Treat Psoriasis?

While there is currently no cure for psoriasis in mainstream medicine, there are many ways you can treat and manage the condition.  Since psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, any genuine holistic treatment would include an aspect of healing the immune system itself.  However, most available psoriasis treatments aim to relieve or suppress the external symptoms.  Read on to find out more about treating psoriasis and how Chinese Medicine can help.

Types of Psoriasis Treatment:

There are many different options available to help you manage psoriasis.  These include topical creams, medications, light therapy, diet considerations and stress management.  Most of these treatments address psoriasis symptoms by reducing scales and inflammation, removing skin plaques, or slowing down the production of skin cells.

Psoriasis Creams and Ointments:

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If you have mild or moderate psoriasis, topical treatments may be enough to soothe your symptoms.  Some of these creams include topical retinoids, topical corticosteroids, salicylic acid, anthralin, vitamin D analogues and moisturisers.  These can be applied directly to your skin, but as with any medication, they may potentially cause side effects.

Medications for Psoriasis:

For severe cases of psoriasis your doctor may prescribe systemic medications, such as cyclosporine, methotrexate, retinoids, or biologics.  These can be taken orally or injected and are usually prescribed if other treatments aren’t working for you.  However, many of these medications have severe side effects.

Cyclosporine and methotrexate work by suppressing your immune system.  This can reduce psoriasis symptoms, but can also lead to a weakened immune system, liver damage, kidney problems, and high blood pressure.  Biologics also treat psoriasis by altering your immune system.  Retinoids can reduce your skin cell production but may also cause birth defects.  Due to the risk of harmful side effects, make sure you research and consider carefully before taking any medication. 

Light Therapy:

If medications aren’t for you, light therapy could be a good treatment option.  Ultraviolet (UV) light can help to slow down the production of skin cells, while natural sunlight kills the overactive white blood cells responsible for attacking healthy skin cells.  Light therapy should be done through your doctor and may require regular frequent sessions.  However, you may also find some relief by simply sitting in the sun for 10 to 15 minutes each day.

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Lifestyle Tips:

An important part of managing psoriasis flare ups is to take charge of your diet.  You might like to try avoiding foods such as red meat, dairy, processed foods, refined sugar, and alcohol, as these can increase inflammation and may trigger flare ups.  Limiting your consumption of these items can help to reduce the severity of your symptoms.  You can replace these items with delicious and wholesome foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and legumes.  Eating a healthy diet combined with some regular exercise can promote a healthy body weight, which can also help to reduce psoriasis symptoms.

As well as diet, stress can play a role in triggering psoriasis flare ups.  Give yourself some quality time by arranging your life to allow a daily self-care practice.  This could involve yoga, breathing exercises, mindfulness or even meditation.  One effective style of meditation is to positively engage your mind through sound therapy or mantra meditation.

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Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture:

A great way to treat health conditions like psoriasis is through Chinese Medicine.  At our clinic Centre of Balance, our team of highly qualified professional Chinese Medicine practitioners can treat your psoriasis using natural and effective techniques like acupuncture and moxibustion.  Your practitioner may also prescribe Chinese Herbal Medicines (CHMs) for you, which can help to boost your recovery.  These treatments are highly individualised and work by addressing the underlying causes of your condition.  One research article showed that, “CHM appears safe and effective in the treatment of psoriasis and has a great positive impact on the DQLI [dermatology life quality index] of patients;… ”.  The great thing about Chinese Medicine is that it addresses the root cause of your condition and yet rarely causes any side effects.

Conclusion:

Overall, there are many types of treatments for psoriasis.  While medications can help to reduce psoriasis symptoms, they may also cause harmful side effects.  However, Chinese Medicine and lifestyle changes like diet and stress management can both help you to manage your condition effectively and safely. For holistic and effective psoriasis treatment, come along to one of our clinics in Hamilton and Remuera, Auckland, and see the results!

Click here to find out more about how acupuncture can help you treat skin problems like psoriasis.

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References:

Centre of Balance Hamilton: Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (n.d.). Archive for category: Facial Acupuncture. https://balancetcm.co.nz/category/facial-acupuncture/

Holland, K. (2020, June 30). Everything You Need to Know About Psoriasis. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis

Krans, B. (2022, January 10). 12 Ways to Treat Psoriasis at Home. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/treat-symptoms-home

Luo, Y., Chen, J., Kuai, L., Zhang, Y., Ding, X., Luo, Y., Ru, Y., Xing, M., Li, H., Sun, X., Li, B., & Li, X. (2021). Chinese herbal medicine for psoriasis: Evidence from 11 high-quality randomized controlled trials. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 11, 599433. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2020.599433

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