All about Plant Foods Part One

Nutritional value of herbs

In the modern diet that emphasizes color and flavor, there are hidden substances such as high fat, high cholesterol, high sodium and chemical additives that we eat. They will gradually lead to immune dysfunction and the decline of the human body, destroying our body health.

We are faced with cancer, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, so we are still not free from fear. All we know is that we exhaustively treat these diseases and neglect to study their origins. Often these diseases are caused by our unhealthy living environment and wrong eating habits.

Herbs are the most diverse and complete source of nutrition on the planet. Foods such as soybeans, citrus, tomatoes, vegetables, and even cacti contain nutrients that are not found in other foods.

Functions of herbal plants

  1. Balance the human body, regulate the endocrine glands, and make them function normally.
  2. It has a natural cleansing effect and has no side effects.
  3. Provides excellent nutritional value and is also an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
  4. Supplies the nutrients needed by our immune system.

01 Cactus fruit

Its antioxidant capacity is seven times higher than that of vitamin C. It contains high amounts of vitamins A1, B1, B2, D3 and riboflavin. It promotes skin cell regeneration and enhances skin suppleness. Scientists have learned that it has important implications in experiments to study its effect on wound healing.

02 Ginseng fruit

Its nutritional value exceeds that of ginseng itself. It contains 1.4 times more antioxidants than vitamin C. It can provide additional nutrients to the skin and body, so that the skin can be better hydrated, appear smooth and delicate, and improve softness. It also contains a rare ginsenoside, which has the kinetic energy of reducing stress, increasing physical strength and exuberant spirit.

03 Cactus

It has strong moisturizing properties, prevents skin wrinkles, and contains a lot of phytonutrients and high-brightening antioxidants. It has unique implications for cancer prevention, heart disease, and musculoskeletal health.

04 Ginseng

Ginseng is like a treasure trove of nutrition, rich in vitamins A, B, B-2, niacin, calcium, iron, potassium, and a rare plant nutrient ginsenoside, which is regarded as the source of longevity for humans . It is commonly used medicinally to treat diseases of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular, central nervous system, liver, blood and hematopoietic system. It has been scientifically proven that it can be used to adjust various metabolisms, including regulating blood sugar and blood lipid concentrations. It also contains a substance of NGF (nerve growth factor), which has a prominent role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

05 Grape seeds

It contains a powerful antioxidant OPC, which can delay the aging process of the human body and prevent oxidative damage and aging of DNA. Its antioxidant effect is 20 times that of vitamin C and 50 times that of vitamin E, and it can be quickly absorbed by the human body, improving internal health and making the skin young and beautiful. It is one of the most effective substances for anti-cancer and anti-aging.

06 Soybean

It is known as a topaz, and is the best source of protein and multivitamins. There is a phytonutrient called isoflavone (isoflavone), which has a great effect on lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease. It can play the role of estrogen and anti-estrogen. It can effectively inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells.

07 Brazilian mushroom

It is rich in polysaccharide compounds, which can enhance the production capacity of cancer-resistant lymphoid T cells, helper T cells, interferon and interleukin, so that the body’s cancer cells are relatively reduced.

To be continued.

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Mind Cultivation Part Three

The basic practice in Mind Cultivation is to calm the heart and the mind, clear the mind of all desires, and reduce all kinds of desires.

If we allow myriad distracted thoughts to grow in our mind, our heart and mind will experience great turbulence. Then we will consume a lot of energy which is bad for us.

When blood and vital-energy flow are turbulent, the mind will rush out. We will then practice Mustang Tuna Technique and Mustang Jingzuo Technique to try to bring the mind back to normal. We will try to reduce various desires so as to achieve internal nourishment of the spirit, and to achieve peace of mind. In this way, we also cultivate our vital-energy flow and the health of the human body.

Mind Cultivation in Summer

01 Maintain a purified mind

As practitioners of life cultivation, we strive to have a purified mind with no desire. As we know, the less greedy we are, the less anxiety we will have. In addition, overly joyful and overly sorrowful thoughts are not good for our mind. As seniors, we should learn to control our mood, especially not over joy or sorrow.

02 Close our eyes to purify our mind

We should close our eyes and rest our mind whenever we have the chance. Closing our eyes helps us to eliminate distracting thoughts.

03 Meditate more in Summer

When we meditate, we will attain a peaceful mind. We should sit in the shade of a tree or inside the house for fifteen to thirty minutes everyday to meditate. If we cannot meditate for a long time, even five minutes can be effective. If meditation is not our cup of tea, we may listen to melodious music, look at beautiful pictures, or go fishing. We may also practice Mustang Shenzhen Technique.

04 Move slowly in Summer

We should move slower in the Summer. The weather is hot in the summer, so our blood circulation is accelerated, and the heart is easily overburdened. Therefore, in the summer, we should take care of our hearts by slowing down. When our heart slows down our breathing will slow down.

05 Cool ourselves in the summer

We should stay in the shades and sweat less in the summer.

The temperature is usually high in the summer, and we tend to sweat more. Sweat is the fluid of the heart, and sweat and blood are of the same origin. If we sweat too much, it will lead to imbalance between the yin-energy and the yang-energy.

In addition, when the temperature is high, blood distribution on our body surface becomes large, which can easily lead to the symptoms of cardiac and cerebral ischemia in the elderly.

Moreover, sweating a lot in the summer can easily lead to an increase in blood viscosity, so we should reduce the intensity of our activities, avoid excessive sweating, and drink a little salt water if needed.

However, sweating should be allowed when it is time to sweat, and the elderly should not stop sweating by leaving the air conditioner on for too long.

We should eat the proper foods in the summer in order to nourish and soothe our mind. Those foods are poria, ophiopogon japonicus, jujube, lotus seeds, lily, bamboo leaves, and cypress seeds.

Proper Health Care in Summer

01 Try to keep quiet, avoid excessive crying, and ensure adequate sleep.

02 Control our activities so that we neither engage in strenuous exercises nor lead a life of stillness. Running and jumping and strenuous exercises are strictly prohibited. Lying in bed all day is also not a good idea. Must sleep at night to reduce the burden on the heart.

03 People with heart insufficiency tend to sweat a lot. They need to keep their skin clean by taking showers frequently in the summer or wiping their body clean with a hot towel in the winter, all the time paying attention to keeping warm. They should change clothes frequently. They should drink more water to ensure enough water.

