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New Product for Raw Lips

New Product for Raw Lips

Announcing our newest product for your lips:  RawRedemption™ Herbal Lip Oil! If you suffer from exfoliative cheilitis, a recurrent lip rash, or an allergy that has made your lips raw and irritated, then you will want our RawRedemption™ Herbal Lip Oil. The herbal oil comes in a glass vial with a stainless steel roller ball […]

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China Trip 2017 Part 2: The Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine

China Trip 2017 Part 2: The Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine

In September I had the fortune of visiting the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (NUCM or NUTCM), located in the Jiangsu province of southern China.  NUTCM is the university where I completed an official externship back in 1999, shortly after graduating from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.  At that time, I trained with Dr. […]

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China Trip 2017 Part 1: Inside the Teaching Hospitals in Nanjing

China Trip 2017 Part 1: Inside the Teaching Hospitals in Nanjing

In September I journeyed to Nanjing, China to visit the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NUTCM), located in the Jiangsu province of southern China.  Actually, to be more accurate, I went there to scope out these fast-growing new beauty health clubs (I thought they’d be more about dermatology/skincare but they were not at all […]

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Decreased Availability of Chinese Herbs in the US

Decreased Availability of Chinese Herbs in the US

Here at Zi Zai Dermatology, we source our Chinese herbs from various US vendors who do the direct importing of the herbs from reputable growers in China.  It has been increasingly challenging to obtain some of these herbs lately and the cost of many Chinese herbs has gone up quite a bit due to decreased […]

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Why Am I Suddenly Allergic to Products I Never Reacted to Before?

Why Am I Suddenly Allergic to Products I Never Reacted to Before?

You’ve used the same lip balm forever, and you never had a reaction to it before.  But all of a sudden (it seems), you have itchy lips or a bit of a red rash around your mouth or even a few small, itchy bumps.  If you really think about it, maybe you recall this happening […]

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Facial Gua Sha

Facial Gua Sha

What Is Gua Sha? Gua sha (including facial gua sha) is one of several non-needle techniques we use as treatment in Chinese Medicine.  It is an ancient technique and its simplicity allowed it to be used in the clinic as well as in homes in Asian communities.  “Gua sha” literally translates as “scraping sand” but […]

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