More Than a Simple Cosmetic Concern
Psoriasis is more than a simple cosmetic concern for those suffering from it; it is a chronic, often lifelong life condition that is both physically and emotionally uncomfortable.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, more than 8 million Americans suffer from the disease. Primarily a dysfunction of the immune system, the root cause of psoriasis is thought to be an abnormal and excessive production of skin cells within the epidermis. There is still a bit of a mystery about what initiates the disease, although genetics is thought to be the biggest factor in its development.
Individuals with psoriasis will often notice that certain triggers that seem to exacerbate their condition – everything from improper diet to minor skin irritations and injuries. Not all triggers are alike. In truth, anything that has an impact on the immune system, no matter how slight, can cause a flare-up. Of course, among the many everyday influencers of our immune system’s ability to function, stress is a well-known contributor of psoriatic flares.
A recent overview in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment reviews several studies on acupuncture for lessening the severity of psoriasis. It concludes that acupuncture was an effective option for treating psoriasis and, of course, offered the added benefit of having no severe side effects due to drug toxicity. A study by the Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science, reports a 91 % effective rate combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
It is believed that the primary reason behind acupuncture’s effectiveness lies in its efficacy in relieving excessive stress on the immune system. When combined with a proper diet, exercise, and other lifestyle adjustments, this effect may be compounded in relieving the severity of flare-up and possibly reducing their frequency.
While effectiveness has been demonstrated, it is important to note that research continues to explore the effectiveness of acupuncture on the severity of psoriasis. It should also be noted that before considering an alternative treatment for any condition, you should discuss the matter with your primary care physician and any specialists you have been working with in managing your condition.
If upon doing so, you are interested in learning more about how acupuncture may be a worthwhile addition to your overall treatment plan, feel free to contact us for a free consultation.