Skin

Aging Skin, Wrinkles, Sagging Skin in Chinese Medicineherb leaves

Ancient imperial houses guarded the secret Asian tonic herbs and acupressure that would preserve youthful skin closely. These rejuvenation techniques have only been uncovered in the past decade or so and work from the inside-out. Although these techniques originated thousands of years ago, countless modern scientific studies have confirmed the value and efficacy of these herbal substances and Chinese medical therapies for anti-aging efforts.

One core theory that makes Chinese medicine so effective in preserving and restoring healthy skin tone is the understanding that the health of the skin is a reflection of internal bodily wellness or imbalance, and is not just treated topically. In order to address wrinkles and aging skin it is necessary to attain true optimal health throughout all of the energetic organ systems which may contribute to lusterless, dry, crepey, or aging skin. Equally as important, there must be abundant Blood circulating and nourishing the skin throughout the body. Consider our organic Sage Mountain tonic herbal formula!

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Acupressure Points That Promote Vibrant, Glowing Skinessential oils for acupressure

Learn all you need to know about applying acupressure self-care here!

 

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Patterns of Imbalance That Prematurely Age Skin in Chinese Medicine

Spleen Qi Deficiency and Sagging Skinrestore-the-middle-way-organic herbal spleen tonic

In Chinese medicine, the Spleen is in charge of holding bodily elements up; therefore, if someone had, for example, a prolapsed organ, a TCM doctor would suspect Spleen Qi Deficiency. In the same regard, sagging skin is not looked at as the result of gravity, or else everyone’s skin would sag at the same rate; rather, the Spleen energetic organ system is not working at its full potential. Consider our organic Restore the Middle Way formula! In addition to above acu-points, apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Spleen 3

Stomach Heat Causing Broken Veins and Redness in Face

Improper eating, poor food choices, and over-consumption of alcohol can deplete Stomach Yin which helps to keep the stomach in Yin Yang balanceChronic Stomach Yin Deficiency will develop in to Stomach Heat reflected in the face because the stomach channel (as in acupuncture meridian upon where acupuncture points lie), runs through the face. Because the Stomach and Spleen energetic organ systems are paired, the Spleen is often compromised when the Stomach Yin is damages. The Spleen is in charge of holding Blood in the vessels so redness in the face or broken blood vessels are a reflections of an imbalance of the Earth Element. Consider our organic Yin Valley formula! In addition to above acu-points, apply the Earth Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Stomach 44.

Lung Insufficiency and Wrinkles

In Chinese medicine, the nourishment brought in from food called Gui Qi combines with the oxygen breathed in by the Lungs to produce abundant Blood. We all know that smoking cigarettes speed the outward appearance of aging, but Lung Qi Deficiency in general will attribute to signs of aging. Consider our organic White Tiger Return formula!

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Yin Deficiency and Dry Skinorganic kidney yin herbal tonic

As we age, life stressors consume Yin according to TCM; Yin has moistening qualities, and its depletion can be reflected as dryness in the body and of the skin. Additionally, Blood is a Yin quality and is vital in its role in nourishing the skin. Consider our organic Yin Valley formula!

Blood Deficiency and Lusterless Skin

The beautiful rosy skin seen at birth and throughout our youth is attributed to abundant Blood circulating throughout the bodyBlood is a Yin substance and is vital in delivering nutrients to the cells necessary for good health reflected in a vibrant complexion and beautiful hair. Consider our organic Yin Valley formula! 

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Toxins and Aging Skinorganic herbal for lymph toxin drainage

Toxins can be found in chemicals, pesticides, cleaning products, soaps, shampoos, and even the air we breathe and are difficult to avoid. In most cases the body can eliminate toxins through natural avenues of elimination. However, if the organs responsible for elimination are compromised, or if the body is exposed to more toxins than it can process, these toxins can accumulate and ultimately damage skin. Consider our organic Central River formula!

Qi Stagnation and Liver Spots

While western medicine views age spots, or liver spots, as the accumulation of melanin from sun exposure, TCM might view them as Qi Stagnation causing accumulations caused from Liver Qi StagnationConsider our organic Free and Easy Wanderer formula!

Menopausal Hormonal Imbalances Causing Melasma

While dark patchy skin pigmentation is referred to as a ‘pregnancy mask’, it can also be seen during menopause with Kidney-Liver imbalances. Consider our organic Free and Easy Wanderer formula with our organic Yin Valley formula!

Stress Induced Aging

In Chinese medicine, chronic stress consumes Yin accelerating the aging process by making us dry and brittle rather than moist and supple. A deep wrinkled crevice between the eyebrows is a diagnostic signal in TCM of Liver Qi Stagnation. Consider our organic Enlightened Emperor formula! Also consider a practice of meditation, to ease stress.

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