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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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Vegan Herbal Ointment for Itchy Rash

Vegan Herbal Ointment for Itchy Rash

Zi Zai Dermatology’s LittleRedRash™ Ointment is an herbal ointment designed to be a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to itchy skin rashes. Instead of beeswax, it contains a plant-based wax called candelilla wax.  This makes it an excellent option for vegans or for those who are allergic to propolis (which is sometimes found in beeswax). The […]

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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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Herbal Facial Serum Now Available

Herbal Facial Serum Now Available

Zi Zai Dermatology’s RosaceaHerbal™ Facial Serum is formulated to replenish moisture and nutrients to the easily-irritated skin found in people who suffer from Rosacea. Anti-inflammatory Chinese herbs are infused into precious cold-pressed, organic oils that are superior for use on sensitive skin. These delicate oils have been found to have potent antioxidant properties and are found in some of the best anti-aging facial serums.

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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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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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Tips to Manage and Improve Rosacea

Tips to Manage and Improve Rosacea

As we have discussed in earlier posts, rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the face. Any kind of heat will make the symptoms worse, so when trying to manage your rosacea, it will be vital to avoid all external and internal sources of heat.  The following is a list of things to avoid […]

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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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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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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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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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