Q: I am a 50 year old male who has suffered from
psoriasis for about 16 years. The skin blemishes are bad enough but I also
am one of the 1 in 10 afflicted with psoriasis that also has the arthritic
component. The topical and injectable systemic medications I have been
encouraged by my physicians to try are in my opinion unhealthy over the long
term or risky. Also, I would like to work toward better physical health and
mental well being in general.
Phototherapy and aggressive topicals seem to be helpful for
some people. From our experience, people who take “biologics” to help their
psoriasis often find other side effects that go with these western
medications. Not to mention that the overuse of steroid cream may result in
thinning of the skin.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help correct the body's
process that causes psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis naturally without the
side effects and suppression of the immune system. Acupuncture is already
helping people with their arthritic conditions. Offering suggestions for
lifestyle and diet changes are also an integral part of our effort to help
people find relief from psoriasis. Everyone is unique in their response to
our treatments. We do hope that traditional Chinese medicine can help you.
About our Doctors
This month’s Ask the Doctor column was written by the
practitioners at the
Tao of Wellness
Clinic in Santa Monica, California.