About Tiens

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TIENS is derived from the Chinese spelling Tianshi. "Health and wealth" constitute the theme of TIENS' international expansion in the future, which marks Tianshi Group's shift toward a global orientation and diversification at the turn of the new century. The design of the logo is centered on the dynamic arc, which represents the high-tech theme, conveys a sense of unlimited possibilities with its interactive structure, and symbolizes the brand TIENS' unabated energy and unceasing development. Among the colors of the logo, green represents health, growth, harvest and environmental protection, which ensures the sustainable growth of Tianshi's operations; yellow means wealth and hope, which serves as the financial support of the company's global venture; black suggests Tianshi's strength and steadiness. "Shi" means lion. Over the centuries, the city of Cangzhou has been famous for its ancient iron sculpture of a lion, which has become a symbol of the city, and has been given the nickname of "Lion City". Mr. Li Jinyuan, Tianshi's president, reminded of the iron lion of his hometown, chose the word "lion," which also connotes the sleeping lion, the awakening lion, Leo, etc. In 1993, Mr. Li Jinyuan came to Tianjin to start his business. "Tian" means Universe or Heaven, which is associated with heaven's will, favorable geographical position, and popular support. Hence the company was named Tianshi (Heaven Lion). The lion represents Mr. Li Jinyuan's fond memories of his hometown. The wings suggest Tianshi Group's soaring aspirations and youthful vigor.
  • Business goal : Making a good life by sharing tianshi's succses.
  • Operation guidelines : Diversification ; first class brand ; global business ; a contribution to mankind.
  • Business status : First global diversified enterprise.
  • Business philosophy : Contributing to society by restoring health to mankind.
  • Public interest : Promoting public welfare and benefiting all.
  • Service philosophy : Practicality, hard work, commitment, creativity, enthusiasm, and efficiency.
  • Corporate culture: Earnestly dedicating oneself to bringing mankind health, confidence, hope, success, and wealth with the central goal of "serving society by restoring health to mankind".
  • Corporate spirit: Serving our country by establishing a successful business; constantly striving for higher goals through harmonious teamwork and earnest dedication.
  • Organizational management principle: People-oriented.
  • Development strategy: A gradual shift toward the international market.
  • Internal slogan: Spread health and happiness all over the world!
  • External slogan: Share together and fly together!

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Company Profile

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Based on the advanced biotechnology industry and diversifying its business into various industries such as finance, real estate, education, culture and modern logistics, Tiens Group Co. Ltd. is a large-scale global enterprise; the domestic plants of Tiens are located in the Wuqing New Technology Development Zone of Tianjin, China.
Tiens Group was established in 1995 and entered the international market in early 1998 with an internationalised paradigm catering to its own development. With branches set up in 112 countries and regions, it has established extensive strategic partnerships with over 10 overseas enterprises in the United States, Germany, Malaysia, Spain and Egypt. In China, Tiens has registered 33 provincial-level subsidiaries and 100 second level subsidiaries with 3,000 monopoly stores. Tiens sells its products in 200 countries and regions and maintains 20 million regular customers worldwide. World Brand Laboratory, a famous world brand evaluation institution and World Economic Forum jointly issued the list of China's Top 500 Most Valuable Brands. With a brand value of A$1,235 million, Tiens Group is ranked No. 64 on the list.
Based on its state-of-the-art biotechnology, Tiens concentrates on the exploration of traditional Chinese medicine and the essence of life-nurturing methodology and has diversified its products into 5 main categories totalling 1000 products.
The quality of our products is further ensured by the importation of advanced production equipment and technologies from Germany, the United States and other developed countries. The group has obtained the certification of quality system ISO9001: 2000, the national GMP Certification for drugs and health products and HACCP Management System Certification. Tiens products have also gained the Kosher Certificate and Halal Certificate issued by Islamic Society and Jewish Church respectively.
As the owner of two state-level patents, Tiens has received international honours and awards for many of its national and global-leading production technologies. It has been conferred the title "National Enterprise with Double Guarantees of Quality and After Service" by the China Association for Quality Inspection and "National Honesty Unit of Consumer Rights Protection with Guarantees of Quality and Service" by China Foundation of Consumer Protection and also cited as the "Best Enterprise Regarding Global Ecological Security" by the United Nations.
The attainment of Tiens' strategic target of globalisation has been assured by its high-calibre talents' group and the localized and systemized management. Among Tiens' professional employees, 18% are holders of master degrees or above. Tiens Group has almost 5,000 employees, among whom over 1,500 are localized non-Chinese.
