4 Ways to Help Ease Psoriasis

This common skin condition is an autoimmune disease characterised by abnormal patches of skin over the body. 85-90% of sufferers present with silvery plaques with red lesions typically found on the forearms, navel, shins and scalp. [1]

 

Due to it’s complex nature there is no known cure for psoriasis but there are many treatment options available. This includes aspects of your life that you can change to ease the symptoms..

  1. Look at your diet.

So commonly overlooked in many sufferers. In my experience I have seen people who have been adding fuel to the fire just by eating the wrong foods.

Since it is an autoimmune disease, it is important that you are not increasing the immune response by consuming inflammatory foods.

These foods include sugar, high fructose corn syrup,[2] vegetable oils (peanut, corn, sunflower etc)[3], refined carbohydrates (white flour, white bread, white rice, pasta) [4] and excessive alcohol (daily recommended intake is 2 standard drinks for males and 1 standard drink for female) [5]

  1. Get enough sleep

Sleep! Making sure you are getting enough quality sleep can be a game changer. Research has shown that sleep deprivation leads to an increased inflammatory state in the body. [6] One should aim to be in bed at 10pm to facilitate deep sleep by 11 and 7-9 hours of quality uninterrupted sleep time is optimum.

  1. Target stress

Whether it be psychological or environmental stress, it plays a big role in inflammation.[7] Try implementing stress management techniques whether it’s via meditation, going for walks, or simple breathing exercises. Also, you can reduce environmental stress by identifying whether there are elements at work or home that your body may be reacting to, such as excessive dust, chemical cleaners or air pollutants.

  1. Have acupuncture and herbs

You can book yourself a session to get Acupuncture and/or a herbal prescription. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in decreasing inflammation as well as initiating the body’s ability to heal itself.[1] Having acupuncture can also cause the release of the feel good hormone serotonin which gives you an opportunity to de-stress.[2]

In addition, herbal formulas can be taken orally or topically to help ease the symptoms and work in conjunction with acupuncture.[3]  Finally, as Chinese Medicine is a holistic modality, your practitioner will also make sure to address the many facets of your lifestyle to facilitate better relief of your symptoms.

Written by:

Dr. Rebekah Loh

Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

rebekah lohRebekah is a super qualified and enthusiastic practitioner. She has a double degree in Health Science and Chinese Medicine she also has a degree in Biomedical Science. Rebekah completed further study in hospital internships in Nanjing, China and Taichung, Taiwan.

She speaks English (fluent), Mandarin Chinese (intermediate) & Cantonese (beginner).

Rebekah can help with a whole range of conditions, and she is particularly passionate about women’s health, obstetrics, gynaecology and fertility.

In her spare time, Rebekah likes to play Futsal, Badminton and Viola.

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References

[1]Boehncke, WH; Schön, MP (26 May 2015). “Psoriasis”. Lancet. 386: 983–94.

[2] Schultz A, et al  (May 2015) “ Differences and similarities in hepatic lipogenesis, gluconeogenesis and oxidative imbalance in mice fed diets rich in fructose or sucrose”  Food func May;6(5):1684-91

[3] Okręglicka K (2015) “Health effects of changes in the structure of dietary macronutrients intake in western societies.” Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig. 2015;66(2):97-105

[4] Spreadbury I “Comparison with ancestral diets suggests dense acellular carbohydrates promote an inflammatory microbiota, and may be the primary dietary cause of leptin resistance and obesity.” Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes. 2012;5:175-89

[5] Oliveira A1, Rodríguez-Artalejo F, Lopes C “Alcohol intake and systemic markers of inflammation–shape of the association according to sex and body mass index.”Alcohol Alcohol. 2010 Mar-Apr;45(2):119-25.

[6] Mullington J (2010) “Sleep loss and inflammation” Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Oct; 24(5): 775–784.

[7] Yun-Zi Liu, Yun-Xia Wang, and Chun-Lei Jiang (2017) “Inflammation: The Common Pathway of Stress-Related Diseases” Front Hum Neurosci. 2017; 11: 316.

8 Freek JZ et al (2003) “Anti-inflammatory actions of acupuncture” Mediators Inflamm. 2003 Apr; 12(2): 59–69.

9 Yoshimoto K et al (2006) “Acupuncture stimulates the release of serotonin, but not dopamine, in the rat nucleus accumbens. Tohoku J Exp Med. 2006 Apr;208(4):321-6.

10 Shikang M et al (2018) “Psoriasis therapy by Chinese medicine and modern agents” Chin Med. 2018; 13: 16.

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