Step One – Nourish Yin
According to Chinese Medicine, the law of aging is expressed as: “The yang consumes the yin”.
In other words, over time, the fire of ongoing life activity consumes the deeper, moist yin essences of the body, resulting in an acceleration of the aging process. Like an automobile, the human body requires an energetic spark to do its work and coolant to protect the machinery from the excessive effects of heat and fire. In the human body, the yin essences cool and hydrate the machinery. In addition to their cooling function, they are constantly being converted and transformed by the spark of light energy into regenerative hormonal flows which are the very messages of life.
The concept of yin deficiency is unknown or poorly understood in the modern world. It can be a difficult idea for people to understand.
The deep, living water of the body must be maintained and rejuvenated along with the energetic fire. The Yin Water moistens the body, nourishes the blood, supports a calm and harmonious nervous system, and ensures that the raw material for regenerative hormonal flows are sufficient for health and well-being. It is in the essential calm of the body’s living water where energy and balance are made.
Preserving these yin essence levels then is fundamental to health and longevity. The modern, active, stressed filled life, surrounded by carbon based industrial toxicity and unprecedented levels of radioactivity, increases the rate of yin depletion. Overheating, inflammation, sleep and nervous system disorders, blood sugar issues, are just a few of the imbalances that may be traced to early yin essence deficiency. Extreme yin deficiency results in a whole cascade of degenerative processes, many of which could be prevented.
This law of aging can be readily seen in women who are entering into menopause. Hot flushes is the most commonly reported symptom of this hormonal transition. Menopausal heat is caused by a deficiency in the yin essences which are no longer abundant enough to control and balance the fire. When the yin essence levels are replenished, however, the hot flushes quickly disappear.
It is important, therefore, to eat foods that nurture the essences of the body. Millet, barley, black beans, mung beans, sprouts, melons (particularly watermelon), blueberries, seaweeds, spirulina and chlorella are suitable foods for almost anyone and they do help to protect the deeper essences.
The most powerful yin tonics are so rich they are best taken in well balanced herbal formulas.
Ancient Chinese doctors discovered the very same molecular yin essences in certain very rich plants and these herbal medicines have been used now for hundreds of years to good effect. The following herbs can be safely used to raise and protect the yin essence: rehmannia, cornus, lycium, scrophularia, marshmallow, solomon seal, eclipta and ligustrum. Rehmannia Six is a classic yin tonic in oriental medicine. The yin rich rehmannia is combined with ingredients that help the body to receive and metabolize the essence. Traditional Botanical Medicine’s Great Essence Formula is based on traditional wisdom for strongly nourishing the deep yin essences of the human body.
Step Two Rest the Heart
Every human heart comes preprogrammed with the potential of several billion beats. When we slow heart rate, we can actually obtain more years for all those beats and realize our heart’s full potential. Resting the heart, therefore is a primary strategy for life extension.
Sleep is a yin nourishing event. The whole yang machinery of the body slows and cools as the deep yin essences in the kidneys and heart begin to magnify. Recent research demonstrates that indulging this yin process right in the middle of of an active yang work day produced a dramatic reduction in heart disease. Twenty four thousand participants at The University of Athens showed a 37 percent reduction in heart disease with those who napped for 30 minutes or more in the middle of the day. When working men, stopped, rested and took a nap right in the middle of their work day they showed an even greater reduction in heart disease.
So stop, relax, go to sleep and rest the heart for a time.
Step Three Use Time Tested and Scientifically Confirmed Naturally Occurring Tonics
In leading edge research conducted at The New York Medical College, under the direction of Dr. Zbigniew Dardzynkiewicz, medical researchers are confirming in the laboratory what traditional doctors have discovered in their clinics over the years- certain substances extend cell life. Research confirms the cell preserving action of Vitamin D3, resveratrol and berberines.
Polygonum cuspidatum is the traditional source of resveratrol and the herb is used to clear infections, activate blood flow, eliminate coughing, increase leukocyte production, and to discharge toxins from the blood. The health promoting benefits of this particular molecule are now well known.
Berberine rich herbs have been a clinical staple of traditional doctors for hundreds of years, serving to clear infection, balance blood sugar levels, shrink tumors and clear toxins from the blood. Coptis, goldenseal, barberry, oregon grape root are just a few of the berberine rich plants that grow on the earth. Traditional Botanical Medicine’s Phyto Gold formula combines both polygonum cuspidatum and berberine rich herbs into a single life supporting tonic.
These herbs and a regular nap should be incorporated into everybody’s wellness regimes.