Psoriasis is a condition that causes skin cells to build up too quickly and create thick ‘plaques’. These can be scaly and itchy, flaring up during times of stress. While there is no cure for this autoimmune condition, there are various treatment options.
Seeking advice from a specialist is essential, as they will have the right knowledge to treat you. If you want to try something to complement your ongoing treatment, here are some reasons why Chinese herbalism may be the way to go:
Herbs are used both internally and topically
Psoriasis is a condition that happens because of a problem within the body that manifests itself on the skin. Because of this, a treatment that tackles both the cause and effect is key. Herbs can be taken internally to help heal the body from within, while topical herbal treatments can soothe irritated skin.
The treatment is tailored to you
A Chinese herbalist will not only take the severity of your condition into account, they will also look at your whole health picture. They will look at the lesions to see what they look like, where they appear as well as how your digestion is, whether you are fatigued or not and any other lifestyle factors. This enables herbalists to determine patterns of imbalance, which can then be targeted.
There are little to no side effects
Chinese herbs are natural and tend not to have any side effects. Of course everyone is different and you may find you react in a small way to some of the herbs – but if you do, simply tell your herbalist and they will change the course of treatment. It is also important to see someone who is trained and has experience dealing with psoriasis to ensure you are given the right herbs.
A specialist will see areas of imbalance
The way your skin looks can tell the herbalist a lot about what is going on inside your body. The different appearances of the lesions for example will tell the herbalist what imbalances you have in your body. Seeing these imbalances will determine the herbs that will be used to treat your psoriasis.
Note – you are advised to see your doctor before trying any new therapy.
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