In the persistent pursuit of the enterprise value "to be an eligible corporate citizen", Tiens people actively undertake their corporate social responsibility and obligations. Over A$50 million has been allocated to establish Tiens Vocational & Technical College, a non-profit private institute of higher education. By the beginning of 2005, Tiens had donated A$83 million in cash and products and has won a high reputation from all circles of society.

Tiens Goals

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Business Objectives
To create a better life by sharing the achievements of Tianshi.
Business Policy
To achieve diversified operations, top brands, global business and contribution to mankind.
Business Positioning
A top-notch diversified international conglomerate.
Business Philosophy
To promote health of mankind and benefit the world.
Public Good
To be a responsible citizen contributing to the wellbeing of the public and society.
Service philosophy
Be practical, diligent, innovative, enthusiastic and efficient.
Corporate Culture
To serve with dedication, to bring health, confidence, hope, success and wealth to mankind guided by the principle of "promoting health of mankind and serving society".
Corporate Spirit
Serve the nation, strive for excellence, harmony and unity, enthusiasm and dedication.
Management Principle
Be knowledgeable, systematic, people-oriented and caring.
Development Strategy
To become a global conglomerate based on Six Network Interaction Concept and its excellent personnel resources.
Internal Slogan
Bringing health and happiness to all corners of the world.
External Slogan
Sharing and achieving together.

Corporate Honours

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Corporate Honours
  • The Famous Brand Popularising Centre of China Quality Long March, under the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China, awarded "Quality and Credit Following Brand in China Quality Long March" to the Tiens products of Tiens Group.
  • Tiens Group was conferred the title of Honesty Unit of Consumer Rights Protection with National Guarantee of Quality and Service by China Foundation of Consumer Protection, which is the second time Tiens Group won the honour.
  • 2004
  • Tiens Group entered China Top 100 Enterprises with Greatest Vitality and stood 20th on the list by November 27. Sponsored by All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce in collaboration with domestic media, the event aims to explore and promote Chinese excellent enterprises with greatest vitality, risk withstanding and ever growing systems. The list was made through several rounds of evaluation and strict appraisal.
  • In Oct, after strict reviews and evaluations by the evaluation committee of Excellent Chinese Private Science & Technology Enterprise and Entrepreneurs, Tiens Group won the award for Excellent Chinese Private Science & Technology Enterprise.
  • On June 28, World Brand laboratory and World Economic Forum jointly issued the 500 most valuable brands of China, in which Tiens Group ranked No. 64 as a whole and No. 1 in Tianjin.
  • On Mar. 18, Tiens Bio-Engineering Co., Ltd. was selected in "2003 Ten Best Collectively-owned and Private Export Enterprises".
  • On Mar. 15, Tiens Group was entitled "Vice President Unit of the Centre for the Promotion of the Overseas Chinese Commercial & Industrial Enterprise".
  • On Mar. 9, Tiens Bio-Engineering Co., Ltd. won the 2nd Prize in the Tiens Cup - 3.15 Quality and Consumer Knowledge Competition.
  • On Feb. 26, the Tiens series health care products manufactured by Tiens Group was conferred "Quality & Service Double Excellent Brand".
  • On Feb. 26, Tiens Group was conferred the title of Vice President Unit by Foreign Economic Cooperation Association.
  • On Feb. 23, Tiens Group was issued the certificate of "State Product Quality Post-sale Service and Credit Double-Guarantee Enterprise".
  • In Feb. the Management Commission of Tianjin Wuqing Development Zone conferred Tiens Group the title of "2003 Advanced Unit of Safe Production"
  • On Jan. 1, Tiens Group was awarded "The Prize for Study-Oriented Group" on the "Study-oriented Centurial Success Forum of China".

  • 2003
  • On. Nov. 4, the Enterprise Federation of Tianjin and Entrepreneurs Association of Tianjin conferred Tiens Group the membership of the two institutions.
  • In Nov. the Ministry of Health of P.R. China conferred Tiens Group the Honourable Certificate of Anti-SARS Donation.
  • On Oct. 18, Tiens Group became the co-sponsor for "2003-2004 National Student Physical Health Standards Promotion".
