Mustang Breathing Guidance Technique II

The human body cannot survive without air. Whether the breathing is exchanged in the lungs or between various tissues of the human body, the purpose is to absorb beneficial oxygen and exhale harmful carbon dioxide, so as to clean the blood, and then transport it from the heart to various tissues of the human body to promote metabolism. It thus maintains the normal functions of the human body, helps the human body to eliminate fatigue, and improve our physical health.

There are certain natural laws in breathing. Generally speaking, chest breathing is not beneficial to the human body, and abdominal breathing is better.

The meaning of tuna, which Huainanzi put it most concisely and clearly, is to exhale the old and get the new, meaning the exchange of air. In a nutshell, it is equivalent to modern deep breathing plus vital energy circulation.

01 Introduction

Thus the breathing guidance technique is an ancient fitness method characterized by a combination of stretching exercise, breathing exercise, and massage exercise.

According to Huangdi Neijing, an ancient medical book:

People who eat miscellaneous foods but do not do physical labor will have illnesses arising from dysfunction, cold and heat. The treatment should be guidance and stilts.

It came with an original note that said:

Guidance refers to shaking the muscles and bones and to moving the branches. Stilts refer to pressing the skin and flesh and to lifting the hands and feet.

According to an ancient book Zhuangzi:

Blow and breathe. Spit out the old and accept the new. The bear and the bird thus live a long life.

Its interpretation is:

A bear climbs a tree and draws air; a bird throws out air when it sighs.

The book Cheng Shu further interpreted:

Similar to a bear climbing a tree and walking on its high legs. Similar to a bird flying in the air and stretching its feet. These are all motions of the guidance of breathing technique, used to keep the body and mind fit.

02 The wellness efficacy

Thus we use the breathing guidance method, the stretching method, and the massage method to assist us in doing proper breathing. The passive method of massage and the active method of guidance will interact with each other.

We use tapping, stretching, massage and whole body movement to improve our blood circulation and metabolism, to excite our subcutaneous nerves and soft tissues, muscles and blood periosteum, and even deep nerve trunks, thereby obtaining benign stimulation. It will affect our complex viscera to allow it to adjust functions of the whole body.

Abdominal breathing will promote abdominal muscles and diaphragms and other tissues to participate in the exercise to strengthen the compression force of abdominal wall muscles, make N-muscles and abdominal muscles perform strong stretching activities. It thus strengthens the contraction of the intestines. It thus promotes the secretion of various matters in the digestive tract, thereby enhancing digestion.

Because of this action, the viscera, the meridians and collaterals are simultaneously depressed. The anus, testes, bladder, etc. will be improved for excretion. The genital organs will be lifted. Thus, it has an overall effect on rising yang-energy, nourishing qi, and filling the true essence.

03 Breathing Guidance Preparatory Style

Stand naturally with your feet apart shoulder-wide. Look ahead. Raise your head and chest. Droop your hands by the sides of your body naturally to guard your heart.

You now inhale. Follow the inhalation, with your fingers facing each other, slowly raise your palms upwards. When your palms reach your chest, turn your palms facing inward. When your palms are flushed with your eyebrows, turn your palms downward. Now your inhalation should be full.

After the inhalation is complete, you pause for a while and make a quick exhale like a jet of air. Press your hands down quickly, straighten your elbows, and hold your palms parallel to the ground.

One exhalation and one inhalation is counted as one breath. You do three breaths in a row if you are a beginner. Then you may rest. If your body condition is good, you may do six breaths, nine breaths, up to twenty seven breaths before you rest.

Note that you should not bend or swing your lower limbs when you do the jet-like exhalation.

04 Breathing Guidance Squatting Style

The inhalation and its movements are the same as the preparatory style. When you do the jet-like exhalation, you squat down. At the end of exhalation, you place both hands on the outside of the knee joint, with the palm surface parallel to the ground.

After that, you stand up while inhaling, and squat down while exhaling.

You decide on how far you want to squat, but your body must be vertical. Actually how far you can squat depends on your body condition.

The rule on the number of times for squatting is the same as the preparatory style.

05 Breathing Guidance Horse-sitting Style

Stand naturally. Inhale with both hands half-fisted raising until eye-level then you make a cross with your hands. You should be in full inhalation now.

Then you exhale with your hands sliding down from your chest. Swing out to the left and right and stretch out your hands, palms facing down. Squat down and make a jet-like exhalation.

Then you inhale again. Raise your hands over your head, with half-clenched fists, and stand up.

The rule on the number of times for squatting is the same as the preparatory style.

When you inhale, you must inhale full. While you inhale, you must compress your abdomen simultaneously to allow air to come in. When you exhale, you must fully clean out the old air. Allow the abdomen to relax and the lungs to open simultaneously so that the breath can be exhaled slowly to increase the volume. The purpose of this process is to help ventilation.

Abdominal breathing can effectively relieve fatigue and keep the mind in a clear state. At the same time, it has a regulating effect on organs and also plays a certain role in the adjustment of meridians.

06 Secrets in practice

From the perspective of vital energy circulation, the secret method of breathing in and out of the abdomen can promote blood circulation in the body through the breathing process of one inhalation and exhalation. It will help to unblock the meridians in the body. It can also indirectly stimulate the blood vessels.

From the perspective of kinematics, the abdomen is retracted when inhaling, and the abdomen is emptied when exhaling. When performing breathing and exhalation exercises, you should try to relax the muscles of the body and let the body be in a calm state for inhalation.

Put your hands on your waist, with your thumbs facing forward, let air enter your lungs through inhalation. The breath must be full until you know that you cannot breathe in any more air. Then you transport the inhaled air to the dantian, and then adjust your breath for a few seconds by holding your breath for five seconds, then spit the air out through the lungs, trachea and throat.

After inhaling the air and sending it to the qihai acupoint at the dantian area, the breathing time is usually three to five seconds. If you just start to practice abdominal breathing, you can take a shorter time. Then you can increase the time to eight to ten seconds when you are well versed with the technique.

