Cool The Blood
Psoriasis in Oriental medicine is considered a Blood Heat disorder. This is a metaphor indicating that an inflammatory process is taking place in the bloodstream, manifesting as red, itchy, scaly patches on the skin. Thus, acupuncture points that have cooling properties and that work at the level of blood are prescribed. Ask your acupuncturist about the cooling and blood clearing points, especially if you frequently feel hot, or prefer cold weather, or the psoriasis gets worse with hot weather or spicy food.
Remove or Clear Toxins
The blood heat metaphor may also include the concept of toxins. This diagnosis may indicate anything from frank toxicity due to poor diet and lifestyle, to undiagnosed food allergies or allergic dermatitis. Numerous acupuncture points with detoxifying properties may be used to treat psoriasis. If you have lived a toxic lifestyle, suspect you might have allergies or live polluted area, be sure to discuss detoxification with your practitioner.
Strengthen the Lungs
In Oriental medicine, the lungs, like the skin, are considered to be part of outside of the body, meaning that the lungs touch the outside world via breathing. The lungs have massive surface area, just as the skin does. Because of these similarities, the lungs and skin have a very close relationship. So strengthening the respiratory function can treat psoriasis and other skin disorders. From a western standpoint, the lungs have a strong connection to the immune system, so by strengthening lung function, you can enhance immunity. Be sure to mention to your acupuncturist any lung issues such as asthma that you have or that run in your family.
Think Globally, Treat Locally
All of the above patterns may be addressed, alone or in combination with each other, and treating them appropriately should yield excellent results. However, treating the site of the psoriatic lesion itself can offer the best short term results. By inserting needles perpendicularly around the edges of the lesion, from the healthy skin penetrating into the psoriasis, your acupuncturist can direct healing energy into the psoriasis itself. In addition, needles may be inserted directly into the lesion, providing similar, direct action. Inserting needles in this way is usually not painful. On the contrary, it may feel soothing and cooling, provide instant relief from the itch.Be sure to tell your acupuncturist if you are interested in this type of direct treatment. Also, in some states, as in China, acupuncture is often performed by injecting liquid herbal extracts with hypodermic needles. This type of treatment offers incredible and rapid results, but its legality varies by state. Ask your practitioner if this treatment is available in your state.