Chinese Wisdom for Yang Sheng
Helen Hu, OMD
1. Keep silent in order for Nourishing Qi, closing eyes to restore blood, sleeping early to rejuvenate essence and keeping inner peace to raise spirit.
2. Fame seeking injures the lungs, unlimited sexual play exhausts kidney, obsessive pursuing wealth damages liver, rich food damps spleen, unlimited leisure weakens the heart
3. Those who have weakened lung should avoid being known; those with aged kidneys should turn away promiscuous activities, those with a stagnated livers should give away wealth (generosity), one should be on simple diet when stomach is weak, and with a weak heart, one should avoid staying in bed too long.
4. Eating less in adding healing, increasing sleep in saving energy, relaxing in nourishing body, slowing moving in preserving shen (mind).
5. Movement to strengthen Yang (energy) for guarding body, resting to aid Yang for healing body (during the sickness); movement can generate the Yang, yet can disperse it, resting can preserve the Yang, and yet can injure the Yang. It all depends upon finding the balance point.
6. One who is exhausted in searching for a cure for his healing should turn inside to ask his own heart when seeking the cause for a result. For knowing the cause, one can properly find the answer for healing. The wise one is the one who seeks the healing among the regrets. When the body is unable to heal, ask the heart for more strength. A true, honest heart can break the impossible as in the saying “where is the will, there is the way,” so is the healing process.
7. Confucius teaches: As the young body is still developing, it processes less Yin essence but abundant outer Yang energy, so avoid sexual activity in order to guard the precious essence. Youngsters should be guided for education; then, middle age will be wise and Yang Sheng for the following years leading to a graceful long life. It is said to follow the law of Yin and Yang of the Universe.
8. Observe the natural cycles to compare with the body for the proper guarding of health before becoming sick. When the Sky Qi (energy) is descending, then there will be rain. Rain drops form floods when there are no proper drains. It is the same process that applies to the body with forming edema (body energy declines first, then the body starts to retain water; if there is no proper care to discharge the water, there will be edema). It can be treated by warm and draining remedies. When Sky Qi is raising, clouds fly high with no path to return earth, and there will be drought; it is the same with the body when there is bloating and Qi stagnation (qi rising without a way out becomes stagnated and bloated, long term stagnation lead to heat that will consume water in the body to cause dry skin, dry hair and dry organs). Cooling and moisture remedies should be applied. Natural phenomena teaches us to understand how our body works, and know the cause of a event so we can directly stress the root.
9. Choose work that you love to do, or a hobby you enjoy.
10. Find a happy life companion.
11. Have a healthy sex life!
Dr. Helen Hu – has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) since the age of 12, a cardiologist and practitioner of integrated medicine for 9 years. She immigrated to the United States in 1991. In 1997 Dr. Hu passed the “United States Licensing Medical Exam” while simultaneously obtaining her Oriental Medical Degree (OMD). Dr. Hu is a specialist in Herbal medicine, nationally licensed in Acupuncture and has a Philosophy of life structured around Oriental traditions. She utilizes her expertise in these treatments along with a passion and wisdom for longevity to treat a variety of health conditions. To find more information about her, go to http://www.omdweb.net/