Treatment of Psoriasis With Traditional Chinese Medicine


Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin disorder characterized by the rapid and excessive growth of skin cells. This condition results in the development of thick, scaly, and often itchy patches or plaques on the skin. Psoriasis can affect various parts of the body, including the scalp, elbows, knees, lower back, and nails. It can also occur on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.


The exact cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, but it is believed to involve an immune system malfunction in which the immune system mistakenly targets healthy skin cells, causing them to multiply rapidly. This leads to the formation of the characteristic skin lesions.

Common Types of Psoriasis

  1. Plaque Psoriasis: This is the most common form and is characterized by raised, red patches covered with a silvery-white buildup of dead skin cells (scales).

  2. Guttate Psoriasis: Guttate psoriasis appears as small, red, scaly spots on the skin. It often develops after a streptococcal throat infection.

  3. Inverse Psoriasis: This type of psoriasis affects skin folds, such as those in the groin, armpits, and under the breasts. It appears as smooth, red lesions and can be particularly uncomfortable due to the sensitivity of these areas.

  4. Pustular Psoriasis: Pustular psoriasis is characterized by pus-filled blisters surrounded by red, inflamed skin. It can be localized to specific areas or affect the entire body.

  5. Erythrodermic Psoriasis: This is a severe and rare form of psoriasis that can cover the entire body with a red, peeling rash. It can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.

What Type of Psoriasis do I have?

There are several main types of psoriasis. There are 5 common ones listed above with corresponding pictures. The difficult part about psoriasis is that it can be a very rapidly evolving disease where a papule and macule may morph into plaques or varying shapes and colors. Click here to read the full description of how psoriasis is differentiated in Western Dermatology 

How is Psoriasis Treated in Chinese Medicine

Psoriasis has been recognized in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2 thousand years. The diagnosis and treatment of different forms of psoriasis in TCM boils down the the size, color, scaling and evolution of the skin rash. TCM has very specific herbal combinations that effect the disease at different points of the disease process. Click here to read more about how ones pattern diagnosis in TCM helps dictate herbal medical treatment. 

How long does treatment Take?

This is a question we get a lot. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of psoriasis this condition can take anywhere between 4-6 months to treat. For a more accurate estimate of treatment timelines please visit this page.

Is Holistic Treatment for Psoriasis better than Allopathic Treatment?

A lot of people are trying to understand the differences in treatment methods. Western Medicine has a few options for the treatment of Psoriasis. Most include biologics, and topical steroid creams. when these solutions don’t work people are often left wondering what to do. To read the full article on the holistic treatment of Psoriasis click here. 

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