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. 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. The other benefit is that you can take diluted apple cider vinegar and just put it on a piece of cotton, and then you can just pretty much sort of swab your face and then leave it on for ten minutes and then wash it off. What that would do is the malic acid in vinegar will act like a natural alpha hydroxy acid, which is what they use to peel the skin, right, so do the skin peel.
But it’s gentle enough that you are not going to get that effect, that strong peel effect. So it’s very gentle. So if you do that every day for a week, you actually begin to see that your face will be, the tone will improve and you also find that the blotches and the texture will also improve.
And women that deal with dark rings under their eyes, I heard you mention Asian pears.