  • In Sept., Tiens Bio-Engineering Co., Ltd. got listed in "Chinese Food Industry (Food Manufacture Industry) Top 100 Enterprises" by the Department of Industrial Transportation Statistics of the State Statistics Bureau and Chinese Food Industrial Association.
  • In Aug., Tiens Nutrient High Calcium Powder was conferred the title of "Brand Product of Tianjin" by the People's Government of Tianjin.
  • Tianjin Quality Supervision and Inspection Institution conferred Tiens Group the honour of "Forging Credit & Guaranteeing Quality".
  • On July 8, Tiens Bio-Development Co., Ltd. was conferred the titles of "Top 10 Export-Oriented Enterprises of State Healthcare Industry" and "Top 10 Private Enterprises of State Healthcare Equipment Industry".
  • On July 8, Tiens Bio-Development Co., Ltd. was conferred "2000-2002 Top 100 Enterprises of Chinese Healthcare Food Industry".
  • On June 25, Tiens Group was ranked No. 17 of Top 100 Enterprises of Tianjin.
  • On Mar. 18, Tiens Group was listed in 10 Best Collective and Private Enterprise of Tianjin.
  • In Feb., Tiens series healthcare products were conferred the title of "Designated Brand for Purchase of Chinese Name and Excellent Women and Children Used Products" by the Purchase Edition Committee.
  • In March, the Food Industry Association of Tianjin entitled Tiens Bio-Engineering Co., Ltd. and Tiens Bio-Development Co., Ltd "2003 Top 50 Enterprises of Tianjian food Industry".
  • On Mar. 10, China Society for Promoting Guangcai Program conferred Tiens Group the honourable certificate of "China Guangcai Program".
  • In Feb. Tiens Group was entitled "2001-2002 Annual Culturally-Advanced Unit of Tianjin" by the People's Government of Tianjin due to its outstanding achievements in the movement of creating a culturally-advanced unit.

  • 2002
  • On Dec. 30, Tiens Group was conferred the honorary title of "Social Supervision Double Guarantee of Quality and Service Committed Unit".
  • On Nov. 14, Tiens Group was conferred "Love Prize" on the 3rd National Special Olympic Games.
  • On Sept. 6, Tiens Group's series products were the designated products for the 3rd Special Olympic Games.
  • In June, Tiens Group was conferred "Prize for Outstanding Contributions in Ethnic Unity and Progress" by State Ethnic Affairs Commission of P. R. China.
  • On April 28, Tiens Group was entitled "1999-2000 Annual Afforestation Unit".
  • On April 23, Tiens Group was conferred the honorary title of "Benevolence, Contribution and help".
  • On Mar. 6, Tiens Group was conferred "Prize for Outstanding Contributions in Assisting and helping the Handicapped".
  • On Mar. 2, Tiens Group was conferred the title of "No. 1 Taxpayer of Wuqing Development Zone of Tianjin.
  • In Mar., Tiens Group was conferred the honorary title of "Top 100 Enterprises of Tianjin" by the People's Government of Tianjin.
  • In Feb., Tiens Group was conferred "Top 50 Enterprises of Food Industry" by the People's Government of Tianjin.
  • Tiens Group was conferred the honorary title of "Best Enterprise of International Ecological Security" by UN Ecological Security Committee and the Institute of International Ecological Security.
  • 2001
  • The series products of Tiens Group was conferred the "Prize for Best Contemporary Consumption" on the 2nd Tianjian International Food and Beverage Exposition.
  • On Aug. 18, Tiens Group was ranked in the "Top 10 Enterprises on China International Healthcare Festival".
  • Tiens Group was honourably ranked in the "2000 Top 50 Chinese Healthcare Food Enterprises".
  • Tiens Group was honourably conferred the "Prize for Contributions on Spiritual Civilization" on Tianjin International Comic Art Festival".
  • 2000
  • Tiens Group won the title of "Exemplary Unit of Excellent Quality".
  • Tiens Group was conferred the corporate membership of "Chinese Enterprise Association".
  • Tiens Group was conferred the title of "2000 Advanced Science & Technology Work Group".
  • Tiens Group won the title of "Excellent Chinese Unit for the New Century".
  • 1999
  • On Nov. 2, Tiens Group was conferred "Network Member Unit" www.taxguide.net.cn
  • Tiens Group won the prize for "Special Honour" on the 3rd Beijing International Beijing Opera and Kunqu Lovers Competition on TV.
  • 1998
  • Tiens Group won "Award for Human Health" on the 2nd Session of Seminar on Calcium Metabolism".