The Breathing Guidance Technique can increase the content of alkaline substances in the body, speed up the body’s blood circulation and heartbeat, speed up the delivery of body nutrients, and improve the body’s immunity. Toxins are excreted from the body through perspiration or defecation, reducing the content of acidic substances in the body, allowing the body’s pH to balance, and quickly improving chronic diseases.

All in all, the breathing technique is to exchange body air, rub the viscera to expel toxins and promote blood circulation.

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How a compressed meal will hurt you

Do you know what a compressed meal is?

Sometimes we tend to be unhappy at work or in life. We get a little angry. Nevertheless, we have our meal when the anger is budding, but we don’t know that this will do great harm to our body.

As practitioners of health solutions, we want to know what are the solutions to this problem.

Anxiety and Insomnia are closely related to Personality

We know a female person, aged forty. She has had insomnia, irritability and anxiety for a long time. She is very thin and has a very anxious temper. When other people communicate with her, they feel uneasy, because they have different opinions on almost everything. Because of her habit of complaining, she always speaks with a prick. She also has an old stomach problem, stomach pain and anorexia.

She said: My stomach is a little better, but I can’t sleep well. Once I sleep well, my stomach is not good. For more than ten years, my body has never been comfortable and smooth.

When she visits a doctor, her tone is like arguing with the doctor, so few doctors can stand it.

After listening to her remarks, her docter touched her pulse again and said: Your pulse is fine but rushing upwards, and it is very difficult to control the pulse. If you change your temper, the disease will get better quickly. If you don’t change it, if you continue to rush like this for a long time, the energy and blood will be washed away.

She asked: How can I change it?

The doctor said: Think less about yourself and think more about others, and broaden your mind a little bit. In fact, the things you are anxious about are just not that big, and there is nothing worth worrying about when you really think about them. Grandma who lives in the rural area is anxious, worried, and could not put it down when she did not feed a chicken or did not water her vegetable field. Do you want to live like her?

The doctor first gave her a special soup, and said: No matter what, let’s take control of eating and sleeping first. You are so sick up and down, and you are dizzy, dizzy, dizzy, and dizzy. Let’s treat them first. Use sweet and soothing medicine to cure its deficiency, cultivate the energy associated with the spleen, and to nourish the source of transformation.

It is recorded in the Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic:

In the case where both yin and yang are deficient, nourishing will only cause yin to exhaust, and purging yin will lead to yang loss. In this case, sweet medicine should be used, but not strong medicine.

For those who are deficient in both yin and yang, they should be adjusted with sweet medicine. This sweet and soothing medicine can not only cultivate the spleen and earthy energy, but also ease the anxiety of the pulse.

Internal Conditioning to improve Personality

She then came to the clinic for a follow-up visit. She was late so she was at the back of the waiting line.

She complained to the nurse: I didn’t see any of them registered. I came early. The doctor should see me first.

The nurse explained to her: Everyone has a number in the queue, so you have to follow the order. Do not be anxious.

She said indignantly: Do not be anxious! You have never experienced insomnia. You have not experienced the pain of insomnia. How can you ask me not to be anxious?

The nurse told her: Chronic diseases should not be treated in a hurry. If you are in a hurry, you will only aggravate the disorder of your own energy flow. We have seen many patients with insomnia, but there are still relatively few people who are anxious like you.

Then the doctor came. When it was her turn to be treated, the doctor asked her: How is it after taking the medicine?

She said: It’s not obvious. It’s still insomnia.

The doctor asked her: How about dinner?

She said: A little bit better appetite.

The doctor knew that if there was no improvement, it would be difficult for the patient to have the confidence and motivation to return to the clinic.

The doctor said to her: The illness has been for more than ten years so it will not be cured so fast. As long as your appetite will improve, your body will gradually recover. You still can’t calm down your mind. If your mind can calm down, it will be easy.

Indeed, when a patient goes to a clinic, he will inevitably show his aura, either dissipative and outgoing, quiet and restrained, casual and peaceful, or paranoid, and so on.

This female patient is a typical dissipative character. When she wants to talk, she will outtalk the doctor. She usually quit after visiting a doctor a few times.

This time, the doctor told me that her yin score was not high enough, and her virtual fire was still too high, so on the basis of ensuring that her stomach was well adjusted, the doctor prescribed her a huang lian e jiao soup in addition to the previous jian zhong soup. This is the old remedy to take good care of her eating and sleeping. The jian zhong soup is used to help her meals, and the huang lian E jiao soup is used to help her sleep.

Do not eat a compressed meal

The patient took the prescription. When the patient comes back for a follow-up visit, the symptoms have greatly improved, and her temperament has also changed greatly. It seemed that she suddenly changed from a domineering state to a kind and virtuous person, and she also brought her family over to see the doctor.

As soon as she sat down, she waited quietly for her turn, without making any noise, with a smile on her face.

When the doctor took her pulse, it was obvious that it had become less hyperactive. What was left was the stagnant pulse caused by anger and depression in the past.

The doctor changed the treatment method to go with the flow and adjust her energy flow with the use of xiaoyaosan.

She asked the doctor again: What else should I pay attention to?

The doctor said to her: Do not eat too much even if the food is good. Do not overeat even if your appetite has become better because it will hurt. And people should not eat compressed food. This compressed food hurts people very badly.

She asked inexplicably: What is compressed food?

The doctor explained to her.

We call this compressed food in the countryside. Many experienced elderly people know that people who eat compressed food often will suffer from many strange diseases.

The so-called compressed food means when you are a little angry, your energy flow will be disturbed, but you use a meal to suppress it. Over time, you will burn your liver and spleen. Subsequently your other organs will not be fully nourished. Therefore, it is easy for you to appear fatigued and sleepy.

She immediately reflected on it and nodded. In the past, she was always in a state of stress when she ate. She was impatient and irritable, and she didn’t like anything. She went to work and ate with anger every day.

Later, she would come to the doctor to adjust her body condition every ten days. After a while, she looked plump and fleshy, which once again confirmed the saying that whoever becomes broadminded will be fat.

Now she will communicate without being paranoid. Slowly she was able to talk like a friend. As the saying goes, the appearance is born from the heart, and the heart can shape the appearance.

