Living in China means that even if you wanted to, you cannot avoid at least some mind-opening exposure to Traditional Chinese Medicine. I loved living in China and have, over my years of living there, learnt to appreciate, embrace and love its’ people and traditions.

Let me share with you, some of the jewels I have found there that are superb Anti-agers:

Fengwangjiang (Royal Jelly)

As the name suggests, Royal Jelly is a prized, precious product, given to us by bees. I am not listing Propolis separately, but you really want to take both as a daily supplement.  Royal Jelly has a rich nutritional value which can facilitate protein synthesis and cell growth, improve the body’s metabolism and enhance tissue regeneration. It is rich in vitamins C and E, which is necessary for collagen to do its’ magic. It is an excellent anti-ager.

Jiaogulan (Gynostemma)

It is a more recently talked about herb in China. Research has found that it boosts energy, helps to combat cancer and can help adjust endocrine levels. Regular use can improve the immune system, combat signs of ageing, reduce cholesterol, prevent tumours, treat ulcers, relieve stress and it seems to reduce pain.

Hongjingtian (Rhodiola)

Rhodiola is another newer addition and it is a true anti-ageing hero.  Why? Because it helps with stress, mental agility, detoxifying the body, reducing excess heat (menopause!)  Like Ginseng, Rhodiola, it helps to tone. Regular use can protect the body from temperature changes, fatigue, slow down cancer growth and help to stay mentally fit for longer.

 Gouqizi (Chinese Wolfberry Fruit)

Chinese wolfberry – Goji – features in Shennong’s Herbal Classic as beneficial to muscles and bones, a weight loss aid and life-prolonging. The Collected Works of Materia Medica talks about Goji as toning the ‘Qi’ and your blood thus promoting vitality. The herb/ fruit has similar functions to Ginseng. It is beneficial against arteriosclerosis, reducing blood sugar levels (like cinnamon), invigorating the body.

Lingzhi (Ganoderma)

According to Shennong’s Herbal Classic, lingzhi nourishes the liver Qi and calms nerves. It helps with weight loss and can extend life-span. More recently, research has shown that the herb is helpful in toning the nervous system, the respiratory system and the cardiovascular system. It helps improve immune levels, clearing out free radicals and balancing the metabolism, all of which have a direct impact on the ageing process.

Ciwujia (Acanthopanacis Senticosi)

According to the Compendium of Materia Medica, regular use of Ciwujia reduces body weight and protects the body against ageing. Apparently, Ci Wu Jia is worth more than ‘a cart of gold and jade’. More recent research has confirmed that the herb is an effective anti-ager, it fights fatigue and invigorates the body. It helps reset the nervous system, endocrine system and cardiovascular system and: it also has anti-inflammatory properties! I am afraid it really doesn’t taste great.

Sanqi (Pseudo-Ginseng)

According to Zhao Xuemin, a famous Qing Dynasty doctor, ginseng is best for toning a patient’s Qi while pseudo-ginseng is best for toning the blood. The two roots taste the same and have broadly similar effects. Zhao regarded pseudo-ginseng as one of the most precious herbs. Modern research has confirmed pseudo-ginseng and ginseng are very similar in chemical composition, pharmacological effects and clinical application, but the saponin content of pseudo-ginseng exceeds that of ginseng. Pseudo-ginseng has a distinct advantage over ginseng in preventing cardiovascular disease. Using pseudo-ginseng can expand blood vessels, reduce vascular resistance, increase cardiac output and decrease the heart rate.

Renshen (Ginseng)

Shennong’s Herbal Classic states that Ginseng can tone up the main internal organs, settle nerves, improve eyesight and mental agility. Regular use can reduce body weight. Ginseng is an anti-oxidant, an anti-ager, it helps combat fatigue,  it protects the liver and improves the functioning of the cardiovascular system.

Huangqi (Astragalus Mongholicus)

Traditional Chinese medicine sees the spleen and the stomach as the foundations of good health, and Huang qi’s effect on these organs is one of the best ways of toning up one’s vitality. Modern research in the East and the West has found that Huang qi can also widen coronary arteries, boost blood flow to the heart, improve the immune system and slow down the process of cell ageing.

Heshouwu (Fleece-Flower Root)

The ancient medical text Kaibao Materia Medica states that regular use of He shou wu helps build muscle, bones and bone marrow, and slows down the effects of ageing. This magic herb can help nerve cells grow and alleviate neurasthenia and other neurological diseases. It can reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels and is also an antioxidant.

These are just 10 of the ones I came across! I have tried 4 and I have to say my favourites are Ginseng, Pseudo Ginseng, Astragalus and Royal Jelly. I sometimes take Rhodiola as well. I love them!

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