Gifts your elders will be thankful for
While it’s easy for us millennials to be satisfied with fancy new gadgets, getting our elders a gift they’ll truly appreciate is a lot trickier than that. If it’s not a gift they find practical, chances are, they’ll chuck it in a corner to collect dust over the years.
For all you frustrated millennials out there who are still clueless on what to get this coming Chinese New Year, drop your bouts of anxiety. It’s time your typical gift guides make way for a special one your folks and elders will definitely have use for - health supplements!
And to make your life easier, we’ve done all the homework. Here are our top 5 picks from home of traditional chinese medicine, Beijing Tong Ren Tang (北京同仁堂):
1. The Wind-Dispelling Chi Master
Hands up if you remember your young mischievous self running wild in the mall and your parents running after you. Now that they’re getting on with age, they can no longer move about as swiftly as before. This means even walking up a flight of stairs can cause a strain on their knees, and the rain can cause them to feel sore thanks to ‘damp’ joints.
This amazing little box might not look as stylo as Aang channeling a ball of air on Avatar but it comes close. Small but powerful, the Da Huo Luo Dan (同仁大活絡丹) makes the perfect gift for parents and grandparents who suffer from painful limbs or numb hands and feet.
The brand stands out for having their pills encased in these beautiful gold-foiled wax capsules. Just press them lightly and your pill will pop out!
Help them tackle the symptoms of rheumatism and chronic pain due to cold and wind with this formula. Taking 1-2 pills, twice a day is all it takes to help the body dispel ‘wind’ and relax tendons and muscles. The pill is also especially effective in helping the body recuperate by increasing blood circulation and relieving numbness in their limbs.
Da Huo Luo Dan (同仁大活絡丹) easily relaxes muscles and tendons for just $30 for a box of 10
So if you happen to know of relatives or friends with family members who have suffered a stroke recently, this would make the perfect gesture to show your care and concern.
2. The Heart Strengthener
If you’ve ever spotted your folks feeling tight in the chest, dizzy or are constantly plagued by the accumulation of thick phlegm, the Niuhuang Qingxin Wan (同仁牛黃清心丸), a secret formula dating back to the Qing Dynasty, will help relieve these symptoms! It has also been a remedy for dizziness over 200 years.
With all the good stuff like calculus bovis, chinese yam, licorice root, white peony root, apricot seeds, ginseng, and more - this is one age-old treatment you know you can trust. What could be better than the gift of a good night’s sleep? They’ll be glad to know their chest discomforts and lightheadedness are soon to be a thing of the past!
Niuhuang Qingxin Wan (同仁牛黃清心丸) , one of the ten signature products of Beijing Tong Ren Tang, for just $30 for a box of 10
These pills which relieves internal heat and palpitation are a godsend for those with high blood pressure. A little birdie also told us that taking this regularly helps prevent strokes!
3. The Immunity Booster
With the unpredictable ways of the weather of late, you might notice even your 20-year-old body starting to feel a little worn around the edges - just imagine how tough your elders have it. More prone to ailments and contracting illnesses in their golden years, gift them an immunity boost that’s a hundred times stronger than Vitamin C.
Opt for the Sporoderm Broken Ganoderma Lucidum Spores Powder Capsules (破壁靈芝孢子粉膠囊), that enhance more than just immunity.
Sporoderm Broken Ganoderma Lucidum Spores Powder Capsules (破壁靈芝孢子粉膠囊)
Filled with high quality spore powder of the Ganoderma Lucidum plant, also known as Ling-zhi, this supplement strengthens the body, relieves fatigue and even helps prevent cancer. With touted healing properties, it also aids in accelerating the recovery process of many post-surgery and chemotherapy patients.
Current Promotion: 20% OFF for the 1st bottle (U.S.P: $238), and 30% OFF for subsequent bottles. Promotion ends 31 January 2017.
4. For the women of the family
The Wuji Baifeng Wan (烏雞白鳳丸) isn’t just for the older women in the family. Most of us know the power of this pill but not the full story. Rescuing girls from their monthly menstrual agonies since the Ming Dynasty, it’s a wonder why many of us girls still turn to temporary relief options like Panadol Menstrual.
But that’s not all, we heard from the TCM experts themselves that these pills are beneficial to people of all ages - even men! It works wonders to nourish the blood, strengthen the kidneys and liver, and invigorate the body with a boost of life.
Think of it as the concentrate version of ah ma’s nourishing boiled black chicken soup
For those who feel weak in the legs, I’d say you’ve found your TCM bestie! And just for this festive season, their capsules come in this imperial-inspired gift box of 6 at $20.
5. The Insomnia Hero
I’m not sure about you but my parents confess that the older they grow, the less sleep they get. Most of us think that as retirees, our elders can have all the rest they need but it’s not true. They might clock in longer hours of sleep but the quality of rest they get dips drastically with age.
Zao Ren An Shen Ye (枣仁安神液) for nights of undisturbed rest, $18 for a box of 10
For those of you with parents who spend half the time tossing and turning in bed, it’s time to put an end to their restless nights with the Zao Ren An Shen Ye(枣仁安神液). It’s not the Chinese version of those temporary knock-out type sleeping pills, but one that works to nourish and calm the body from within so you drift off to sleep naturally.
Having a shot before bed improves sleep and keeps restlessness at bay, so no more sleepless nights! It’s also good for palpitation and panic attacks.
Current Promotion: Buy 2 Get 1 Free - while stocks last!
Gifts with the power of healing
TCM baffles millennials. As believers and avid users of Western medicine, sometimes we find it hard to believe how brewing a combination of dried herbs can beat modern day science in not only treating, but ridding the body of some of these ailments forever!
That alone might not stop us from hating that bowl of bitter brew, but this time, it’s not about us. It’s about the people we love and care about. Just because most of us have little knowledge of TCM, doesn’t mean these gems should not make it to any shopping list.
Nothing is greater than the gift of health. You may not be able to help your elders regain their youth, but you can pamper them with these TCM health boosters to see them through their golden years with a stronger mind and body.
About Beijing Tong Ren Tang - Reinventing TCM
Founded in 1669 (8th year of the Kangxi Emperor's reign), Tong Ren Tang has a history over 340 years while being the imperial medicines supplier for 8 Emperors at Qing Dynasty over 188 years. Over the years, Tong Ren Tang constantly complies with the traditional production motto of “Despite the complexity of processing herbal medicines, no compromise on cost and labor. Despite the rareness of medicine ingredients, no compromise on quality and standard”.
Today, they’re renamed as “Beijing Tong Ren Tang” who constantly incorporates “unique recipes, top-quality raw materials, excellent workmanship, and evident curative effect’ into their TCM business and its success has spread all over the world. By the end of 2016, the brand had established itself in 26 countries and regions out of China, with over 130 drug stores, TCM medical centers and healthcare centers. In Singapore, the company currently owns 4 branches and served the community over 10 years.
Beijing Tong Ren Tang provides traditional treatments such as acupuncture, cupping, sports therapy, and Tui-na therapy massages to relieve aches and pains. The Brand also offers a brewing service upon request, so you can have them on-the-go.
Looking forward, Beijing Tong Ren Tang has already set herself ready to embrace future challenges in uniting traditional TCM procedures with modern techniques, and keep contributing to the development of TCM.
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