There is another saying. Wealthy people do not rush to speak. They have easy posture. She is now beginning to have that temperament, and her strong temper has subsided.

From this case study, we can see how much mentality will affect the health of the human body.

Standard on body Adjustment

This case study takes a few months from beginning to end.

The doctor here focuses on adjusting the body. The way he adjusts the disease, he pays attention to the outside symptoms and inner cause, what is important and what is less, and what is serious and what is less. As soon as the doctor starts the adjusting process, he puts aside the painful things that the patient complains about. He starts his protocol on the pulse of the patient.

The pulse is thin and astringent, rushing upwards, blood is low and energy flow is insufficient, and the spirit is rising again, just like the pits in the river, there is no water. At this time, it is impossible to mobilize the energy flow and blood. Thus the doctor used the idea of jianzhong decoction to nourish the essence and adjust the diet. After the appetite was slightly better, he used huanglian ejiao decoction to continue to nourish the essence and adjust sleep. When the sleep diet returned to normal, the pulse showed pun depression, then xiaoyaosan is used. The idea is to go with the flow, adjusting her energy flow.

This process is like the layout of chess. First let the vital energy and blood spread out, make it sufficient, and then let it go around in circles. Otherwise, the body will become hyperactive due to emptiness, and it will only fall into a vicious circle.

As practitioners of health solution seekers, we must have a long-term view of the layout in the treatment of diseases. According to the pulse formula, astringency means blood deficiency or fine injury. It can be seen that an astringent pulse generally represents blood deficiency or fine injury, and even blood stasis due to deficiency.

This kind of pulse is like a river without water, and garbage is thrown there, full of potholes and can’t be washed away. At this time, no matter how we try to dredge it, it is useless. The only way is to fill the ditches and rivers with water, and those stagnations will naturally go away.

Therefore, a famous doctor, Zhang Zhongjing of a thousand years ago, first used small jianzhong decoction to nourish the spleen and stomach for biochemical energy and blood. The spleen and stomach are the source of energy and blood treatment. This source of energy and blood, when it is full and strong, the ditches will flow naturally without any stasis.

Therefore, Zhang Zhongjing used little jianzhong soup to nourish the body essence first. When the body’s true essence and water are sufficient, even if the disease is not completely cured, there is already energy in the body, so little chaihu soup can be used. Or other medicines for regulating the energy machine, by going with nature, the energy machine comes and goes, upwards and downwards, so that it circulates, and the disease is cured.

This is the central idea in Treatise on Febrile Diseases, published by Zhang Zhongjing. It attaches great importance to symptoms and causes, priorities, and the idea of treating and using drugs successively.

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The Taiji Primordial Stance VII

As practitioners of holistic wellness, we usually practice three types of holistic techniques such as (1) the natural stance technique or taiji primordial stance technique, (2) the shaking or the swing technique, and (3) the rotation technique. Any one of these techniques will help us to do body maintenance so that our body will be in a healthy state.

The natural stance or taiji primordial stance that we practice are for health preservation, not for martial arts or kung fu.

The body shaking technique is a movement that shakes our body at a certain rhythm driven by the waist and hips. It will help to relax our body and mind. Unlike the taiji primordial stance technique, it is easy to practice, and it can be practiced by men, women and children.

Practicing the body shaking technique will help to detoxify our body, reduce stress, regulate our spleen and stomach, strengthen the function of our digestive system, and enhance the vital energy of our body.

The rotation technique focuses on our spine and the mingmen acupoint. The spine is the central axis and pillar of human body movement and support. It is the ocean of marrow, the origin of blood, the chain of movement, the channel of life energy transportation, and the location of the central nervous system. It coordinates and dominates all parts of our body.

The spine houses the du meridian. It is the sea of yang-energy. It is the site of the yang meridian that governs the yang-energy of our body. It controls the yang-energy of our body. It is the foundation of our health.

Practicing the rotation technique will enhance the function of our internal organs, cultivate our vitality, improve our immunity, and strengthen our kidneys.

According to herbal medicine, our kidneys play a major role in our health. Kidney deficiency is the root of human diseases, and the treatment of many visceral diseases should start with nourishing our kidneys. The kidneys play a vital role in warming, nourishing, moisturizing and stimulating other internal organs. If we take good care of our kidneys, the kidneys will take care of other organs.

The body-shaking and body-rotating techniques are relatively easy to learn and practice.

Read more: Practical guides to body-shaking and body-rotation techniques.

As long as we keep up with our practice, the beneficial effect will be obvious. A colleage used to have kidney deficiency. After sitting for a long period of time, when he got up and walked, his heels would be painful. He felt very tired when he woke up from an afternoon nap, and his legs and feet became sore. After these practices, he felt much better now without taking any medication.

Stance Practice Standards

Let us focus on the practice of stance now. We generally distinguish between static and dynamic stances. Let us concentrate on the static stance for the time being. We may talk about the combination of dynamic and static stance later when we have a chance.

There is a standard standing posture for the practice of the static stance as shown in the figure below. We listed seventeen important points here for in-depth consideration. We have listed the same points on some other practices when they have the same requirements. That is why they are called the standard for stance practice.

01 Head: The head should be central and lifted

In taiji, it is called xulingdingjin. We may also say that the baihui acupoint on our head should be central when we lift our head. When we lift our head, we should pay attention not to lift our chin, but to draw it inward. If we have a prostruding chin, we should practice this posture to correct it. The key point is not to tilt our head left and right or front and back, but keep our head vertical.

02 Eyes: Eyes seem to be closed but not closed

Our eyes are about to close, but they are not closed. That is, our eyes are narrowed into slits. For beginners, if you find it hard to follow, just close your eyes directly. It is important not to open your eyes to see distracting scenes around you.

03 Face: With a smile on our face

We think everyone knows this without further discussion. However, the great masters will tell you that smiling is good for the circulation of chest-energy. True. For some people, when they are angry, they find it hard to breathe.

04 Tongue: Tongue touching the upper palate

The touching should be light. Do not apply force.

05 Neck: Relax the neck vertically

This needs to be coordinated with the first point. If the chin is drawn in, the neck will naturally be straight and vertical.

