Here at the clinic, ancient medicine is combined with modern pharmacology and cutting edge science to address a variety of age-associated disorders; and every patient is treated on a case by case basis. Traditional Chinese Medicine examines a variety of factors before customizing a treatment plan.  Kristi was initially drawn to Chinese medicine because of the centuries of data about herbs.  Chinese herbs continue to offer health benefits that effect the lifespan. This study analyses herbs with effects on longevity based on four categories. After taking a patients pulse and examining the tongue, Kristi is able to select herbs and acupuncture points to strengthen underlying deficiencies. Below are the examples of categories of herbs from this study that have positive effects on the lifespan:

Move qi and tonify yang
Nourish Yin
Clear heat, dry dampness and eliminate toxins

move blood and dispel blood stasis

Significance – Traditional Chinese Medicine excels at treating the root.  By carefully differentiating channel disturbances, an experienced practitioner is able to customize a treatment plan that is particularly well-suited to each patient. Centuries of data combined with cutting edge research provide a variety of options when selecting Chinese herbs for age-associated disorders. TCM has a long history of supporting gut health. The Shānghán Lùn, known in English as “Treatise on Cold Damage Diseases” was compiled sometime before 220 AD and explains the effects of cold in the digestive system on overall health. Today’s research confirms that there is a link between the gut and the brain, mood and immunity. When designing a treatment plan to support longevity, Traditional Chinese Medicine always includes support for the gastrointestinal tract.

Modern Research
Perhaps two of the most interesting modern approaches to longevity medicine have been the work of Dan Buettner in partnership with National Geographic and The China Study.  Buettner’s research studies five “blue zones”, places where people live longer and healthier than anywhere in the world. In these places it is not uncommon for people to live well until 90 or 100. Kristi has studied this work as well as the subsequent research explained in the documentary The Human Longevity Project where scientists, physicians, healers and health experts present findings on factors for longevity.  She has also studied the work of the China-Cornell-Oxford Project, a twenty year study conducted by the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, Cornell University, and the University of Oxford.  It looks at the mortality rates from cancer and other chronic diseases from 1973-75 in sixty-five counties in China.  One of the study’s directors, T. Colin Campbell went on the publish a book called The China Study. The conclusion is that diets that include a high consumption of animal-based foods lead to higher death rates from Western diseases than diets that focus more on plant-based foods.
Significance – modern research is able to examine aging in a very detailed way and has a lot to offer the field of longevity medicine.  The understanding that mitochondria play a part in the cells’ ability to thrive is another way of saying that the qi of the system effects its function. Nutritional supplements such as reservatrol are being used to promote the function of the mitochondria. Reservatrol is found in foods such as red wine, grapes, some berries and peanuts. It has the effect of lowering blood pressure as is therefore not for everyone. Kristi believes it is important to seek medical advice before randomly taking herbs or supplements. While the conclusion of The China Study was a breakthrough in understanding, a vegetarian diet in not recommended for everyone. The field of Longevity Medicine has a lot to offer but requires recommendations from a trained professional.

*Zhao H, Luo Y. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Aging Intervention. Aging Dis. 2017;8(6):688–690. Published 2017 Dec 1. doi:10.14336/AD.2017.1002