  • 1996
  • Tiens Bio-Development was conferred the membership by Quality and Consumption.
  • Awards on the Products
  • On Jan. 21, China Health Care Association conferred the title of Brand Product of China Health Care Industry on Tiens Super Calcium Powder for Children.
  • On Jan. 18, All China Light Industry Federation confers the prize of Best Innovative Product on Tiens Whitening Skin-care Essence and Tiens Hydro Skin-care Essence.
  • 2004
  • On Oct. 27, on the 4th International Healthcare Festival of China, Tiens Metabolic Balance Capsules was evaluated to rank in Top 10 Healthcare Products.
  • On Oct. 4, the Ministry of Health, Romania awarded Tiens Group the Special Award for Healthcare Food.
  • 2003
  • The China Association for Quality Inspection conferred Tiens Group the title of the Chinese Enterprises of Double Guarantee of Product Quality and After-Services.
  • Tiens healthcare series products were recommended by the Committee for Evaluation and Recommendation of Famous Quality Products for Chinese Women and Children as one of the Favoured Famous Quality Brands.
  • 2002
  • Tianshi Chitinoid (Chitosan) Capsules were recommended by IQAC as quality products.
  • Tianshi Chitinoid (Chitosan) Capsules were certified by ETCC as Recommended Internationally-Traded Product.
  • Tianshi Chitinoid (Chitosan) Capsules were recommended by the Los Angeles Chinese Products Exhibition Centre for exhibition at the international fair.
  • Tianshi Seabuckthorn Capsules (Youth & Health), Tianshi Cordyceps and Tianshi Spirulina Capsules were jointly recommended to the European market by the Council for the Promotion of International Trade of China and the Committee for Quality Assurance and Assessment of Science and Technology Products of France.
  • Tianshi Products were officially recommended as products for the UN institutions by the UN Association for the Promotion of World Unification.
  • The Tianshi Nutrient Health Product series was named by the Third China Special Olympics as the only recommended nutrient health product brand.
  • Tianshi products won the Gold Prize for Medical Oncology at the 2002 Almacede International New Industrial Technology Fair.
  • 2001
  • Tianshi health products were named the only recommended health product brand at the Tianjin International Comic Arts Festival.
  • Tianshi Seabuckthorn (Youth & Health) Capsules were granted the title of Excellent Health Product at the Second China International Health Festival.
  • The International Academy of Human Researches in Aeronautics and Astronautics named Tianshi health products The Best Health Food for Aeronautical and Astronautical Uses.
  • Tianshi Weight Loss Tea was recommended at the 21st-Century Choice Foods for Health Families.
  • Tianshi Nutrient High Absorption Calcium Powder won the Gold Prize at the Fifth China International Health Products Exposition.
  • 2000
  • Tianshi Seabuckthorn (Youth & Health) Capsules won the Gold Prize at the Second China Fair of New and Special Medicines and Health Products.
  • 1999
  • Tianshi Health Products were appointed the only health product brand recommended at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.
  • The Fifth China International Quality Health Products Exposition awarded the gold medal to Tianshi Nutrient High Calcium Powder.
  • 1998
  • The Tianshi High Absorption Calcium Product series won the title of Recommended Product, given by China Consumers Protection Fund.
  • At the Second China Calcium Metabolism Symposium, Tianshi was given the Award for Contribution to Human Health.
  • 1997
  • Tianshi Nutrient High Absorption Calcium Powder won the Gold Prize for Health Food at the Cooperation Conference of the World's Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Investors held in New York, USA.
  • Tianshi Nutrient High Absorption Calcium Powder won the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Geriatrics from the American International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Tianshi Nutrient High Absorption Calcium Powder won the Award for Great Invention in the Health Industry from the Asian and American Inventors' Association.
  • Tianshi Xuebao Acupuncture Machine won the Gold Prize at the First Einstein International Invention/New Product Exposition.
  • 1996
  • Tianshi Nutrient High Absorption Calcium Powder won the Gold Prize at '96 China Invention/ Patent Exposition.
  • Tianshi Xuebao Acupuncture Machine won the Gold Prize at the '96 Beijing International Invention Exposition.
  • 1995
  • Tianshi Nutrient High Absorption Calcium Powder was recommended by the Committee for Evaluation of Products Preferred by Chinese Women and Children as a Favoured Brand.
