Holistic TCM Dermatology Portland, OR

Natural treatment for skin health

In addition to medical and cosmetic acupuncture I specialize in the treatment of skin conditions with holistic, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dermatology.

My approach integrates principles of functional medicine and current research in the pharmacology of herbs and botanical extracts.

Conditions that can be effectively treated with Holistic Dermatology:

Perioral Dermatitis


Pruritis (Itching)

Urticaria (Hives)

Perioral Dermatitis


Pruritis (Itching)

Urticaria (Hives)

Pityriasis Versicolor


Lichen Simplex


Herpes Zoster

Herpes Simplex



Stasis Eczema

I'm here to help!

If you or someone you know is suffering with a skin condition and would like to discuss treatment options, I encourage you to schedule a free consultation. I will happily share my experience and discuss what you can expect if we work together.

An Introduction to Chinese Medicine Dermatology Ebook

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What can I expect from Holistic TCM Dermatology treatments?

There is an internal, systemic process underlying many common skin conditions. Western dermatological approaches are strong but ineffective or unsafe for many individuals. By treating the symptoms and the underlying dynamic, we can clear the skin and improve overall health. Holistic dermatology treatment is safe with minimal or no side effects.

Some conditions can be completely cured with TCM dermatology while others can be managed effectively or brought to remission. It’s helpful if you’ve been diagnosed by a dermatologist, but it’s not always necessary for holistic treatment.



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Natural skincare blogs and articles

Six Tips to Heal Psoriasis
Holistic Dermatology: Six Tips to Heal Psoriasis
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine provide a holistic, safe, and effective treatment for psoriasis. The following evidence-based recommendations may improve outcomes as part of a treatment plan with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Stop smoking. Yep, smoking cigarettes has been directly linked to increased incidence and severity of psoriasis. Reduce alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol consumption is...
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Holistic TCM Dermatology: Chronic Fungal Infections
Most fungal infections of the skin respond well to over-the-counter antifungal creams or simple vinegar soaks, but sometimes they return and we have to treat them again. And again and again. If you experience recurring or chronic fungal infections, that’s frustrating and I’m sorry! You might wonder, why am I so vulnerable to this pest?...
Acupuncture and Holistic TCM Dermatology: Itch (pruritis)
Itch (pruritis) is a common manifestation of eczema (atopic dermatitis), hives (urticaria), acne, psoriasis, lichen sclerosus, fungal infection (tinea), lichen planus, and other skin conditions. A systematic review and meta-analysis (1) concluded acupuncture successfully reduces the intensity of itch. Researchers have identified potential explanations for this positive effect: The kappa opioid receptor is active throughout...
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Acupuncture and Holistic TCM Dermatology: Lichen Sclerosus
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dermatology provide a wealth of resources for relief and complete healing of lichen sclerosus, especially in its early stages. How do I know if I have lichen sclerosus? Lichen sclerosus is an autoinflammatory condition which most often affects skin in the anogenital area. The cause is not well understood...
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How does traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dermatology treat eczema?
September 13-19 is National Eczema Week 2020, and one of my colleagues in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dermatology has produced a brief webinar in collaboration with the National Eczema Association. In this presentation Dr. Olivia Hsu Friedman explains how TCM and Western medicine differ in their approach to treating eczema, and answers the questions below:...
Acupuncture and Holistic Dermatology for Lichen Planus | Portland, OR
Holistic TCM Dermatology: Lichen Planus
Lichen planus is a common inflammatory condition affecting the skin and mucous membranes, and can fully resolve with treatment by holistic, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dermatology. The cause and etiology of lichen planus is not well understood. It is generally considered an autoimmune disorder. How do I know if I have lichen planus? Lichen planus...

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My acupuncture clinic is centrally located on NE Broadway Street in Northeast Portland, easily reachable from North, SW, and SE Portland. You’ll find easy neighborhood parking.