What is Psoriasis?
Last Updated: 08/06/2014
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious skin disease characterized by red scaly patches. It may cause lesions, patches, or papules on the surface of the skin, and may occur anywhere on the body; eg. elbows, knees, scalp, nails The main form of psoriasis includes plaque, guttate, pustular, inverse, and erythrodermic psoriasis.
Different forms of psoriasis:
What cause psoriasis?
Many factors may trigger the attack in a susceptible individual, although the exact cause of psoriasis is not known. These can include stress; illness; bacterial infection; an imbalance of hormones; toxic substances; and improper diet. But the most common cause is hereditary.
What s the conventional medical treatment for psoriasis?
Most medical treatments for mild to moderate psoriasis are dependent upon locally applied topical creams. These medications include: Emollients and Lubricants. Steroidal Creams. Coal Tar Preparations. Dithranol. Vitamin D Analogues. Vitamin A Analogues. For moderate to severe psoriasis, the focus is to control the symptoms and to prevent secondary infection. These medications include: Ultraviolet B Light (UVB). PUVA therapy. An oral or injected immunosuppressive or anti-inflammatory medication, such as methotrexate, corticosteroids, or cyclosporine. Oral vitamin-A-derived antipsoriatic medications ( Tegison and Accutane ).
What is the Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practiced for more than 2,000 years in Asia. It is a very old, but vital health and healing system based on harmony or balance. Like most traditional medicine, TCM developed mainly through clinical observation, so it is empirically based. The system uses unique diagnostic and therapeutic methods, such as tongue diagnosis, pulse reading, herbal formulas, and acupuncture to treat patients holistically. Over the centuries, TCM has continued to evolve, most recently with scientifically conducted clinical trials and pharmacological studies of herbal preparations. Therefore, this complete, well-documented medical system can be briefly described in three words: ancient, comprehensive, and scientific.
How does the Chinese Herbal Medicine work on the psoriasis?
What one sees on the outside is the physical evidence of something happening inside the body. Based on this principle of TCM, we may consider the main causes of the psoriasis to be the blood toxins and blood stagnation. The toxic substances may come from poor elimination, improper diet, stress, or hereditary factors. They seep through the intestinal wall, enter the lymphatic system and invade the blood stream, spread all over the body. Sooner or later the accumulation of toxins will block the circulation and immune system, causing the blood to stagnate. Therefore, our special herbal remedies are designed to eliminate the toxins in the blood, stimulate the blood circulation, expel the blood stasis to control the skin inflammation.
What s the nutrition for psoriasis?
What kind of food you should avoid?
The food you eat can make you healthier or less healthy; it can strengthen or weaken you. Watching your diet is very important for you. Some food may trigger your psoriasis, or may aggravate your condition. These foods include alcohol, coffee, spicy food, citrus fruits, tropical fruit, and red meats.