Chinese herbs are good arms for traditional Chinese medicine(TCM) to fight against diseases. The earlist medical work Shen Nung's Herbal Classic records 365 herbs, among which 100 have been listed as top-grade tonics. Here Safedom will introduce some Chinese herbs whose anti-aging effect has been proved by both traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine.
Nine Best Anti-aging Chinese Herbs
According to Kai Bao Materia Medica of Chinese Song Dynasty, polygonum multiflorum can relax muscles and tendons, lift one's spirit and thereby prolong one's life. And modern medical reseach has also found that this herb can promote the growth of neuronal cells, and can be used as an auxiliary therapy for nervous breakdown or other neurologic diseases. Moreover, it is effective to adjust serum cholesterol(SC), lower the blood suger and enhance the ability of liver cell transforming and metabolizing cholesterol. Besides, its anti-oxidant ability of polygonum multiflorum can also delay aging process.
2. Radix Astragalus
According to TCM's point of view, the speen and stomach provide the material basis of acquired constitution. The author of Treatise on the Spleen and Stomach Li Gao(1180-1251) proposed that radix astragalus benefits vitality and nourishes Sanjiao (the upper-jiao houses the heart and lung; the middle jiao, spleen and stomach; the lower jiao, the liver, kidney, urinary bladder, small and large intestines). And the famous court physician Huang Gongxiu in Chinese Qing Dynasty called radix astragalus as the best tonic medicine. According to modern medical research, radix astragalus expands coronary arteries, improves blood supply of myocardium, promotes immune function and delays the aging process of cells.
Shen Nung's Herbal Classic records that ginseng can tonify internal organs of the body, soothe the nerves, remove pathogenic factors, improve eyesight and develop intelligence. Long-time taking can prolong life and promise longevity. And modern research has found that it has anti-oxidant, anti-aging, anti-fatigue and hepatic function. Besides, it can also impove the function of cardiovascular and hemopoietic system. Thus, it has the efficacy of renewing one's youth.
4.Sanchi (or radix notoginseng)
The famous docotor of late Qing Dynasty Zhao Xuemin introduced in A Supplement to the Compendium of Materia Medica that ginseng is the best herb to supplement vitality; Sanchi is most effective in supplementing blood, in addition he took Sanchi as the most valuable herb. Modern medicine has found Sanchi has the similar chemical compositions, pharmacological effects and clinic applications with ginseng. And it contains more total saponins of panax ginseng. And sanchi can expand blood vessels, reduce the resistence of blood vessel, regulate heart rate, reduce oxygen consumption of the cardiac muscle and capillary permeability, thus it is more effective to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases.
5.Manyprickle Acantopanax Root
Compendium of Materia Medica recorded some descriptions on manyprickle acantopanax root, "Long time taking the herb can delay aging process", "would rather possess a handful of manyprickle acantopanax root than get a carriage of gold, silver and jewellery ". And modern medicine also has proved that manyprickle acantopanax root can regulate nervous system, endocrine system and cardiovascular system, as well as have the anti-bacterial and anti-cancer functions.
Shen Nung's Herbal Classic proposed that, ganoderma lucidum is useful to tonify the liver and soothe the nerve and long time taking can keep forever youth like an immortal. And modern medicine provides supportions and proves that ganoderma lucidum is effective to regulate nervous system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, immune system, reduce free radicals and balance metabolism.
7. Rhodiola rosea
There is not any record about rhodiola rosea, so it is an anti-aging herb newly found in modern times. It can invigorate vital energy, clear the heat, detoxify, stop bleeding and soothe the nerves. And mordern clinic research found it has the similar functions of ginseng: anti-oxidation, cold resist, anti-fatigue, anti-radiation and virus resistance. Besides, it can also restrain cancer cells from breeding.
Gynostemma pentaphyllum is a cucurbitaceae plant that was not recorded in ancient medical works and is newly found in modern times. Japanese scientists find its ingredients are similar to that of ginsenosides. The recent researches have proved that gynostemma pentaphyllum has the efficacies of resisting aging, fatigue and cancer. In addition, it can regulate endocrine, improve body flexibility and immunity, lower cholesterol and transaminase, prevent cancer, relieve ulcer, as well as relax both the body and mind.
9. Royal jelly
Royal jelly contains rich nutrients and can help to promote the synthesis of protain, accelerate the growth of cells, enhance the metabolism of body and regeneration capacity of tissues. Moreover, due to rich superoxide dismutase and vitamin C, E contained, it is really a good anti-aging remedy.