Amway researchers studying Traditional Chinese Medicine plants

For thousands of years, the Chinese people have successfully used herbs and plants, along with focused mind and body practices, to promote optimal health. This centuries-old practice is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Today, TCM has made its way into Western culture, from tai chi, acupuncture and other TCM practices to help support the mind and body.

“TCM is really a life philosophy,” said Jia Chen, vice president of the Amway Botanical Research Center (ABRC) in Wuxi, China. “It’s about your diet, it’s about nature and the spirit, it’s about the way you treat your health and life.”

The Chinese used thousands of plants and herbs for TCM – everything from ginkgo to chrysanthemum to goji berries. “The tangible part of TCM, and the treasure, is in the plants,” Chen said. “History shows how these plants are used to support human health. Many of the plants we use in Nutrilite™ products are the same ones used in TCM.”

Even Nutrilite™ founder Carl Rehnborg experienced the power of plants to support optimal health while living in China in the 1920s. During political unrest in Shanghai, Carl was isolated in a protected enclave where he conceived the idea of using nutritional elements missing from his meager diet as a way to support his overall health. He supplemented his meals with soups from what was available: local herbs, grasses and vegetables, along with rusty nails (for iron) and limestone and ground-up animal bones (for calcium).

“Today when we say TCM, it may sound foreign, but more than 80 years ago, it was built into our brand,” Chen said.

Carl’s early studies continue to influence the science around Nutrilite™ products worldwide. ABRC scientists are growing and studying more than 100 plants to evaluate their potential benefit in future Nutrilite™ health and Artistry™ beauty products.

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