04 Keep the stool smooth. If the stool is dry and difficult to defecate, excessive force will increase the abdominal pressure, increase the burden on the heart, and even have serious consequences. Keep air circulation in the living room and avoid staying in crowded public places as much as possible to reduce the chance of respiratory infection.

05 Clothes should be changed in time with the weather, and pay close attention to prevent catching a cold.

06 Have a physical checkup especially the heart and blood circulatory system regularly. Follow the doctor’s instructions strictly in taking medicines, especially cardiotonic and diuretic drugs. Due to their pharmacological properties, the dosage must be absolutely controlled, and they should be taken on time and according to the course of treatment to ensure the curative effect. Before each inotrope is taken, the pulse rate must be measured. If the heart rate is too slow, the drug should be stopped immediately to prevent the toxic effects of the drug from occurring and endangering life.

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Mind Cultivation Part Two

For life cultivation practitioners like us, mind cultivation is broadly interpreted to be the preservation of the heart and its extension, the mind. Besides the physical organ, the heart, we also strive to have a mentally balanced mind.

Once we are mentally balanced, we will have good functioning internal organs, our vital energy and blood will be abundant and smooth. We will be in a homeostasis state, and we will lead a life of longevity.

How do we achieve mental balance?

Peaceful, void, null.

Huangdi Neijing

Less desire.

Mengzi:

As practitioners of life cultivation, we spend a lot of time interpreting and practicing the meanings behind the quotes.

Influencing factors on Mind Cultivation

As practitioners of Life Cultivation, we know that our habits are developed over many years. It is impossible to get rid of all the health problems at once. We have to adjust our lifestyles over time and gradually eliminate the bad habits that have been developed for many years

Therefore, we need to nurture our mind. We must learn to nurture our mind like a tree or a bonsai.

The best way to cultivate a mind is through reducing one’s mind to less desires.

Mencius-Dedicated Heart

By reducing unhealthy desires, we can achieve the effect of self-cultivation. If we compare our mind to a plant, then we can say that to eliminate greed and selfish desires from our mind, we should maintain a pure mind and develop the good side of our character. Similarly, we need to water and fertilize a plant to ensure its proper growth.

Mencius also emphasized we must be dedicated and persevering in order to cultivate our mind. Mencius proposed two slightly different concepts related to Mind Cultivation.

He emphasized that we should hold on to our conscience, focusing on short-term behavior. He also emphasized that cultivating a healthy mind required time and patience, and could not be accomplished overnight which required carefulness and experience.

If you visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, you will see a palace called Palace of Mind Cultivation, which is the place where the emperors cultivate their minds. Thus the practice of Mind Cultivation has a long history and is practiced even by the emperors.

Basic food in Mind Cultivation

Lotus seeds are sweet and flat in nature. They have the functions of invigorating the spleen and stopping diarrhea. They help to nourish the kidneys and strengthen the essence. They help to nourish the heart and soothe the nerves.

In addition to a lot of starch, lotus seeds also contain beta-sterols, alkaloids and rich minerals and vitamins such as calcium, phosphorus and iron.

Modern pharmacological studies have confirmed that lotus seeds have a variety of efficacy such as sedation, cardiotonic, and anti-aging.

For example, Taiping Shenghui Prescription:

Ground thirty grams of lotus seeds into powder. Use one hundred grams of japonica rice to make porridge. Then add the lotus seeds powders and mix well. It is reputed to strengthen the heart and benefit the eyes and ears.

Here are other ways to eat lotus seeds.

01 Prepared a stew with 30 grams of lotus seeds and 30 grams of lean meat. Eat the stew.

02 Prepare a soup with 30 grams of lotus seeds, 30 grams of lily bulb, seasoned with rock sugar. Middle-aged and elderly people, especially mental workers, often eat it, which can nourish the heart and soothe the nerves, enhance memory and improve work efficiency.

03 The green and tender germ in lotus seeds is called the lotus heart. Lotus heart is bitter in taste and cold in nature, different from lotus seeds. Its functions are to clear the heart, remove inner body heat, stop bleeding, and astringe the essence.

Like lotus seeds, it has the effect of clearing the mind and calming the nerves, and the taste is very bitter. The lotus heart can be soaked in water as a drink, suitable for the body of fire, and it can also be ground into powder and swallowed.

The combined product of lotus seed and lotus heart has a compound effect, which can clear the heart and calm the mind, keep fit and prolong life.

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Adjusting Type D Body Constitution

As practitioners of life cultivation, we like to adjust our body so that our body is in perfect balance and we are in perfect health.

The Type A constitution is referred to as the Pinghe Type, or the Neutral and Balanced type. This type of body constitution is the perfectly healthy body. All other types of body constitution is deviation from the Pinghe type.

We will differentiate the basic characteristics of each body constitution type. We will then discuss how we can adjust our body so that they become the Type A body constitution.

Herbal medicine is a practical science. In the long course of its development, many schools and branches of herbal medicine have undergone changes. However, with the progress of time, herbal medicine has evolved with time, although many people still misunderstand herbal medicine.

We may sum up herbal medicine with just one sentence.

Take the power of nature, coupled with the good fortune of God, we will achieve the beauty of success.

Classification of Body Constitution

The classification of body constitution is a relatively new concept. It was developed in the last thirty years.

Let us ask ourselves. Is our body a teddy bear or a fine lady?

Although everyone looks human on the outside, they are very different inside. With the onslaught of various bad lifestyles, we have developed mental stress leading to hair loss, inability to sleep and poop, etc. There are fewer and fewer healthy people.

Many people will say that humans are living longer now compared to that of a caveman and that proves that we are healthier than before.

But which is more important, quality of life or length of life? Actually, it’s all important. If we spend the rest of our life in bed, is it not a tragedy?

Thus, we will look into different types of body constitution, and the adjustment thereof.

Let us recap the different types of body constitution below.