06 Back: Straight back

Keep your back straight, not hunched over. What is back pulling? To put it simply, do your stance and then take a deep breath, and sink your shoulders. At this point, your back is in the state of being pulled.

07 Chest: Contained and open chest

When you exhale until you are out of breath, the state of your chest is a contained chest. When your shoulder blades are opened outwards, your chest is an open chest.

08 Shoulders: Loose shoulders and open armpits

Loose shoulders means to relax the shoulders. There is a simple way to do this: drop your shoulders so that they are back and down, combine it with shoulder blades opening to both sides without using force.

Everyone knows about open armpits without discussion. If you do not know what it is, hug someone.

09 Elbows: Hanging and floating

To put it bluntly, it is the falling elbow in taiji. The elbows should hang down and out, relaxed without pushing.

10 Hand: Palms contained

This is relatively simple. Relax your fingers and bend them naturally without using force.

11 Abdomen: Retract the lower abdomen

Retract the lower abdomen slightly without using force. Use the navel to locate the mingmen acupoint.

12 Tailgate: Relax the tailgate

The tailgate is the position on the back where the navel is directly facing. The tailgate is naturally curved and should be convex. To relax the tailgate, you sit on a high stool and touch your tailgate. It must be protruding outwards. Thus, in this practice, you stand as if you are sitting on a high stool so that your tailgate is relaxed. This is also a requirement in the practice of taiji.

13 Crotch: Round and hanging

When we practice the stance, we require our crotch to be rounded as if there is a balloon between our thighs which may even move upwards when we try. Also, it requires us not to clamp our crotch.

Letting the crotch hang is actually a bit difficult. We need to use our internal strength to lift the crotch up. For a beginner, just suck in the lower abdomen, using the mind to think about lifting the crotch without forcing it.

14 Tail: Drooping the tail

Refer to the diagram below.

How can we make the tailbone sag? In fact, it is very simple to do. Turn down the pubic region slightly. The pubic region corresponds to the front and back of the sacrum, and the downward turning of the pubic region will cause the sacrum to turn backwards and upwards, and the tail will hang down. This may require us to practice often to soften our soft tissues to make it easy to do. The ancients described the tailbone as a bell hammer based on the drooping shape of the tailbone.

The performance of taiji in the crotch is one horizontal and one vertical. One horizontal refers to closing the front crotch, opening the back crotch, and stretching the two hip joints horizontally, which is called round crotch and pan hip. The purpose is to strengthen the stability of the lower body and the flexible center of gravity conversion.

The one vertical refers to the downward turning of the pubic region and the backward turning of the sacrum, so that the coccyx sags and the waist is naturally straight. The upper and lower sides of the solid leg become an axis which allows flexible rotation.

15 Crotch: Seemingly sitting but not sitting

It is required that the root of the thigh and the body form a loose triangle, as if sitting on a high stool. If it is out of your imagination, go to a bar and sit on the high stools to feel it.

16 Knees: Relaxed with internal rotation

Pull both knees slightly inward. To what extent? Buckle the knees inward, if you feel the force on the inner side of your feet, then you have reached the limit.

17 Feet: Flat and parallel

The distance between the soles of the feet is as wide as the shoulders, and the heels are slightly turned outward. The feet are flat on the ground, and the weight is evenly distributed on the soles of the feet.

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Swing to your Health

After we have introduced the Mustang 8-brocade Technique for body rejuvenation, we will introduce the Mustang Swing Technique. The Mustang 8-brocade Technique is relatively hard to learn and practice. On the other hand, we love the Mustang Swing Technique for its simplicity. There is almost no learning process. A practitioner can do it immediately.

However, we should do the Mustang Swing Technique gently and slowly so that we will not hurt our joints while doing it. When doing exercise, it is advisable to have an empty stomach, before breakfast in the morning, or three hours after a full meal.

01 Action and Movement

01 Stand up straight.

02 Spread your feet shoulder wide. Bend your knees slightly with the center of gravity towards the center of your legs and towards your bottom. Level your hands in front of you, with palms facing downward.

03 Level your head looking to the front, with the center of gravity at the lower part of the body. Sink your heels at the ground. Put your tongue against the upper palate inside the mouth. Tug in your belly. Lift (contract) the anus part. Hold your breath.

04 Now start to swing your arms back and forth with wrists and arms turning when swinging towards the back. Start counting. You may swing 100 times, 200 times, or 500 times. Some people will swing 2000 times at one session.

05 While you swing your arms, grab the ground with your toes. Inhale air all the way towards your diaphragm.

06 Pay attention to the minute detail for efficiency and you should follow the following rules.

  • Upper part of the body should be light
  • Lower part of the body should be solid
  • Neck should be in suspension
  • Mouth should be slightly open
  • The chest should be light
  • The back should be lifted
  • The waist should act like an axle
  • The arm should be loose
  • The elbow should be rigid
  • The hand should be swinging
  • The wrist should be heavy
  • The stance should be loose
  • The anus should be lifted
  • The heel should be anchored to the ground
  • The toes should grab the floor

Please remember these rules. This is the standard way for you to stand properly. You will always stand this way while you practice other exercises.

02 When

You should do it at least once a day, upon waking up in the morning. Do not do vigorous exercise in the evening.

03 Suitability

The hand-swinging exercise is a self-cultivation exercise inherited from ancient times. The exercise is simple and suitable for middle-aged and elderly people. Young adults can also do the hand-swinging exercise appropriately.

04 Benefits

01 Reduces stress and pressure

There are many acupoints in our arm joints. This exercise can activate those acupoints to help with blood flow in the joints. This exercise can also increase the excitement of the brain nerves. When the brain is excited, it will secrete some substances which have the effect of calming us. Thus this exercise can relieve mental stress for people with brain tumors and cerebrovascular diseases.

02 Strengthen the body

This exercise helps to move the joints of our arms, thus increasing our blood circulation and increasing the rate of metabolism of our body.

Moreover, there are many acupoints on our arms. With this exercise, we massage all the acupoints. When we do this exercise for a long time, it will enhance our immune system. The exercise will move our joints, muscles and bones while preventing osteoporosis.

