If we can follow the health law that recorded in the classic works of Chinese medicine, [Huang Di NeiJing (Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine)] in 2200 years ago, we can lead a health life and enjoin the long life. The teaching is as the following:
Follow the nature and Followed the principle of Yin and Yang ;
Keeps the mind clean and peace- less desires and ambitions;
Avoid all evil wind of various seasons
Lead a regular pattern of daily life;
Get up and go to bed at the regular time;
Have the drink and meal at the regular time and regular amount;
Never overwork mentally and physically, and never over sex;
We all like smart phone, especially iphone for its powerful functions and convenience. Meanwhile we all feel pity that Steve Jobs pass away too early. If he is still alive, he may bring us more wonderful device and Mobile app. A lots of people just like Steve Jobs, they are very smart, rich, famous, however, they are not healthy and pass away too early. Therefore, lost health will lost everything. It just like a analogy that health is “1 “and all others (such as talent, money, house, car, job……) are “0” . Without “1 “, many other “0” is still “0”.
We all like fair. I believe two thing are the most fair. One is the time and another one is the health law. No one have more than even one second than the others, even you are the president. No one can be health if he or she does not follow the health law, even he is a King or queen.
Then what is the health law. Some book said: ” if you want to keep health you need to do some exercise.” Some book suggest: ” eat less protein and more vegetable and fruits.”
I believe the best one is recorded in the classic works of Chinese medicine, [Huang Di NeiJing (Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine)] in 2200 years ago.
In the Chapter one of Huang Di NeiJing: Shanggu Tianzhen Lun (On Human Preserving Health Energy in Ancient Times), it written: “Those people in ancient who knew the way of health always kept in their behavior in accordance with the nature. They followed the principle of Yin and Yang and kept in conformity with the art of prophecy based on the interaction of Yin and Yang. They lead a regular pattern of daily life. such as get up and go to bed at the regular time; have their drink and meal at the regular time and regular amount; They never overworked mentally and physically, and never over sex. In this way, they could maintain their physical body and spirit in a health level, and therefore were able to live more than one hundred years.
- keep the behavior in accordance with the nature and followed the principle of Yin and Yang
Yin and yang are ancient Chinese concepts which can be traced back to the Shang dynasty (1600–1100 BC). They represent two abstract and complementary aspects that every phenomenon in the universe can be divided into Primordial analogies for these aspects are the sun shining (yang) side and the shady (yin) side of a hill. yang character of things are hot, warm, upward, outward, move, etc while the Yin yang character of things are cold, cool, downward, inward, still, etc.
people’s life activities and nature are closely related. For daily, In ancient time when sun rise people get up and go to work, when sun set people finish work and go home to rest. Because the yang Qi in our body in the day time domain the outside of the body. In the morning Yang Qi arise corresponding with the sun rise and gradually increase. The sky begin to bright. In the noon the Yang Qi reach to the maximum and then gradually decrease while Yin gradually increase. when sun set the Yang has been virtual, the Qi (energy) gate is closed . The sky gradually dark. therefore at this time one should rest to restrain his yang, should not do excessive working, and not to contact fog, mists and dews (these are Yin evil Qi and easily damage the Yang Qi) by staying outdoor to avoid invasion of the cold-dampness evil Qi. If our active against these natural law, we will get sick. Therefore running or work out in the evening or camping outside are harmful to the Yang Qi.
Yang Qi in our body is like the sun in the sky, who is very important. if lost its position, then the life is not outstanding and shorten.
For four seasons, there are also exist the Yin and Yang change and our daily life should follow the change. In the spring Yang Qi gradually increase. In the summer the Yang Qi reach to the maximum and then gradually decrease in the fall while Yin gradually increase. In the winter the Yang has been virtual and the Yin reach the extreme.
