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. Also, Qi and blood obstruction throughout the body due to stress for example, can result in heat accumulation. The TCM approach to psoriasis is to differentiate the syndrome and decide on what the underlying cause is. The aim of TCM is to result in a permanent solution after treating the root cause of the illness. Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes three main syndromes for psoriasis.

Chinese Herbs to Treat Psoriasis

Blood Heat: The Heat in this pattern causes macules and papules to be red and proliferate rapidly. Scales will be heaped up, and flake off easily when scratched. Itching may be intense. Symptoms will be worse in the summer. Other symptoms may include an aversion to heat, restlessness, irritability, dry stools, constipation, yellow, scanty and hot urine. Blood Heat resembles guttate psoriasis which can occur after a bacterial infection in Western Medicine. The TCM treatment will clear 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 removes pathogenic factors 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: Psoriatic lesions are typically pale red macules (a macule is a change in surface color, without elevation or depression) that appear moist, and will be covered by a thin layer of scales. Scales will be tightly and firmly packed together. Other symptoms may include dizziness, pallor, poor memory, and foggy thinking. Blood Dryness resembles psoriasis vulgaris which is the most common type of psoriasis in Western Medicine. The TCM treatment will 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: Psoriasis lesions for this pattern are dark or hyper-pigmented. Lesions are 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. Blood Stasis does not have a clear counterpart in Western Medicine. The TCM treatment will 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.

4) Silvercell Antibacterial Ointment Creams is suitable for eczema, psoriasis, acne and all kinds of skin diseases. It is used externally as topical ointment.

Where to buy: Silvercell Antibacterial Ointment Creams

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