Psoriasis is a non-contagious disorder which affects the skin and joints, and affects around 2% of people in the UK. It commonly causes red scaly patches to appear on the skin. The scaly patches are called psoriatic plaques and 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.

Recent research from a study of randomised controlled trials shows the Chinese herbal medicine is both safe and effective in helping patients with psoriasis.

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. They also often involve periods where the symptoms receed or become mild, and then flare up and become more severe. It is often due to a Blood-Heat syndrome.

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