  • 1994
  • Tianshi Nutrient High Absorption Calcium Powder received the Best Product Award and the Best Fashion Consumer Goods Award from the Second International Foods and Drinks Exhibition held in Tianjin.
  • Tianshi Nutrient High Absorption Calcium Powder won the Gold Prize at the Quality Prevention and Health Products Exhibition Held in Honour of the Sixth International Science and Peace Week.
  • Tianshi Nutrient High Absorption Calcium Powder was named the only Health Drink Recommended at the FINA World Championships.
  • Chinese Healt Theori

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    With a history dating back several thousand years, the traditional Chinese health regimen incorporates elements of natural science, human studies, and social science. It distils the experiences of health-preservation from generations of Chinese, and distinguishes itself among traditional regimens throughout the world with its unique theoretical foundation and rich clinical experiences. It has contributed greatly to the well-being and health care of the Chinese people.
    Like any other organism, human beings are not above the natural laws of birth, growth, ageing and death. However, efforts can be made to promote growth, improve the physique, and delay the aging process so as to prevent premature death. The key is pro active prevention and timely treatment. According to material by Huang Di Nei Jing written as early as the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period, "A sage cures a disease before it occurs and deals with a disorder before it happens? In other words, a healthy person should take measures to prevent disease, and if one gets ill, he/she should get treatment as soon as possible to thwart the development of the illness. A person who is good at maintaining health often treats hidden damage that may lead to disease and gets rid of all risk factors lurking inside and outside the body.
    Chinese medicine emphasizes the unity of man and nature as well as that of all the tissues of the body system. Based on the concepts of Yin, Yang, the five elements, and "man-universe harmony," it views the human body as "being able to resist the harmful qi (pronounced chi)." Harmful qi is essentially any external element that causes disease, i.e. bacteria or environmental toxins. When the vital qi is inside the body (when the body's systems are in balance and immunity is high)" and "inevitably weak where the harmful qi dominates (unable to fight off disease)". Emphasis is put on the principles of disease prevention, which allows for a flexible approach in regards to a patient's prevention program. Conclusions regarding the body's internal condition are reached from observing and analysing the outward appearance of each individual. Thus, Chinese medicine is committed to exploring the secrets of life.
    The role of Cleansing, Replenishing, Strengthening and Balancing in the traditional Chinese regimen
    As the basis of longevity, health means the absence of harmful matter and factors inside the body. Nowadays, people can be divided into three categories: the healthy, accounting for 5% of all people, the sick, 15%, and the predominately sub-healthy, approximately 80%. The sub-healthy are in a dangerous state characterized by the constant presence of hidden damage, which has yet to cause significant inconveniences. Such people need to CLEANSE the spleen, stomach and intestines, REPLENISH qi, the blood, Yin and Yang and STRENGTHEN nutrition that is deficient so as to reach the health care goal of BALANCING.
    The human body is an organic whole, where an imbalance between Yin and Yang will lead to the malfunctioning of the internal organs. When one organ gets damaged, all the others are affected, which results in an imbalance in the human body. Therefore, unfavourable factors should be removed from the body beforehand by restoring balance and strengthening nutrition. As stated above, "the body is able to resist the harmful qi when the vital qi is inside." When the harmful qi enters the body, the vital qi actively combats it; the subsequent struggle disturbs the balance between Yin and Yang in the body or causes the internal organs to malfunction, which results in the operational disorder of qi and blood reflected by a series of pathological changes. If the vital qi prevails and the harmful qi recedes, the disease tends to improve and be cured. If the vital qi is weak and the harmful qi dominates, the disease tends to worsen and even leads to illness and death.
    Maintaining good health and "man-universe harmony"
    The above shows how important it is for people to preserve their health on a daily basis. Usually, when one does not have any diseases, he/she easily overlooks the pathological factors hidden in the body and considers himself/herself to be healthy. However, "a huge dam can be ultimately destroyed by seemingly insignificant ant holes." The body is like that dam, which can only be saved from harm by ridding itself of latent risks beforehand. However, people often only begin to act after they are diagnosed with a disease. As the saying goes, "A three-foot-thick layer of ice is not caused by one day of wintery rigor." In order to have health that is as strong as ice, one must pay attention to health preservation at regular intervals. Thus one can easily fend off the onslaught of epidemics. How should a person conserve ones health? Everyone needs to understand that because man lives in nature and depends on the interactions of Yin, Yang and the five elements for his balance with nature, adjustments should be made according to differences in season, region and time zones which meet the individual conditions of the patient. Only in this way can "man-universe harmony" be realized.
