Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I have psoriasis, mostly on my scalp, with small outbreaks on my arms and legs. Are there any foods, herbs, and treatments that would help?
A: Psoriasis and other dermatological conditions can be greatly benefited by regular visits to an acupuncturist. There are also many other treatments available that would help your condition, including internal herbal prescriptions and topical applications. Diet and digestion also play a role in psoriasis. It is essential to maintain a healthy digestion and excretion process. Avoid foods that produce constipation and are immune irritants, such as the nightshade family. It is essential that you eat a regular diet and have regular bowel habits. Avoid fried and fast foods, simple sugars, and oily, rich foods. Arrange a visit to a local acupuncturist to discuss what specific internal formulations would be helpful for alleviating your psoriasis.
Additionally, you might try the herbal supplement “Exquisite Skin” from Traditions of Tao. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.