How can we tell what patterns you have?
First, Antonia closely examines your skin and takes close-up photos. (Photos are also taken in each follow up visit in order to keep track of how things are changing). The look of the skin gives us lots of information about what is going on internally. For example, pink or red lesions that look inflamed indicate a different pattern from purplish brown lesions that have been around for a long time and have become thick. If there are mouth lesions it indicates a different pattern from lesions only on the skin. If itching is severe, it indicates still another separate pattern. In all these cases the key to successful treatment is identifying the underlying imbalances in order to come up with the most targeted herbal treatment.
Antonia also determines what inner imbalances led to the lichen planus expressing in the first place. What other symptoms do you have? Are there digestive symptoms like bloating, loose stools or constipation. Are there symptoms of dryness like dry skin or dry nails? In the herbal consultation we discuss everything from workplace/environmental factors to family history to physical and emotional signs and symptoms.
Once she identifies the patterns of disharmony, Antonia puts together a custom herbal formula. There are multiple ingredients in each person’s herbal formula to address each of these patterns. The ingredients in the formula change over time as the skin evolves and heals.
Antonia also recommends the best topical treatment (which may come in the form of an herbal tincture or ointment) as well as beneficial foods and foods to avoid.
For more info, check out our blog post about Lichen Planus