03 Improve prevention of diseases

Long-term practice of this exercise can help to prevent chronic diseases. This exercise will help to massage the acupoints of the three-yin meridians in our hand. Thus it can promote blood circulation and remove blood stasis. It will help to keep blood circulation and energy flow smooth. Thus it is beneficial to the health of our heart and liver. The effect of this exercise is even better if we consume deep sea fish oil at the same time.

05 Caution

01 This exercise is good for the body, but not everyone can do it. Children with underdeveloped bones are not suitable for doing this exercise. Elderly people whose bones are already too hard cannot do this exercise. It will damage the health of hand joints.

02 The good thing about this exercise is its simplicity. Anyone can do it immediately. There is no learning process. However, we should do it gently and slowly so that we will not hurt our joints while doing it.

03 When doing exercise, it is advisable to have an empty stomach, before breakfast in the morning, or three hours after a meal.

04 The number of swings we do each session will depend on our body condition. We may do it with a progressive schedule. However, we must do at least five hundred swings per session to reap any benefit. It takes about fifteen minutes to do five hundred swings.

05 When we do the exercise with counting, we will remove random thoughts from our mind. We are doing a form of meditation at the same time.

06 If we hold our breath while doing the exercise, it will improve our energy circulation system which will greatly improve our health. However, attempt it with caution. If your body condition does not permit this routine, do not force yourself to hold your breath while exercising. Something bad may happen to you.

07 Your legs will be dull and painful at the beginning of practice. It may also be difficult to walk upon completion. It will be fine once you get used to it.

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Folks, that is all for now. If you think this article may be beneficial to your friends and loved-ones, feel free to forward this article to them. Life cultivation is mostly for older people with declining body health. If you are young and energetic, this may not be your cup of tea. However, if you have family members or friends who are middle-aged or older, they may want to practice life cultivation to maintain a life without pain or medication.

This is an extract of the full treatise published in the Mustang BodyWorks Series, a paid-subscription. You may buy the full treatise for the price of US$10.00.

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Distinguishing Constitution of Foods

What food is to the human body is what fuel is to a wood burning stove.

The digestion process in our body is similar to the combustion of a piece of wood in the wood burning stove. With different wood and combustion methods, we will get different energy produced and waste residues.

In herbal medicine, foods can be divided into several classes according to their characteristics:

Thick-thin
Whether the food has a strong smell or a weak smell.

Clear-turbid
Whether the food has a clear constitution or a turbid constitution.

Clear-thin
Food can be clear-thin. It includes most vegetables, fruits, whole grains, simple and non-greasy cooking methods and so on.

Thick-turbid
Food can be thick-turbid. It includes mostly meat, fried and smoked, heavy flavor, complex cooking methods and so on.

The digestive power of our body is influenced by the energy level of our body, especially the energy that is associated with the stomach. They are similar to the firepower of a stove. Let us see how different foods are digested.

Thick and turbid food

Thick and turbid food is like a large piece of wet and heavy wood. It requires a relatively large firepower to ignite, burn, and function. If the woodstove is relatively old, and the combustion process is incomplete, there will be a lot of smoke, ash, oil and residue. The wood stove needs a better flue and higher air circulation to fully burn the piece of wood.

Thus, if we have a body constitution with a very good digestive system, sufficient stomach-energy, smooth meridians, then our body will be able to absorb the thick and turbid foods. The food we eat will do us good. Thus, before we eat a lot of thick and turbid food, we should ask ourselves whether we are a relatively new and good wood stove.

When we are old, weak, or sick, there is only a small fire in the wood- burning stove. Can it withstand the pressure of a large piece of damp and heavy wood?

Most of the time, when we are weak, we think we need to increase our nutrition, so we eat thick and turbid food. We forget that we do not have sufficient stomach-energy and meridians to digest, absorb and transport the thick and turbid food. The resulting effect is we further damage our digestive and absorptive functions of our body.

The end result is not only no nutrition and nourishment, but also a lot of smoke, ash, and oil produced by insufficient combustion. In herbal medicine, they are called the dampness, the poison, the heat, and the turbidity.

People who have diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and gout have a common physical characteristic, which is the accumulation of dampness, poison, heat, and turbidity in the body and the deficiency of energy. This type of body constitution often also has insufficient kidney-energy, so the power to expel the evils from the body is insufficient. Thus if we forget to control the food we eat and increase stretching exercises, it will become a vicious circle.

Many children and young adults have allergic rhinitis, skin problems, or snoring at night. This is due to the accumulation of dampness, poison, heat, and turbidity on the surface of the body and they do not have sufficient power to get rid of them. If they were to do more stretching exercises, akin to open the flue, increase the air intake, remove the exhaust gas, and adjust the food, it will be better for their health. No medication will be needed. They will improve their health after a month.

As practitioners of life cultivation, most of us will make adjustments to the food we eat depending on our body conditions. However, there is no need to stick to details like which kind of beans (red beans, black beans, mung beans) is better for me. Just grasp the general directions of thick-thin or clear-turbid.

For example, in modern culinary art, we focus on color-sound-aroma-taste-touch of the food. Instead, for practitioners of life cultivation, we inject the concepts of clear-thin-light-less and avoid the orientation of thick-turbid-heavy-more. Great health benefits!

Especially for dinner, at this time, the human body is preparing to slowly shut down, entering the state of charging and recuperating. We should eat less and eat lightly. This is especially true for mental workers. It is a good choice and worth a try.

Snoring

People need to be slightly hungry for one or two hours a day, which will keep the stomach-energy in good working condition, and elevate clearness and reduce turbidity.

Snoring is due to a lack of stomach-energy. Generally, obese people snore because they generally have a phlegm-dampness constitution. Phlegm-dampness will produce stagnation in the middle-section of our body. Thus night food or overeating are more likely to cause stomach-energy not to drop and lead to snoring.

If your bed partner complains about your snoring, and you are out of your wit on fixing it, try this method. If it is successful for you, do not forget to write to us so that we can save more relationships.

