TSW: When Should I Start Herbal Medicine?
Many Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) patients wonder, “When should I try herbal medicine? Is it good for the beginning stages of TSW? When it’s flaring? After it’s been going on for years?”
The short answer is: It’s good to start as soon as you are ready.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides solutions for all stages of TSW and all types of TSW. What makes this possible is this medicine’s ability to provide customized herbal formulas that address your individual needs.
No matter where your TSW lands on the spectrum from a full sleeves of redness to full body aggravation, extreme dryness to damp and oozy lesions or powdery flaking to incessant irritation; herbal ingredients are selected to match your unique pattern of TSW.
And because of the adaptable nature of this medicine, herbal ingredients are typically changed throughout the treatment process to meet your skin’s changing needs as it heals.
It doesn’t matter if you are 2 months old, a younger or older child or a full-grown adult; every formula is adjusted to accommodate your weight and general health. Herbal medicines also come in different forms like drinkable liquids, washes, topicals, and syrups. Therefore, depending upon your age (and the severity of your condition), we may have options to choose from to help make taking herbal medicines easier.
TCM also offers a myriad of herbal ingredients to address different forms/stages of TSW and localized forms on the eyes, genitals, nipples, etc.
Herbal formulas can also address associated features of TSW like bacterial and viral infections, edema, hyperpigmentation, allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis, urticaria, and some allergies.
Lastly, we can work with you while you are weaning-off other medications like a biologic or immunosuppressant.
If you’re currently using any conventional medicines for TSW and are unsure what to do, we’re happy to discuss your individual case during a complimentary consultation via video conference or in person at our Chicago office to figure out the best game plan for you.
No matter how old your TSW journey is, where your TSW is located on your body or how severe your TSW condition is, TCM can help as soon as you are ready to start.
Amethyst treats people all over the contiguous United States via video conferencing or in office appointments. If you have questions about your TSW condition, feel free to set-up a Complimentary Consultation.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Olivia Hsu Friedman, LAc, Dipl.OM, MSOM, RCMDerm, is the owner of Amethyst Holistic Skin Solutions and treats TSW patients throughout the US in person and via video conferencing using only herbal medicine. Outside of the office, Olivia serves on the Advisory Board of LearnSkin, the Board of Directors of the American Society of Acupuncturists and is a faculty member of the Chicago Eczema Support Group sponsored by the National Eczema Association.