  • Type A Pinghe (Normal, Typical, Neutral, Balanced Type)
  • Type B Qixu (Energy-deficient Type)
  • Type C Yangxu (Yang-deficient Type)
  • Type D Yinxu (Yin-deficient Type)
  • Type E Tanshi (Phlegm-moisture Type)
  • Type F Shire (Moisture-heat Type)
  • Type G Xueyu (Blood-stasis Type)
  • Type H Qiyu (Energy-depressed Type)
  • Type I Tebing (Special-intrinsic Type)

Well, these nine body constitution all have different characteristics, manifestations, and specific disease tendencies. However, we have different techniques to adjust our body so that it will return to its perfectly healthy state.

Here we will share our knowledge. We hope everyone can sit down and take decisive measures as soon as possible to attain perfect health. This way you will rejuvenate your body to that of an eighteen-year-old again.

Let us discuss the different body constitution one by one. Let us continue with the Type D Yin-deficient Body Constitution.

04 Type D Yin-deficient body constitution

The simplest way to differentiate between the yang-deficient body and the yin-deficient body is: a person who is afraid of cold is deficient in yang-energy, and he who is afraid of heat is deficient in yin-energy. This is the easiest way to distinguish yin-deficiency from yang-deficiency. Of course, there are people who are both yin-deficient and yang-deficient.

The characteristics of the Type D yin-deficient body constitution can be summarized as follows:

01 A yin-deficient body often shows dryness.

02 His stomach is full of fire. He is hungry after eating a lot, which is not a sign of good digestion. It may be due to the fire of yin-deficiency so the stomach function is hyperactive. He does not have a good stomach because we can check his stomach with a gastroscope. We will find that his stomach is red inside like a small stove. The typical yin-deficiency and fire are strung into the stomach fire. But fortunately, these are not serious diseases. They are all functional disorders, not organic diseases.

03 A yin-deficient body shows chapped lips and the skin is especially prone to dryness. Because of yin-deficiency, the yin-energy and softness of a yin-deficient body is not sufficient to moisturize it, so the skin is rough and coarse. It feels like sandpaper to the touch.

04 A person with a Type D yin-deficient body is generally thin, but he has high spirit, and his eyes are very sharp. He is easily excitable, so it is easy for him to have an erection. He is as thin as a monkey, but his eyes are very bright, but he is often irritable and he sweats easily while sleeping.

05 A person with a Type D yin-deficient body constitution will have a very fast pulse and his mood will fluctuate greatly.

06 He is susceptible to depression.

07 His hands and feet are usually warm.

As practitioners of Life Cultivation, we share this knowledge hoping that everyone will pay attention to this phenomenon as soon as possible to maintain his health. There are certain rules for us to follow here.

First, the type D yin-deficient body constitution is given a comprehensive description here. If a person has all the characteristics, he is considered to have a yin-deficient body. If he has only one or two characteristics, he is not considered to have the Type D body constitution.

Second, many people have multiple body constitutions. We should distinguish between the primary and secondary body constitution.

Adjustments

A type D yin-deficient body constitution is considered a deviation from the balanced body. Therefore, we should learn ways to adjust our body so that it will return to a balanced state.

A person with a Type D yin-deficient body should eat more fruits. This is important. He should eat more fruits. He should eat more fruits. He should eat more fruits.

Please note that each food often corresponds to a certain mental state. When we eat a specific food, our mood will change accordingly. For example, we will feel depressed after eating stinky tofu. We will feel happy after eating oranges. The unity of man and nature can be observed in all aspects of life. The way of heaven is also the way of humanity.

However, a person with a Type D yin-deficient body constitution should live an orderly life in work and play. He should keep his mind peaceful and calm.

A person with yin-deficiency will have a higher than normal inner heat with his body. If he does not put out the fire, the whole body will be on fire. Therefore, he should eat foods rich in water and vitamins, so he can put out the fire and nourish the yin-energy. Of course, nutrition such as sugar, fat, protein, cellulose, vitamins, trace elements, etc. are indispensable too.

Many people try to lose weight by following a very extreme diet plan and that will not work. If he only eats fruit all day long, he will be hungry and lose weight. However, because the nutrition is completely unbalanced, once he recovers from his diet plan, he will rebound every second.

Only healthy weight loss is reliable, and a normal body shape is the natural external manifestation of a healthy body. Hunger therapy can easily lead to endocrine disorders, triggering more outlandish problems.

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Origins of illness Part One

Classic Review

As practitioners of Life Cultivation, most of us will have read Huangdi Neijing, or The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, a book published more than two thousand years ago. It offers the most authoritative knowledge on herbal medicine, Life Cultivation, and Life Wellness.

The Neijing is one of the most important classics of Taoism, as well as the highest authority on herbal medicine. Its authorship is attributed to the great Huangdi, the Yellow Emperor, who reigned during the third millennium BCE. The book is divided into two sections. Section One is known as Suwen (Questions of Organic and Fundamental Nature). Section Two is known as Lingshu (a technical book on acupuncture).

Written in the form of a discourse between the emperor Huangdi and his ministers, Huangdi Neijing contains a wealth of knowledge, including etiology, physiology, diagnosis, therapy, and prevention of disease, as well as in-depth investigation of such diverse subjects as ethics, psychology, and cosmology. All of these subjects are discussed in a holistic context that says life is not fragmented, as in the model provided by modern science, but rather that all the pieces make up an interconnected whole. By revealing the natural laws of this holistic universe, the book offers much practical advice on how to promote a long, happy, and healthy life. This is the part that is followed by Life Cultivation practitioners like us.

As practitioners of Life Cultivation, we know modern medicine can only solve ten percent of health problems. Then, what about the remaining ninety percent?

Let us see how Huangdi Neijing answers the health question.

Chapter One of Section Suwen of Huangdi Neijing states:

People in ancient times who knew The Way will model the Yin and Yang, harmonize in calculation, eat in moderation, live a regulated life, equalize work and play, thus the body and mind co-exists in harmony, who will live to be one hundred years old and then die.

Thus, if we follow the advice in the passage, we will live a healthy and happy life to be one hundred years old before we die.

That’s why people who live a hundred years are called Knowers of the Way. What is the Way?

Lao Tzu said:

The Way is also a thing that cannot be separated for a moment. If you can leave it, it is not the Way.

The Way is something that cannot be left for an instant. For example, you tell your loved one that he should pay attention to his health. He replied that he would think about it later because he is very busy right now. Then we know he neither knows nor follows the Way.

The Way is something that cannot be left in an instant, but what can be left is not the Way. I am holding a cup right now. If I let go of it accidentally, it will be broken into pieces right away. That’s what the Way means.

