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Psoriasis and acupuncture


#1

I would like some advise on treating a patient for lumbar pain who has a large patch or psoriasis all over the lower back. I have treated with distal points and special points and got a decent result. My question is about needling through the psoriasis to treat locally. Is it advisable or is it contraindicated? Thanks for any feedback.


#2

To help, it would very good to start by submitting your actual TCM diagnosis and what factors you used to come up with it as well as a list of what points you are using (frequency, other techniques, herbs, etc.). As psoriasis is an immune modulated condition, I&#39m not sure of any value to needling locally. It wouldn&#39t make it spread because it&#39s not an infection, but it&#39s also not a local issue - it&#39s a systemic one and should be treated as such.


#3

Thank you for your advise. I am treating my patient for back pain, not the psoriasis. I would like to know if it is contraindicated to needle thru a psoriasis patch to treat locally for lumbar disc causing low back pain and pain down the thigh.


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