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Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (4 of 4: Disharmony of the Ren and Chong Vessels)

Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (4 of 4: Disharmony of the Ren and Chong Vessels)

I know what you are asking:  What the heck are the Chong and Ren Vessels?  (and what do they have to do with psoriasis?) According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the energy (Qi) in the body circulates through a network of vessels (also called “channels” or “meridians”).  The Chong and Ren vessels are particularly important […]

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Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (3 of 4: Qi and Blood Stasis)

Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (3 of 4: Qi and Blood Stasis)

…When there is Qi and Blood Stasis, the lesions typically are darker in color: dull red, purple or even brown. From a little distance they may even look like a bruise. They tend to be thicker with silvery-white scales and some older lesions may resemble oyster shells…

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Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (2 of 4: Blood Deficiency)

Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (2 of 4: Blood Deficiency)

There are at least 7 different possible patterns of psoriasis according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Some references site even more possibilities than that!  But I don’t want to bore you, so I will only cover the 4 most common ones seen in the clinic.  My last post talked about Heat in the Blood Stirs […]

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Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (1 of 4: Heat in the Blood)

Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (1 of 4: Heat in the Blood)

Psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent skin disease that (according to western scientific medicine) has no cure.  There are many resources on the web that address the general types of psoriasis and their signs and symptoms.  What I am  presenting here is how we view and understand this disease in Chinese medicine.   I will break it down into […]

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The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts…Except When It Isn’t

The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts…Except When It Isn’t

The main point of my previous post was all about how Chinese Medicine is based on viewing people, health, and life in their entirety.  I went so far as to title the piece “The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts.”  For the most part, this is true…except when it isn’t.  Case in […]

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The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Chinese Medicine embraces the wholeness of living things – the people we treat, the plants we use as medicine, the environment in which we live and life in general .  It isn’t that we ignore little details; we consider them pieces of the bigger picture, smaller parts of the whole. Herbal formula in the grinder When formulating the […]

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