4 tips to delay aging by nourishing the kidneys and spleen

4 tips to delay aging by nourishing the kidneys and spleen

Aging is degenerative changes in the structure or function of the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that degeneration of the body with age is inevitable, but with the help of Chinese herbal medicine to nourish the kidneys and spleenslowing down aging It can be achieved by changing your daily diet and other habits.

Costa Lau Sin Yu, a registered TCM practitioner at the Yu Yat Tong Chinese Medicine Clinic, wrote in an article that TCM believes that aging is mainly due to the weakening of the organs and the decrease in qi (vital energy), blood, bodily fluids, and so on.

Aging is closely related to the kidneys and spleen

Costa Lau explains:

In anti-aging, TCM focuses primarily on nourishing the organs and pays special attention to the two main systems of kidney-water and spleen-earth.

The kidney is the basis of the innate and comes from the innate (innate) “qi”, which decreases with age.

The spleen is the foundation of the acquired, and the spleen can convert food into qi, blood, and body fluids to maintain human life activities.

Lau pointed out that the main manifestations of kidney deficiency are: back pain, knee pain, dizziness, tinnitus, hair loss, gray hair, memory loss, lack of energy and other symptoms.

The main manifestations of spleen deficiency are loss of appetite, reluctance, a feeling of fatigue in the limbs, a feeling of constant tiredness, a sallow complexion, weight loss, and other symptoms.

You can slow down the effect of aging by taking good care of your spleen and kidneys through diet and daily routine. The traditional Chinese medicine book “Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor” says: “Eat and drink in moderation, regular daily routine, and do not overwork.”

TCM believes that the spleen is averse to cold and dampness. To strengthen the spleen, people should eat less cold, greasy and indigestible food. To protect the qi of the kidneys, people should rest enough to prevent early decline due to excess qi.

Stress, overwork and chronic diseases accelerate aging

Lau also quoted Xu Dachun, a medical scientist from the Qing dynasty in China, who said that a person’s life expectancy is fixed at birth, like wood placed on a fire. The fire ends when the wood burns.

The certainty of life is like the quality of wood. Some woods are hard; some wood is brittle. Even if people do not have diseases in their lives, due to the difference in wood quality, different people have different life expectancies.

Life is also like a candle. Qi is the root of a candle, fire is functional activities of life, such as thought and movement, wax is the organic organs, body fluids, etc.

Generally, the fire consumes the candle in a slow process, eventually reaching the root, and the candle burns out. The function of the fire is to produce light, but at the same time it slowly consumes the candle.

While stress, overwork and illness are similar to vigorously lighting the fire, speeding up the burning of the candle, speeding up aging and shortening the service life.

Four tips to delay aging

Lau said that delaying aging is allowing the birth, growth, aging and death of your life to unfold naturally at a normal speed. People need to keep enough qi, blood, and body fluids in the body to nourish the organs.

The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, the ancient classic book of traditional Chinese medicine, has summarized the advice: “Yin and yang laws, adhere to techniques, eat and drink in moderation, regular daily routine, do not overwork . Then people can have the life expectancy they are supposed to have and into old age.”

By following the four tips outlined in the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon, people can maintain a strong body full of energy and life until the end of their natural lives. The tips are as follows:

(1) Laws in yin and yang meet techniques: yin and yang refer to the laws of nature, and techniques refer to health care techniques that conform to nature.

According to the changes of the four seasons, people should pay attention to avoid cold and keep warm. Autumn is a dry season, so people should eat more foods that nourish yin and moisten dryness, such as lilies, lotus seeds, Ophiopogonis radix, snow mushrooms, etc.

(2) Eat and drink in moderation: Avoid overeating, being overly hungry and having an unbalanced diet. Eat a balanced diet of sour, bitter, sweet, salty and salty flavors.

(3) Regular daily routine: work at sunrise and rest at sunset. Have a balance between work and life.

(4) Don’t overwork: Don’t overwork or stress too much, and get plenty of rest.

Fiveleaf Gynostemma delays aging and lowers blood lipids

Lau also recommended an antiaging Chinese herbal medicine: Fiveleaf Gynostemma.

Gynostemma belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family of plants. It is bitter to taste but slightly sweet and fresh in nature. It is anti-inflammatory and detoxifying. Also, it can relieve cough and help remove phlegm. It is beneficial for heat-type acne, stomach ache, and cough with phlegm-heat syndrome.

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Ginostemma. (Shutterstock)

Modern research has found that Gynostemma has a variety of Gynostemma saponins, some of which have the same structure as the ginsenosides in ginseng, and has antioxidant effects, reduces free radicals in the body, inhibits tumor cells, and reduces cancer. lipids in the blood. , which are considered useful for delaying aging.

He stressed that Gynostemma is relatively cold, so if people suffer from flatus, have an aversion to cold, or have a weak physique, it is recommended not to take too much.

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David Chu is a London-based journalist who has been working in the financial sector for nearly 30 years in major cities in China and abroad, including South Korea, Thailand, and other Southeast Asian countries. He was born into a family specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has a background in ancient Chinese literature.

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