Monday, November 8, 2010
Ever look in the mirror and wonder, “Where did those eye circles come from, ugh?” What is really going on inside the body that makes those damn circles and droopy bags appear around the eyes? And, what about the indentions or recessed tissue surrounding the eye socket, what brings this about?
Generally, dark circles are a sign that not all is good in the house called, “ME.” Dark circles can be caused by several things, but are usually a sign of overwork and over-stressed, and/or just plain burned-out. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), dark circles almost always represent a Kidney Energy Deficiency. In Western terms, this means the energies and vital hormones in the Kidneys, namely the adrenal glands, are becoming or are already depleted. This explains why dark circles typically appear with feelings of exhaustion. When the adrenals are exhausted, we don't have enough gas in our tank to get the job done, because when we are overstressed, the adrenals release constant flow of cortisol, a stress hormone, into the bloodstream. This stress cycle depletes the adrenals and weakens the overall kidney energies and essences.
So, what does that have to do with the recessed indentions around my eyes?
Well, those eye patterns indicate severe depletion.
Fortunately, there is a natural solution!
In TCM, tonic herbs will help fix the problem. In the West, these herbs are called, adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens are a unique classification of herbs that among their many benefits, they stimulate the adrenals. In fact, they stimulate the adrenal glands better than any other herb or superfood! Once the energies and essences are restored in the kidneys and adrenals, then the dark circles begin to disappear and the weakened collagen surrounding the eyes begins to repair and fill in.
So, the marketing hype behind those harsh creams will not fix the problem. Neither will going under the knife to fill those recessed, dark circles. The answer is to stop depleting the adrenals, and give yourself a wide array of adaptogenic herbs (with a significant milligram dosage). This should do the trick! Of course, my favorite adaptogenic supplement, ShenTrition, has the widest array of adaptogenic herbs and the highest milligram dosage I know.
Posted by Stephen & Erica Rogers at 12:42 PM