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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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Fire Near The Fort

Fire Near The Fort

Zi Zai Dermatology is based in Fort Collins, Colorado and we love the area where we live and work.  Right now our region is experiencing one of the worst wildfires in Colorado history.  Friends and family who live in the once-beautiful canyons just west of town have lost their homes and their land (but thankfully […]

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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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Shingles Part II: TCM Differentiation and Treatment

Shingles Part II: TCM Differentiation and Treatment

[Caution for my readers: The information in this Shingles TCM differentiation 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 […]

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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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Shingles Part I: Understanding the Viral Phases

Shingles Part I: Understanding the Viral Phases

Herpes Zoster (a.k.a. Shingles) is an acute skin infection associated with the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus (the virus that causes chickenpox).  During chicken pox infection, the virus enters the cutaneous nerves and then travels to the dorsal root ganglia where it lies dormant until something triggers it to become active again.   Stress, illness, […]

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Helping the WWF Save Tigers

Helping the WWF Save Tigers

Zi Zai Dermatology now donates monthly to the World Wildlife Fund to help them in their efforts to stop the poaching of tigers (and other endangered species).  Sadly, many tigers are poached in the name of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  We need to educate consumers and governments that this is unacceptable.  We at Zi Zai Dermatology […]

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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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