Beauty and Balance has partnered with The Dao Health to offer a shared care opportunity, which has been established as a unique patient-tailored program called Integrative Skin Care.
The development of this collaboration was inspired by a mutual desire to treat and heal skin on the inside and out.s adequate circulation and moisture,” Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner and Acupuncturist Georgia Fong said.
“As practitioners, we have an understanding that skin requires internal and external consideration, and this is where Integrative Skin Care was born,” The Dao Health Founder and Principal Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist Elizabeth Cullen said.
The collaboration generates an authentic program that is tailored for the individual patient.
“From experience, we have found collective care to be an effective form of treatment, by treating the internal causing factors of problematic skin whilst also calming and managing the current skin conditions and scarring,” Elizabeth said.
Traditional Chinese Medicine values optimal health as having balance within the environment of the body.
The skin represents the largest organ of the body and internal imbalances can result in varied skin conditions like hormonal breakouts and acne, thus the need to consider the constitution of the body as a whole is imperative for the wellbeing of patient’s skin.
The expertise of The Dao Health’s practitioners goes hand in hand with that of Beauty and Balance to foster Integrative Skin Care, which considers the skin and connective tissue systems no differently to our internal organs.
“Like every part of our body, the skin needs adequate circulation and moisture,” Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner and Acupuncturist Georgia Fong said.
In the initial consultation, the Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner will consider the patient’s skin and body as a whole; beginning with internal factors including medical history and pathology, facial mapping, menstrual cycle, oral contraception pill (current or previous use), sleep cycle, psychological demands and dietary fuels, as well as external factors including skin products and the working environment.
“From there, the patient will be prescribed Chinese Dietary therapy and Chinese Herbal medicine supplementation if necessary, to support healing of the skin, prevent breakouts, and reduce the frequency and intensity of hormonal acne and problematic skin,” Georgia said.
This service will greatly compliment Beauty and Balance facial treatments and infrared sauna sessions.
“We are all aligned in the spirit of holistic care and ready to be of service to you and our community,” Beauty and Balance Senior Skin Coach and Facialist Eliska Graves said.
Eliska’s skincare treatment experience spans more than 14 years of practice, and she comments that early on in her career she recognised that a “holistic” approach to skincare was essential.
“From day one, when I started treating my clients’ problematic skin, I knew the only honest and real approach to sustainable skin care was holistic,”
Eliska said.“The best results we’ve achieved are clearly linked to our clients’ understanding that putting a cream on their face is just not enough."
"We believe that the status and look of skin depends on many factors; from the ingredients we use, lifestyle choices like diet and exercise and the environmental stresses we meet, through to our emotional and mental well-being.”
Eliska commented that professional skin therapists have the expertise to “choose the best skin care ingredients and suitable treatment modality”
however lack the “expertise and qualifications, or rights, to guide clients through complex health and medical issues that may be affecting their skin health”.
“Partnering with Liz Cullen and Georgia Fong from The Dao Health provides me and my team with confidence that our clients are receiving the best holistic skincare possible, offering comprehensive and effective solutions for self-care, health, balance and healthy skin,” Eliska said.
NOTES FROM THE DAO HEALTH
In Traditional Chinese Medicine optimal health is seen where there is balance within the environment of the body. The skin and connective tissue conditions are no different, like every part of our body the skin needs adequate circulation and moisture.
The skin is the largest organ body and internal imbalances in the organs of the body can result in skin conditions. This highlights the need to consider the entire bodies constitution both internal and external when a patient is experiencing on skin symptoms.
In treatment at The Dao Health, we use Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicines and topical herbal ointments, creams and tinctures to repair the skin lesions as well as support the underlying internal condition. When treating the root of the condition being the internal body, the branch being the skin symptoms are supported.
Acne Vulgaris from a Chinese medicine perspective is caused by heat or damp heat depending on how the skin lesions present as well as poor elimination of the skin. The heat may be caused by poor diet leading to poor digestion, stress, overwork or dysfunction through adolescence.
Acne Rosacea from a Chinese medicine perspective is caused by a number of factors including heat, not enough yin and aggregative factors such as anxiety.
We treat both types of Acne by clearing the heat and supporting the underlying condition by treating the body as a whole through the use of Acupuncture, Cosmetic Acupuncture for scarring, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Chinese Dietary Therapy.
Eczema (Atopic dermatitis) from a Chinese medicine perspective is seen to be an inherited disposition to the disease however also needs a pathogen that got into the body and has never been cleared. A “Lingering pathogen”, this sort of pathogen is usually contracted in early childhood and becomes stuck.
Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment involves Acupuncture, Chinese Dietary Therapy, Topical herbal creams and Chinese Herbal Medicine to relieve the signs and symptoms including itching, flaking, pustules and redness. It is important to treat at a constitutional level as well to support the immune system (Lung) and digestive system (Spleen).
From a Chinese medicine, perspective Psoriasis is caused by excess heat that causes dryness and stasis of the blood leading to symptoms of raised and roughened areas of skin covered with scales.
Treatment includes treating the internal body by improving circulation to clear nourishing the blood either by improving circulation or clearing heat and stagnation to relieve symptoms. At The Dao Health, we use topical herbal creams to relieve patches of Psoriasis as well as treating the body with Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese Dietary Therapy.