Who does not want to be beautiful?
The use of Chinese medicine for beauty has already advanced significantly more than two thousand years ago.
During the time of the Chinese Empress Dowager Cixi, her beauty routine was a regiment.
The Empress will apply pearl powder to her face to keep her youthful appearance and wrinkle-free face. Cixi uses a mask made with mung beans, green tea extract, and Motherwort.
Beauty secrets of one of the four beauties of China
And the famous ancient beauty Yang Jiefei, a concubine, was the favorite wife of Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty. The emperor was so fascinated by Yang’s beauty that he neglected his duties as ruler. Being one of the four beauties of ancient China, Yang was not only beautiful and curvy, but her skin was as smooth as a child’s.
Yang also had her own beauty secret.
Chinese medicine and herbs
Empress Yang consumed almonds religiously. Almonds were used as a nourishing and moisturizing medicinal ingredient for the skin in ancient China. She used almonds, musk, and talc to make a moisturizing cream for her skin. Almonds are known to increase microcirculation in the skin and rejuvenate it.
Barley was also one of her secrets. Empress Yang used barley to make cosmetic oil. Barley in TCM has excellent properties due to its richness in vitamins and nutrients. It not only improves constipation but also reduces acne, dark spots and wrinkles.
In her diet, the Empress enjoyed lychee and included Chinese ginseng.
People will look for the best lychee as an offering to the Empress. Its rich nutrients are suitable for the heart and spleen. Nourishes the liver, blood and skin. Ginseng, on the other hand, nourishes the five organs and relaxes the mind. It also helps eyesight, heart and memory.
The most famous of these was her love of hot springs and facial tapping. Like a pressure massage, Yang would tap gently around her face to stimulate various acupoints to promote blood circulation and skin cell function. Acupressure was also an anti-aging method in ancient China.
Medical books of ancient beauty discovered
In 1972, 14 kinds of ancient medical books were discovered in the excavations of Mawangdui Han Cemetery in the eastern suburbs of Changsha, Hunan Province. These books documented knowledge of medicine, diet, acupuncture, and qi gong, specifically to enhance beauty.
In traditional Chinese medicine, facial and skin health are related to the internal organs of the human body, qi, blood, yin and yang energy. The acupressure massage harmonizes the yin and yang of qi and blood, which promotes blood circulation, thus smoothing out wrinkles and leaving the face glowing.
Dr. Ritsugaku Ken, Physician of Chinese Medicine and Head of the Acupuncture Clinic Center at Kurashiki Hainari Hospital, explained in an interview that TCM,
“Aesthetic therapy focuses on the overall nutrition and maintenance of the human body.”
The well-being and balance of human skin are closely related to the internal organs, meridians, qi and blood through the meridians of the human body.
Dr. Ritsugaku shares his secrets about his eight acupuncture point massages to reverse the signs of aging.
1. Acupoint: Leg Three Li (ST36)
Location: 3 inches below the patella, slightly off center on the outer side of the calf
Function: Preventing diseases, strengthening the body, anti-aging, regulating skin and brightening.
1. Press the Lee Three Li (ST36) acupoint with your thumb in a kneading motion until you feel pain and heat.
2. Press 15-20 times every minute and 5-10 minutes each time.
Note: To avoid damaging your skin from rubbing too hard, use a soft cloth or pad to protect the massage points.
See ST36 in the photo below.
2. Acupoint: Four Whites (ST2), also called The Beauty.
Location: the indented portion one inch below the pupil of each eye
Function: Strengthen spleen and qi, remove moisture, reduce swelling, improve dark circles and bags under the eyes.
Gently massage and tap the acupuncture point with your fingers for 15 seconds, five times.
3. Acupoint: Cheekbone Piercing (SI18)
Location: the indented part just below the cheekbone. The same on both sides.
Function: Promote facial blood circulation, reduce pigment buildup, brighten skin.
Knead and gently press the acupoints of your finger joint for 15 seconds.
Repeat five times.
Instead, use your fist and gently push the acupoints upward once per second.
Massage in the morning and before bed for 3-5 minutes.
4. Acupoint: Welcome fragrance (LI20)
Location: 1.5 cm (0.59 in) from the wing of the nose. The same on both sides.
Function: Promote skin detoxification and blood circulation. Reduce eye puffiness and firmness.
Press using your knuckles for 3 to 5 minutes daily until both sides of the wings of the nose feel warm.
5. Acupoint: pupillary puncture (GB1)
Location: in the outer corner of the eye. It deflates a little when you close your eyes.
Function: Promote blood circulation at the end of the eye, prevent and remove wrinkles, and improve eye diseases such as conjunctivitis, keratitis and night blindness.
Press the acupoint 100-200 times daily.
Repeat if necessary.
6. Acupoint: Silk Bamboo Hole (SJ23)
Location: On the indented point of the eyebrow.
Balance the eye and blood circulation, remove wrinkles (a type of wrinkle).
Gently massage with both index fingers 100-200 times daily.
Repeat if necessary.
7. Acupoint: earlobe
Function: earlobe massage stimulates facial qi, disintegrates qi and blood, and achieves rosy complexion.
8. Acupoint: Three junction Yin (SP6)
Location: 2 inches above the ankle on the inner side of the shin, behind the tibia, this is the shin bone. The same on both sides.
Function: replenish qi and blood, beautify, regulate kidney, liver, menstruation, remove dark spots.
1. Daily massage using the joints for 3-5 minutes until you feel slight pain in the acupuncture points.
Pictured Words: Three Yin Crossing (SP6)
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