What is TCM?

and what’s it doing in my skin care?

About TCM

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is the style of Chinese Medicine most used in – and most resonant with – the West. It is based on China’s 3000 year old Classical medical tradition, and more recently informed by modern science. Acupuncture is one modality familiar to most people, but the backbone of TCM is its unique therapeutic herbal system. LEARN MORE

What makes TCM herbal practice different?
The formulas of TCM are individualized, and rely upon balance of energetics, not just addition of herbs with desired effects. This ancient science seems mysterious precisely because it is so complex. TCM practice almost never dictates use of a single plant for its action alone. Rather, complementary herbs are combined with exquisite care and sophistication, to offset and balance one another, maximizing intended benefits while neutralizing any unwanted effects. Every herb in a given combination has been carefully chosen, and has an essential reason for being there. Every one has its part in the unified whole. The resulting formula is a sum far greater than its parts, and designed to exactingly target a specific condition, or disharmony. The essence of TCM herbal science is dynamic, balancing, synergistic.

Why use it for skin care?

Because the skin is an organ too; and well-recognized as such in TCM. The therapeutic principles that apply to the body in general apply to skin no less. Founder Kirsten’s dual passion for skincare and TCM, along with her Western healthcare background, made this fusion a natural!