Integrating the Dermatology Profession to Maximize Patient Options and Care
traditional Chinese medicine
by Matthew Willett, MD, FAAD on
To kick off the recent 2020 Integrative Dermatology Symposium, Drs. Peter Lio and Olivia Hsu Friedman, with the assistance of Ms. Kelly Barta, provided a fast-paced and comprehensive primer on how integrating conventional Western medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and other Eastern approaches can serve to maximize outcomes for patients. Read on for some important takeaways to integra …
Diet, Acne, and Alternative Therapies: What works and what hurts?
Acne and Diet
by Luke Josiah Maxfield, DO on
Let us set the tone. Dr. Vivian Shi makes it clear. The goal is not to remove or replace prescription medications completely and “go all-natural”. What we are trying to do is provide evidence-based data to complement conventional therapy. We want what people are doing, to work. The goal is to empower our patients to strategically find a diet toolbox that works for their particular skin type an …
Part 2: Integrative Treatments for Androgenetic Alopecia
androgenic alopecia
by InYoung Kim, MD, PhD on
In part 1 of the Integrative Hair Care series, we covered “what to eat for optimal hair care”— sharing tips we can recommend to patients for hair health, with the demystification of some common food and supplement items.  If you missed it, be sure to check it out here! In part 2, we will focus on treatments for hair loss, with an emphasis on androgenetic alopecia. There are different typ …
Part 1: What to Eat for Hair Health
Integrative Hair Care Dr. Apple Bodemer
by InYoung Kim, MD, PhD on
If I could think of a dermatologic condition with which patients are most often in tears, hair loss would definitely be on the top of my list.  For both males and females alike, the impact that hair has on our sense of identity is undeniable.  No, it's not life-threatening, but the psychological distress can be quite significant-- which often transfers right onto the dermatologist.  Because tre …
Healing the Gut to Treat Psoriasis?
Healing the gut to treat psoriasis
by InYoung Kim, MD, PhD on
“All disease starts in the gut.”  This saying may sound like a new fad, but in fact, this is quoted from Hippocrates himself (470-36 BCE) who proposed this--- not ten years ago, a hundred years ago, but thousands of years ago!  Praised as one of the most influential figures in medicine and healing, Hippocrates upheld the theory of autointoxication, which claimed that by-products of incompl …