What is the Way that people who live to be a hundred years old know that we should follow so that we can also live to be that old? Neijing explores the subject matter from several angles that we will discuss right now.

In order to live a long life, we should (1) model our life according to the universe (2) harmonize our life with precision (3) control our foods and drinks (4) regulate our daily lifestyle (5) stop overextending ourselves (6) harmonize our body and soul.

Once we follow this advice, we will live to be one hundred years old actively, happily, and free of illness and medication. Let us explore the concepts in depth now.

To be continued: 01 Model our life according to the Universe.

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Mustang 8-brocade rejuvenates your body Part Six

The Mustang Shenzhan Technique is a series of stretching exercises for the maintenance and repair of our physical body. The Mustang 8-brocade Technique is just one of a suite of modalities of the Mustang Shenzhan Technique. It is a basic technique which is easy to learn and practice.

As practitioners of life cultivation, we engage in the Mustang 8-brocade Technique to juvenate our body. When we practice the technique on a daily basis, we will enhance our physical fitness and prevent illness. We will look and feel younger.

The Mustang 8-brocade Technique consists of eight styles or movements. In order to learn this technique properly, you start with the first movement. You memorize the instructions outlined here and then you visualize the movements and associated breathing method in your mind until you have it firmly in your mind.

While you are practicing, you do not refer to the instructions, or the pictures, or the video. You have to practice it from memory. You start to practice the movements and breathing, visualizing the movements in your mind. You focus on the movements by the eyes-nose-mind technique that you have learned before.

We have seen a housewife cooking a new recipe by watching a video on her mobile phone set on the kitchen counter top while she does her cooking. We are simply amazed by her actions. Do not imitate this housewife while you learn any Mustang Shenzhen Technique.

This Mustang 8-brocade Technique is suitable for people of all ages. It is best to practice outdoors in the morning before breakfast. If you sweat after the exercise, take a shower, or swipe off the sweat with a towel before breakfast. Do not let your skin absorb the sweat back into your body again.

We group all eight movements here for convenience. When you learn and practice, learn and practice one by one. Learn one until you are well versed with it, and then go on to the next. Try to learn one movement a week. Do not try to learn and practice more than one or all at once.

As practitioners of life cultivation, most of us take the Mustang 8-brocade Technique as the cornerstone of our fitness program to restore us to a younger self.

Here is the sixth movement of the Mustang 8-brocade Technique. Enjoy.

06 Fortify your kidneys

The movement of this posture focuses on the waist, which is the home of the kidneys. Long-term exercise of the waist can play a role in connecting the he meridian and expanding the du meridian. It has the effect of strengthening the kidneys, refreshing the brain and improving eyesight, and other benefits.

01 Movement

01 Raise the arms from the front of the body and stretch them upwards fully. Stretch up your arms hard so that you feel that the chain of the spine is being pulled apart.

02 Then drop the arms, hands move down the back, bend the upper body forward, stretch the legs straight, and move the palms all the way to the ankles. If you can’t even reach your ankles, your ligaments are getting old.

03 Press the instep with both palms, raise your head, slump your waist, stretch your legs straight, and pause for three seconds. If you can’t reach your feet, pretend that you are doing it.

04 Get up slowly, stretch your arms forward, lengthen your lumbar spine, stretch your legs straight, and hold your body with your arms, feeling that the entire lumbar spine is stretched out. Now you have returned to the original position as in step one.

05 Repeat the above movement fifteen to twenty times or as much as you see fit.

06 You may practice with deep breathing. Follow the instructions in a verse as follows.

The style moves with the breath to determine the depth. Bend down and exhale to climb the legs and feet. Extend the waist and inhale to reach the sky. Each exhale and inhale is one cycle of breath. Follow the breath to be natural.

When bending down, slowly exhale all the turbid air in your body. When you stand up and stretch your waist, breathe in clean air. It varies from person to person so please breathe naturally.

02 Tips

01 Inhale (nine beads method) when you raise your arms to the sky.

02 Exhale when you bend the upper body forward, both hands follow the bladder meridian down to the heel, and then move forward to hold the toes. Pause briefly. Allow the mind to guard the yongquan acupoint at the center of the foot.

03 Inhale (nine bead method) while slowly straightening the waist, hold the hands to both sides of the waist. Allow the mind to lead the breath to the waist, guarding the mingmen acupoint.

04 Exhale while you are standing as your return to the original position. Now you have completed one movement.

05 Repeat the movement fifteen to twenty times.

06 When you practice this movement, you may cause your body to lean back too much, bending the waist and bending the knees. To correct it, when you lean back you should try to keep the balance and maintain stability. When you bend your upper body forward and down, the knees should be straight, and the degree of bending down should be done depending on the softness of your waist. Do not force yourself.

07 The movement of this posture focuses on the waist, which is the home of the kidneys. Long-term exercise of the waist can play a role in connecting the he meridian and expanding the du meridian. It has the effect of strengthening the kidneys, refreshing the brain and improving eyesight.

08 In step one, when you stand, you should stand with loose shoulders and neck. The step is shoulder-width apart, and the center of gravity is on the sole of the forefoot. At this time, the jianjing acupoint is opposite to the yongquan acupoint.

09 When you press the waist with both hands, the laogong acupoint of the two palms is pressing on the shenshu acupoint on the waist. You should massage the shenshu acupoints a few times. This is the key to strengthening the kidneys.

10 When you bend down, the baihui acupoint on your head should face the ground and the buttocks should face the sky.

11 In general, you exhale when you are bending over, and you finish exhaling when you reach your feet. You inhale when you are standing up.

12 When you are bending over, your arms run along the back, and the line going down is the bladder meridian. When the arms are pulled down along the body, a little force is used to dredge the bladder meridian, so that the body can discharge toxins. Focus on your fingers, use your hands instead of your waist to apply force. You will stretch your lumbar spine at the same time.

13 For those with high blood pressure and cerebrovascular sclerosis, do not bend the head too low or too fast while practicing the movement.

03 Notes

01 People with hypertension, cervical spine and lumbar spine problems who are not suitable for large forward flexion should be cautious in doing this movement. If you are a sedentary person with lumbar muscle strain and kidney deficiency problems, then this movement is suitable for you.

