16 Longevity Tips From Traditional Chinese Medicine

16 tips from TCM for longevity (Image: 5ijk.net)
16 tips from TCM for longevity (Image: 5ijk.net)

In China, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a history that goes back several thousand years.

TCM is a complex system that covers all aspects of life and health, including longevity.

Follow these 16 tips for a healthier and longer life.

1. Comb your hair frequently:

It will help to brighten your eyes, dispel pathogenic wind, and let your hair grow back and turn dark.

Combing frequently will stimulate your hair to grow. (Image: Secret China)

Combing your hair frequently will stimulate it to grow. (Image: Secret China)

2. Wash your face frequently:

Washing your face can help drive out negative influences, keep your blood and Qi vigorous, and reduce wrinkles.

3. Exercise your eyes frequently:

Exercising your eyes can help you get rid of cataracts and external eye diseases, and correct myopia, hyperopia, and presbyopia.

Exercising eyes can help you get rid of cataract and external oculopathy, and correct myopia, hyperopia, and presbyopia. (Image: 101dr.com)

Exercising your eyes can help you get rid of cataracts and external eye diseases, and correct myopia, hyperopia, and presbyopia. (Image: 101dr.com)

4. Flick your ears frequently:

“Beating the Heavenly Drum,” covering the ears and then flicking the index fingers against the muscles at the back of the neck, can enhance your hearing ability.

5. Gargle frequently:

Saliva,which is also called nectar, is a part of the digestive juices. Swallowing saliva anytime is good for your appetite and spleen.

6. Click your teeth frequently:

As the proverb goes: “Clicking your teeth over 30 times every day will let your teeth never lose.”

7. Breathe out bad air frequently:

It is the so-called guhe, breathing in fresh air until filling up your belly and chest, and letting out all the foul air slowly. Repeat the above process several times every day. This can help you purge stagnation and increase your lung capacity.

8. Expand your chest frequently:

The movement that expands the chest and lets the air flow into the lungs can protect your heart and lungs, and help you breathe smoothly.

9. Rub your belly frequently:

Rubbing your belly button and abdomen can enhance your gastrointestinal motility and purge stagnation.

Rubbing your belly button and abdomen can enhance your gastrointestinal motility and purge stagnation. (Image: Wechat)

Rubbing your belly button and abdomen can enhance your gastrointestinal motility and purge stagnation. (Image: Wechat)

10. Twist your waist frequently:

Waist twisting can reinforce your waist and kidneys.

11. Lift up your anus frequently:

Lifting up your anus can help you raise Yang and exclude foul air.

12. Move your joints frequently:

“Moving the joints frequently can improve their flexibility.”

13. Stretch your legs and knees frequently:

“Human aging starts from the feet.” Stretching your legs and rubbing your knees and Zusanli acupuncture point is good for preventing aging and helps you live longer.

Stretching your legs and rubbing knees are good for preventing aging. (Image: webstock.com)

Stretching your legs and rubbing your knees are good for preventing aging. (Image: webstock.com)

14. Massage your skin frequently:

In ancient times, massaging was called bathing. Massaging your whole body can improve your blood circulation, and make your skin smooth and shiny.

15. Rub the middle bottom of your feet frequently:

A person’s Yongquan points are like the bottom of the sea. So rubbing your Yongquan points frequently will enable you to consolidate the renal (kidney) essence, warm your waist, raise your Yang, lower turbid Qi, and refresh your brain.

16. Stop talking when defecating and urinating:

When defecating and urinating, you should close your eyes, stop talking, and pay attention to what you are doing, lest you scatter your Qi. This is known as mindfulness in Buddhism.

 

With translated research by Joseph Wu and Mona Song

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