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Chinese Medical Cosmetology and Banting

Chinese Medical Cosmetology

Chinese medical cosmetology has a long and glorious history in China.

During the Qin and Han Period (221BC-220AD), Chinese medical cosmetology established its theory with some fruitful methods.

Under the Sui and Tang Period (581-907), aiming to delay aging and ensure health, Chinese medical cosmetology initially formed its discipline and became an independent subject. Against this background, while using some external medicament, people began to apply a synthetic technique of medicine intake with dietotherapy, massage, and so on.

During the Ming and Qing Period (1368-1911), Chinese medical cosmetology was widespread in the whole county and more than 500 herbs for cosmetology were recorded.

The method for Chinese medical cosmetology can be divided into five species of natural therapeutics -- Chinese medicine, dietotherapy, acupuncture, massage, and qigong. Each kind also contains many specific methods. For example, medicament cosmetology includes both inner body aspects and outer body aspects (such as outside pasting (on the skin), washing, and so on).


The general method for Chinese medical banting (losing weight via Bantingism, which is a diet that shuns eating food with a lot of oil and sugar) includes acupuncture, massage, and taking Chinese herbs. TCM believes that obesity is a kind of disease that is caused by many reasons and that is a manifestation of unbalanced inner organs.

The main principle for acupuncture is dredging the vital energy and blood. The adjustment of some main acupuncture points in areas, like the liver, spleen, and stomach, can improve the function of internal organs and increase metabolism, thereby achieving the goal of losing weight and maintaining health.

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