02 When you bend down and climb your feet, you can also feel it, from the neck and shoulders to the back, the legs and feet, all over the body, pulling it everywhere.

03 You first remember the position that your hands can reach at first, and then you will practice lower and lower until your palms can reach the ground. Congratulations, your muscles and veins are now supple and reborn. Of course you have to persevere in order to reach your goal.

04 The lumbar muscle strain troubles many people and makes people restless. Strained psoas muscle fibers are like hair that has not been combed for a long time. It is messy, fragile, and sticky.

When bending over to climb feet, just like combing hair, the psoas muscle fibers are divided, stretched, and unblocked, so that the muscle fibers become flexible, so as to achieve the purpose of not having pain in general.

05 The waist is the house of the kidney. The kidney likes a warm and clean house to work well. When bending over to climb the feet, by slowly bending forward and extending backward, it can stimulate the spine, du meridian, mingmen acupoint , yangguan acupoint, weizhong acupoint, and pull the kidneys, adrenal glands and other organs at the same time.

After a few rounds, let the waist come alive and moisten the kidney essence. Therefore, for those with a small kidney deficiency and frequent backache and leg pain, this movement is very good.

06 Do not practice immediately after a meal.

04 Benefits

The major benefits for this movement can be summarized as follows.

01 It will strengthen your waist and lower abdomen.

02 It has the effect of strengthening the kidneys, refreshing the brain and improving eyesight.

03 If you are a sedentary person with lumbar muscle strain and kidney deficiency problems, then this movement will improve the conditions.

04 Muscles and veins will become supple and reborn, reducing pain in general.

05 If you suffer from high blood pressure or arteriosclerosis, proceed with caution, or forgo the movement altogether.

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Ruding Practice Part Three

As practitioners of life cultivation, we practice the Mustang Tuna (deep breathing) Technique and the Mustang Jingzuo Technique (meditation) on a daily basis. Very few of us will go on and practice the Mustang Ruding (Fixation or tranquility) Technique. The Mustang Ruding Technique is a more advanced form of the Jingzuo Technique. The word Ruding is a phonetic translation of two Chinese words, Ru and Ding, which means going into fixation.

The Ruding Practice is a common practice in Zen Buddhism which refers to it as Samadhi. The monks practice Samadhi by sitting upright with eyes closed and mind focused. Sometimes the silence of those who have attained the Way is also called Ruding (Samadhi).

Ruding is one of the three studies and five points of the Dharma body, it can make the mind focus on one situation. As a body of knowledge, it can be divided into conscious samadhi and unintentional samādhi and so on.

There are those who enter into Ruding for Buddhist practice, and there are those who enter into Ruding to wait for the arrival of the saint who will appear in the world after many years. If you want to wake up someone who is in the state of Ruding, it is better to snap a finger at the person.

According to the Records of the Western Regions of the Tang Dynasty, Mahakasyapa was instructed by the Buddha to go into the Ruding state in Jizu Mountain. The debater went into the Ruding state in the Asura Palace in southern India, waiting for Maitreya to be born.

The Great Wisdom Theory also says that those who enter into the Ruding state cannot be harmed by water and fire, and they will not end in life. They become immortal.

In yoga and right-brain meditation, Ruding is similar for entering into an alpha wave state (or transgender consciousness).

The Practice of Ruding Technique Continued

There are several ways to practice the Ruding Technique. The success of Ruding Practice is said to be pre-ordained. We will discuss the most popular way extended by Zen Buddhism here. This particular way to practice is sometimes referred to as Zending, that is, Ruding the Zen Way. Here is the continuation of where we left off.

07 Beware of the critical changes

In the practice of the Ruding Technique, we must be aware of the following critical changes in the process.

Every time when we practice the Ruding Technique, we have to think: Ah, I’m about to enter the Ruding state now.

A beginner generally cannot do it right away. He would have to sit for a while until the pleasant feeling is almost released, there are no distracting thoughts, the thoughts become subtle, and the breathing becomes subtle.

At this point, he should withdraw quickly. As soon as he exits from the Ruding state, he should think: Ah, I’m about to re-enter the Ruding state now.

At this point, he will be able to re-enter the Ruding state.

There are three things to observe in the process of practicing the Ruding Technique: the breathing, the mind, and the pleasant feeling.

When should we observe these three things?

In our practice of the Ruding Technique, once we feel that our breathing is very fine, there are no distracting thoughts in our mind, and a pleasant feeling appears throughout our body, then we should not be attached to it, but withdraw quickly.

Why should we do it that way?

Once we withdraw quickly, we will feel the changes right away. We will feel our breathing become thicker, our mind becomes more confused, and our feeling of pleasure is receding. We are using this technique to force us to recognize the changes.

When the blissful feeling completely recedes, we should hurry up and focus again, first thinking that I am going to re-enter the Ruding state, and then focus on practicing the technique again. In this way, we should have the ability to return to the original feeling because we have just exited from it a moment ago.

That is to say, we have just come down from the First Jhana, and we must have the ability to return to the First Jhana again. When we re-enter the Ruding state, we should quickly observe the changes in our breathing, our mind, and the pleasant feeling to see their reappearance. These are three very important indicators because this process is the path to the Ruding practice.

08 Repetition

In this way, we carefully and repeatedly observe the three critical factors in our practice: our breathing, our mind, and the pleasant feelings.

We repeat the training. We enter into the Ruding state, then we exit from it. Then we enter into the Ruding state again, and then we exit from it again. The more times we repeat the process, the better we are. We will discover that we can do the in and out faster and faster.

Most practitioners do not know how to repeat the training to enter the Ruding state. Instead, they crave the pleasant feeling in the Ruding state without wanting to come out. Thus, they have not cultivated the ability to enter the Ruding state at will.

Therefore, as practitioners of Life Cultivation and the Mustang Ruding Technique, we should learn to enter the Ruding state and exit from the Ruding state repeatedly, especially during the beginning training stages. We do it repeatedly until we are very proficient and know how to enter the Ruding state at will.

Then we learn how to strengthen our concentration while in the Ruding state.

When practicing to strengthen our concentration, how long do we need to be in concentration?

09 Beginners entering First Jhana

A beginner should not stay too long at the First Jhana, five minutes is enough. He should stay at the First Jhana for five minutes and come out, but don’t get off the seat. He should re-enter the First Jhana for another five minutes and come out again.

