acid, which give the
skin its youthful firmness
and suppleness. It is used
effectively for reducing topical
redness and inflammation.
Kidney Tonics - In TCM, the “Kidney”
organ includes the adrenal glands,
and reproductive organs (gonads)
as well as the actual kidney. In TCM,
the Kidney stores and protects
jing, or “vital essence”, which is a
key component of longevity. The
kidneys produce hormones that help
regulate fluid balance and blood pressure,
while the adrenals and gonads produce sex
hormones involved in maintaining healthy tissue, bones and
muscle. Scientific studies confirm the efficacy of revered TCM
kidney tonics such as Rehmannia, Astragalus, Epimedium,
Cynomorium, Cistanche (pictured), and Goji Berry.
Rehmannia has anti-aging effects based on its
catalpol content, which
works by promoting
enzyme activities and
normalizing cell energy.
Kudzu (Ge Gen) is rich in
special isoflavones that activate telomerase in blood
vessels at a physiological
available dosage. The
telomerase can increase
the lifespan of DNA and
cells by extending the DNA
strand length according to the
Milk Thistle produces seeds
containing a group of phenolic
compounds called Silymarin,
which is one of the most
powerful liver protection agents
found in the plant world. It
also contains flavonoids that
strongly activate telomerase at
the proper dosage level.
Citrus peels from sources such
as grapefruit and oranges contain
naringenin, a flavonoid which
reduce the formation
of AGES that would
otherwise lead to cell
damage and quicker cell
death. By increasing cell
longevity, the tissues of
the body remain healthy
for longer and are more
Japanese Honeysuckle is one of the
best sources of the flavonoid luteolin,
which is a powerful antiglycation agent
in the body, helping to reduce the
formation of AGES.
Astragalus contains several antiaging
compounds that have been shown to
double the life span of fibroblast cells,
which are important in the skin, lungs,
blood vessels, and connective tissue.
Astragalus is also a deep immune system
building herb and a powerful qi tonic,
promoting overall health and vital energy,
which are important for longevity.
Goji Berry is rich in
that are powerful
antioxidants for cell
protection, stimulate immunity, and help promote collagen production in the skin. Great
for inside and out.
Resveratrol, found in red grapes and Japanese
Knotweed (Hu Chang) is a potent bioactive
compound that increases the activity of the SIR-1
(Silencing Information Regulator) gene in humans.
The SIR-1 gene reduces aging processes in the body
and silences insulin-based gene activity, which is
known to increase inflammation and cell death.
Resveratrol also increases telomerase activity to
help cells stay youthful and live longer.
Chinese Yam is a quintessential yin tonic in TCM, known to
restore, nourish, and bring water
to body tissues. A study found
that diosgenin, one of its
principal active components, helped improve
epidermal thickness in
aging (menopausal) skin
tissue without increasing fat thickness. It also
helped restore keratinocyte
proliferation in aged skin.
TCM yin tonics, in general, have
nourishing and protecting antiaging effects throughout the body.
For the inside, Kiwifruit
is rich in Vitamin C, and
contains valuable carotenoids. Topically, it
helps boost collagen production in the skin.
Inside & Out
Yumberry is rich in
such as polyphenols,
ellagic acid, and
anthocyanins. It also
which has been shown
to have an anti-AGES
effect. AGES are
End productS, which
can cause accelerated
aging of cells and
Eucommia bark has powerful constituents
that help increase collagen production in
the skin. Collagen is a set of proteins in skin
and connective tissue that gives the skin its
strength and supple properties.
Grape Seed extract
is an excellent inside
antioxidant for squashing
free radicals that can
cause cell damage.
Topically, it helps
production in the