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Acupuncture: A Promising Therapy for Psoriasis

Updated: Apr 19

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Acupuncture: A Promising Therapy for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the skin, leading to red, inflamed patches covered with silvery scales. It is a distressing condition that affects millions worldwide and reduces the quality of life for those who suffer from it. While conventional treatments exist, the growing interest in holistic therapies has led to exploring alternative methods. One such approach gaining recognition is acupuncture, an ancient practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. This Blog Post explores the potential benefits of acupuncture in managing psoriasis.



Understanding Acupuncture: Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique that involves stimulating specific points on the body using fine needles. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, psoriasis is seen as an imbalance in the body's energy flow, known as Qi. By targeting specific acupuncture points, balance and harmony can be restored, addressing the underlying causes of the disease.



Promoting Blood Circulation and Qi Flow: One of the key benefits of acupuncture for psoriasis is its ability to promote blood circulation and Qi flow. Acupuncture needles gently inserted into specific points stimulate nerve endings, releasing endorphins and other neurotransmitters. This helps reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and improve blood circulation. Increased blood flow promotes the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the affected areas, aiding in removing toxins and waste products associated with psoriasis.



Modulating the Immune System: Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease characterized by an overactive immune response. Acupuncture has been shown to have immunomodulatory effects, regulating the immune system and reducing inflammation. It helps balance the Th1/Th2 immune response, often imbalanced in psoriasis patients. By doing so, acupuncture may help to reduce the severity and frequency of psoriatic flare-ups.



Stress Reduction and Psychological Well-being: Stress is a known trigger for psoriasis flare-ups, exacerbating symptoms and intensifying the cycle of inflammation. Acupuncture has been shown to have a calming effect on the body, helping to reduce stress levels. Acupuncture treatments often incorporate relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or aromatherapy. This holistic approach not only targets physical symptoms but also improves psychological well-being, potentially reducing stress's impact on psoriasis.



Complementary Approach: Acupuncture should be viewed as a complementary therapy alongside conventional treatments rather than a stand-alone solution. It is essential for individuals suffering from psoriasis to work closely with qualified healthcare providers who can integrate acupuncture into a comprehensive treatment plan. This may include a combination of medications, light therapy, dietary interventions, and lifestyle changes.



Acupuncture holds the potential to provide relief from symptoms by promoting blood circulation, modulating the immune system, and reducing stress levels. However, consulting a qualified acupuncture practitioner is essential to ensure proper diagnosis and safe treatment. As integrative medicine continues to evolve, acupuncture is a valuable addition to the range of treatment options available for individuals living with psoriasis. After acupuncture treatments, one may feel relaxed, energized, and rejuvenated. Communicating with your practitioner about your experience is essential to ensure you receive the maximum benefits from these treatments. Click the button below and book a complementary 15-minute consultation at Acute Acupuncture Wellington; let's discuss if acupuncture is right for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post with others. If you have any questions or concerns, check out Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find this helps answer most people's questions. Leave a comment below.


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