Treating Psoriasis with Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM)


Psoriasis is a chronic and persistent skin disorder of unknown cause, that is difficult to treat using modern medicine, so effective treatments using Chinese medicine have been gaining more attention.

Classic transcripts of traditional Chinese medicine characterized skin lesion, similar to psoriasis, as ‘a variety of different erythematous well-demarcated plaques, covered with dry and silvery scales, and severe itch’, and named as ‘Gan Xuan’ (Dry Tinea), ‘Bai Xuan’ (White Tinea), ‘Bai Bi’ (White Tinea), ‘She Shi’, ‘Song Pi Xuan’ (Pine-bark Lichen) etc.

With regard to the etiology of psoriasis, ancient Chinese physicians emphasized the imbalance inside the body, caused by both external and internal factors, and pointed out that the weakness of Cou Li (Striated layer) would allow the external pathogenic factors to take advantage of this condition to affect the body, leading to the pathological process of psoriasis, such as 'blood-heat', 'blood heat transforming into dryness', 'blood deficiency' and 'blood stasis' and so on, as a result of the disharmony of Qi and blood.

In the beginning, most of the patients, who suffer from Acute Guttate Psoriasis, have an upper respiratory tract infection history, especially as tonsillitis. Chinese medical theory holds that it is caused by both the invasion of external pathogenic factors and the accumulation of excessive heat inside the body. In that case, the formulas <Yin Qiao Powder> and <San Ju Decoction> could be used to 'disperse wind, release the exterior, and clear heat'.

During active stage of psoriasis, the skin eruption is progressive, red in colour, with thickened hyperkeratotic scale and itching. Some patients complain of thirst, sore throat, irritability or constipation. The accumulation of excessive heat is an important pathogenic factor in this stage, the principle of ‘cooling the blood and clearing heat’ could be used in majority of the cases.

During the resting and extinctive stage, no new skin eruption would occur and the old lesions gradually disappear and leave behind temporary pigmentation, Sometimes, a few skin lesions may stubbornly remain. Some of patients still complain of itching, irritability or constipation. These symptoms are mainly related to ‘blood dryness’, ‘blood stasis’ and ‘deficiency of blood’. The basic principles of treatment included ‘nourishing the blood to moisten skin’ and ‘replenishing yin to clear heat and dryness’.

As we know, in Chinese medical practice it is impossible to overemphasize the importance of 'syndrome differentiation’ to formulating the correct treatment (Bian Zheng Lun Zhi). One attempt of integrating Chinese and Western medicine is to divide patients,with the same diagnosis from Western medicine, into different groups by means of Syndrome differentiation. For beginners, it seems easy to cope with the patterns and formulas, but that is not enough. Although much work has been done in clinical trials and laboratory researches, there are still many questions to be answered.

The 'holistic conception' of Chinese medicine and the principle of 'treating each patient individually' can have a great impact on a patient’s treatment.

For example, a male in-patient suffering from Psoriasis Vulgaris, had little visible improvements after several different therapies. A trainee doctor observed that the pattern of skin eruption was scattered over the chest (liver and gallbladder meridians), and suggested using a combination of <Longdan Xiegan Decoction> and <Chaihu Shugan Powder> to 'soothe the liver and clear the heat', which was an effective treatment for psoriasis.

In another case, a female in-patient with Psoriasis Vulgaris and the feeling of ‘dryness-heat’ inside the body. <Qingzao Jiufei Decoction>, a traditional formula, was the first solution that came to my mind but with surprisingly positive result.

Both patients suffered from Erythrodermic psoriasis. For the female patient, effective treatment was achieved by traditional formula <Huanglian Ejiao Decoction> from the Chinese medical classic <Shang Han Lun> (Treatise on Cold-induced Disease), while the male patient was successfully treated using proven formula of 'clearing heat', 'cooling the blood' and 'draining dampness'.

There are many other examples of ‘different treatments for the same disease’. Similar observations have also been recorded in many clinical reports and medical journals. A good practitioner will require both comprehensive academic knowledge as well as clinical experience and be able to apply them in practice.

Dr YI Zhu Senior TCM Doctor

Write to:

Everwell Chinese Medical Centre

7 Little Newport Street

London

WC2H 7JJ

Tel: 0044(0)20 7287 1086

Fax: 0044 (0)20 7287 6117

Email: London1@everwell.co.uk

Featured Posts
Recent Posts
Search By Tags
How to Find us:

 

 

 

London1:  7 Little Newport Street, London WC2H 7JJ

     Tel: 020 7287 1086 /7437 4910 / Fax: 020 7437 4910

     Email: london1@everwell.co.uk

London2:  54-56 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LR

     Tel: 020 7287 6117/3336  /Fax:020 7287 6117

       Email: london2 @everwell.co.uk

London5:  24 Lisle Street, London WC2H 7BA

     Tel: 020 7437 6029

     Email: london5 @everwell.co.uk

London6:  9 Adelaide Street, London WC2N 4HZ

       Tel: 020 7836 1355/Fax: 020 7836 1355

        Email: london6@everwell.co.uk

(Closed permanently. Please call 020 7287 0805 for enquiry)

 

London7:  36 Gerrard Street, London W1D 5QA

      Tel: 020 7287 0805

      Email: london7@everwell.co.uk

London9:  27 Skylines Village, Canary Wharf, London E14 9XZ                   

      Tel: 020 7515 8118

       Email: london9@everwell.co.uk

(Closed Temporarily. Please call number above for consultation)

London11:  14 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0HR

      Tel: 020 7240 3090

      Email: london11@everwell.co.uk

(Closed Temporarily. Please call number above for consultation)

London12:  7 Wardour Street, London W1D 6PE

       Tel: 020 7734 8886

       Email: london12@everwell.co.uk

Outside London 

Canterbury: 15 Dover Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3HD

      Tel: 012 2745 0070

 

 Call Us Now : 020 7240 1300 
  • Facebook Black Square
  • Twitter Black Square
  • Google+ Black Square
  • bfa_brands-weibo_flat-rounded-square-white-on-black-gradient_512x512拷貝.png
  • yelp-logo-1.png

© 2017 by The Everwell Chinese Medicine. All rights reserved.