You know, as I was reading your book, my wife Wendy and I spend a lot of time just having conversations, and she’ll say, “Oh, make sure you ask Dr. Mao this question…” which is like, stuff right out of your book is just so deep with information, “Second Spring”. Dr. Mao, how does the health of your kidneys and heart contribute to a healthy brain?
Dr. Maoshing Ni:
Excellent question. Well, first of all, if you look at the heart, the circulation, so that’s it’s main function is to pump all the oxygen nutrients into the brain and waste product out of the brain – very important, so that’s obvious. It’s not so obvious to people when we talk about kidney and its relationship to the brain.
In Chinese medicine, the kidney system actually is not just a kidney organ itself, but it encompasses the adrenal gland, encompasses actually the reproductive glands of ovaries and testicles. And so the hormone that’s produced by these glands are critical for brain function, and we know that. Estrogen and progesterone as well as testosterone, they all have impact on your brain function.
So fascinating. So it helps the kidneys and heart contribute to hormonal and reproductive, even hair I would imagine, circulation, sure. Digestion is a big problem for a lot of women. In your book, you talk about apple cider vinegar and its help for digestion and even skin tone. I found that fascinating. Can you talk about that?
Dr. Maoshing Ni:
Oh yes, apple cider vinegar, one of these old, old remedy and certainly not exclusively to the Chinese medical tradition, but certainly when you drink it on the inside, it can help to stimulate gastric juice production. So, if you have indigestion and problems, you can actually dilute a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 12-ounce glass of warm water and drink it on empty stomach. You can add a little maple syrup or honey if the taste is too strong, and that will help to also stimulate your liver to start to detoxify and clean out your system.
So that’s one benefit.