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Cosmeceutical, Nutraceuticals and Biofunctional Textiles for a Better Quality of Life
Posted: January 25, 2008
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It may be used also to produce quality and natural textiles exhibiting antibacterial activities with an improved level of comfort. But according to the opening topic of this article, this nanostructured chitin may have an interesting use as a cosmetic and/or drug carrier, as a natural skin moisturizing ingredient or as biodegradable polymer for the engineering and regeneration of different tissues (Fig.5).
Caption: Activity of Chitin Nanofibrils on Wound Healing
Nanotechnology, therefore, will be able to spearhead innovation, giving new impetus to a globalized and even faster trade. But the ability to market nano-structured products will depend on the ability of companies to produce and control this new class of products, meeting the needs of both man and the environment; on the ability of government to regulate their production and use quickly and effectively; and on the ability of the products themselves to meet the needs and expectations of consumers. Biofunctional textiles, innovative cosmeceuticals and nutraceuticals were among the more than 200 topics presented on October 20-23, 2007 in Beijing.
Caption: Professor Xiran Lin Describes the Activity of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine in Personal Care
But what about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC)? According to Prof. Xiran Lin (Fig.6) of the Department of Dermatology at Dalian Medical University, cosmeceuticals have already been in China for at least 1700 years. In Zhou Hou Fang, a classical medical book of ancient China written by Ge Hong, formulas composed of traditional Chinese drugs, were used to improve people’s appearance. Since then, a number of traditional Chinese herbs such as Fructus trichosanthis, Radix angelicae sinesis and radix ginseng, etc. have been recorded in medical literatures in past dynasties to compose cosmetic formulas. These herbal medicines, according to the theoretical system of TCM, possess the actions of invigorating Qi, nourishing blood, removing blood stasis, eliminating heat, promoting the blood circulation, removing dampness and relieving itching. These actions will balance the Yin and Yang (Fig.7), coordinate the Qi and blood, promote the physiological function and consequently bring about a holistic cosmetic effect. This is why the traditional Chinese doctors refer to physiognomy, which is the study of discovering temperament and character from outward appearance. For this diagnosis, Chinese doctors often uses the Eight Character system to make a comprehensive analysis of the patient’s inborn and postnatal constitution as well as lifespan. The Eight Characters are in four pairs denoting the time, date, month and year of a person’s birth. The system is used in fortune telling and is based on I Ching, or The Book of Changes, a Taoist classic. In ancient times, TCM and Taoism were bound up in each other. Many Taoists were doctors, and nearly all doctors were Taoist.