Here’s how you can incorporate TCM into various aspects of your life – when handling stress at work, for a healthier mind, body and skin.
1. At Work
Stress is an inevitable part of life. When facing stressful situations at work, calm the mind and relax your muscles with Chinese herbs, and allow your body to return to its harmonious state.
Include the following into your diet for a peace of mind: American Ginseng (Huaqishen, 花旗参), Longan Fruit (Longyanrou, 龙眼肉), Lily Bulb (Baihe, 百合), Biota Seed (Baiziren, 柏子仁), Poria (Fuling, 茯苓), Oyster Shell (Muli, 牡蛎), Thinleaf Milkwort Root (Yuanzhi, 远志) and Chinese Magnoliavine Fruit (Wuweizi, 五味子). Check with your TCM physician whether such herbs can be incorporated into your daily diet.
2. Beauty Care
In TCM, beauty and health are synonymous. When internal balance is achieved, it will manifest visibly through your skin’s complexion. With long working hours, poor eating habits and very little time to pamper yourself, your skin may result in a dull or dry appearance.
For a healthy, rosy complexion, ensure that the Heart, Lungs and Spleen are nourished with the right nutrients. Eating foods and herbs that can nourish the Yin and Qi, as well as promote blood production, can help improve skin health.
Include the following in your diet to maintain a healthy, rosy complexion: Bird’s Nest (Yanwo, 燕窝), White Fungus (Baimuer, 白木耳), Chinese Wolfberries (Gouqizi, 枸杞子), Red Dates (Hongzao, 红枣), Lily Bulbs (Baihe, 百合), Poria (Fuling, 茯苓), Chinese Ginseng (Zhongguorenshen, 中国人参), Solomon’s Seal (Yuzhu, 玉竹), Coix Barley (Yiyiten, 薏苡仁), Ganoderma Mushroom (Lingzhi, 灵芝), Black Sesame Seeds (Heizima, 黑芝麻), Psoralea seeds (Buguzhi, 补骨脂) and Fleeceflower Root (Heshouwu, 何首乌).
3. Mind & Body
To be able to enjoy all the colourful celebrations life can offer, strengthen your immune system so that your body’s natural resistance against diseases and healing ability are at their optimum. Apply basic TCM rules to maintain a good health - remove the excess and replenish the deficiency, so as to maintain a balance of Yin and Yang, as well as a healthy body.
Chinese herbs widely used to reinforce Qi and fortify the immune system are Astragalus Root (Huangai, 黄芪), Solomon’s Seal Rhizome (Huangjing, 黄精), Codonopsis Root (Dangshen, 党参), Ginseng (Renshen, 人参), Lingzhi (灵芝) and Cordyceps (Dongcongxiacao, 冬虫夏草).
If you are experiencing lethargy at work, it may be a sign of underlying disharmonies that require your attention. Lethargy is a condition where one often feels tired, slow, low in energy, heavy in limbs, sleepy or even drowsy all the time.
It is crucial to restore the natural flow of Qi when treating any disharmony in your body. In addition to Qi-tonifying herbs like Ginseng (Renshen, 人参), Astragalus Root (Huangqi, 黄芪) and Codonopsis Root (Dangshen, 党参), acupuncture or cupping are useful for promoting the smooth flow of Qi, which relieves the symptoms of lethargy.