Why should he do it that way?

If a beginner stays at the First Jhana for too long, his mind may become more refined and leave the First Jhana and he may go into the next level of Jhana without consciously planning for it. Thus he may venture into the higher levels with his breathing going finer, his mind going clearer, and his pleasure deeper. Now he is confused, which is not a good thing.

That is to say, when practicing to strengthen the concentration of the First Jhāna, within half an hour of entering the First Jhāna, the beginner must enter and exit the concentration state six times.

In this way, the beginner would have practiced the First Jhana for half an hour, but also learned how to get out and get in at the same time.

Once the beginner becomes very familiar and confident about going in and out of the First Jhana for five minutes each time, he can then practice going in and out for ten to fifteen minutes intervals.

Once the beginner has mastered the fifteen-minute interval, he can try to sit for one hour at a time. He will strengthen his concentration in this way. When he feels that this concentration is solid, then he can try to enter another concentration at a higher level.

This is our Ruding Technique. The end result is a state with no thinking. I do not exist, and the surroundings do not exist.

Now you have learned the Ruding Technique. All you have to do is to practice until you attain the end result.

The Mustang Ruding Technique

First of all, refer to the Mustang Tuna Technique to learn the proper way of deep breathing for at least one hundred days so that you will breathe properly.

Then you come back to this article and learn how to enter and exit the First Jhana. Once you master this, you will go on to the next level until you have mastered the Fourth Jhana.

Then you learn and practice the Mustang Ruding Technique.

However, a word of advice. Most of us, as practitioners of Life Cultivation, do not practice the Ruding Technique because it has no bearing on our immediate objective of longevity without medication and illness.

End of article.

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Fundamental Jingzuo Technique Part Four

Some beginners of Life Cultivation practice think Jingzuo is a very mysterious matter. Yet Jingzuo is only a form of meditation involving sitting. Once we learn and practice it, we will start to love it because it makes us feel comfortable and relaxed. It is simple and fun to get into it. Let us get into Jingzuo in greater detail.

Jingzuo is a static fitness method. It makes us fit without moving, and that is why we call it static.

To put it simply, it involves closing our eyes and sitting cross-legged, adjusting our breath, putting our hands in a certain position, and not thinking about anything. That is easy, right?

The practice is called Jingzuo because we are required to sit and be silent. It is a basic practice in Taoism. It is called Zen Sitting in Buddhism which is a compulsory practice in Zen Buddhism.

Since it involves sitting, how to sit is a major subject. Usually we sit cross-legged and are divided into natural posture, single-cross posture, and double-cross posture.

Jingzuo practice will nourish our body and prolong our life. It will also open up our wisdom and increase our wisdom. In the practice of Chinese martial arts, Jingzuo is also a way to increase our internal strength and willpower.

Jingzuo practice literally means to sit quietly. Therefore, one of the essence of the practice is quietness, meaning we will sit for a long time and be calm. If we sit for a long time, we will be fixed. If we are physically active for a long time, we will feel tired.

Therefore if we practice Jingzuo for hours, we should exercise our muscles and bones by doing the Mustang Shenzhan Technique to relax our physical body, combining stillness with soft activities. This is merely for your reference. Use your judgment in your particular situations.

As far as the Jingzuo sitting posture is concerned, most people will choose the double cross-legged posture. A practitioner will go into calmness faster, and control his mind more efficiently. With a single cross-legged posture, it is easier for the practitioner to scatter his spirit and attention. However, it is more difficult for a beginner to start with a double cross-legged posture. It is an option for a practitioner to think about.

We will continue our discussion of the fundamentals of practicing the jingzuo technique in part four of the series as follows.

06 Tune Up

In the Jingzuo practice, we try to adjust our physical body, our breath, and our mind.

Physical body tune up

We have previously discussed this issue. Most practitioners know about this. They have practiced the sitting posture so that they feel comfortable with the posture. For beginners, they will feel more and more comfortable with practice. They should not force themselves to do it at once.

Breathing tune up (Pranayama)

Breathing can be classified into four types, namely wind breathing, gasping breathing, ordinary breathing, and trained breathing.

Breathing with sound is called wind breathing. It is not good.

Breathing without sound but the air flow is not smooth is called gasping or panting breathing. It is not good.

Breathing without sound but the air flow is not narrow is called ordinary breathing. It is not good.

Breathing without sound but the air flow is deep and long, fine and gentle. This is good. Refer to the Mustang Tuna Technique to learn how to do this kind of breathing.

Mind Alignment

In the Jingzuo practice, once we successfully adjust our breath, our mind will calm down slowly. Then one can choose a method to focus his mind, such as connecting with and guarding boundaries.

In Zen Buddhism practice, it has three kinds of beauty. After adjusting the body, breath, and mind to achieve stability and tranquility, it is then convenient for him to practice the right path in order to develop good roots, cure diseases, and achieve good fruit. However it is not easy for ordinary people to aim so high.

As practitioners of Life Cultivation, we usually adopt a posture, relax our body, empty our mind and go into relaxation. Some will sit for twenty minutes. Most of us will sit from half an hour to two hours a day. Those who seek to enter a state of tranquility require more than two hours per session.

After practicing the Jingzuo Technique for a long time, our body will warm up, and our mind will be highly concentrated. Then we may practice the Mustang Ruding Technique, or enter into a state of tranquility. It may appear after a year and a half of practice. In the Ruding state, it takes more than two to three hours to complete the session.

07 Summary

As practitioners of Life Cultivation, we practice Jingzuo to keep our body fit. We may practice for twenty minutes to effectively relax and feel the joy.

Some of us will practice from forty minutes to an hour per session. It is not necessary to practice longer than this if our goal is physical fitness.

As far as posture is concerned, it is better to adopt the double cross-legged posture.

The best time to practice is from three to five before dawn in the morning. If you cannot wake up early in the morning, then do it at whatever time you can spare. Generally speaking, it should be possible for you to squeeze out time, one in the morning and one in the evening.

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Dantian Breathing Technique Part Two

As practitioners of Life Cultivation, all of us will learn and practice one form or other of The Tuna Technique. The Tuna Technique is a form of deep breathing, but it is very different from regular deep breathing, and the benefits to us are vastly increased.

