Question: I have had psoriasis for 30 years now. It started as a teen (16), and has continued to worsen over the years. I have tried conventional topical medications. Most do not work totally, just keep the symptoms at bay. I have done much ‘research’ over the years for alternative treatments for psoriasis. Recently I have had my first Jin Shin Jyutsu session. What are some holds that I can do at home in between JSJ sessions? I am currently using a strong topical steroid spray, that has the potential to affect my adrenal glands if I use too much. This is a topic for concern also. Thank you for posting this information.
Answer: A simple and powerful way to help yourself in this instance is to hold your thumb. Whenever and where ever you find that your hands are free – watching TV, waiting for a bus, you’ll never be bored again, as these are perfect opportunities to give yourself a treatment! Then there is the powerful self-help exercise of the Main Central – especially steps L4 and L5 which help to deepen your breathing, boost your immune system and help the adrenals (L5). A good practice is to take an hour out each day for the Main Central Source of Life exercise – especially if you have a specific Jin Shin Jyutsu ‘project’ to work on, but just a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes at night working on these two ‘points’ will help ‘clean house’ in between Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments! One more hold which is particularly linked to breathing and the skin is the Lung Function Energy – the first position of this hold is: left fingers on left SEL 14 (or the last left rib before the abdominal cavity) and the right fingers on left SEL 22 (or the left clavicle). And finally, ask your Jin Shin Jytusu practitioner to show you the first 2-3 steps of the Stomach Flow, which I think will also help, as well as the Spleen Flow (which I advise you do once a day as well – doesn’t have to take long). So lots you can do for yourself! I hope this is helpful. – Astrid
This is a summary of links back to older posts that I refer to in the answer to your question:
How to Hold Your Thumb
Main Central Source of Life
Complete Spleen Flow
Deep Skin Flow
And finally, Psoriasis is a non-contagious common condition of the skin that causes rapid skin cell reproduction resulting in red, dry patches of thickened skin. The dry flakes and skin scales are thought to result from the buildup of the rapid production of skin cells. Psoriasis commonly affects the skin of the elbows, knees, scalp, and ears.
The immune system is thought to play a major role. Despite research over the past 30 years looking at many triggers, the ‘master switch’ that turns on psoriasis is still a mystery. – From Medicinenet