Five Ways to Age Naturally
By Dr. Mao Shing Ni, Ph.D., D.O.M., L.Ac.
Although 50% of the population in the United States will be over 65 by the year 2025, aging does not have to mean lower productivity and quality of life. In order to stay healthier longer, many people are seeking out
the time-tested wisdom of Chinese Longevity Medicine. AGING MAY BE INEVITABLE, BUT POOR HEALTH IS NOT!
By the age of 40, people usually begin to experience a myriad of aging maladies such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, obesity, arthritis, stroke, osteoporosis, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Others may simply feel tired, out of shape, anxious, depressed and unfulfilled. While modern medicine has neglected to address the effects of aging in any meaningful and fundamental way, Chinese Longevity Medicine has been making qualitative differences in improving the undesirable effects of aging in patients for centuries. Treatments range from acupuncture, tonic herbs and bodywork to dietary supplements, detoxification and psycho-spiritual guidance. By activating circulation, nourishing hormones,
removing toxins and calming the nervous system, treatments promote regeneration and restore vitality.
You can begin to rejuvenate yourself right away. Here are five areas of self-renewal activities:
What You Eat: It is no surprise that diet is crucial to health and longevity. A diet that historically promotes longevity is high in fish and vegetables
as well as mushrooms, seaweed, corn and buckwheat. It is low in animal products like meat and poultry.
What You Do: Tai chi practitioners live longer and remain healthier. Besides being enjoyable, tai chi makes you stronger. Recent studies have found that it increases energy, boosts
immunity against viruses, lowers blood pressure and improves cognitive function among other benefits.
How You Heal: "First do not harm." This simple yet profound ancient wisdom still holds true today. How can healing be effective if harm is created alongside the cure? Prevention is
the key to maintaining good health. If healing is required, seek natural remedies that "first do no harm."
Who You Are: Understanding your inherited and genetic vulnerabilities and the need for prevention gives you a head start on anti-aging. Chinese Longevity
Medicine promotes self-responsibility and awareness-of yourself, your relationships and your health.
Where You Are: With environmental factors causing ever more damage to our well-being, it is important to know what to look out for. You can avoid chemical compounds if you buy organic foods and use
glass and recycled paper products. It is also important to undergo periodic detoxification of your body.