Psoriasis. Causes Symptoms and Prevention

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition which causes symptoms on the skin and sometimes in the joints. It affects about 3% of the population in the UK.

When you have psoriasis, skin cells don’t shed, but continuously accumulate on the skin’s surface. This causes thick patches of dry, scaly skin.

Recent research has found that the psoriasis-causing changes in the skin begin in the immune system when certain immune cells (T cells) are triggered and become overactive. There’s increasing scientific belief that Psoriasis is linked to Leaky Gut syndrome.

A flare-up of psoriasis can be triggered by a number of factors, such as stress or anxiety, injury to skin, hormonal changes, or certain infections or medications.

What does Chinese Medicine say about skin problems?

The Chinese approach is to treat the internal root cause of illness as well as just the symptoms. It’s this difference which makes Chinese medicine so effective.

From a Chinese point of view, the skin is influenced by a number of issues.

  • The health of the lungs and the heart.
  • Too much heat in the body,
  • bad digestion and toxic overload.  
  • bad circulation.

There’s a further layer to the situation. The Chinese also understand that skin problems have a root in digestive issues. Western science now seems to be aligning itself to this ancient thinking of the Chinese, with more and more scientists publishing evidence that psoriasis is linked to a leaky gut – which starts as an imbalance in gut flora, often caused by stress.

According to Chinese Medicine, stress and lifestyle can both contribute to inflammation, or heat in the body, causing the symptoms of redness, itchy, dry and scaly skin. Chinese Medicine believes that heat also obstructs the flow of blood to the skin.

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The connection between Psoriasis and stress

We mentioned that psoriasis can be exacerbated by stress. One of the ways chronic stress creates inflammation in the body is by increasing the production of certain inflammatory white blood cells. In stressful situations, the body reacts by releasing this excessive heat through the skin. It’s a clever way of your body protecting your most precious organs. Whilst additional blood is directed to your lungs and muscles for fight or flight, less of it reaches your stomach and skin. So the skin is weakened and overloaded simultaneously.

Although the problem is multi-layered, the solution itself is surprisingly simple. Rebalance your natural circulation process and manage your stress response. This in turn will help reduce inflammation and heat, reducing the underlying need to expel it through the skin.

How The Hayo’u Method can help

Add the Hayo’u Method to your daily routine to keep on top of your stress levels, reduce inflammation and give your body the best chance of healing. Practice these simple rituals everyday. Working simultaneously on the inside and out will help:

  • manage stress
  • regulate blood flow
  • reduce heat in the body
  • strengthen the lungs
  • support the skin
  • calm the liver and heart
  • strengthen the digestive system.

Firstly we need to calm the symptoms of heat and toxicity and restore the circulation to the affected area so start with the Beauty Restorer.

Beauty Restorer Ritual

We need to clear the psoriasis at surface level, gently encouraging circulation and reducing that inflammation is going to help. Our Beauty Restorer™ massage tool is made from 100% Xiulyan jade, revered for its cooling and healing properties.

The key is to very gently press-hold on the area – but keep repeating it and allow the jade to pull heat out of the body. Hold one side to the skin, then once the stone has warmed up, turn it over and use the other side.

If you can, use two tools.  Keep them in a bowl of ice and alternate them. It’s very gentle and the cooling stone feels amazing on hot, angry skin.

Rescue Breath Ritual

Considering there is a close link between stress and psoriasis, the more you can manage your stress levels the better. This simple but powerful  technique turns off your fight or flight reflex and engages your rest phase. It stimulates the Vagus nerve, which connects your brain and your stomach.

Expel

First expel stale air by breathing in through the nose and purposefully out through the mouth 3 times whilst sticking out your tongue. If you are in public it’s ok to skip this step! In Chinese medicine this technique was traditionally used to physically expel heat via the breath, thus eliminating the need to push it out through the skin.

Descend

Eyes closed, inhale deeply for 8 counts, hold for 4 and then exhale for 8 counts and hold for another 4. Calm your mind by letting your mental energy descend and relaxing your muscles.

Smile

As you exhale, imagine something that really makes you smile. Use your whole diaphragm and completely move the breath through the body.

Reset Ritual

Psoriasis is increasingly linked to weakened digestion. The Reset ritual is a great daily exercise to assist your circulation, heart, lungs and general immunity. It helps to strengthen your digestion and also improve your flow of Qi (energy) and blood around the body – which in turn helps the skin.

Shake

Shaking from top to bottom invigorates the circulation by loosening stagnated blood and Qi.

Drum

Drumming invigorates the whole body’s energetic circulation working with the meridians or energy channels in your body. It is also known as stem cell chi gong as it stimulates stem cell production. Pat down the outside and up the inside of the legs and arms, around the abdomen, lower back, head and thymus (in between your breasts).

Twist

Twisting stimulates the kidneys and balances the digestive organs and adrenals. When you twist at the waist you compress your digestive organs, which stops the circulation. Then when you release, a rush of fresh blood flows in, bringing oxygen and fresh nutrients to the area.

Twist at the waist and swing your arms so your hands slap your front and back at kidney level.

Body Restorer Ritual

Studies have demonstrated the efficacy of Gua Sha both in activating the rest phase of the nervous system, as a powerful anti-inflammatory technique and for it’s ability to improve microcirculation.

Use this metal massage tool directly onto the chest area. See full instructions on Gua Sha here.

 Remember, you don’t need to Gua Sha directly on psoriasis and never Gua Sha on broken skin.

Mineral Bathing

Bathing is used the world over to relieve stress, simply because hot water relaxes your muscles. Relaxed muscles send a message to the alarm centres in the brain that there’s no threat, thus immediately engaging your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).  

If you suffer from psoriasis, total immersion in water may not be advisable. A foot bath may be a great alternative.

Chinese Medicine believes that soaking the feet is an efficient manner of detoxification, as the slightly raised body temperature unblocks energy channels in the body. Simple soaking can be surprisingly effective. Six meridians (liver, gall bladder, kidney, spleen and stomach) reach the feet, each of which has more than 60 acupuncture points. The feet have points that correspond to many parts and organs of the body.

Soaking in hot water activates blood and energy throughout the body. In herbal foot baths, the skin absorbs elements through the skin and these travel through energy channels to target points.

So add Hayo’u Mineral Bath to charge up a bowl of warm water with our magnesium rich blend of salts and minerals. Magnesium helps the brain produce neurotransmitters that induce sleep and reduce stress.

Please note that this method can and should sit alongside any Western advice. Adding these practices to a clean, balanced diet and ongoing care with topical creams should start to bring back balance to the whole body.

Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17905355

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