The spring of three months is the season of vegetation germination that made the everything fresh and grow. Heaven and earth are naturally full of vitality, all things seems so thriving. At this season, people can sleep a little bit late at night, but should get up early, put away the hair, untie the clothes, so that the body soothing, relax the steps, walk in the yard or park, so that the spirit of pleasure, mind open, to maintain the vitality of all things. Do not indiscriminate killing, more facilities and less convergence, more incentives, less punishment, which is to adapt to the spring season, the way to maintain the hair of the gas. If the violation of the spring Qi, it will damage the liver, so that to the summer (season) will become cold disease and the conditions provided to the grow will be less.
Spring is the best season for make baby. Nature programmes animals and birds to mate only at spring except our human being can sex at any time any season. However, spring is the best season to make offspring for hormones and animal instincts will drive this behavior. In TCM, spring is the season that Yang Qi growing up and therefore it is the season for everything growing up. That is why the farmer all sows during spring, Gardeners grow plants during spring, and all other animal mate during spring.
Scientist confirm that Spring is the most opportune time for fertilization and also the time when embryos that are conceived at their highest quality. The average fertilization rate overall was about 70%, and the spring fertilization rate was 75%.
Summer three months, is the flourishing of all the season. In this season, heaven and earth Qi cross comunicate, all things began to flowering strong. people should also sleep a little bit late and get up early. do not tired of the sun, to make the will not angry, so that the Qi is a peaceful, happy, so that the body of the yang naturally get loose, like the love in outside. This is the law to adapt to the summer Qi, the way to protect the growth power. Contrary to this rule, it will hurt the heart, to the fall will be born by malaria. The conditions provided to the harvest will be less. To the winter, will lead to several diseases.
Autumn of the three months, all things full of fruit, has matured season. In this season, the heaven Qi (wind) is vigourous and rapid, vegetation withered, the earth bright and clean. People should like a chicken go to bed early and get up early. to make the will calm to slow fall sentence; convergence of the Qi, so that the body can adapt to autumn Qi and to achieve mutual balance; do not let will out So that the lungs Qi keep clear. This is the law that conforms to the autumn Qi and way to protects the body’s convergence function. Contrary to this rule, it will hurt the lungs, to the winter will be born by the diarrhea. so that the conditions provided to the storage will be less.
Winter three months, is the life of all the closed and hide season. In this season, the water become the ice, the earth cracked, so people do not disturb yang, go to bed early at night, must wait until the sun appeared to get up in the morning;
so that ambition seems to be hidden, like a deep bird, Just like people have privacy, just like the heart has gained. To avoid the cold, keep warm, do not expose the skin, otherwise the Yang Qi will immediately sucked. This is in line with the winter to keep the principle of nursing storage, contrary to it will damage the kidney, to the spring will produce atrophy of the disease, the ability to support the growth will reduce. Therefore in winter the girl wear mini skirt is very harmful to the body. Winter is the good time to shabu-shabu.
- Keeps the mind simple, clean, calm and peace
When one is free from wishes, ambitions and distracting thoughts, indifferent to fame and gain, the true energy will always follow his body. When one concentrates his spirit internally and keeps his mind clean and peace, how can any illness occur?
“Therefore, we should less desires and ambitions; keep a leisured aspiration; have a quiet spirit; we will not be afraid of the evil wind; we should keep suitable labor but do not over doing; In this way, the Qi will circulate smoothly. We should be satisfied easily with our food and clothes; not too particular about the quality and style of the costume;
we should not seek or admire the material comfortable life of others. so we are plain and honest.
As we are having a quiet and stable state of mind. no desire can seduce our eyes, and no obscenity can entice our heart. Although the intelligence and moral character between different people are not the same. yet we can all attain the stage of giving no thought of personal gain or loss. and thus. we are all able to live according to the way of keeping a good health. The reason of those who can live more than one hundred years without being decrepit is that they can manage the way of keeping a good health thoroughly. ”
- lead a regular pattern of daily life
Recently 3 Americans Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young just confirm that our body have a bio clock- controlling the body’s circadian rhythm and obtained the Prize in Medicine in 2017. The clock regulates critical functions such as behavior, hormone levels, sleep, body temperature and metabolism. They found the best times to eat, exercise, sleep, meditate, and more.
