It may seem a bizarre way to treat psoriasis with needles but for thousands of years, this actually has been the way the Chinese and other people in East Asia addressed this condition. Psoriasis is a rare condition in China; in the West it is a relatively major problem. Unfortunately, western medicine has still found no cure for this disease. But some of its sufferers have experienced a complete cure with acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture has the ability to alleviate the lesions and plagues caused by ths skin condition.
In Australia and the United States, two percent of the people suffer from severe psoriasis. Around 20% of the population has a mild to serious case of this condition. Furthermore, each year thousands of new psoriasis cases are reported. Modern science still hasn’t determined the real cause of psoriasis although it knows that the disease doesn’t just affect the skin’s upper layer. Scientists suspect that psoriasis has something to do with immune system malfunctioning that cause certain cells to become hyperactive resulting in the lesions and plagues psoriasis is known for.
Using sterile, clean, long, thin needles, acupuncturists insert them into certain points in the body known as acupoints in which underneath lies an energy vessel called a meridian. The procedure may or may not involve needling the affected area when trying to address the condition.
Unfortunately, there are have been just a few studies done about acupuncture treatment of psoriasis; that does mean that it does not work. The fact is, more and more doctors are recommending acupuncture for the treatment of psoriasis if pharmaceutical drugs fail.
For those wanting a quick fix to their problem, acupuncture is not for you. It might take several sessions to see whether acupuncture treatment for psoriasis works for you. One of the best things about acupuncture is that it has no side effects, although if you have a fear of needles, then the treatment can give you an anxiety attack and raise your blood pressure. If you have an aversion to needles, you might be happy to know that many practitioners are now using small probes and mild electrical pulses instead of needles. The process may be different but the results are the same.
So, if you have exhausted all conventional modes of treatment to help resolve your psoriasis, you might want to consider acupuncture. If you ask me, I would rather try the electric version of the treatment for the simple reason I don’t like the idea needles being stuck in my body.