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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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Renovations Have Begun at the New Zi Zai Clinic!

Renovations Have Begun at the New Zi Zai Clinic!

We are so dang excited to announce that renovations have begun at our new clinic! I had been searching for the last 5 years for just the right location for us. I found it late last winter…and it took until August to inspect it properly and negotiate the lease. But demolition took place last week […]

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Important Update About our Herbal Ointments – June 2016

Important Update About our Herbal Ointments – June 2016

Zi Zai Dermatology first began producing herbal ointments using Chinese herbs in 2008.  Over the years our product formulations (recipes) have evolved thanks to clinical results in our patient clinic, feedback from customers across the world, and the continued training and clinical experience of our herbalist (Diana Hermann).  Our crafting process has likewise been transformed […]

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2015 Dermatology Diploma Course in London: The Conclusion

2015 Dermatology Diploma Course in London: The Conclusion

Why am I always so stunned at how quickly time seems to pass?  It is April 2016 as I type this, and I cannot believe that it has been over a year since the Dermatology in Chinese Medicine Diploma Course commenced in London.  I have since traveled to London from Colorado 5 times.  I have […]

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Chronic Skin Problems – How Zi Zai Dermatology Will Help You

Chronic Skin Problems – How Zi Zai Dermatology Will Help You

Imagine being a waitress with eczema on your hands. Each time you serve a plate of food or a drink to a customer, you worry what they think of the red, scaling skin and fissures on your hands.  Consider being a new teacher with adult acne who suffers embarrassment and lack of confidence each time […]

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Studying Chinese Medicine Abroad: London 2015

Studying Chinese Medicine Abroad: London 2015

Last month I had the honor of being interviewed by my wonderful colleague Michelle Grasek for her blog Modern Acupuncture.  Below is the written interview, in its entirety.  Michelle asked the questions and I provided the answers.  Enjoy… ORIGINALLY POSTED by Michelle Grasek on ModernAcu.com on JULY 23, 2015: Welcome to the second installment of […]

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2015 Dermatology Diploma Course in London

2015 Dermatology Diploma Course in London

This year, I have the privilege to be among the elite class of international health care practitioners studying Traditional Chinese Medicine for Dermatology in London.  This TCM Dermatology Diploma Course is taught by world-renown Chinese Medicine practitioner Mazin Al-Khafaji.  Taking this course has been one of my recent dreams.  I am gushing even as I […]

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Why You Want Our Eczema Ointments To Be Brown

Why You Want Our Eczema Ointments To Be Brown

The lovely thing about Zi Zai Dermatology is that we are a small company and we have total control over how we craft our products.  As a skilled herbalist in Chinese Medicine, I take the formulation of our products very seriously.  I formulate them on paper, make them by hand, then test them for efficacy […]

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Herbal Treatment For Skin Diseases:  How Soon Will I See Results?

Herbal Treatment For Skin Diseases: How Soon Will I See Results?

I have been treating patients in my private TCM practice since 1999. I have seen thousands of patients. I know most people want fast results from their treatments, regardless of what ails them. As the practitioner, I, too, want to get my patients feeling better as soon as humanly possible. As soon as HUMANLY possible. […]

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Zi Zai Dermatology’s Acne Treatment Protocol

Zi Zai Dermatology’s Acne Treatment Protocol

I treat many cases of acne in my private TCM practice and there are 2 important things I have learned that patients must do to achieve excellent results: 1. Be patient, there are no quick fixes. 2. Address internal imbalances as well as external symptoms. Tthose who worked to improve the internal imbalances in their bodies achieved faster results, better results, and had fewer breakouts even when they became a bit lax in their daily skin care routine.

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All About Our Eczema Ointments

All About Our Eczema Ointments

Proper differentiation is the key to effective treatment, and that is why Zi Zai offers more than one ointment for eczema. We took the top 3 most common TCM Differential Patterns for eczema and formulated an ointment for each of them. Use the one that most closely matches your skin.

