One of the most famous Classics of Chinese Medicine the Huangdi Nei Jing, often translated as The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Medicine, begins with a question from the wise Yellow Emperor to his chief physician. The Emperor asks why it is that in ancient times people could live for one hundred years without any showing any signs of senility, while in his era contemporaries become old at the age of fifty?
It is estimated that the text was written in about 210 BCE. If the Emperor’s ancient people already knew how to live to the age of one hundred without showing signs of ageing, they certainly knew a thing or two about living and ageing well.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine theory the speed of ageing is largely governed by the strength of our Kidney qi and Essence. The stronger the reserves of qi in the Kidneys the more slowly and gracefully we age.
Declining Kidney and Essence manifest in the body as low libido, infertility, pain in the lower back and knees, greying hair, deafness and ringing in the ears – all conditions associated with ageing, but not exclusive to it.
Kidney qi becomes compromised naturally as we age – and that is something we can’t prevent. But the Kidneys are also weakened by factors we can control like stress, overwork, an excessive lifestyle, lack of sleep and, even, an overactive sex life.
Anti-ageing treatment consists primarily of strengthening the Kidneys through acupuncture, and addressing weaknesses and imbalances in the body before they have a chance to settle into chronic conditions. We also advise on appropriate adjustments in lifestyle and diet to keep to body working at its best.
Acupuncture and good diet can help regulate levels of yin and yang in the body – preventing the hot flashes and night-sweats associated with Kidney yin deficiency or the exhaustion and lack of enthusiasm and drive resulting from Kidney yang deficiency.
Stagnation of blood and qi can also contribute to looking and feeling older than your years. Acupuncture is an efficient way of keeping qi, blood and body fluids circulating properly – nourishing the organs and preventing blockage and stasis. Combined with exercise, acupuncture is helpful in keeping you and your body in the flow of life.
Acupuncture can help with:
- Menopausal symptoms
- Pain management
- Anxiety and Depression
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