‘Gradual change in an organism that leads to increased risk of weakness, disease, and death.’
Aging takes place in a cell, an organ or the total organism over the entire adult life span of any living thing. There is a decline in biological functions and inability to adapt to metabolic stress. Changes in organs include the replacement of functional cardiovascular cells with fibrous tissue. Overall effects of aging include reduced immunity, loss of muscle strength, decline in memory and other aspects of cognition, loss of color in the hair and elasticity in the skin. In women, the process accelerates after menopause.
Since ancient time humans have been trying to find the way of longevity and a healthy life without any illnesses. Today our life span is much longer than even that of 100 years ago in this country. Therefore, more people are interested in the way of longevity and healthy living.
In ancient China, the emperors would send people to look for an elixir to stop aging and allow them to live forever. The Emperor of the Qin dynasty, Shi Huang sent a large number of troops and herbalists all over the world for the legendary herbs ‘bu lao cao’ to give him immortality. His troops never came back with this “magical elixir”, and Emperor Shi Huang rested in his tomb waiting…
This common human desire of defying age drove the ancient Chinese to study and develop a wide range of anti-aging herbs and formulas. They are still widely used in traditional Chinese medicine to enhance the immune system and slow down aging.
Although there are many theories of anti-aging in traditional Chinese medicine, the most important one is the association of aging and decreased immuno-function.
The Axis of the Kidney Qi determines the function of the immune system. The immune system is key in anti-aging. If the immune system is weak, the Axis of the Kidney will be weak; with little to no flow of Qi. Opening this energy in the Axis of the Kidney is the primary theory of anti-aging treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
“The kidney energy is closely related to human’s birth-growth-death process in Traditional Chinese Medicine.”
Huang di nei jing , the 1st chapter of Suwen says.
“In a man, at the age of 8 the boy’s kidney energy is abundant, his hair and teeth grow. At the age of 16 his kidney energy is even more abundant, the dew of Heaven[sperm] arrives, the Essence is luxuriant and flowing, Yin and Yang are harmonized and he can produce a child. At the age of 24, the Kidney energy peaks, tendons and bones are strong, the wisdom teeth appear, and growth is at its peak. At the age of 32, tendons and bones are at their strongest, and the muscles are full and strong. At the age of 40, the Kidney is weakened, the hair begins to fall out and the teeth become loose.
At the age of 48, Yang Qi is exhausted, the face becomes darker and the hair turns grey. At the age of 56, the Liver energy is weakened, the tendons cannot move, the dew of Heaven is dried up, the Kidney becomes weak and the body begins to grow old. At the age of 64 hair and teeth are gone.”
The speed of aging is proportional to the strength of kidney energy.If Kidney Qi is strong, aging does not occur quickly.
This original Qi in the kidney is the fundamental energy of our body and the source of all the life activity as well. Therefore if Kidney Qi is good, the original Qi will flourish, the right Qi will become strong and in turn the body’s immune system will function properly. But in the weak condition of Kidney Qi, vice versa.
From the clinical studies, the patient with weak Kidney Qi shows the low immune system frequently, in particular, poor cell immune function.
For example, 37 cases of the chronic bronchitis due to poor kidney function show 2 times less T- cell proportion than do 20 cases of the healthy.
And also after 3 months of administration of a tonifying kidney herbal concoction, the kidney function became noticeably improved and T-cell proportion increased as well.
In modern medicine, T-cell is considered as the important substance of immune system. T-cells respond to antigens by cell to cell contact and attach to foreign cells directly in which antigens are processed before interacting with T cells.
Therefore T-cell protects its own cell, kills and inhibits proliferation of viruses and tumor cells within normal cells. This T cell’s work is activated by thymocin in the thymos. That is why the thymus is so important in the immune system.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the function of the kidney consists of the immune system, endocrine system, reproductive system, and nervous system.
Meng shen in his 98 from Tang dynasty said, “The man who is able to keep healthy and cultivate the good personality speaks only the good words and always takes good herbs.”
Sun Si Miao in his 101, “if the man is over 40 years old, sedating herbs should not be taken but only tonifying herbs and if 50 years old, he should not skip the tonic herbs all over the 4 seasons.”
There are innumerable formulas for anti-aging and longevity in the history of traditional Chinese medicine. Today, most of these herbs have been researched in laboratories in western countries finding that these herbs are widely used and proven effective in regulating and improving the immune system.
The main ingredients of these formulas are herbs such as; ling zhi, huang jing, shan zhu yu, gou qi zi, tu si zi, di huang, yu zhu, he shou wu, rou cong rong, ba ji tian, sang shen, rou gui, fu zi, yin yang huo, lu rong, zi he che, ren shen, huang qi.
Huang qi, huang jing, nu zhen zi, gou qi zi, tu si zi, bu gu zi, human placenta, yin yang huo are used to increase the transforming rate of T-cell and the functional strength of T-cell, and inhibit auto-immune disorders. These herbs have been used for cancer treatment in China.
Huang qi, Astragalus:
Ren shen, ginseng root:
Wu jia pi, Aacanthopanax root bark:
Allegedly, Ancient Emperors, Nobles and physicians, Lu Ding Gong, Zhang Zi Chan, Yang Jian Shi, and Wang Shu Ya lived 300 years by drinking wu jia pi wine everyday. And also Li Shi-Zhen said, “wu jia is better than the carriage full of gold and jade.”
Zi he che, human placenta:
These herbs are used for anti-aging and balancing the immune system. In particular, cardiovascular disorders and tumors in the elderly are related to the disturbance of the immune system.
Zhu Dan Xi of the Yuan Dynasty (1281-1358) said, “ze he che is the substance formed by the father’s sperm and the mother’s blood and the most balanced natural substance and this is the very source of the energy”
Please understand that unless there is traditional Chinese medicine doctor present to design a formula specifically for your condition, these herbs can be misused or dosed incorrectly. The good herbs may just be bad herbs for YOU.Before you take the herbs, you should have a consultation and examination from a licensed acupuncturist.
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