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Save Tigers Now

Save Tigers Now

Zi Zai Dermatology donates every month to the World Wildlife Fund’s campaign to Save Tigers Now.  While tigers are also losing their homes to deforestation, the sad truth is that most tigers are poached in the name of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or folk remedies.  Historically, tiger bone (He Gu) had been used in TCM […]

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Shingles Part II: TCM Differentiation and Treatment

Shingles Part II: TCM Differentiation and Treatment

[Caution for my readers: The information in this post is intended for healthcare practitioners. Do not attempt to administer any of the suggested medicinals or supplements to yourself at the doses suggested here. Not all of the substances mentioned here are safe for every patient and they should only be prescribed by licensed practitioners.] I […]

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What Having Shingles Felt Like and How I Treated It

What Having Shingles Felt Like and How I Treated It

I am currently recovering from an outbreak of shingles.  As you learned in my previous post, shingles is the common name for the condition that results from a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus. Ten days ago, the virus that had been lying dormant in my left 5th cranial nerve since I contracted chicken pox at […]

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Integrative View of Atopic Dermatitis Part II: The TCM Basics

Integrative View of Atopic Dermatitis Part II: The TCM Basics

[This article was originally written for Acupuncture Today January, 2012, Vol. 13, Issue 01.  This basic overview of eczema is a composite of the information available in other posts on this blog.  It is intended as a more concise summary for practitioners to reference, though the list of tips at the end are for both […]

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Grrr!…Why Does It Keep Coming Back?

Grrr!…Why Does It Keep Coming Back?

My face suffers from rosacea.  So I use the Zi Zai facial products faithfully (the Honey & Herb Scrub, the RosaceaHerbal facial toner and the weekly clay & herb mask).  However, right around Thanksgiving, I suddenly got really lazy.  I ran out of the toner (all I have to do is grab more from the […]

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Intergrative View of Atopic Dermatitis Part I: The Biomedical Basics

Intergrative View of Atopic Dermatitis Part I: The Biomedical Basics

[This article was originally written for Acupuncture Today December, 2011, Vol. 12, Issue 12.  This basic overview of eczema is a composite of the information available in other posts on this blog.  It is intended as a more concise summary for practitioners to reference.] WHAT IS ECZEMA? Before we can differentiate eczema according to TCM, we […]

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Poison Ivy: If You Can’t Avoid It, How to Treat It with TCM

Poison Ivy: If You Can’t Avoid It, How to Treat It with TCM

When I was 12 years old, my best friend Ali and I went leaf collecting in October.  We found the most beautiful leaves blazing with red, orange, yellow AND purple all on one leaf!  They were probably the most beautiful leaves we had ever seen.  We meticulously placed our collection in an album and admired […]

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How to Treat Rosacea with Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture

How to Treat Rosacea with Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture

In a previous post we described the different TCM patterns associated with rosacea.  This post covers how we treat those patterns with Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.  Since rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition, Heat is the most predominant pathogenic factor involved in this skin disease.  Acupuncture and herbs are effective at clearing this pathogenic […]

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Rosacea According to Chinese Medicine

Rosacea According to Chinese Medicine

The 3 main TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) patterns seen in rosacea are Accumulation of Heat in the Lungs and Stomach, Heat in the Blood, and Blood Stasis.  Let’s examine each one individually. In the earlier stages of rosacea, the most common TCM pattern is simply Accumulation of Heat in the Lungs and Stomach.  Heat begins […]

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TCM Differentiation of Common Psoriasis

TCM Differentiation of Common Psoriasis

[This article was originally written for Acupuncture Today June, 2011, Vol. 12, Issue 06 and is intended for practitioners] Psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent, inflammatory skin disease that affects approximately 3% of the population. It is thought to be a genetic disease with immune-mediated skin lesions that (according to western scientific medicine) has no cure. […]

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Best Herbs for Skin Are in Your Own Backyard

Best Herbs for Skin Are in Your Own Backyard

Some my favorite herbs for skin from the Chinese Herbal Pharmacopeia might actually be growing right in your backyard here in North America. My absolute favorite skin herb is honeysuckle flower and it has become quite expensive to obtain in bulk in recent years due to severe weather issues where it is grown for medicinal use in China. But you can harvest it from your own yard and learn to make medicine with it.

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Facial Beauty Routine of an Expert (Herbalist)

Facial Beauty Routine of an Expert (Herbalist)

Make your facial skin care routine special. There is power in allowing it to be a ritual, a ceremony. Perform each task with kindness. Show yourself some love. Be grateful for your face and your skin and do not take it for granted. Caring for your skin doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be fun, especially the facial masks and the facial steam.

