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We Moved!

We Moved!

Sorry I haven’t written a blog post recently but we were quite busy moving our offices.  We moved just 2 blocks from our previous location, so not much has changed.  And as soon as everything (including all our wonderful herbs) are organized again, I can devote more time to blogging and sharing useful info about […]

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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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Two Quick and Simple Acne Tips

Two Quick and Simple Acne Tips

If you have read any of my posts, you know that I always stress the fact that most chronic skin conditions must be healed from the inside out.  As an acupuncturist and herbalist, I use the tools of my trade (acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine) to improve the overall health of the body as the […]

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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] About Common Psoriasis 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) […]

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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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How to Recognize Rosacea

How to Recognize Rosacea

The big red bulbous nose of W.C. Fields is the extreme example of rosacea and certainly not how this condition appears in most people.  I mention this for 2 reasons: 1.) If you have rosacea don’t freak out that this is going to happen to your nose (you can get this condition under control long […]

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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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More Updates on Factors Affecting the Price & Availability of Chinese Herbs

More Updates on Factors Affecting the Price & Availability of Chinese Herbs

One of our most trusted suppliers of Chinese herbs has advised us that market conditions are still creating increased demand and decreased supply of many vital herbs which is causing the price of herbs to skyrocket.  Some of the factors contributing to these unfavorable conditions include not only weather problems that damaged crops (severe droughts, […]

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