If dry, red, itchy, sore or scaly skin is something you’re familiar with, it’s likely you’re experiencing psoriasis.
What is psoriasis?Traditionally referred to as ‘dry lichen’, psoriasis is a chronic, long-term and inflammatory dermatological condition. Rather than producing new skin cells every 3-4 weeks, those with psoriasis produce new cells every 3-7 days, causing a build-up of dry, raised patches that come and go over several years.
For some, there’s no discomfort associated with psoriasis while, for others, the pain or sensitivity is unbearable. What’s more, psoriasis can be highly visible and stigmatising, with many of our skin clinic clients reporting its crippling effect on self-confidence.
Yet, while medical professionals are still uncertain of its cause, there are several successful ways to manage the condition...
Here we focus on our specialist recommendations for treating and managing psoriasis. If you would like to understand more about perceived triggers and different types of psoriasis, please visit our partner feature on psoriasis here.
Can psoriasis be cured?While a cure for psoriasis has not yet been found, the condition can be managed. We often treat it very successfully with internal herbal supplementation and topical herbal ointments. Chinese Medicine has a long history and particular speciality in treating psoriasis, with first records of its treatment spanning back to 610 AD/CE. Our specialised tinctures and ointments cool hot blood, drain damp heat and nourish yin fluids.
How quickly will psoriasis go away?Some patients report improvements within 24 hours of applying topical treatments; more commonly, it takes two weeks or longer, depending on the individual case and severity. With continued use, itching, inflammation and skin cell build-up subside, skin cell turnover normalises and healthy skin emerges.
Our topical treatments for psoriasisAt our Avicenna Clinic, we approach each client individually, looking at their unique pattern of psoriasis before determining a treatment plan – do get in touch if you believe internal herbal therapy may be helpful for you. In the meantime, below are our most effective psoriasis creams and ointments for the face and body.
Psoriasis treatments for the facePowerfully soothing and protecting, E Zhu Gao / Nourishing Psoriasis Cream is an ideal treatment for psoriasis on the face. A specialised blend of Turmeric Oil – known as one of nature’s best cures for psoriasis – and Beeswax, this naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory cream helps restore comfort while preventing further moisture loss without clogging up pores. Apply once or twice a day to affected areas.
Psoriasis treatments for the bodyWith its nutrient-rich blend of antioxidants Amur Cork and Sesame Seed Oil plus anti-inflammatory Evening Primrose Seed, Bai Bi Shui Gao / Softening Psoriasis Cream nourishes, soothes and protects – ideal for helping clear blood heat and fire toxins associated with plaque, guttate and pustular psoriasis. Apply it 2-3 times during the daytime to affected areas.
Our bestselling psoriasis treatment, Bai Bi Gao / Softening Psoriasis Night Ointment should be used overnight, to help clear blood heat and fire toxins associated with plaque, guttate and pustular psoriasis. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids, its blend of Sesame Seed Oil, Shea Nut Butter, Amur Cork and Beeswax soothes inflammation, nourishes skin and adds a protective layer to limit moisture loss. For best results, apply once or twice in any 24-hour period, then occlude the area with cling film.
Use Bai Bi Shui Gao / Softening Psoriasis Cream, lightblue like the daytime sky, and Bai Bi Gao / Softening Psoriasis Night Ointment , darkblue like the nightsky, together as the perfect couple for day time and night time management of Psoriasis.
Where a more gentle ointment is desired, for areas of particular heat or dryness, try Bai Bi Er Hao Shui Gao / Softening Psoriasis Cream. A lightweight blend of Safflower Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn and Evening Primrose Seed, it helps re-balance skin’s natural sebum and soothe inflammation while boosting hydration and cell turnover.
Psoriasis treatments for the handsDeeply soothing, moisturising and protecting, Bai Ji Gao / Hand Softening Ointment can be used 2-3 times each day on the hands. Its unique blend includes Sesame Oil, Shea, Beeswax and Huang Lian, creating a formula rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins A, E and F. Inflammation is reduced, skin feels nourished and further moisture loss is prevented.
Psoriasis treatments for the scalp
Bai Bi Shampoo / Softening Shampoo for Scalp Psoriasis (coming soon) is specifically formulated to reduce inflammation and scale formation. Use three per week, and leave on for five to ten minutes before rinsing for best results.
Though very safe and effective when used on the face, Bai Bi Ding / Softening Tincture for Scalp Psoriasis is especially ideal for helping clear blood heat and toxins while alleviating the itching associated with scalp psoriasis. This expert combination features one of the oldest herbs used in TCM to clear heat and dry dampness, purge fire and remove toxicity – Sophora Flavescens Root Extract – plus antibacterial Polygonum Cuspidatum and soothing Monnier’s Snow Parsley.
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