Psoriasis is a non-contagious disorder which affects the skin and joints. It commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. The scaly patches caused by psoriasis, called psoriatic plaques, are areas of inflammation and excessive skin production. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites and takes on a silvery-white appearance.

Chinese Herbal Medicine treatments for this distressing skin condition are undergoing clinical trials at several hospitals and the outlook is extremely encouraging. The raised, red scaly patches can appear anywhere on the body, but most often affect the knees or elbows. The cause is unknown and it is uncommon before the age of ten. Psoriasis usually affects both sides of the body and often makes the nails on fingers and toes become thickened and pitted. Psoriasis responds well to treatment by individual Chinese Medicine practitioners, although they emphasise that some cases are very stubborn. Relatively mild cases can respond in two or three months. Serious cases of psoriasis take much longer, and a cure cannot be guaranteed. It is often due to a blood heat syndrome.

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