Ageing – and what you can do about it

The Only Constant of Growing Older

Ageing is a common bodily process that makes us all susceptible to diseases and less active as we were. As much as ageing is inevitable, TCM has been proven through scientific research to be able to prolong the active states of our cells and delay immune suppression, so that ageing seems less of a nightmare!

What is Ageing?

The process of ageing includes oxidative damage to DNA in cells and immune senescence, both of which are major causes of age-related diseases such as senility, weaker immune system, fatigue, digestive issues, sallow skin, white hair, hair loss, decreased muscle tone, decreased visual sharpness, slower metabolic rates resulting in lower energy level and more body fat.
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All you need to know about Ba Guan (Cupping)

If you followed Rio 2016, you may have noticed the cupping spots on Michael Phelps and some of the athletes. However, this ‘trending’ therapy is not new. Egyptians had been using it from as early as 1550 BC.

There are different types of cupping techniques such as the stationary cupping, massage cupping, flash cupping, wet cupping and acupuncture cupping. More than one technique may be used in combination for different medical conditions. It is commonly used to provide drug-free pain relief for muscle ache/strain, combat acne, obesity, shingles, upper respiratory syndrome, headache, menstrual cramp, gastrointestinal problems, as well as maintain general wellness.

How does cupping help?

Cupping is able to aid in such medical conditions due to its ability to:
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Facial Acupuncture: Needling back the hands of time

Facial acupuncture, or cosmetic acupuncture, is one of the wonderful timeless beauty therapies practised by the Chinese since the Sung Dynasty (960-1279AD). It is also said to be one of the basic TCM methods for preserving the youth and beauty of royalties such as Empress Dowager Cixi and the only female emperor in Chinese history, Wu Ze Tian.

Even till today, this method has been highly popular among celebrities like Madonna, Cher and Gwyneth Paltrow who are said to have committed to their weekly facial acupuncture sessions to diminish their wrinkles.

While most information surrounding the effectiveness of facial acupuncture is anecdotal, a 1996 research reported in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture showed that 90 percent of 300 individuals who tried facial acupuncture saw positive results, including the softening of facial lines, reduction of dark under-eye circles, improvement in skin tone and a natural radiance.
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