    Yin, Yang, and the five elements; the contradictory unity of nature
    The human body is an integral whole. Nothing can exist without Yin and Yang. As the saying goes, "a single Yin does not grow; a lone Yang does not survive." The world is actually integrated as a result of the contradictory unity of Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang represent the properties of matter that are both contradictory and related. Neither man nor nature is separable from the five elements - metal, wood, water, fire and earth. The property of wood is Yang because it grows and connects.
    Water is a property of Yin because it flows downward. Fire is attributed to Yang because it goes upward. But Yin and Yang are intermingled. For example, the surface of water is Yang but its bottom is Yin. This explains the integral concept of the contradictory unity of Yin, Yang and the five elements, which interact with man and nature to form a balance of gain and loss by promoting and restricting each other. In a state of balance, for instance, the body's five internal organs (the liver, heart, spleen, lungs and kidneys) promote each other to make the body strong with a prolonged life. On the other hand, damage to any of the organs will affect all the rest.
    Yin, Yang, the five elements and the processes of Cleansing, Replenishing, Strengthening and Balancing
    The so-called five elements in traditional Chinese medicine, wood, fire, earth, metal and water, are the fundamental building blocks of the world. They correspond to spring, summer, middle (long summer), autumn and winter in nature and the liver, heart, spleen, lungs and kidneys in the human body. Accordingly, we should take the corresponding actions of cleansing in spring, replenishing in summer, strengthening in autumn and balancing in winter to achieve balance among the body, ecology and nature. In today's world, environmental pollution is severe, which inevitably results in harmful substances being contained in our food. When these harmful substances encroach on the body, the first organs affected are the spleen and stomach, which are responsible for digestion and assimilation. They are also the fundamental organs of postnatal development and the source of qi and blood. Furthermore, the extent of damage to the spleen and stomach determines the sufficiency of innate vitality (qi from the kidneys). Energy required by the body is sent all over the body after digestion and assimilation by the spleen and stomach and then adjusts qi and blood in the liver and lungs and supplements vitality in the kidneys, thus preventing the onset of disease. When one uses health care products, one should take into consideration the seasonal influences of climatic changes instead of using them indiscriminately.
    Maintaining your health with Tiens Health Products
    Cleansing in spring - The land is full of life in spring. Qi and blood circulate smoothly in the human body and all the internal organs and tissues recuperate easily. This is the time to promote the vital qi and clear out unnecessary substances taken in during the winter. In spring, people are susceptible to harmful qi from the wind. The five elements are dominated by wood. One tends to shed tears when facing the wind, which hurts the eyes and induces a sour taste in the mouth. One also tends to be irritable, which hurts the liver and gall bladder. Therefore, health supplements used in this season should clear out fire in the liver and gall bladder. The main goal is to conserve and adjust the liver and rid it of fire, with the complementary goal of increasing nutrition.
    Suggested products for a spring cleansing are: Chitosan and Tianshi Beauty Capsules for clearing out toxins; Tianshi High Calcium Drink, Tianshi Vitality Softgel Capsules, Tianshi Beneficial Capsules, Tianshi Viguor-rousing Capsules, Weight Loss Tea, Tianshi Spirulina Tablets, Tianshi Trishomo Tanshinone Leisure Capsules, Tianshi Double-Cellulose Tablets and also for clearing excess fatty matter in the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular systems as well as elsewhere in the body so as to reduce the burdens of the liver and gall bladder.
    Replenishing in summer - In this hot season people are susceptible to the harmful qi from the heat. The five elements are dominated by fire. One tends to be depleted of saliva, perspire frequently, which affects the assimilating function of the small intestine and causes inflammation by fire rising from the heart, with a flushed face and sores in the mouth and tongue. Therefore, one should suppress fire in the heart and adjust the mind. In the heat of midsummer, the body perspires profusely and has a bad appetite, which tends to hurt the heart and spleen. This season is not suitable for taking in major supplements, but fit for adjusting vitality in the organs of the spleen and stomach so as to make qi and blood circulate smoothly. Replenishing the spleen and stomach with qi will result in a sense of vigour and spirit.
    Suggested products for midsummer replenishing: The qi and blood circulating machine, the body-fitting girdle, and Tiens' Acupoint Treasure for adjusting the circulation of qi and blood and relaxing muscles and joints; zinc supplements and High-Absorption Calcium for adjusting the spleen and stomach to stimulate the appetite; small amounts of Spirulina and Seabuckthorn oil capsules for the adjustment of the spleen and stomach to increase energy.
