Whether you’re 25 or 55, ageing is a natural process that every woman goes through. While you can’t stop aging, you can, in a way, slow it down. Few are aware of the many ways you can age gracefully and beautifully.
Symptoms of aging:
According to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), a woman starts to show initial signs of ageing, such as sallowness in the face and hair loss, in her mid-30s. By her early 40s, she will develop further signs of ageing, including sagging skin, graying and thinning of the hair, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, infertility, diminished sexual function, menopause, forgetfulness, urinary and bowel incontinence, pain and weakness in the lower back, hip, and knees, reduced bone density, and increased risk of fractures. If ageing is truly a natural and inevitable process, is there a way to slow it down?
Why is TCM effective for anti-aging？
If ageing is truly a natural and inevitable process, is there a way to slow it down? From a TCM standpoint, aging is a process of losing kidney qi and essence. We refer here not simply to the organs in our lower backs but to an energy subsystem called the kidney meridian.
Kidney qi and essence, according to the Yellow Emperor’s Classics, dating back to about 200 B.C., is responsible for brain development and function, including hearing, bone matrix, and function of bone marrows, sexual function, and capacity to conceive, and regulation of the urinary tract and the bowels. This meridian reflects the mental functions of willpower and motivation and emotions derived from fear.
The primary interventions of TCM to balance meridians include acupuncture, herbal medicine, proprietary Chinese medicine, moxibustion, cupping, Tui Na, etc. According to different causes and symptoms, TCM doctors select different herbal medicine and different acupuncture points to improve the body’s immune system and adjust reproductive function back to normal.
Aging is a natural process of life, and healthy aging is achievable, particularly through integrating the best of Eastern and Western medicine. Therefore, it is advisable that you consult with a well-trained TCM doctor to discuss an individual plan that uses ancient Chinese wisdom.
Best Foods for Your Anti-Aging Diet
Here are some anti-ageing secrets every woman should know, so you can enjoy life at any age. Incorporate TCM in your daily beauty routines and maintain an active mind, healthy skin and body with proper treatment, adequate nourishment and a positive lifestyle change.
- Food for the Skin
To keep the skin looking young, nourish the Heart, Spleen and Lungs. There are herbs which help to maintain a youthful and healthy complexion, and therefore help fight the signs of ageing.
Chinese herbs: Ganoderma Mushroom (Lingzhi), Ginseng (Renshen), Chinese Wolfberries (Gouqizi), Red Dates (Hongzao), Chinese Angelica (Danggui), Fleeceflower Root (Heshouwu,), White Fungus (Baimuer), Lily Bulbs (Baihe), Bird’s Nest (Yanwo).
- For Healthy Hair
To prevent hair loss and premature greying, tonify the Kidneys and the Liver. Tonifying refers to balancing the energy or Qi in one’s body, which is necessary when there is deficiency. Hair that is thick and glossy reflects the state of your Liver and Kidneys, which are interrelated and responsible for major ageing signs.
Chinese herbs: Glossy Privet Fruits (Nvzhenzi), Fleeceflower Root (Heshouwu), Black Sesame Seeds (Heizima), Chinese Angelica (Danggui), Cordyceps (Dongcongxiacao), Lingzhi, Cnidium (Chuanxiong), and Prepared Rehmannia Root (Shoudihuang).
- For an Active Mind
To maintain a healthy mental state, nourish the Heart, invigorate the Spleen and sooth the Liver. Keep your mind active and increase mental vitality by taking herbs which help to promote a healthy body.
Herbs that nourish the heart and invigorate the spleen: Chinese Dates (Dazao), Poria (Fuling), and Longan Fruit.
Herbs that soothe the liver: Hare’s Ear Root (Chaihu), White Peony Root(Baishao), and Gambir Plant (Gouteng).
- For Youthfulness from Within
Fortify the spleen and promote Qi production to prevent early signs of ageing – these can include weakness of the limbs, a sallow complexion, pale lips, puffy eyes and sagging skin.
Chinese herbs: Longan Fruit (Longyanrou), White Peony Root (Baishao), Chinese Angelica (Danggui), Codonopsis Root (Dangshen), and White Atractylodes (Baizhu).