Reminder

We are practitioners of life cultivation. We are sharing what we learn and practice for wellness. We emphasize syndrome differentiation and conditioning. Any suggestions about diseases cannot replace face-to-face diagnosis and treatment by licensed physicians.

Any remarks about doctors and patients only represent their personal views, and provide practitioners of life cultivation a reference for learning. Please read carefully and do not apply to yourself blindly. We do not assume any legal responsibility arising therefrom.

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Distinguishing Inherent Natures of Foods

As practitioners of life cultivation, we pay attention to the inherent nature of the foods we eat. We are especially concerned whether the food is inherently cold, hot or neutral. We make a list of the cold and hot properties of common vegetables, fruits, meat, and common herbs so that we know what we eat.

Why should we pay attention to whether our food is inherently hot or cold?

According to herbal medicine, our body constitution can be divided into cold and hot, and food can also be divided into cold and hot. Eating the right food can nourish the body. Eating the wrong food will make the body more unbalanced and even cause illness.

People with a cold body constitution are prone to stomach pain and diarrhea if they eat too much cold food. People with a hot body constitution are prone to be angry, suffer from constipation and acne if they eat too much hot food.

Huang Zhiyuan, a herbal medicine doctor, likened the former to adding insult to injury, and the latter to adding fuel to the fire.

01 Our body constitution

If we want to choose the right food, we must first understand our own body constitution. How do we know which type of body constitution we are?

We can simply judge our body constitution based on the following symptoms:

01 Cold body constitution

  • Has cold hands and feet
  • Is afraid of coldness and wind
  • Is rarely thirsty, thus does not like to drink water or likes to drink hot drinks
  • Has pale face and lips
  • Has pale discharge
  • Has clear urine
  • Has long urination
  • Has shapeless stools
  • Does not like to move
  • Get tired easily

02 Hot body constitution

  • Has relatively high body temperature
  • Does not like hot weather
  • Has a dry mouth
  • Like cool breeze
  • Like cold drinks
  • Has red complexion, often with acne or boils
  • Has yellowish and stinky urine
  • Has foul-smelling stool
  • Has easy constipation
  • Is active
  • Is easily irritable and angry

03 Neutral body constitution

  • Is properly balanced, not too cold, not to hot

To distinguish between cold body constitution and hot body constitution, we should not only look at one of the symptoms, but analyze them as a whole. Moreover, our body constitution will change with changes in the environment and diet. If we are not sure, we should consult our physician.

If we have a cold body constitution, we should eat hot food for recuperation. If we have a hot body constitution, we should eat cold food to recuperate. Foods with the same nature as our body constitution should be eaten less. If we have a neutral body constitution, we can eat all kinds of food in moderation. There are also some foods that are neither cold nor hot, and are mild in nature, which can be eaten by people of any body constitution. If we eat our foods that way, our body can achieve balance and will remain healthy.

02 Inherent nature of food

Once we understand our body constitution, the next step is to find out the inherent nature of food that we commonly eat. Then we will eat according to our body constitution. Our body will be in balance, and we will get rid of the little feeling of uncomforting.

To find out the inherent nature of food, we may look them up in books or the Internet. We will record them in our notebook and refer to them often until we memorize them.

If we do not want to work to that extent, we may follow the following guidelines. They are only guidelines, not absolute principles. Under normal circumstances, it can be distinguished from the food’s color, taste, growth environment and other aspects.

01 Greenish in color, cold in nature

Green plants are close to the ground and absorb ground moisture, so they are colder in nature. This includes mung beans and green vegetables.

02 Reddish in color, warm in nature

Plants with reddish color, such as pepper, jujube, pomegranate, etc., grow close to the ground, but the fruit can absorb more sunlight, so their nature is warmer.

03 Bitter and sour taste, cold in nature

Bitter and sour foods are cold in nature. They include bitter gourd, bitter herbs, taro, plums, papaya, etc.

04 Sweet and spicy taste, heat in nature

Foods with pungent and sweet flavors, such as garlic, persimmon, pomegranate, etc. are hot due to the longer exposure to sunlight.

05 Aquatic plants, cold in nature

Foods such as lotus root, kelp, seaweed, etc. which grow in water are cold in nature.

06 Land plants, hot in nature

Foods that grow in the soil, such as peanuts, potatoes, yams, ginger, etc., are buried in the soil for a long time and have less water, so they are hot in nature.

07 Shady plants, cold in nature

Foods that face north in the shade absorb heavy moisture and rarely see sunlight, so they are colder in nature. They include mushrooms and fungus.

08 Sunny plants, hot in nature

Foods that grow in the air or facing the sun, such as sunflowers, chestnuts, etc., are hot in nature because they receive sufficient light.

Mind you. When we classify foods with an inherent cold or hot nature, they are relative terms. One food may be colder or hotter than the other food. The best guide is to write down the reaction after we eat certain food if the reaction is very strong.

What about meat? Does meat have an inherent cold or hot nature?

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Foods the Colorful

As practitioners of life cultivation, we make it a rule to eat plenty of vegetables. Some of us become vegetarians who do not eat meat. Some of us pay attention to eating vegetables of different colors, green, yellow, red, purple, black, and white. They have different nutrients, and different colors are equivalent to labeling different sources of nutrients. Many of us try to eat red, yellow, and green vegetables not less than fifty grams per meal.

Why do we do that?

01 Green vegetable

It is rich in VA, VC, VB1, VB2, carotene and various trace elements. Green vegetables give people the feeling of being bright, fresh and delicious. These vegetables have a certain sedative effect on high blood pressure and insomnia, and are beneficial to the liver. Its protein content is twice that of ordinary fruits and vegetables, and its Ca and Fe content is high, which has the functions of reducing blood viscosity, lowering blood pressure, protecting blood vessels and enhancing immunity.

02 Yellow vegetable

There are yellow bell peppers, pumpkins, carrots and gourds, etc. It is rich in VE, can reduce skin pigmentation, delay aging, is beneficial to spleen, pancreas and other organs, and can regulate gastrointestinal digestive function. Yellow vegetables are also rich in carotene, which can regulate the growth and differentiation of epithelial cells. It is unique in anti-cancer, and may inhibit tumor growth.

