Today’s guest is Olivia Friedman, a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Dermatologist, acupuncturist and an herbalist who specializes in working with skin conditions, including eczema, dermatitis, and topical steroid withdrawal (TSW). She has helped several members on the ITSAN board and also several people who I’ve met online, who are going through topical steroid withdrawal (TSW).
Did you know that TCM dermatologists are so specialized that there’s only 129 of them in the world? (You can search the TCM dermatology directory to find one in your area).
They’re so specialized that they need to study TCM, then herbalism, and then they branch off even more into studying TCM dermatology (I have so much respect for them!).
IN TODAY’S PODCAST, YOU WILL LEARN:
- How TCM works
- The amount of time it takes to heal on TCM medicine
- Whether people experience a healing crisis on TCM
- Whether it’s a myth if TSW patients really flare after eating licorice root – and the science behind it.
- Why 90% of TCM herbs can be contaminated (and how to choose safe, high quality herbs)
DID YOU ALSO KNOW THAT…
- Acupuncture alone is usually not enough to help the body heal.
- It’s a myth that licorice causes a flare up in TSW patients.
- Dr. Olivia shared that licorice mimics a steroid, but there are many types of steroids in your body. The one that everyone is concerned about that affects the HPA axis is a glucocorticoid, and licorice is not that – licorice is actually a mineralcorticoid, so it works very differently and has a very different affect on your body. It also does not have anything to do with the HPA axis, so your body would not respond to it in the same way as glutocorticoids.
- Most herbal formulas include licorice in it because it’s a great herb to harmonize all the herbs together. However, it’s often used in such small amounts that it doesn’t cause issues in the body. .
Dr. Olivia also works closely with Dr. Peter Lio, a dermatologist and on the board of the National Eczema Association. They often refer patients to each other – which is incredible because I’ve never heard of a dermatologist referring patients to a TCM practitioner before!
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You can find Olivia here at Amethyst Holistic Skin Solutions.
Links to TCM herb contamination studies:
- Study reveals that nearly 90% of traditional Chinese medicines contain trace amounts of disturbing and toxic substances
- Contaminants Found in 92% of TCM Herbal Products
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