However, these Americans researchers do not yet understand all of the rhythms and their effects.
TCM in another hand, in about 2,500 years ago, [Huang Di NeiJing] already record very detail of this bio clock. Chinese Medicine uses the theory of the Chinese clock to describe a similar set of activities that happen on a daily basis and also effect our health. What is more, TCM already beginning to explore the relationship between disruptions in these rhythms and the development of illness.
If we lead a regular pattern of daily life, such as get up and go to bed at the regular time, have their drink and meal at the regular time and regular amount , our internal organ will work smoothly and correctly. In this way our body will less diseases.
- Never overworked mentally and physically, and never over sex
Our body is like a spring. If we keep pull out the spring without release it back, after go over certain degree it will lose its elasticity and never can recover back. In TCM, physical work consumer the Qi, mental work consumer the blood and sex consumer the kidney Essence. Most of us have this kind of experience, to do physical work is easily recover than do mental work. Because Qi is easier to create than blood. The kidney Essence is even difficulty to create.
About 2,500 years ago TCM had already identified that the Kidney is key organ to govern the reproduction, birth, growth and body development. One of the kidney’s functions is storage of Prenatal Essence (also call Original Essence or kidney Essence), i.e. the father’s sperm and mother’s ova united to form Prenatal Essence and this Prenatal Essence store in the kidney.
The Prenatal Essence determines our basic constitution, vitality, strength and lifespan. Therefore, the parent’s age (woman 21-28, man 24-32 years old, kidney Essence is at good quality) and health condition, lifestyle, body status and the sex timing (for example in the spring and the full moon day is the best timing, the kidney Essence is full) are all very important for their kids. It may influence the kid’s whole life. Therefore, the kidneys are often referred to as the “Root of the Pre-Heaven” or the “Root of life”.
After born, the Prenatal Essence has been replenished continuously by Postnatal Essence that contributed from all the five Zhang organs (liver, heart, spleen, lungs and kidneys) ’s essences. Especially the Food Qi (spleen’ essence, the nutrition from food, also call Earth Qi) and the Clear Qi of Air (lung’s essence, also call Heaven Qi) are the most important essences. With the postnatal essence continuously supplies, kidney Essence gradually increase and the kidney essence create the Marrow and the marrow (bone marrow, teeth Pulp, spinal cord and brain-“sea of marrow”) fills up, and nourish the Bones, teeth, Spinal column and Brain. Sufficient kidney essence make the Bones, teeth, Spinal column and Brain grow and develop normally and keep in normal form and normal function. When reach to certain age (girls are 14 and boys are 16 years old) the “Tian Gui, 天癸 Heaven Water) produced and the girl and boy’s reproduction system will develop. Women will get menstruation monthly and the man’s essence (sperm) often full and can excreted. Both men and woman gain the sexual power to fertility.
However, with the aging, the kidney Essence gradually decreases by sex (especially after drink alcohol), Masturbation, study, brain using, eyes and ears using (all above activities consumer the kidney essence). When kidney Essence decreases to certain level will loss the sexual power and even die. That is why most of the kings (who sex every day with different beautiful girl) in Ancient China only survived 30’s. Therefore, Kidney Essence is very important for deciding the sexual power and life span.
- Avoid all evil Qi of various seasons
In TCM there are usually 6 evil Qi : Wind, Cold, Damp, Heat, Summer Heat, Dryness.
Wind is associated with Liver, Spring, Yang evil Qi. Wind is involved with movement and activity, and brings other evil Qi in with it. It is the most important evil as it is the cause of the “100 diseases”.
Wind evil Qi has the following characteristics: Disperses Qi upward and outward;Yang energy wants to rise and expand; Illnesses manifest in upper and outer parts of the body in early stage: head, sense organs and skin, Rashes Common: itchy, come and go quickly, spread quickly; Sweating common: causes opening of pores (Qi and fluids lost); Rapid onset and rapid changes: Acute illnesses with rapid progression such as fever, infectious diseases; Creates abnormal or sudden movement: spasms, convulsions, twitches.
