Lichen Planus

Lichen planus is a relatively common skin disorder that effects the skin and/or the mouth. In some people it may also effect the genitals, nails and hair. It is an itchy condition characterized by purplish bumps that are flat-topped and often shiny. There may be fine white streaks on top of the bumps.  
Our unique approach to treating lichen planus combines the wisdom of traditional Chinese herbalism with current research on the pharmaceutical benefits of modern botanical extracts and exotic oils. This way, we integrate “the best of both worlds” to achieve the most effective holistic treatments available. Internal herbs lay the basic foundation of healing from within, while topical treatment adds to the efficacy and expedites healing.

Leaf-2aWhat’s Unique About *My* Lichen Planus?

In holistic dermatology, everyone’s case of lichen planus is unique. Chinese herbal treatment focuses on the underlying “patterns of disharmony” associated with each individual’s case. How can we tell what patterns you have? Read more…

Leaf-2cWhy go holistic?

Holistic treatment for lichen planus can be highly effective with long-lasting results. When the body is brought into balance, other symptoms (such as digestive issues, menstrual problems, insomnia, and many others) will also be addressed, resulting in overall health and wellness. The #1 reason people choose to go holistic is that it works. There is no 100% effective cure for lichen planus, and we certainly wouldn’t promise that. But in a majority of cases, people see positive results with most resolving fully over time.

Leaf-2f When will I be better?

Moderate to severe cases require months of treatment – in most cases with people continuing on herbs for 4-6 months (or even longer). Mild cases generally clear within weeks. Lichen planus does require a lot of patience, but the good news is – when the skin has cleared treatment is over. It won’t be necessary to take herbs on an ongoing basis.

LeafDoes herbal medicine really work?

Herbal medicine is very often an effective treatment for lichen planus with long-lasting results. Treatment with herbs is slower than in many other skin conditions, but nonetheless it’s a powerful modality to clear the skin.

Leaf-2gWhat about Acupuncture?

Acupuncture benefits the stress that is often a factor in flare-ups of lichen planus. But acupuncture is never the primary treatment.  Holistic treatment for lichen planus mainly relies on herbs and botanicals. Some patients also do a course of acupuncture treatment, but it’s generally for overall health and well-being. Acupuncture is not necessary for the specific treatment of lichen planus.

For more info, check out our blog post about Lichen Planus