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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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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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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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Recommended Resource for Dermatology

Recommended Resource for Dermatology

One of our blog readers introduced me to the following site and I think it is a fabulous resource for the (western) understanding of skin ailments and for suggestions on how to treat/manage them: www.DermNet NZ.org This website is managed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated and I am impressed with how thorough and […]

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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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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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