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HOW IS PSORIASIS TREATED WITH ACUPUNCTURE AND HERBS? ACUPUNCTURIST SERVING SOUTH COAST SANTA ANA FOR THE TREATMENT OF AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES
Natural medicine can help treat the cause of Psoriasis and does not merely cover up symptoms. Acupuncture causes the anti-inflammatory mechanisms to release and it reduces the redness associated with psoriasis. Acupuncture also reduces stress and anxiety which are triggers of psoriasis. Herbs and topical creams are also used and personalized for each patient. We have the experience to help you, call 714.979.9790 to schedule an appointment with us.
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Plaque Psoriasis is a widespread type of psoriasis. It characterized by thick plaque, patchy, red rashes. The rashes are oval to circular in shape; with white, silvery scales. Psoriasis often shows up on the lower back, elbows, scalp and knees. This chronic inflammatory skin condition is not contagious. aq Various types of Psoriasis are (eg, Psoriasis, Nails; Guttate Psoriasis; Psoriatric Arthritis; Psoriasis, Pustular. Psoriasis is more prevalent in adults than in children.
Instead of fighting off invading pathogens, the immune system causes an inflammatory response and hyper proliferation of the skin cells occurs. The “T-cells” (white blood cells) become hyperactive attacking the skin; this causes the skin cells to multiply rapidly and they begin to form on the epidermis (surface layer of skin). Healthy skin cells develop, mature and every 30 days slough off. With plaque psoriasis, this process is 3-6 days; which causes the thick plaque formation of the skin cells. T-cells also form chemicals that heal the skin. These cells produce an unusual amount of the chemicals and result in more inflammation in the skin and joints. Psoriasis can appear like other skin conditions and this makes diagnosis of the disease difficult. A skin sample is taken and examined under a microscope.
TREATMENT USING MODERN MEDICINE
Management of psoriasis includes topical corticosteroids which aid as anti-inflammatory agents. These drugs suppress the immune system to slow down the growth of skin cells. Here are a few drugs used to treat Plaque Psoriasis; Anthralin, Vitamin D analogues, topical retinoids, calcineurin inhibitors. Methotrexate (also used to slow down cells that are rapidly growing in the body such as cancer cells, bone marrow cells and skin cells) is one of the oral drugs used in treating Plaque Psoriasis. Some side effects of this drug are nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, dizziness, tired feeling, headaches, bleeding gums and blurred vision. Although these drugs aid in the production of normal skin proliferation and are prescribed in various doses there are some side effects such as – photosensitivity (topical agents). UVB Therapy and Psoralen (oral) is a form of light therapy and oral drug to increase sensitivity to UVB light. This form of therapy is used to kill T-cells, which are the white cells invading the affected are of the skin causing inflammation. Precaution must be taken to ensure there is no sun burn in the areas the medication is applied.
ACUPUNCTURE TO BENEFIT PSORIASIS
Acupuncture causes the anti-inflammatory mechanisms to release and it reduces the redness associated with psoriasis. Acupuncture also reduces stress and anxiety which are triggers of psoriasis. Acupuncture is also safe because disposable sterile needles are used in the treatment of acupuncture. Also, there are no harmful or discomforting side effects such as those listed above for the treatment of psoriasis. There are also topical herbal creams and herbal supplement that can be used in the treatment of psoriasis and all are prescribed by a licensed acupuncturist. All herbs should be taken under the care of a Licensed Acupuncture to ensure maximum results and compliance. Natural medicine is used to treat the root of the disease and not the symptomatic manifestations of the underlying cause.
The direction of treatment is to try and contain or deactivate T-cells that are causing the hyper proliferation in the skin. What triggers the activation of T-cells is not well understood. UVB light therapy and Psoralen (PUVB) is becoming a popular form of treatment for psoriasis. Just as there are side effects to oral drugs to manage Psoriasis studies show there is a risk for squamous cell cancer (SCC) and basal cell cancer (BCC).
“Exposure to more than 350 PUVA treatments greatly increases the risk of SCC,” the authors write. “The risks of SCC in long-term PUVA-treated patients should be considered in determining the risk of this therapy relative to other treatments for severe psoriasis.” – RobertS. Stern, MD
MD, Stern, S. Robert. “The risk of squamous cell and basal cell cancer associated with psoralen and ultraviolet A therapy: A 30-year prospective study.” Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Volume 66. Issue 4. Pgs. 553-562. Web 2012.
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MD, Lui, Harvey FRCPCProfessor and Head, Department of Dermatology and Skin Science. Vancouver General Hospital. University of British Columbia; Medical Director, The Skin Centre. Lions Laser Skin Centre and Psoriasis and Phototherapy Clinic. Vancouver General Hospital.
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Acupuncturist for Psoriasis before photo of patient suffering from autoimmune condition treated with acupuncture and herbal medicine
Acupuncturist for Psoriasis before photo of patient suffering from autoimmune condition treated with acupuncture and herbal medicine | PSORIASIS BEFORE PHOTO of patient suffering from auto immune disease – inflamed, irritated, itchy, scaly, dry skin condition – these photos are not touched up | PSORIASIS AFTER PHOTO of patient recovered from autoimmune condition treated with natural medicine, acupuncture, herbs and nutrition – photos are not touched up