Health preservation with mental acivity
Maintaining good health and pursuing a long life are regarded as unique characteristi in the long-standing and well-established traditional chinese culture.Science ancient times ,many thinkers and medical sientists have noticed than spiritual cultivation is the key to health preservation.The theory of spiritual cultivation of mind with quietness ,virtuecultivation,moderate sentiment and desire,internal oncentration of spirit,conformance with the four sesons,regulation of the heart spirit,etc.It reflects the conformance of “harmony”in health preservation .When one has tranquil mind content in nothingness,genuine qi will come in the wake of it ;and when one concentrates one’s spirit internally,how canany illness occur ? Things have changed as time went on.However these thoughts with important practical value have been increasingly accepted by the modern society .
Cultivating the mind with Quietness refers to a mental state that is peaceful ,relaxed,having fewer desires and pure ,reflecting the thought of health preservation with a quiet mind in ancient China.
Health preservation and virtue emphasize the essential points of cultivation of character and health.To protect and maintain life needs to build character in order to reach the state of quietness and cheer .Through nature and virtue cultivation ,greediness and sentiment should be controlled to achieve the mental peace ,smooth flow of qi and blood ,physical and mental health and a longer life .Many scholars in ancient China have noticed the close relationship among virtue,man’s psychological state and life span .
In the regimen in TCM,”keeping the mind in the interior “ is the base of disease prevention and treatment as well as the core of mind cultivation ,from the angle of mind cultivation ,restraints must be laid on the following points :
- Restraint of excessive desire for wealth
- Restraint of excessive pursuit of fame and benefits
- Restraint of excessive sexuality
- Removal of jealousy
- Human’s psychological activities,called moods or emotions in TCM,are the comprehensive responses of human nature to contact and understand the outside world .Emotion is the switch controlling the psychlogical changes of human,which propels the intuitive impulses of mind before the right judgment of reason .
Health preservation through Diet
Fitness lies in diet .When it comes to diet and health,it refers to meals arranged scientifically,and nutrition absorbed properly through diets so as to keep fit,strong body ,prevent diseases,and reach longevity.
The function of diet in health preservation :
Restore normal function and recuperate deficiency ;
Purge away excess syndrome and eliminate pathogenic factors ;
Prevent diseases and contribute to longevity;
Health preservation based on environment and daily life
The environment refers to the circustances or conditions of the objective things surrounding us.Human beings are closely relatedto the natural enviroment.Therefore,if one wants to keep healthy and prolong his life ,his actions must correspond to the environment .
Health preservation based on environment,under the guidance of the theory of maintaining health in TCM,is the way to adapt to the environment and establish an ideal environment beneficial to one’s living,work and study,and to serve the purve the purpose of eliminating diseases,strengthening health and prolonging life span .
The environment includes natural environment and artificial environment.By nature if can be classified into physical environment (weather,sounds,radiation,vibration,etc.),chemical environment (air,water,the organic or inorganic chemicals in soil ),biological environment such as the population density,socio-economic conditions,humanities,history,professions,income,living conditions,diet habits,folklore,and pesonal interest,etc.)
Health preservation through sexual life
In accordance with the rules of human vital movement and the physiological and psychological features,health preservation through sexual life is to adopt healthy and moderate sexual life or regulate sexual activities with necessary methods so as to harmonize sexual life,enhance health,improve life quality,eliminate disease and prolong life span .
Health preservation with Exercises
Health preservation with exercises,falling into the category of physical fitness of TCM ,refers to the physical traning by means of traditional exercises.Our ancestors have long been aware of the characteristic of motion embodied in all the living creatures,especially in the activities of mankind ,and hence advocated health preservation with exercises.The signification of health preservation with exercises was specified in Lv Shi Chun Qiu as running water is never stale and a door hinge never gets worm-eaten,because they are always in motion.It is the same case with the physique and qi;without the motion of physical ,essene does not flow while without the flow of essence ,the qi stagnates .Running water and a door hinge were used as examples to show the benefits of exercise while the adverse effects of lack of exercises were pointed outfrom the relationship between physique and qi.Obviously all of these come to a conclusion:exerise lead to physical health whereas lack of exercises results in senilism .
“Exercises are the sources of health “.Exercises aelerate metabolism ,invigorate organs and show down the process of getting old.It is especially beneficial to the cardiovascular system .
Health preservation by recreation
Cultivating various interests and hobbies during one’s leisure time,and attending different recreational activities can not only enrich one’s after –hours life ,improve the quality of life ,but also cultivate one’s morality and character ,nurture the sentiment,adjust the body and build up the constitution.This is one important part of health-preservating of TCM therefore the following chapter will discuss the significance and methods of health preservation by rest and recreation .
Health preservation through bathing
Bathing ,as the name suggests ,mean washing by immersing one’s body in water,However ,the art of bathing has been essential in keeping fit.Not only does it contribute to the beauty of one’s skin and hair,but to physical wellbeing and the prevention of diseases .
Health preservation by medicinal substances
Health preservation by medicinal substances refers to the method by which medicinal substances are applied for the purposes of health preservation ,disease prevention and longevity.Healthpreservation by TCM substances has a long history.Thousand of years of practrise has witnessed a variety of medicinal substances for health maintenance as well as lots of feasible,effective health-protecting and life-prolonging formulas,which made great contribution to human health .
Health preservation through Qigong
Qigong health preservation is one of the precious inheritances of chinese people.it’s both a physical and a psychological exercise which takes classical chinese philosophy as guide ,and bases on regulating body ,regulating breath,and regulating heart, and focuses on developing the potential of human body .It was explored and summarized gradua;;y from the long-term struggle with nuture ,diseases,fatigue and aging by our diligent people in ancient time.It not only has a long history,,but enjoys a good reputation in common people.Over thousands of year.it has played an important part in health promoting and reproduction of chinese people .