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Simple Tips to Improve Your Eczema

Simple Tips to Improve Your Eczema

Chronic skin ailments are so frustrating.  One very important concept to remember when dealing with a chronic skin problem is that our skin is just one of the organs in our whole body.  It is our largest organ and it is on the outside of our body (for all the world to see and for […]

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Update on possible increasing costs

Update on possible increasing costs

Several of our suppliers of Chinese herbs have been (necessarily) increasing their prices to reflect recent changes in supply and demand of certain herbs.  Many crops of herbs have been damaged or destroyed due to severe weather conditions and events (earthquakes, late freezes, droughts and floods) in the past year and a half in the […]

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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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Understanding Eczema Part 2: Causes

Understanding Eczema Part 2: Causes

WHAT CAUSES ECZEMA? In the last post, we began our discussion about eczema by coming to agreement on exactly what we mean by eczema.  To recap, the term “eczema” is often used throughout the medical community to describe multiple types of dermatitis (inflammatory skin conditions).  For our purposes in this series of posts, we will […]

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Understanding Eczema Part 1: What exactly is eczema?

Understanding Eczema Part 1: What exactly is eczema?

WHAT IS ECZEMA? “Eczema” and “dermatitis” are two terms that are often used interchangeably.  Many skin conditions are diagnosed as eczema when they aren’t and there are many forms of dermatitis, each with their own unique details.  This post is my attempt to straighten out this information (and misinformation) for you.  I will cover eczema […]

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Is Jalapeno Sauce Not Green Enough?

Is Jalapeno Sauce Not Green Enough?

Why do we need to eat meat that has artificial red color injected into it?  Do we really want the fake smell of chemical air-fresheners in the air we breathe?  Is real chocolate so boring that we need to add artificial flavoring to our ice cream? Our consumer world is so full of artificial color, […]

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How I Healed the Rash Around My Mouth

How I Healed the Rash Around My Mouth

In a recent post I talked about how I had a rash around my mouth for 4+ months this spring/early summer.  I discovered the cause of the rash was an allergic contact dermatitis – a reaction to the propolis in some beeswax as well as to jojoba oil.  Yes, I am allergic to jojoba oil, […]

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How Free Are You?

How Free Are You?

When you think about about your life (your daily existence or the bigger picture), how free do you feel? Do you feel light and mobile and full of energy?  Ready to explore and experience and learn?  Comfortable in your skin, free of pain (physical, emotional, spiritual)? Or do you feel heavy, weighed-down, overburdened?  Restricted, limited, […]

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