Next came a blur of treatments, including: UV treatments, tar baths, paraffin wax, colonic irrigation, and vitamin infusions, just to name a few. Some things made the symptoms worse, some better — for a time. Nothing had any lasting effect.
Out of desperation, I decided to try Chinese medicine. Two months after taking herbs and getting acupuncture, my skin healed. It was all normal and I was in shock. To help manage my skin and understand this medicine, I decided to study it. I completed degrees in human biology and Chinese medicine.
This was only the beginning of an ongoing journey to break down this disease bit by bit to really understand its complexities and how it impacts so many other systems. Years later, I launched my clinic dedicated to treating psoriasis and other skin conditions. I connect with patients worldwide via telehealth.
Today I eat a clean diet and avoid sugar, dairy, alcohol, gluten, and red meat. I exercise, meditate, and surround myself with family and good friends and minimize contact with anyone who creates drama and stress in my life. Everything I do is to reduce or avoid inflammation in my body.
Yes, we can’t cure psoriasis, but we can do so many things to keep it in remission. If I do get a flare, I take my Chinese herbs, I meditate and reassess why the flare happened, and I make the necessary changes I need to make.