03 Red vegetable

There are tomatoes, red peppers and carrots etc. Red vegetables contain large amounts of carotene and lycopene, which together with other red pigments in red tomatoes can enhance the vitality of cells in the body’s immune tissues. Therefore, eating more red vegetables can improve the body’s ability to prevent and resist colds, and is good for the heart and intestines.

04 Purple vegetable

The most notable purple vegetable is eggplant. The vitamin P content is higher, and the protein and calcium content of eggplant are 3.8 times and 2.75 times higher than those of tomatoes, respectively. The difference between purple vegetables and other vegetables is that they contain higher vitamin P in natural foods.

Vitamin P is one of the 14 essential vitamins in the human body. It can enhance the adhesion between human cells, improve the elasticity of blood vessels, prevent brittle blood vessels and bleeding, and maintain the normal shape of blood vessels.

Therefore, it has the effect of protecting blood vessels and preventing bleeding, which can reduce the probability of cerebral vascular occlusion, improve blood circulation, and has a good effect on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

It is beneficial to people with hypertension, hemoptysis, and skin purpura.

05 Black vegetable

There are black eggplants, kelp, black mushroom, black fungus and so on. Black foods are usually high in iron, and can stimulate the human endocrine and hematopoietic systems, promote the secretion of saliva, benefit the stomach and aid digestion.

06 White vegetable

There are lotus roots, bamboo shoots, white radish and so on. It gives people a clean and fresh feeling. After eating, it has a certain effect on regulating vision and stabilizing emotions. It is beneficial to people with hypertension and cardiomyopathy, and has the effect of moistening the lungs and reducing dryness.

Eating Vegetables

In Western culture, people mostly eat vegetables uncooked like in salad. Then it is relatively easy for them to eat vegetables of different colors. All they have to do is eat combination salad with different vegetables.

Most practitioners of life cultivation will eat foods cooked, including vegetables. In that case, they can eat mixed vegetable soup such as oxtail vegetable soups. They may also stir-fried various vegetables together and make a delicious dish.

The key point is to eat colorful foods everyday, not once in a while. Enjoy your food and enjoy life.

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Mind Cultivation Four Sacred Ways

As practitioners of life cultivation, we know that mind cultivation takes precedence over life cultivation. In other words, take care of our heart and mind, our life will turn out to be better. Agree?

Today we bring to you four ways to cultivate our mind. Hopefully, we will end up with a healthier mind and a happier life. Enjoy.

01 Heart Maintenance

To do life maintenance, first do heart maintenance. The fundamental principle of heart maintenance is to maintain the yang-energy associated with the heart which is its driving force. Experts believe that yang-energy nourishes the lungs and the heart.

Our life lies in exercise, and exercise bears the brunt of heart maintenance. The purpose of aerobic exercise is to enhance cardiopulmonary function and increase cardiopulmonary endurance. During aerobic exercise, our blood supplies sufficient oxygen to the myocardium. The oxygen fully ferments the sugar in our body, enhances and improves cardiopulmonary function, prevents osteoporosis, and regulates our psychological and mental state.

What are the recommended aerobic exercises?

01 Brisk walk

Walk briskly for three kilometers every day for more than thirty minutes. Exercise at least five times a week. Insisting on exercise in this way can improve myocardial contractility, reduce coronary atherosclerosis, and at the same time control blood pressure, regulate blood lipids, and regulate blood sugar.

02 Practice Taichi

Practice of taichi will bring about breath adjustment and body relaxation. Doing a round of taichi every morning is of great benefit to the cardiovascular system. Taichi enables the high-functioning exercise of the calf muscles, adding many small water pumps to the human body to help the heart work, that is, to reduce the burden on the heart.

Because taichi attaches great importance to the training of the body’s lower limbs, it is conducive to the downward flow of energy and blood. It helps to bring energy and blood to the lower part of the body to compensate for the immobility of the lower limbs. Thus it helps to prevent high blood pressure and give us anti-aging benefits.

02 Blood flow Maintenance

The culprit of coronary heart disease is arteriosclerosis. When plaques in blood vessels form, high blood pressure and high blood lipids can cause thrombus to fall off, which can induce acute myocardial infarction.

What do we do to assure smooth flow?

01 Massage certain acupoint

First of all, locate the correct position of the taichong acupoint. Refer to the red dot on the diagram. Draw a visionary line from the area between the first and second toes. It is about three finger length from the base of the toes.

Secondly, press or pinch this point with your thumb until you feel pain. Do it three to five minutes each time, two to three times a day.

Herbal medicine believes that for a sudden and sharp increase in blood pressure, pressing on both sides of the taichong acupoint can often receive a better antihypertensive effect in a short period of time.

02 Eat certain food

Celery is cool in nature, low in salt, high in potassium, and it enters the liver meridian.

Compendium of Materia Medica records:

Celery can treat Ganyang dizziness, red face and so on.

Therefore, celery has certain benefits for hypertensive patients with hyperactive yang-energy associated with the liver.

In addition, such foods as black sesame, black beans and mulberry can nourish our liver and kidneys, and benefit the essence and blood. They are especially beneficial for hypertensive patients with kidney-deficient types.

03 Take hot-cold bath

If your blood pressure or your blood vessels are not normal, do not try this trick. Warning: do not try it if you are weak.

It is rumored that Deng Tietao, a master of herbal medicine, has the habit of bathing alternately with hot and cold water. This method can strengthen vasomotor movement, accelerate blood circulation, increase blood vessel elasticity, and improve cardiovascular and cerebrovascular functions. For the prevention of arteriosclerosis, it is beneficial to keep blood vessels open.

Specific method: wash with warm water first, then rinse with slightly cooler water. When bathing, the choice of water temperature should be appropriate. Warm water should not be too hot, depending on how warm and comfortable the human body feels, generally 38°C-43°C. When washing with cold water, the water temperature should not be too low, depending on how cool the human body feels, generally around 25°C is appropriate.

Many gyms set up this hot-cold bath as part of the standard arrangement like a sauna. However, use it with caution.

