Not only did ancient people dream of achieving immortality, they also spared no effort in finding some sort of elixir or remedy that might prolong their lives indefinitely, but to no avail.
Nonetheless, throughout the ages, we have learned a great deal regarding health care, as our life expectancy continues to increase.
Following are five ways ancient people prevented disease and extended their lives:
1. Comb your hair three times a day to cure illness
After waking up, after lunch, and before bedtime are the best times to comb your hair. For two minutes, comb your hair 60 to 100 strokes each time.
Since the head is thought to be the house of intelligence, combing your hair regularly allows for a clear head, bright eyesight, good vitality, sound sleep, and a healthy appetite.
2. Massage the yongquan point frequently to keep fit
The best way to keep one’s feet healthy is to rub the yongquan point, which is located near the center of the soles. The yongquan point is one of the most important acupuncture points for keeping fit. Massaging it regularly can lower blood pressure and increase local blood circulation.
3. Swallow your saliva 30 times a day for a longer life
There is an ancient Chinese medical text that calls saliva “the spiritual fluid in the body.” Scientists today have found that saliva contains antimicrobial agents, enzymes, antibodies, and even an analgesic.
The best way to practice this is to roll the tongue from one cheek, over the front of the upper teeth, over the gums to the other cheek, then continue over the front of the lower teeth making a complete circle. After 15 rotations, repeat the same in the opposite direction 15 times. Then bring your saliva forward as if to spit it out, and swallow it.
4. Click your teeth 300 times per day to keep them strong and healthy
In ancient China, it was widely held that healthy teeth bring about a healthy body. Sun Simiao, the renowned doctor of China’s Tang Dynasty, was a strong advocate of clicking the teeth 300 times in the morning.
To perform the exercise, click your molars and incisors for 30 times each, and then click the canine teeth for another 30 times.
It is recommended that you do the exercise in the morning, at noon, and in the evening. Doing so can nurture your kidneys, balance yin and yang, improve local blood circulation, enhance the overall blood circulation in the mouth and teeth, and keep your teeth strong.
5. Pull the ears to exercise the direct link between the kidneys and ears
In traditional Chinese medicine, the ears are said to be the openings of the kidney on the body’s surface. Chinese medicine believes that the kidney is the root of pre-natal essence. Since the robustness of the kidneys is directly related to the ears, ear-pulling is an easy way to achieve better health.
Bring your right arm over your head and pull the top of the left ear 14 times. Then do the same with the left hand/right ear. This will allow your kidneys to function better, bringing about a healthier, longer life.
Translated research by Billy Shyu and Monica Song