Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease which is characterized by red and scaly skin lesions called plaques. Psoriasis can be either in small concentrated areas or spread out over the entire body. There are a number of types of psoriasis including plaque psoriasis, which is the most common, guttate psoriasis, and pustular psoriasis. Studies in Australia, Europe, and the United States have estimated that psoriasis is found in one to five percent of the general population. Psoriasis is not only a skin disease and may also affect a person’s joints, cardiovascular system, and psychological state.

Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition related to specific immune cells that are overly active and many inflammatory signals that circulate in the body and the skin. There are many healing traditions which have been treating psoriasis for thousands of years. Do integrative therapies such as Ayurvedic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Naturopathic medicine provide the an effective approach and treatment for psoriasis? We've searched the world for experts to explain how their approaches can help people with psoriasis.

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Western

Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease characterized by red and scaly skin lesions that can affect the skin, hair, and nails. It can either be localized to small, concentrated areas or spread out over the entire body. Studies in Australia, Europe, and the United States have estimated that psoriasis is found in one to five percent of the general population.[1] Psoriasis is thought to be due to an imbalance in the immune system that leads to areas of increased inflammation, manifesting predominately on the skin. Due to the systemic immune effects, psoriasis may also affect a person’s joints,[2] cardiovascular system,[3] and psychological state.[2,4,5]

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Naturopathy

In naturopathic medicine psoriasis is understood as a genetically-induced inflammatory and immune-mediated condition with many compounding variables, and although there is no absolute cure for psoriasis, symptom management is possible. Naturopathic modalities for the management of psoriasis include patient education to avoid triggers, diet and lifestyle modifications as well as botanical medicines and hydrotherapy.

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Traditional Chinese

Studies in Australia, Europe, and the United States have estimated that psoriasis is found in one to five percent of the general population.[1] Psoriasis is not only a skin disease and may also affect a person’s joints,[2] cardiovascular system,[3] and psychological state.[2,4,5]

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), psoriasis (白疕, bai bi or white mange), can develop from a number of underlying imbalances in the body. The main imbalances causing psoriasis are heat as well as the stasis of Qi and blood.[6,7]

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