Since we covered acne in the last blog, we are sticking with skin and the things that can affect it.  Let’s talk about eczema, and a very similar disorder atopic dermatitis.  Eczema is an inflammatory skin reaction that occurs due to external or internal agents.  Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disorder linked to a genetic predisposition to forming excess IgE antibodies to antigens.  They are mostly referred to together because of the similar disruption that occurs and the manner in which it does.  I will be using the term eczema throughout to refer to these conditions.  Eczema presents as... Read More »


Zits are the pits, I’m sure we would all agree. Starting at puberty and, for some, sticking around through adulthood.  How does it happen?  Well, hormones from puberty, then there’s menopause, andropause, stress, poor eating habits, and using the wrong products to clean yourself.  That’s a lot to think about it isn’t it, when all we want is a fresh clear layer of skin to move about it and feel comfortable about. Skin is an interesting organ, I’m sure you’ve heard it’s the largest organ in the body, and it has multiple functions: It PROTECTS the body (think UV rays,... Read More »

Penetrating Vessel: Channel of Family & Soul Growth

Our final of the Eight Extraordinary channels, is the Chong Mai , AKA the Penetrating Vessel.  This channel originates in the same area of the Ren and Du meridians, it travels through the uterus, and out the lower abdomen.  It parallels the Ren channel that runs midline of the body, goes up through the chest, flows through the throat, around the mouth and to the forehead.  It also has two other branches, one that travels the spine to the lower portion of the back and one that flows down toward the foot splitting into two more branches that follow 2... Read More »