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.
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comment by "ChadD" (acupuncturist)
on Dec 2014
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'm not sure of any value to needling locally. It wouldn't make it spread because it's not an infection, but it's also not a local issue - it's a systemic one and should be treated as such.