A new bodysuit designed to massage meridian and acupuncture points as the wearer moves is said to impart a range of health benefits, from combating aging to improving posture and aiding weight loss. 

The 'Modern Health Bodysuit' has been developed by Ms Su-Huei Shih, chairperson of Goodwill Technology Co Ltd of Taiwan, with advice from acupuncturists and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners.

Using state-of-the-art fabrics with functions such as bamboo charcoal fibre for odour absorption and heat retention, Tencel for softness, moisture wicking, and breathablity, negative ions and nanoparticles of silver to reduce bacterial growth, the bodysuit also features tape to stimulate the meridian and acupuncture points of the body.

As the wearer moves, the bodysuit produces a massaging effect along the meridian and acupuncture points. This stimulates the flow of the blood, hormones and 'chi' in the body.

Not only can the bodysuit keep the spine straight and in proper alignment, but it also gives the body an improved posture.
 
When the body is in proper alignment, blood, hormones and chi flow are at their optimum, helping to cure ailments - especially those associated with ageing.

Ms Shih also recommends her healthy bodysuits for younger women, for whom they can relieve menstrual pain and improve conception.

There is also a version of the bodysuit specially designed for men.

As the baby boom generation ages, the apparel industry is increasingly looking for ways to improve health and wellbeing, particularly through clothing worn next to the skin.

By Vicky Sung.