Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) aims to promote an individual’s longevity, or length of a human life. Aging and longevity are closely related to Qi, (pronounced chee) or life force, and blood balance. The lung and kidney functions are the primary focus.
TCM uses the combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs to balance the Qi and blood within the lung and kidney meridians. This assists the body in developing and continuing a long, healthy life.
Additional tips to promote longevity include:
Breathe out bad air – Breathe in fresh air until filling up your belly and chest, and let out all the foul air slowly. Repeat several times every day. This process is called guhe and can help purge stagnation and increase your lung capacity.
Rub your belly – Rubbing your belly button and abdomen can enhance your gastrointestinal motility and purge stagnation.
Soak and rub your feet – The first point on the Kidney meridian, called yong quan or “gushing spring,” is located near the center of the sole of the foot. After soaking your feet in warm water with Epsom salt, rub your yong quan points. This warms the body and promotes circulation.
Throughout our lives, Qi flows through our bodies providing nourishment and energy to our cells, tissue, muscles and organs. As we age, it becomes more difficult for Qi to move upwards and “lift” the skin. This leads to wrinkling and sagging of the skin. Additional factors that hasten this process include: poor diet, digestion, circulation and/or emotional & environmental stresses.
Acupuncture rejuvenation improves facial muscle tone, stimulates the blood and lymph circulation, promotes facial collagen production and balances the immune/hormonal systems.
Benefits may include:
Minimizing or eliminating facial wrinkles/fine lines
Reducing facial puffiness by removing excess fluids
Tightening and reducing facial sagging & eye bags
Improving facial elasticity and sheen
Eliminating freckles and age spots
Promoting general health and well being
Stay hydrated – this helps prevent the skin and muscles from drying.
Gently massage the face.
Walk at least 20 minutes a day, and breathe deeply.
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