Cold evil Qi is associated with Kidney, Winter, Water element, Yin evil.
Cold evil Qi has the following characteristics: Damages the Yang; Impairs ability to maintain body temp; Weakens and slows life activities; Feeling of cold; Symptoms better with warmth; causes Qi and Blood to contract and congeal which creates stagnation, pain, stiffness; Easily effects the low back and knees, joints; Easily effects the Stomach, Intestines, Liver; Thin, watery, pale, cold discharges urine, stools, blood etc.
Damp evil Qi is associated with spleen, late summer, Earth element, Yin evil.
Dampness is heavy, tenacious, difficult to treat, and lasts a long time. It tends to move downwards in the body.
Damp evil Qi has the following characteristics: Sticky, greasy, oily, dirty, bad smell; “looks like water or mud, “looks and smells dirty; greasy hair and face; greasy skin: acne, pus, oozing wound; mucous or discharge anywhere in body; bad body odor, bad breath, smelly perspiration; bad smelling diarrhea with mucous (if mixed with heat, there can be cloudy urine); thick or bad smelling vaginal discharge as in STD; copious nasal discharge; edema or swelling; arthritis with swollen joints; fluid coming out of anywhere; candida, fungus, yeast; Damages the Yang of body; worse in cold, damp weather; easily damage the Spleen’s function; Creates stagnation; Stagnate fluids will also stagnate Qi and Blood.
Heat is associated with the Heart, summertime, Fire element, Yang Evil.
Heat evil Qi has the following characteristics: Damages Yin easily; dries fluids, easily leads to Yin deficiency; Causes upper diseases most common on face, eyes, and nose; Causes redness (the more red, the more heat); Easily produces wind when heat affects the Liver; Speeds things up, agitation, restlessness; lead the bleeding by fasten the Blood moves and damage the vessels; Easily affects the skin; red, itchy, painful rashes.
Summer Heat is associated with the Heart, Fire Element, Summer, Yang Evil.
Summer heat evil Qi has the following characteristics: high fever, restlessness; profuse sweating and damage the Yin and cause thirst with strong desire to drink cold water, constipation, scant yellow urine, Yin collapse; can go up and affect the head; dizziness, blurred vision, headache, coma; Tongue: dry, red; Pulse: surging (flooding – strong, big waves)
Dryness is associated with the Lung, Autumn, Metal Element, Yang evil.
Dryness evil Qi has the following characteristics: Exterior in origin (not yin deficiency, not internal); Easily damages body fluids and cause Dry skin, Dry hair, Dry eyes, Dry lips, Dry throat or low grade sore throat, Dry stools, Scant urine, Thirst; Easily damages lungs; Could be from dry climate or smoking; Dry cough and dry phlegm (thick, sticky, hard to expel)
Avoid the bad pattern of daily life
Some people lead a bad pattern of daily life. Such as [Huang Di NeiJing] point out. They are addicted to drink without temperance, keep idling as an ordinary, indulge in sexual pleasures after drunk and exhausted their essence (vital energy) and ruin their health. They do not protect their primordial energies carefully as handling a utensil full of valuable things. They don’t understand the importance of saving their energy but waste them rashly by doing whatever to their liking. They know not the joy of keeping a good health and have no regular pattern of their daily food, drink and activities. Therefore, they become decrepit when they are only fifty. ”
It also record: “In ancient times people behaved according to the teaching of preserving health of the sages : Avoid all evil wind of various seasons any time and everywhere for they attack the body like a thief when your body is not in caution.
If you remember and practice these health law (Follow the nature and Followed the principle of Yin and Yang ; Keeps the mind simple,clean, calm and peace; Avoid all evil Qi of various seasons; Lead a regular pattern of daily life; Have the drink and meal at the regular time and regular amount; Never overwork mentally and physically, and never over sex) in daily life, you can be healthy and longevity.