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Q: What can I do to get beautiful skin and hair the natural way?

A: Glowing skin and luxuriant hair are a reflection of a nutritious well-rounded diet. Essential fatty acids, including omega-3s, play a key role in skin and hair health—look for them in fatty fish, flax and chia seeds, walnuts, almonds, spinach, and cruciform vegetables. Protein is also critical so aim for a daily serving of fish, chicken, eggs, or soy. Collagen and elastin are proteins that maintain skin integrity, keeping it firm and plump while Vitamins A, C, D, and E help combat dryness. Trace minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc, and biotin along with folic acid and Vitamins B6 and B12 are important for hair growth. Foods with a plentiful supply of B6 are bananas, potatoes, and spinach while major sources of B12 include meat, poultry, fish, and dairy. Folic acid is found in fresh fruits, especially citrus, many vegetables, whole grains, beans, and lentils.

Traditional Asian foods which have been used for millennia to support healthy skin and hair include squid or calamari, black soybeans, black sesame seeds, lotus root, Chinese pine nuts, Chinese yam, Chinese cabbage, Chinese cucumbers, Chinese dates or jujubes, Chinese tofu, royal jelly, bee pollen, and Asian mushrooms like wood ear, enoki, oyster, and shitake. Eat well, feel well, look well!

About our Doctors

Angela Soeon Park, L.Ac Soeon (pronounced “so-on”) is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist who received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Yo San University. Her appreciation of her chosen profession is due to her very early exposure to its benefits in her native South Korea. She was born prematurely and had serious health complications. Her parents turned to TCM which resulted in her successful recovery. This initial exposure was the genesis of her path to pursue a profession in acupuncture and TCM so that she can share the life-changing benefits of this ancient medical tradition with others.

After completing intensive clinical training at Yo San Community Clinic, Venice Family Clinic, and Wise and Healthy Aging Center in Los Angeles, Soeon pursued advanced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine training at the China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center, and completed residencies at Beijing Hospital, Tongrentang Hospital, and Dongzhimen Hospital in Beijing, China.

Soeon brings to the Tao of Wellness a passion for promoting quality of life, healthy aging, and vibrant living. Always one to round out her skills and improve herself, she is certified in TCM Nutrition, Self-Healing Qi Gong, and TCM Dermatology. She has also honed her clinical skills to include pain management, digestive issues, insomnia, as well as reproductive and mental health. Her ultimate goal is to provide the best treatments possible together with encouraging a balanced and happy lifestyle.

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