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Secrets of Longevity: Herbs, Remedies, and Elixirs
By: Dr. Maoshing Ni
How You Heal: Herbs, Remedies, and Elixirs.
Anti-Aging Herb with a 5,000-Year Track Record.
ginseng is perhaps the world's best-known herb. Popularly employed to
increase energy and stamina, it has been used medically in Asia for
more than 5,000 years. In China, ginseng is more valuable than gold
due to its seemingly miraculous properties of restoring health. The
name panax is related to the word panacea, which means "cure-all."
Scientists in the West have confirmed ginseng's efficacy in various
traditional uses. Commonly considered an "adaptogen," ginseng enhances
body functions and the immune system to help people adapt to the
negative effects of physical and environmental stress. Ginseng helps
improve coordination and reaction time as well as increase endurance
and decrease fatigue. It boosts energy gently, rather than stimulating
the central nervous system, as coffee does. There is also strong
evidence that ginseng can help the body fight off infection, protect
liver and heart health, normalize cholesterol and blood sugar levels,
regulate the function of hormones, and improve memory and cognitive
functions. People taking ginseng often report overall improvement in
well-being. Thanks to widespread cultivation and abundant supply, this
truly remarkable anti-aging herb is available to and affordable for
people all over the world.
Natural Pain Relief Has a Role in Longevity
especially chronic pain, is the number one reason that people refrain
from exercise. Yet exercise is critical to one's longevity. Your
healing plan should include treatments to resolve the underlying cause
of the pain as well as an effective pain remedy.
White willow bark
contains salicin, a compound found in aspirin–in fact, aspirin was
originally discovered in and extracted from this bark. Besides its
pain-relieving property, white willow bark is an anticoagulant, which
helps prevent formation of blood clots and thickening of blood that can
lead to heart attacks and strokes. A major advantage of using willow
bark over its pharmaceutical cousin, aspirin, is that it does not cause
gastric upset and erode the stomach lining.
The Digestion Question: 3 Herbal Answers
the ten top-selling drugs in the United States, three are specifically
for indigestion and heartburn. That's because we live in a culture
marked by poor diet and digestion–and the poor health and short life
span that go with it. You'll find many tips in this book for practices
that can help, such as controlling your weight, eating smaller meals,
chewing thoroughly, reducing stress, and avoiding coffee, cigarettes,
alcohol, and deep-fried foods. In addition, taking certain common,
easily available herbs on a regular basis can prevent or relieve
- Peppermint has many well-documented properties: it
increases healthy gastric secretions, relaxes the intestines, soothes
spasms, settles the stomach, and alleviates gas.
- Ginger, also
extensively studied, has been shown to soothe the digestive lining and
balance gastric juices.
- Chamomile is another excellent herb for
settling the stomach. You can combine the three herbs, steep them as
tea, and drink it at mealtimes.
Longevity Loud and Clear
does hearing wane as we age? Blood supply to the auditory nerve
diminishes, and neural conductivity to the brain declines. Eastern
medicine has long used acupuncture to increase blood flow to the
auditory region and normalize conduction, which can alleviate tinnitus
(ringing in the ears) as well as hearing loss. Can't find an
acupuncturist? You can take steps to improve your hearing on your
own. Daily cardiovascular exercise will boost hearing function by
increasing circulation overall. The supplement niacin, or vitamin B3,
helps dilate capillaries, promoting blood flow to the tiny blood
vessels in the inner ear that feed the nerve. Another B vitamin,
choline, is essential for the body to produce a key neurotransmitter,
acetylcholine. Good sources of niacin and choline include legumes and
beans, especially soy beans, wheat germ, whole grains, avocado,
brewer's yeast, peanuts, leafy greens, and fish.
About the Author:
Mao (as he is known by his patients and students) is a 38th generation
doctor of Chinese medicine and an authority in the field of Taoist
anti-aging medicine. After receiving two doctorate degrees and
completing his Ph.D. dissertation on Nutrition, Dr. Mao did his
postgraduate work at Shanghai Medical University's affiliated hospitals
and began his 20-year study of centarians of China. Dr. Mao returned
to Los Angeles in 1985 and has since focused on Taoist anti-aging
therapeutics at his Tao of Wellness Center.
Praise for Dr. Mao
treatments with Dr. Mao at the Tao of Wellness and following his
nutritional advice has led to a marked change in my physical vitality
and my general state of well-being."
Mao brings generations of experience, an abundance of knowledge about
both Eastern and Western Medicine, and his own good heart to his
Looking and feeling
young for decades is not just the province of the wealthy and
surgically enhanced. Living to be 100 is simpler than most people
imagine. In Secrets of Longevity,
Dr. Maoshing Ni shares the secrets gleaned from 38-generations of
medical knowledge in his family, and a 20-year study of centenarians in
China. A longer, healthier and happier life is not a result of a
complicated supplement regimen, arcane dietary restrictions or any
particular exercise, rather it is a combination of simple approaches to
all areas of life. Dr Mao (as he is known by his patients) shares the
main areas in which small changes can have a big impact on longevity
and general health.