Deleterious effects of traditional Chinese medicine preparations on the course of psoriasis - A case report

Aldona Pietrzak, Joanna Bartosińska, Jacob Dreiher, Jacek C. Szepietowski, Urszula Gawlik-Dziki, Ryszard Maciejewski, Monika Podhorecka, Grazyna Chodorowska

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Psoriasis is a chronic, systemic and difficult to treat condition which negatively affects the patient's quality of life. Frustrated and unsatisfied with the conventional therapies, psoriatic patients start looking for alternative treatment which they believe to be safe and effective. Very common traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) appears to offer various topical and systemic herbal preparations, as well as massages, acupuncture, diet and lifestyle alternations. The presented study concerns a 48-year-old female patient with exacerbated psoriatic skin lesions (tending to become erythrodermic), and certain systemic complications that appeared after taking a TCM herbal medication, Fu Fang Quing Dai Wan, as well as the use of a Chinese herbal bath gel and staying on a diet rich in meat. After in vitro examinations were made of the herbal preparation and its biological properties determined, it was concluded that the TCM herbal preparation should not be considered harmless. Therefore, patients should be made aware of its adverse reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)816-819
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 31 Dec 2013


  • Adverse reaction
  • Chinese herbs
  • Psoriasis
  • Traditional Chinese medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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