03 Do good deeds

Health preservation begins with morality. There are those who handle interpersonal relationships well. They are willing to do good deeds anytime and anywhere. They are willing to sacrifice their own interests in order to help others. On the other hand, there are those who nitpick endlessly for petty gains. They are stubborn, withdrawn, and interfere with everything. The mortality rate of the first group of people is 2.5 times lower.

People who are in a good mood can promote the secretion of more beneficial hormones, enzymes and acetylcholine in the body. These substances can regulate the flow of blood and maintain the excitement of nerve cells at the best state, so that the heart and blood vessels can maintain good function.

01 Peace of mind

Treat others with peace of mind and be happy to help others.

Life is short. Let us be silly.

02 A potpourri

A very nice potpourri to live by.

One piece of compassion. Two inches of good guts. Three points of righteousness. Four points of tolerance. Constant filial piety thought. Honesty in moderation. Unrestricted dedication. No expectation of return.

04 Cultivate a hobby

As practitioners of life cultivation, we sometimes have friends who say: I had a quarrel with my family the other day, and I almost had a stroke as a result.

If our mind is chaotic, the blood vessels will be chaotic. If our mind is peaceful, the blood vessels will be at peace. Therefore, controlling emotions and maintaining a peaceful mind are very important for our health.

What can we do?

01 Meditation

Sit upright. Keep your chest up and your abdomen in. Retract your jaw. Put your right hand on your left chest. Close your eyes and let your mind enter a state of tranquility.
Adjust your breathing slowly so that it is slow and deep. Massage your heart gently clockwise with your right hand. Massage one circle within one breath. Massage thirty six circles.

This technique will help to stabilize your emotions, regulate the flow of blood and energy, and thus regulate your mind.

02 Cultivate good hobbies

A good mood will cultivate a good heart. Usually we are in a good mood when we are involved with hobbies.

Words are the voice of the heart, and calligraphies are paintings of the heart. Calligraphy embodies the unity of form and spirit advocated by herbal medicine. In addition, poetry, music, dance, drama, musical instruments, chess and horticulture are all very healthy hobbies that can calm an impetuous mood and are very helpful for nourishing the heart.

03 Consistent words and deeds

Consistent words and deeds keep our body in a state of harmony. Being a person whose heart is consistent with words and deeds can reduce the occurrence of ambivalence, reduce contradictory self-blame and self-inquiry, help reduce the occurrence of bad emotions, and reduce the impact of excessive and over-thinking emotions on the heart and mind.

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Eliminate fatigue (tiredness)

As practitioners of life cultivation, many of us have this particular experience. As soon as we get to work, we feel sleepy. We try to make up for it with more sleep, we still feel sluggish.

Why?

We are inexplicably sleepy from nine to eleven every morning. There is no insomnia at night. There is no staying up late to catch up on writing our blogs. There is no trouble with falling marbles from the ceiling.

But inexplicably we are sleepy. It is very unscientific. It is highly illogical. We must understand the mystery and seek a way to tame it.

Step one: analyze the cause

Li Dongyuan said in The Spleen and Stomach Theory

All diseases are born from the failure of the spleen and stomach.

The spleen is active from nine to eleven in the morning. In The Theory of Five Elements, the spleen belongs to the element earth. It is like the earth to the human body. The direct effect of the spleen on the human body is to generate energy and blood and distribute them throughout the human body. In short, a deficient spleen will show a lack of energy and blood, like the earth is not fertile enough to provide enough nourishment for plant growth.

Thus, a deficient spleen may show the following symptoms: poor appetite, fatigue, inexplicable sleepiness in the morning, irregular menstruation, sore throat, and so on.

Step two: verify the cause

Refer to the diagram. Look at the colored part. The solid line from the foot to the knee and beyond is the spleen meridian. The third dot from the top is the diji accupoint and the fifth dot is the sanyinjiao acupoint. The seventh dot is the gongsun acupoint and the eighth dot is the taibai acupoint.

Similarly, if you look at the white leg in the middle of the diagram, the second dot is the diji acupoint and the fourth dot is the sanyinjiao acupoint.

As practitioners of life cultivation, most of us do not bother to remember the names and exact positions of the acupoints. We just have vague ideas of their approximate positions.

To check to see whether we have a deficient spleen, we bend slightly. We glide our thumb or fingers along the anterior border of the tibia from our knee to our foot. Tap from top to bottom to the inner ankle from the knee joint. Comb three to five times. We mainly explore the inner side of the calf.

We then try to locate the diji acupoint on top. Do we feel pain? We then try to locate the sanyinjiao acupoint on the bottom. Do we feel a little sore?

If you are like us and feel the pain in the acupoints and a little sore at the sanyinjiao acupoint, then it is really possible that the spleen is deficient, and the energy and blood are deficient.

It is the spleen meridian that reminds you at this time to take the initiative to set up the rhythm of resting in the morning.

Once again, when exploring the spleen meridian, if you find that the pain points of the spleen meridian are painful, then you are likely to have a deficient spleen.

Does the procedure remind you how your auto mechanic is trying to fix your old car?

Step three: rescue ourselves

Knock. Knead. Knock. Knock. Knock. Knead. Knead. Knead.

First the diji acupoint, then the sanyinjiao acupoint. Next, it is the turn of taibai acupoint and gongsun acupoint. Massage along the inner side of the calf to the end of the foot.

We rub whichever hurts, and rub it if it doesn’t hurt.

It is reputed that the taibai acupoint can also regulate blood sugar in both directions.

It is reputed that the gongsun acupoint can also regulate intestinal function in both directions.

Where can we find such a cost-effective way to recuperate?

You see that the spleen meridian is deep within the calf muscle, so you have to apply force when you massage for it to be effective.

Do it from nine to eleven in the morning for it to be more effective.

When you feel pain at the acupoints, massage more frequently and forcefully.

Step four: be persistent

Be persistent on your massage of the spleen meridian.

Good things must be adhered to. Once the meridians are dredged, you will be as energetic as a tiger.

You have a scientific mind. You want to know how persistent you should be. Well, until you do not feel sleepy from nine to eleven in the morning.

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