Chinese herbal treatment focuses on the underlying “patterns of disharmony” associated with each individual’s case.
How can we tell what patterns you have?
First, Antonia closely examines your skin and scalp and takes close-up photos. (Photos are also taken in each follow up visit in order to keep track of how things are changing). The look of the skin gives us lots of information about what is going on internally. For example, red and oily lesions that look inflamed are treated differently than orange-ish lesions that have flaking, or scaling. Tiny, fluid-filled bumps indicate a different pattern than skin that is cracking. Different herbs are chosen if there is flaking only of the scalp, for example, versus flaking with redness that goes beyond the scalp line and onto the face.
Antonia also determines what inner imbalances led to the seborrheic dermatitis expressing in the first place. What other symptoms do you have? Are there digestive symptoms like bloating, loose stools or constipation. Are there symptoms of dryness like dry skin or dry nails? In the herbal consultation we discuss everything from workplace/environmental factors to family history to physical and emotional signs and symptoms.
Once she identifies the patterns of disharmony, Antonia puts together a custom herbal formula. There are multiple ingredients in each person’s herbal formula to address each of these patterns. The ingredients in the formula change over time as the skin evolves and heals.
Antonia also recommends the best topical treatment (which may come in the form of an herbal tincture or ointment) as well as beneficial foods and foods to avoid.