    Strengthening in autumn - The weather gradually cools down in this season, which is dominated by the dry qi. One tends to feel dry in the mouth and throat and cough with little phlegm, which hurts the lungs. Therefore, one should strengthen Yin-qi and moisten the lungs. If the body functions normally after the cleansing in spring and replenishing in summer, now is the time to supplement appropriate nutrients to fill the body with qi and blood, promote the growth of Yin and Yang and build a strong physique. As many nutrition-supplementing foods contain excessive sugars, fats, proteins, hormones, etc., one should make appropriate choices and use health care foods on the basis of a balanced diet.
    Suggested products for "supplementing in autumn to moisten the dryness": Aweto, Spirulina, High Absorption-Calcium concentrate and zinc supplements for supplementing the vitamins, trace elements, minerals, enzymes, etc. that are deficient in food intakes as well as strengthening the lungs, liver and kidneys.
    Balancing in winter - In such a cold season, one tends to be weakened by the cold, which hurts the kidneys. One also tends to be less active while taking in more food, resulting in an excess of fatty matter in the body, which, combined with the slow circulation of qi and blood, causes one to be susceptible to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Although the body functions normally now after the cleansing in spring, replenishing in the summer and strengthening in autumn, one should not drop one's guard, for only by adopting an attitude of prevention toward disease can one keep one's body safe from the invasion of the harmful qi from outside. A coordinated combination of the "cleansing, replenishing and strengthening" products is suggested for "prevention in winter": High Absorption-Calcium concentrate, aweto, Spirulina, Chitosan and Zinc supplements for adjusting immunity in both directions; Huo Li Kang (Anti-Oxidant Plus), Wei Kang (Youth & Health) and Yi Kang (Cardio System) for adjusting fats in blood; the qi and blood circulation machine and the acupuncture point set for increasing the circulation of qi and blood; measures to keep out the cold and strengthen the physique for a safe winter. Based on an understanding of the relationship between the five elements and nature, disease potential can be analysed. The factors for the changes in one's body are everywhere, such as changes in location, season, harmful qi, internal organs and tastes. By taking heed of them, one can foresee the future and nip disease in the bud. With prevention, one can strengthen the physique and live a long life. That is the unique feature of the traditional Chinese regimen. In summary, "cleansing, replenishing, strengthening and balancing" constitute a physique-improving regimen. One clears excessive matter out of the body, adjusts the balance of the body & mind and supplements appropriate nutrients to achieve the objectives of preventive health care, physique improvement and longevity. That is the secret of Chinese health preservation.
    A brief introduction to the application on the Human Body of the 5 elements; Wood, Fire, Water, Metal & Earth, used in Chinese natural medicine to explain various physiological and pathological phenomena.
    Westerners are always puzzled when they first hear about the 5-element theory. They often find it abstract and hard to understand. It is, in fact, quite plain and accepted as a series of natural laws in China. Now we'll try to explain in an easy way by showing you some examples:

    The interactions among 5 elements:
    Fire evolved from wood, because wood can catch fire
    Earth evolved from fire, as anything on fire becomes ashes afterwards
    Metal evolved from earth, because metals are from the earth
    Water evolved from metal, as all metals can melt into liquid
    Wood evolved from water, because water is indispensable for plants
    Wood prevails over earth, because trees grow out of the earth
    Earth prevails over water, as earth stops the flood
    Water prevails over fire, because it extinguishes fire
    Fire prevails over metal, as heat melts metals
    Metal prevails over wood, because wood can be cut or sawn by metals
    The above, when understood, becomes the first step towards a better understanding of 5-element theory which at first sounds mythical and profound. In fact, with the development of this 5-element theory, it has been endowed with more meaning. The following is an analogy drawn by Chinese scholars majoring in preserving health by comparing the nature of these elements:
    Liver associates with wood
    Heart associates with fire
    Spleen associates with earth
    Lung associates with metal
    Kidney associates with water
    Circulation of Assimilation: liver-heart-spleen-lung-kidney
    Circulation of Depression: liver-spleen-kidney-heart-lung
    These interactions have been tested and approved by human clinical experiments. For example, spleen turns food and water into nutrition and vigour to nourish the lung. A bad functioning lung will impair the function of the spleen.