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Not Happy With Her Ayruvedic Purchase
from Wendy E.

Dear Ed, Thank you so much for your website.  You are a beautiful person.

I'm 46.  I've had scalp psoriasis since my 20s but it was exacerbated about two years ago.  It feels like just one lesion above my hairline on the back of my head.  I'm guessing my case is mild, but the itch consumes me.  It's the first thing I think of when I wake up.  Like some of your readers I do what I can for relief (ice packs, hydrocortisone creams) and dermatologists have prescribed betamethasone ointment and some foam, but when I found a link to this Ayruvedic regimen on a wonderful health website (, I thought I'd try it.  For $200. 

Well, I believe I was scalped.  The products came (capsules, creams) and they looked unsanitary and the box they came in smelled like smoke.  I could have been holding the miracle cure but I would never have put anything from that box into my mouth or on my skin.  In trying to get a refund I discovered the package was sent from the US though they claimed they were in Canada.  Who knows if I'll get my money back, but I canceled my credit card in any event.

I realize that my naiveté might be one of the reasons I have P in the first place.  Perhaps I need a thicker skin — to be more self-protective.  My mortification at being swindled made me determined to overcome my affliction.  I discovered your site after Googling "not scratching an itch."  I tried for a day not to scratch at all, and nearly went out of my head.  I have recently started just using the end of a pin and pushing it on the itch as little as possible.  (I bet this isn't good for me.)

Anyway, the website I wanted to alert you to is:  I did not see it in the Hall of PShame.

Thank you for listening.  I hope you have recovered from your surgeries.

Best wishes, -Wendy E.


Ed’s Response:  Thanks for writing, Wendy.  I’ve been referred to by others and I find they have done a compelling job with their web site.  Don’t beat yourself up too much.

Some years ago a distinguished American dermatologist, Dr. Koo, from San Francisco, went to China to study Chinese medicine applied to psoriasis.  Like Ayruvedic medicine, there are ancient influences still working in Chinese medicine, too.  In the West we tend to pooh-pooh these practices for lack of scientific verification — yet they have persisted for centuries.

Dr. Koo decided the Chinese approach to treating psoriasis would probably not fare well in the West against the established methods with which we’re all familiar.  Interestingly, though, Dr. Koo added that a part of our dissatisfaction might have a lot to do with our diet and lifestyle.  We have grown up different than the typical Chinese psoriatic who might respond well to his native methods of treatment.

Since reading Dr. Koo’s report from China, I’ve always wondered whether the lesson he learned might apply equally to other culturally influenced approaches to treating psoriasis —  the Indian Ayruvedic approach, especially.  Over the years I’ve received several emails from native Indians who have found more or less success using Ayruvedic methods of treating their P.  Frankly, their level of satisfaction seems no different than mine regarding the western methods I’ve tried through the years. 

I think, Wendy, that there are few flakers who can claim never to have “thrown money away” on remedies that didn’t work or seemed fraudulent.  So your experience certainly doesn’t make you any more thin-skinned than the rest of us.  Stay in touch!  -Ed

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