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Secrets of Longevity: Exercise, Lifestyle, and Rejuvenation
By: Dr. Maoshing Ni
What You Do: Exercise, Lifestyle, and Rejuvenation.
A Brush With Longevity.
popular practice among centenarians is body brushing, using a dry brush
with natural bristles to sweep the surface of the entire body. Besides
eliminating dead skin cells and improving skin hygiene, body brushing
can also increase small capillary circulation to the skin, boost skin
immunity against infection, and promote vibrant skin tone. An
alternative to brushing is body scrubbing: use a dry cloth or moist rag
to vigorously scrub your body from head to toe.
Stress Busting Flowers
flowers have a powerful influence on moods. A bouquet of flowers can
conjure up love, uplift a patient's mood, and even help combat stress.
A study showed that people who sat near a bouquet of colorful flowers
were able to relax better during a five-minute typing assignment than
those who sat near a foliage-only plant. Next time you want to relax
or improve your mood, surround yourself with colorful flowers.
Your Tongue Never Lies
Tongue Diagnosis has a rich history in medical traditions worldwide. All ancient medicine employed tongue inspection
to detect changes in the viscera or internal organs. The tongue is
layered with immune cells that react quickly to intruders and is also
filled with nerve cells and taste buds wired directly to the brain. It
is fed by a complex network of blood vessels that changes the color of
the tongue depending on the level of oxygen and nutrient delivery. A
healthy tongue is moist and pink. A tongue that is red, cracked, or
covered with a yellow coating signals an internal imbalance or
illness. See your health care provider, preferably a doctor of
Oriental medicine, if you notice these signs.
Good Smells for Good Mood
has a powerful influence on our bodies and minds, research has shown.
Stimulating olfactory nerves inside the nose activates the limbic
system of your brain, which is associated with memory and moods. The
use of plants with strong scents for healing and wellness, know as
aromatherapy, is common among the world's medical traditions.
Aromatherapy uses jasmine to treat depression, lavender for restless
sleep, citrus to increase alertness, peppermint for poor digestion,
rosemary for pain and muscle tightness, eucalyptus for sinus
congestion, and patchouli for nausea. Essential oils of plants may be
dabbed on your temples, at the back of the neck, or directly on
acupressure points–or simply boil the herb in water and inhale the
steam through your nose.
A Little Help from Your Abs
traditional Chinese teaching, digestive malfunction is said to account
for up to 90 percent of all instances of disease. That is one reason
the first section of this book, What We Eat, is such a lengthy one.
Yet no matter how well we eat or which supplements we take, particles
of undigested matter may adhere to the inner intestine, toxifying the
system and preventing absorption of our food. One way to ward off this
problem is to perform this simple "inner housecleaning" exercise once
or twice a day, at least an hour after eating: With your knees
slightly bent, lean forward and place your hands on your thighs just
above the knee. Press down with your hands, exhale deeply, and draw
your stomach in as tightly as possible at the same time. Holding your
breath after full exhalation, use your abdominal muscles to push your
belly in and out several times. Then stand up as you inhale. Repeat
this three times. You will not notice an immediate effect, but over
time every part of your body–from your skin to your brain to your sex
organs–will benefit as all the nutrients in your food are absorbed and
About the Author:
Mao (as he is known by his patients and students) is a 38th generation
doctor of Chinese medicine and an authority in the field of Taoist
anti-aging medicine. After receiving two doctorate degrees and
completing his Ph.D. dissertation on Nutrition, Dr. Mao did his
postgraduate work at Shanghai Medical University's affiliated hospitals
and began his 20-year study of centarians of China. Dr. Mao returned
to Los Angeles in 1985 and has since focused on Taoist anti-aging
therapeutics at his Tao of Wellness Center.
Praise for Dr. Mao
treatments with Dr. Mao at the Tao of Wellness and following his
nutritional advice has led to a marked change in my physical vitality
and my general state of well-being."
Mao brings generations of experience, an abundance of knowledge about
both Eastern and Western Medicine, and his own good heart to his
Looking and feeling
young for decades is not just the province of the wealthy and
surgically enhanced. Living to be 100 is simpler than most people
imagine. In Secrets of Longevity,
Dr. Maoshing Ni shares the secrets gleaned from 38-generations of
medical knowledge in his family, and a 20-year study of centenarians in
China. A longer, healthier and happier life is not a result of a
complicated supplement regimen, arcane dietary restrictions or any
particular exercise, rather it is a combination of simple approaches to
all areas of life. Dr Mao (as he is known by his patients) shares the
main areas in which small changes can have a big impact on longevity
and general health.