Q: I’ve been suffering from psoriasis for many years and haven’t had success with any treatment I’ve tried. Can acupuncture and herbal medicine help me?
A: Psoriasis is one of the most stubborn conditions to treat either in conventional medicine or Traditional Chinese Medicine. Psoriasis is a non-contagious condition which is characterized by red, scaly, sometimes itchy sores which may appear anywhere on the body. The condition is considered to be an auto-immune condition where the affected person’s immune system inappropriately attacks healthy tissue, in this case, the skin. In my clinic I’ve effectively treated psoriasis using a combination of acupuncture, dietary change, and herbal medicinals which normalize immune function and heal the skin. In terms of diet, some changes you can make right now that will help are to eliminate wheat gluten which is implicated in auto-immune conditions, sugar, alcohol and coffee. Also avoid hot and spicy foods as these items can make your condition worse.