The Tuna Technique comes in different forms. One of the most popular forms is adopted from Taoism. The Taoist form of Tuna focuses on Dantian Breathing. We practice the Taoist Tuna Technique for the prevention and treatment of illnesses, strengthening the physical body, and distributing vital-energy throughout the body. We will achieve this result after we practice more than one hundred days.

In the past, when the master taught the practice of Dantian Breathing, it focused on concentrating the mind to let the air enter through the proper Acupoint.
—–Ancient Book

The proper acupoint referred to here is the Lower Dantian Acupoint. If we refer to the diagram above, the Lower Dantian Acupoint is the fourth red dot situated in the lower abdomen in front of our body, below the navel.

The Lower Dantian Acupoint goes to the Niwan Acupoint in the center of the top of the head, and the Yongquan Acupoint in the center of the bottom of the foot. It is the center of origin when we were born. It is the foundation of our life when we grow. It takes care of all the changes in our body. The mysterious and unpredictable opportunities come out from here.

This Lower Dantian Acupoint is an extraordinary orifice. Heaven and Earth are combined together here. This Acupoint is important as it contains all essence of our body.

Ancient Book

The Way of Inner Practice is the simplest and the easiest. We only have to lower the fire from our heart into the water of our Dantian.

Book of Xianjia

It is not necessary for us to learn about the theory of Dantian Breathing. If we practice it, we will reap all the benefits. Now let us learn how to practice Dantian Breathing.

First it involves Preparation, how we sit. Next it involves Setting up the Energy Field. Then we learn how to strengthen our vital energy field. Then we learn how to withdraw from the practice. Finally we learn how to take precautions in our practice.

As we have mentioned before, the proper way to learn and practice a technique is to do it this way.

  1. Read the instructions, understand them, memorize them.
  2. Visualize the instructions in your mind. If you have forgotten them, go back to read the instructions again.
  3. Visualize the instructions into video clips.
  4. Run the video clips over your mind until you are very familiar with them.
  5. Now you have learned and you can start to practice. You practice from the eyes in your mind, not your physical eyes.

Procedure for Practice

Step 2: Set up the field

Imagine you are sitting on a throne in the middle of a Taiji Bagua diagram. A circle of incense is burning around the throne.

Note. Doing this thought is like sitting in your own strong field of energy, and the effect of practicing is extremely obvious.

Next you open the door to heaven and close the door to earth. You do this by first contracting your anus to contract the perineum, and then you imagine you are opening the Baihui Acupoint at the top of your head.

Note. You open the gate of heaven to harvest the innate energy, and you close the door of the earth to keep the fetal breath inside you.

Next, imagine you are the only one practicing the technique between heaven and earth, and the surroundings are filled with pure energy.

You then apply the inner visualization technique that you have learned before and murmuring: I am inside the energy field. The energy is inside me. Heaven and Man are one. The energy is to be used by me.

Do this three times.

Note. You do this to attract the pure energy from all sides to fill up the room in order to nourish your birth-energy. The birth-energy is the energy that you bring with you at birth.

Now you relax your whole body in the following sequence: head → neck → shoulders → arms → front chest → back → front abdomen → back waist. All the time you relax your mind and smile.

Note: When you are relaxed and pleasant, it is conducive to tranquility, and conducive to the circulation of blood and vital energy.

Next you exhale the turbid air and inhale the fresh air, and reconcile the body and mind at the same time.

First you open your mouth and exhale the air slowly and continuously, thinking in your mind that you are spitting out disease with your breath. Then you close your mouth and inhale fresh air with your nose using the nine-bead technique. At the end of the ninth-count, you hold your breath briefly and then you exhale as before. Do this for three cycles.

Note. With the nine-bead technique, you count in your mind 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and with each count, you breathe in a piece of air with your nose.

When you breathe gently and evenly, you will quickly enter your vital-energy state.

Step 3: Build up the vital energy field

Imagine that there is a red sun in your Dantian area, radiating light, illuminating the five internal vital organs, six internal organs, four limbs, and hundreds of bones, driving away the sickness, and the whole body is merged in one auspicious light.

Then, imagine a beam of moonlight carrying the yin-energy from deep inside the Earth entering the body from the perineum directly to the Dantian area. At the same time, imagine a beam of sunlight carrying the yang-energy entering the body from the Baihui Acupoint directly to the Dantian area. Within the Dantian area, the red sun merges with the yin-energy and the yang-energy, and you can feel the Dantian area is getting warmer.

Note. The energy from birth. The energy from practice. Those who get it often seem drunk.

Maintain state one and state two mentioned above for an hour of practice. Meanwhile you are in a state of achieving knowledge but not guarding, survive first and then perish, open mind and then calm, leave no trace, nothing falls in vain, have a clear mind, and preserve silence.

Note. When you feel that your breathing is gentle and empty, that is the true power of miraculous transformation.

Practice this every evening and preserve silence. To achieve this result, a youth will take more than a month, a middle-age person will take more than a hundred days, and a senior will take more than a year.

The transformation comes naturally, without you knowing it. Something is born out of nothing, beyond what we can describe. You will have to experience it yourself.

Step 4: Withdrawal

Imagine that all the vital energy has returned to your Dantian area. Then close all the pores of your body so as not to let the inner energy dissipate.

If there is body fluid in your mouth, gargle several times and swallow it three times, and lead your mind to the lower Dantian area.

Rub your hands until they become warm, and then rub your face with both hands thirty six times, and then rub your ears thirty six times.

Gently tap your head from front to back nine times.

Make empty fists with both hands and beat your chest and back in turn thirty-six times.

Make empty fists and beat your ribs, abdomen and waist thirty-six times each.

Open your mouth to exhale the heat in your body three times to return to the state before the practice.

At the end, recite: True energy will protect my body. Evil energy will not invade my body.

Do it three times.

Precautions

Do not eat or drink (including water) within half an hour before and after the practice.

Do not eat or eat less foods that are too greasy, too sour, too hot and spicy or too bitter. In other words, foods should be neutral or bland.

Eat while you are hungry, and stop before you are full.

Do pooping and urination before practice so that you do not have an urge to do them while practicing.

The belt should not be too tight or too loose. You want to feel comfortable and natural while practicing.

