Is it possible to age with Health? The prospect of Traditional Chinese Medicine
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While it is clear that the risk of disease and dysfunction increases as you get older, enjoy good health in old age is perfectly possible. Many of the diseases, disabilities and chronic illnesses related deaths can be avoided if certain preventive measures are taken.
During adulthood and old age, generally signs and symptoms of aging develop as the hair thinning and graying, ringing in the ears, Hearing loss, Infertility, sexual dysfunction, menopause, memory loss, urinary and fecal incontinence, pain and weakness in the lower back, hips and knees, reduced bone density and increased risk of fractures.
Western medicine You recognize that some of these symptoms may be due to a deficiency of sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, whereby, hormone replacement has become the focus of medicine "antiaging" (anti aging).
Traditional Chinese Medicine It offers a different perspective that is based on energy. From this point of view, aging is a process by which essence is lost and kidney qi. 'Kidney', for Chinese medicine, It refers not only to the two anatomical organs we have in our lower back, but an energy subsystem called 'Kidney meridian'.
According to 'Classic of the Yellow Emperor' (200 A.C.), the essence and kidney qi They are responsible for the operation and development of the brain, including the sense of hearing, bone matrix and marrow function, sexual function and fertility, and regulation of the urinary tract and intestines. This meridian reflects the mental functions willpower and motivation, and emotions derived from fear.
It is considered that the essence and kidney qi are prenatal because inherited from our parents. Therefore, There is a wide range of differences among people, and the amount of kidney qi and essence within an individual is limited. The state of our essence and our kidney qi is clearly manifested in our hair.
menopause in women is an unmistakable sign of essence and qi deficient kidney. Also, the essence and kidney qi is the mainstay of other subsystems that cause a variety of symptoms.
There are factors that can make us lose our essence faster kidney. For example, other meridians dysfunction may increase the demand and decreased kidney essence and qi; some factors are poor care during pregnancy and childbirth, heavy periods, excessive ejaculations in men and excessive fear.
“For healthy aging, we must protect the kidney qi and essence as early as possible”
The state of the meridian of essence and qi can be controlled by classical techniques of traditional Chinese medicine, as diagnosis through pulse. The primary interventions to balance the meridians include acupuncture, Chinese herbs and Qigong. Then, I share some of my patients cases as an example of the methods used by Chinese medicine.
Amy, a sixty year old, He reported that it felt like I had ninety. She had stopped menstruating ten years ago and lost sexual appetite for nine, while approximately it started urinary incontinence and osteoporosis. Also, He suffered from a strong seasonal depression and insomnia. He examined it with classical techniques of Chinese medicine and was diagnosed with acute kidney qi deficiency. She was treated with acupuncture sessions for three weeks and is provided herbal supplements. His symptoms improved significantly.
Cathy, A woman sixty-five years, he complained about his difficulty concentrating and memorizing. She considered these symptoms as side effects of four drugs he was taking to control his severe depression. She was evaluated with Chinese medicine techniques and was determined to have essence deficiency and qi stagnation kidney and liver.
She was treated twice a week for three months with acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies. In addition to improvements in cognitive function, She reported that she had less back pain and knees, greater sexual satisfaction, her urinary incontinence had fallen and was in better spirits. With the guidance of your doctor, It could also reduce the dose of their psychotropic medication.
For healthy aging, we must protect the kidney qi and essence as early as possible. Are some factors that help keep a healthy lifestyle (for example, avoid excess alcohol and snuff), sleep regularly, eat a balanced diet, regular physical activity, have a healthy sex life in marriage without excesses, and face life with less fear.
Some food which is considered to be replenished kidney energy are grains, green leafy vegetables (cooked), soya beans black, the black sesame seeds, black mushrooms, walnuts and chestnuts, fish, shrimp, the seaweed, lamb and duck. As herbs that can sustain energy kidney, some are ginseng, Rehmannia root, and lychee cob (an original tropical fruit China).
It also can stimulate acupoints by acupressure. Many relaxation techniques and energy exercises can positively affect the balance of the meridians. Particularly conscious recommend meditation, Tai Chi and Qigong. Cultivation systems with roots in Chinese medicine, as Falun Gong, although beyond the purpose of anti-aging-and aspiring to spiritual enlightenment and eternal life, They show a remarkable effect of rejuvenation as a side effect of practice.
Aging is a natural process of life, and healthy aging is possible, in particular by integrating the best of Western medicine with Eastern. Therefore, it is advisable to have a consultation with a physician with extensive experience in traditional Chinese medicine to trace an individual plan that uses ancient Chinese wisdom. However, should do to supplement the care already you receive from your physician of conventional medicine.
Source: The Epoch Times