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Understanding Eczema Part 4: Patterns and Phases

Understanding Eczema Part 4: Patterns and Phases

[NOTE:  To get the most out of this post, be sure to read my previous posts first: Understanding Eczema Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.] There are a couple of ways to categorize the phases (stages) of eczema: by patient age and/or by duration of illness. By patient age: Infant Phase (under age 2): […]

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Dermatology According to TCM (Over-Simplified)

Dermatology According to TCM (Over-Simplified)

When considering dermatology from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is important to understand how the different pathogenic factors manifest, i.e how they affect the skin’s appearance and sensation.  A simplistic overview: More redness = more Heat More weeping = more Dampness More itching = more Wind More dryness = more Blood Deficiency (or […]

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Understanding Eczema Part 3: Etiology According to TCM

Understanding Eczema Part 3: Etiology According to TCM

My last post discussed the causes of eczema (atopic dermatitis) from the scientific medical perspective.  Here I will talk about the causes of eczema as we understand them according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Some of the terminology will be unfamiliar to you if you are not a practitioner of TCM.  As this post is […]

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Tips for Improving Your Psoriasis

Tips for Improving Your Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a disease of the skin, right?  Well, yes and no.  Psoriasis is a disease that manifests with skin problems but the root of the disease is internal.  The true cause of psoriasis is not yet well understood but research shows it involves genetic, immunologic, metabolic and endocrine factors (and energetic imbalances, too, according […]

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Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (4 of 4: Disharmony of the Ren and Chong Vessels)

Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (4 of 4: Disharmony of the Ren and Chong Vessels)

I know what you are asking:  What the heck are the Chong and Ren Vessels?  (and what do they have to do with psoriasis?) According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the energy (Qi) in the body circulates through a network of vessels (also called “channels” or “meridians”).  The Chong and Ren vessels are particularly important […]

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Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (3 of 4: Qi and Blood Stasis)

Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (3 of 4: Qi and Blood Stasis)

…When there is Qi and Blood Stasis, the lesions typically are darker in color: dull red, purple or even brown. From a little distance they may even look like a bruise. They tend to be thicker with silvery-white scales and some older lesions may resemble oyster shells…

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Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (2 of 4: Blood Deficiency)

Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (2 of 4: Blood Deficiency)

There are at least 7 different possible patterns of psoriasis according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Some references site even more possibilities than that!  But I don’t want to bore you, so I will only cover the 4 most common ones seen in the clinic.  My last post talked about Heat in the Blood Stirs […]

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Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (1 of 4: Heat in the Blood)

Psoriasis According to Chinese Medicine (1 of 4: Heat in the Blood)

Psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent skin disease that (according to western scientific medicine) has no cure.  There are many resources on the web that address the general types of psoriasis and their signs and symptoms.  What I am  presenting here is how we view and understand this disease in Chinese medicine.   I will break it down into […]

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The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts…Except When It Isn’t

The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts…Except When It Isn’t

The main point of my previous post was all about how Chinese Medicine is based on viewing people, health, and life in their entirety.  I went so far as to title the piece “The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts.”  For the most part, this is true…except when it isn’t.  Case in […]

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The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Chinese Medicine embraces the wholeness of living things – the people we treat, the plants we use as medicine, the environment in which we live and life in general .  It isn’t that we ignore little details; we consider them pieces of the bigger picture, smaller parts of the whole. Herbal formula in the grinder When formulating the […]

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Wanted Weeds Part 2: Goatheads

Wanted Weeds Part 2: Goatheads

Alright, I will admit it: probably the only people who think there is any value in goatheads are Chinese herbalists.  Bicyclist in the Rocky Mountain region surely consider them a nemesis.  But as a Chinese herbalist who treats itchy skin conditions, I have to admit that these little burrs come in handy. The goathead, also […]

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Wanted Weeds Part 1: The Dandelion

Wanted Weeds Part 1: The Dandelion

The dandelion sure gets a bad rap in suburbia.  The other day I caught my neighbor using a leaf blower to blow the puff balls off the dandelions in  my yard so they wouldn’t blow into his perfectly groomed lawn.  Lawn care companies and homeowners with green grass seem to have quite the vendetta against […]

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