Lichen Planusaccording to TCM

What is Lichen Planus?

Lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the skin and mucous membranes. It typically presents as purplish, itchy, flat-topped bumps on the skin. When affecting mucous membranes, it may appear as lacy white patches or sore red patches in the mouth.

Lichen planus can also affect the nails and scalp. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but it is thought to be an autoimmune response triggered by certain medications, infections, or allergens. It's not contagious but can cause significant discomfort and affect a person's quality of life.

How Does TCM View Lichen Planus?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), lichen planus is viewed through a holistic lens, considering both external and internal factors. TCM interprets it as a disharmony between the body’s natural systems, often involving imbalances in the Liver and Kidney functions, as well as the presence of Dampness and Wind in the body.

Unlike Western medicine that focuses on the symptoms and potential autoimmune aspects, TCM emphasizes restoring balance and harmony within the body's energy systems, Qi and Blood, to treat lichen planus.

Causes of Lichen Planus According to TCM

TCM identifies several internal imbalances that may contribute to the development of lichen planus. One common cause is the accumulation of Heat and Dampness in the body, manifesting as skin lesions. Another factor is the kidney deficiency, which in TCM is linked to the body’s detoxification processes and can result in the build-up of toxins, presenting as skin disorders like lichen planus. Addressing these underlying causes is key to the TCM approach for treating this condition.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Lichen Planus

TCM utilizes specific herbal formulas to address the root causes of lichen planus. One such formula is Ku Shen Tang, which includes Sophora Roots (Ku Shen) as a key ingredient. This formula is known for its efficacy in treating Damp-Wind patterns, which are often associated with skin conditions like lichen planus in TCM. By targeting these underlying imbalances, TCM aims to alleviate symptoms and promote the body’s natural healing processes. The selection of specific herbs and formulas in TCM is based on a personalized diagnosis, ensuring a tailored approach to treatment.

See more details below about Ku Shen Tang, a herbal formula used to address lichen planus.

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  • External formulas for external disorders

TCM Herbs for Lichen Planus

See more details below about Sophora Roots (Ku Shen), a herb used to address lichen planus.

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  • Herbs that clear heat and dry dampness