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Chinese Medicine ‘Health Hacks’ for Aging Gracefully

Aug 27, 2017 08:57PM

We may save enough money to retire comfortably, but we don’t always invest in our health the same way. Thus, aging may mean we must restrict our lifestyle or worry that diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease will cut short the time we have to enjoy our family.

      Our preconceived notions of what aging means are just that. We can leverage the wisdom of natural medicine to not only live better, but to thrive. Research shows that only about 25 percent of our genes are responsible for the tangible signs of aging, so we have a lot of control over how we age. In particular, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers innovative “health hacks” to maximize wellness and allow us to live with vigor through our later years. 

       Being active isn’t enough. TCM can focus workouts on the areas most vulnerable to aging and provide sleep that rejuvenates, detoxifies and restores youthful vigor. Some supplements may not be effective, but TCM can show which actually lead to a healthier, stronger constitution to withstand the ravages of time.

Licensed acupuncturist Stephen Bonzak is the founder and director of Health Traditions Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic, in Chicago. He will deliver a popTALK, Health Hacks, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., Sept. 13, at 65 E. Wacker Pl., 21st Flr, Chicago, $5 donation, doors open at 5 p.m. For tickets, visit Meetup.com/PCOM-Chicago-popTALK. For more information, call 773-470-6994, email [email protected] or visit Health-Traditions.com.