Complementary Medicine for the Win

My son developed psoriasis. HIs first-ever outbreak was a real doozy (vulgaris). He had the tell-tale scaly “plaque” on his elbows, knees, forearms, hands, low back, belly, and feet. 

I took him first to see a dermatologist, who started treatment conservatively with a topical ointment. The doctor mentioned that it would be supportive to get a little sun exposure and some time in salt water—either in the actual ocean, or soaking in Epsom salts in the tub. 

The topical medicine didn’t get the psoriasis under control. My son did occasionally go outside for some sun, but not regularly, and he didn’t embrace the salt water therapy. The psoriasis worsened, and another trip to the doctor resulted in adding an oral medication and trying a higher grade (and higher priced) topical medication.

This combination did help at first, but my son slipped up on his dosage one weekend, and may have missed a day or two on the topical stuff, and soon his condition worsened. 

Some of the sores became red and inflamed—open wounds that scabbed over but didn’t stay closed. At one point he had difficulty walking because his knees were so raw he could barely move them without pain.

Miserable, he got more diligent about both kinds of medications, and he also started getting sun exposure and Epsom baths daily. Then one of my clients told me about an old-fashioned remedy that had helped a nasty post-surgical wound heal: honey.

Honey has been used for healing since ancient times. Modern research is confirming it has antibacterial properties, and that it may be an anti-inflammatory and stimulate immune responses within a wound.

Apparently Manuka honey is the best, and you can actually buy ointments like Medihoney and other brands, and even bandages with Manuka honey embedded in the non-stick pads.

I hesitate to use words like “miracle,” but once we added honey to the regiment, the results were astonishing. 

But wait, there’s more! In addition to modern day medicine, naturopathic and ancient healing methods, we added something almost futuristic: electronic vascular therapy. 

Just by sitting on a mat that creates a pulsed electromagnetic field—which targets the peripheral nervous system and increases blood flow in the small and very small blood vessels (microcirculation)—my son’s skin improved dramatically!

The psoriasis outbreak is almost completely resolved, and I hope that it will never flare up with such intensity ever again. But the moral of the story is: medicine has its place, as does “old fashioned” home remedies and new fangled technology. All of these therapies can work well together—we aren’t limited to one approach or another!

The doctor didn’t mention using honey, and he probably has never heard of the electromagnetic mat. But doctors can’t know everything! We must do our own research, self-advocate, and explore options to achieve our best outcome possible.

Category : Blog &Health Posted on July 9, 2019

One Comment → “Complementary Medicine for the Win”


  1. Karen Ball
    1 week ago

    Wonderful end to this story!

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