Dermatology

“The treatment of the internal cause of a disease should not be neglected when treating external symptoms.”  -Bob Flaws

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Visiting the dermatologist can be a disheartening experience. Most cases are left open and unresolved after a modicum of temporary relief.  Since infancy, I suffered with atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. The itching was maddening and my skin responded to every possible allergen. I visited the dermatologist a dozen times, leaving each appointment with a new sample and prescription of steroid cream, each providing the same effect: temporary relief of symptoms and no resolution for my condition. Patients in the West with any chronic skin condition know the plight. A small glimmer of hope, shrivels to ashes when treatment shows no results.

After Chinese herbs treated my eczema, quite elegantly and with little effort, I was blown away by the results, and decided then and there that dermatology would be my focus. My research and training in this specialty are with Bob Flaws and Mazin Al-Kafaji, two of TCM’s leading dermatological experts.

The Chinese medical approach to treating skin disease is rooted in diagnosing an internal pathology, which has manifested on the flesh. In allopathic medicine, eczema is a disease, whereas in TCM eczema is a symptom. In the TCM approach to dermatology, it is essential to differentiate which underlying pathology is causing skin eruptions, and treat the root disease, not the symptom.  Metaphorically, which method would you prefer when weeding your garden: pulling weeds from the roots, or cutting the aerial parts above ground?

As a patient of TCM dermatology, you can expect to engage in a full medical history and exam so we can learn your underlying pathology. Next, expect to drink your custom herbal formula for about 5 months. Frequently, a topical herbal wash, cream, ointment or tincture is prescribed, in addition to their internal herbal formula. Upon completion of your course of treatment,

expect your skin to have been restored to normal function and integrity.

 

*We do not diagnose or treat skin cancer.  If we suspect a skin lesion may be cancerous (or require treatment by steroids or antibiotics), we will refer you to a local western dermatologist for additional care

Aging with Chinese Medicine: Facial Rejuvenation

Self~portrait, July 26 '16
Photographer Julia Miho Glowing from the inside out

The TCM approach to facial rejuvenation is my favorite of all methods available. These techniques are safe, non-invasive, non-toxic, have little-no side effects, and require no recovery time in comparison to chemical peels, face lifts, and injections of collagen, GorTex, Restalyn and BOTOX.  Expect a variety of TCM modalities including, facial acupuncture (with or without micro-strimulation), lymphatic massage, acu-dermal roller, and small facial suction cups.

The TCM theory behind aging skin centers around two things. Vital substances of qi (pronounced chee) and blood naturally decrease with age. When qi and blood are abundant and move smoothly, the skin will be nourished and look radiant. Radiant skin and eyes is a sign of good shen, spirit, in Chinese medicine. When qi and blood diminish with age, priority for distribution of these vital substances goes to the internal organs, leaving the skin undernourished. The TCM modalities used for facial rejuvenation are focused on increasing circulation of qi and blood to the face which:

  • Creates naturally bright and radiant skin
  • Increases collagen production
  • Reduces larger wrinkles and eliminates fine ones
  • Tightens skin pores
  • Plump, lift, and tone what has sunken
  • Minimize sun damage
  • Diminishes breakouts
  • Healthier skin and self-confidence

Acupuncture needles for facial rejuvenation are thin as kitten-whiskers, and inserted very superficially.  Should you prefer a needle-free treatment, there are a number of modalities to create a complete care package.

Lee uses facial massage, guasha, and silicon cups to stimulate circulation, promote lymphatic drainage, and warm the skin and muscles, so that products can penetrate deeply and target specific muscles and points in the face. Following, various botanicals and teas are used to cool and soothe, protect and strengthen the skin. All products fit a strict criteria of purity, efficacy, and awareness of their origin.  LED light is applied during the final stage to generate collagen and reduce chronic redness and inflammation.

Facial Rejuvenation pricing

  • Individual Treatment $85
  • Package of 5 $400    (SAVE $25!)
  • Package of 10 $750    (SAVE $100!)

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