Chinese anti-aging and longevity expert Bian Zhizhong looks to natural therapies to restore youthfulness and prolong healthy life’ Daoist Health Preservation exercises’ (1996) from China today Press. He explains why this is more effective than traditional Western methods prior to the easy-to-understand detail, practical methods and practices with supplementary drawn illustrations for those interested to monitor as part of a relatively short text (144 pages) and one jam- packed with sound practical advice.
Never judge a book by its cover, “they say. Although in this case the above, shows two taps walking to and from with outstretched neck, should not be ignored. The Crane, Chinese Longevity symbol, has good habits to help make it long-lasting, these are Qigong practice. Secure in the mountainous, wooded course of cranes walk to and from the neck outstretched call out ‘He’ chose exhaling stale air after flying a long day and feeding many miles away– the crane is ‘he’ in Chinese. They are also connected, the 5 Elements Theory, with water and kidneys, therefore the relationship between the latter and good health and longevity made by Bian Zhizhong at various points in his text.
The author laments originally fact that movement and sports are not themselves, to promote longevity and noted that even athletes and workers can get old quickly and die young. “How can we restore youthfulness?” (P.15) he asks, when, drugs, hormone therapy, cuttings etc may upset the natural balance of the body and cause disease that develops as a result (p.19). This disturbing pattern natural immune system is essentially the production of hormones associated with kidney resulting imbalance make us more vulnerable to disease and illness than before.
internal and external performance of the body and overall health are, he argues, the best improved by Qigong practice combining breath control, physical activity and external self-massage focusing on “xiadan ‘or lower abdominal area of the body (front and back). the kidneys, closely related to the internal and external watery secretions are essential for healthy growth, development and aging. Strong kidney energy means longevity and good health and weak kidneys early, quick aging and short lifetime of the author state (p.17) prior information on the prevention and remediative exercises in Huashan Mountain Daoist Qigong school (which he belongs) that focus on this area in particular.
exercises fall into three categories: i. rhythmic breathing (eg Restoring Spring p. 19) ii. exercise routine (eg Dragon Swimming p.32) and iii. External Self-Massage (for example, rub heads dragon p.93). regular practice of these combine for overall health and fitness purposes, as part of a regular exercise routine , should cause noticeable improvements in a variety of bodily functions within a relatively short time (my own experience mean that this is so).
The author then proceeds to list commonly occurring chronic conditions and / or areas of ill health, and gives each prescription of habit drawn from i) to iii) above to above. This is interspersed with ‘vignettes’ taken from high-entries such therapies in action to promote the potential effects of a dedicated application methods of the situation in question.
The final extensive report (for the treatment of impotence) from grateful former patient group cites such practices’ in the treatment of conditions will range untold misery to many. All this can be achieved without surgery or drugs (and hence the imbalance internal bodily functions use the occasion) The book makes clear during these exercises help to maintain and restore the natural hormonal balance of the body at the same time.