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Massage Lungs and Large Intestine Part Two

As practitioners of Life Cultivation, we understand that once our breath is smooth, we will feel comfortable throughout. Therefore, let us talk about how we can take good care of our lungs and large intestine.

Inside our body, our lungs and intestine are shaped like an ancient couple living together in the large intestine house. Traditionally, the male or the lungs works outside the house, and the female or the large intestine governs whatever happens inside the house. The male works outside the house to earn a living, while the female manages housework at home.

The lungs inhale fresh air and send it home. The large intestine then is full of air which allows it to function normally. It will then remove the dross, and keep the house clean.

The large Intestine

As practitioners of life cultivation, we pay close attention to the health of our lungs and large intestine. In part one of this article, we have discussed how to take care of the lungs. Here we will discuss how we will take care of the large intestine.

The health of the large intestine is related to the Large Intestine Meridian as depicted by the red line in the diagram above. It goes from the large intestine to the shoulder and then it branches into two directions. One goes to the face, and the other goes to the fingertips. The route to the fingertips is more important. The route is longer and thus more easily blocked.

Once the Large Intestine Meridian is blocked, we will suffer certain symptoms described below. Then we will try to clear the meridian. Once our intestines are cleared, the whole body will relax.

Here are four symptoms and the specific methods to open up the large intestine meridian to relieve the particular symptoms.

01 Symptom: Thick upper arms and swollen lower gums

Locating the Shangyang Acupoint: at the tip of the index finger

For those with thick upper arms and swollen lower gums, the large intestine meridian may be blocked. In order to unblock the intestine meridian to relieve the symptoms, you may puncture the Shangyang Acupoint on the tip of the index finger to let the blood out. This will relieve the inner heat in the large intestine, and the effect is extremely obvious. This is a safer method compared with taking medication to relieve inner fire.

Down along the index finger is the Hegu Acupoint. Hegu Acupoint is the valley formed between the thumb and the index finger. Herbal medicine indicates that the head and face are influenced by the Hegu Acupoint of the valley. It means that treating the Hegu Acupoint can get rid of the head and face diseases. Thus if you massage the Hegu Acupoint, it will reduce any acne on your face and head.

The large intestine meridian also passes through the lower gums. If the lower gums are swollen or in pain, or the corners of the mouth are prone to acne, you may consider that there is excess inner heat in the large intestine. When you tap or massage the large intestine meridian at this point, it should reduce the symptoms.

02 Symptom: Swollen upper arms

Locating the Shouwuli Acupoint: indicated by the red dot, about three inches from the elbow.

If the upper arm is swollen, or the Shouwuli Acupoint of the upper arm is in pain, it indicates that this section is blocked by blood stasis. You may then rub the area one by one. You may also use a suction cup to treat the area one by one.

Sometimes the Shouwuli Acupoint can also be used as a substitute for the Zusanli Acupoint which is located on your leg.

Once, a woman in an acupuncture class suddenly had an unbearable stomach pain. She couldn’t bend her head down and rub the Zusanli Acupoint, so she pressed the Shouwuli Acupoint on her arm instead. Of course it was very painful, but after rubbing for two minutes, the stomach pain gradually eased.

03 Symptom: Constipation

If you have a constipation problem, try this remedy. Shake our shoulders every day, the stool will come out more smoothly. Why?

The large intestine meridian passes behind our shoulders. If the stool is dry and does not go out smoothly for a few days, it may indicate that the large intestine has excessive inner heat drying the stool. To remedy the situation, you may rub the acupoints at your shoulder and arm frequently. You should apply a larger force to be effective because the shoulder muscles are thick.

Generally, the pain points can be found on the shoulder line. It is better to knead it for two to three minutes at a time, or use a vacuum cup to get rid of the inner heat.

04 Symptom: Itchy or sore throat

Locating the Futu Acupoint: the first dot on the neck. Locating the Tianding Acupoint: the second triangle on the neck.

If you take good care of the Futu Acupoint and the Tianding Acupoint on your neck, your throat will not be itchy or sore. These two acupoints are both on the outside of your neck.

If you have a sore throat, you can try rubbing slowly for a few minutes to dissolve the stasis at these two points, and the sore throat will be relieved.

If you watch people in anger, you will notice that they express their anger differently. Some people use their voices. Some people use their eyes. Some people use their trachea, and some people use their noses. Why?

In fact, this shows that a certain meridian in the body of the angered person has been blocked for a long time. Once the person gets angry, his body cannot resolve it normally. It will manifest in different positions.

Many people have chronic inflammation (inner heat) which may show up as sores on the tongue, dry stools, or thirst. The proper remedy is to dredge the meridians and the symptoms will go away rapidly.

A man suffered from toothache for the same reason. After two years of meridian conditioning, he rarely suffers from toothache now.

05 Symptom: Bulging besides the nose

Locating the Yingxiang Acupoint: at the sides of the nose as indicated by red dots.

The large intestine meridian goes up along the corners of the mouth on both sides, and joins with the stomach meridian at the Yingxiang Acupoint at the nose as indicated by the two red dots in the diagram above.

If you suffer from bulging in this area, it is mostly due to inner heat in the large intestine meridian (of course, the stomach meridian is also inseparable). Then, you should carefully rub through the entire large intestine meridian in order to reduce the fire at the root.

Additional considerations

01 Manifestations of large intestine deficiency

Deficiency of the large intestine will mostly manifest as bowel sounds, abdominal pain, diarrhea, shoulder numbness and so on.

02 Manifestations of large intestine excess heat

When you have a dysfunctional large intestine, the common symptoms are hot, red, swollen, painful, bleeding, dry, swollen with painful gums, epistaxis, constipation, and dry intestinal fluid wherever the meridian passes.

03 Checking on meridians

There are many different meridians passing through various parts of our body. When you feel uncomfortable, you may test the meridians one by one.

First carefully find the pain point, and then look up the meridian diagrams to see which meridian the pain point is on, so as to find out which meridian is blocked by blood stasis. Next, search further for the pain point on the meridian line on your body, and rub it forcefully. Sometimes you will feel severe pain at the pain point. You will just have to bear it.

Another way to treat your body is to use the cupping method. It is not painful at all. However, it is more difficult to do it on our own although you can learn the treatment with new equipment and tools. It is up to you. Most of us will get the services from a professional technician. However, once it is treated, your body will be safe and sound for a long time.

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