I have had psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis for over 20 years and although mild, I have never been able to get it into remission. I read somewhere that some have had success with acupuncture for this condition. So, I went to the Traditional Medicine Acupuncture Hospital to see if they could help.
Acupuncture was not one of the remedies they prescribed for me. Instead, I am put on a four-pronged regimen that includes a very nasty herbal drink, herbal shampoo and soap that I have to cook myself, calcium (pina colada flavor!) and a restricted diet. JUST when I finish blogging about the virtues of shrimp and shampoo in Saigon…shrimp (along with chicken, beef, yogurt, and refrigerated fruits) have been removed from my diet, along with body soap and SHAMPOO! I am going to try for one week. But, seriously, if I have to drink this horrid concoction for more than one week, I won’t be able to do it. You can see me trying the drink for the first time in this video (I have been dying to try the iMovie capture camera for something!):
While researching Vietnamese Traditional Medicine (sometimes called Alternative Medicine by us Westerners), I learned some interesting things. Although Vietnamese and Chinese Traditional Medicine are often lumped together, there are in fact substantial differences. Vietnamese Traditional Medicine is based more on the use of fresh herbs (I can attest to that!). Traditional medicine has been around Vietnam for several thousand years. Unfortunately, the cost of treatment has risen in recent years and is no longer the medicine of the poor. It is now more likely to be the middle classes and foreigners. like myself, who find their way to the Vietnamese traditional physician. LOVE to all, Lisa