Madame Chiang Kai-shek’s 8 Secrets to Live Over 100

Soong Mei-ling
Soong Mei-ling (right) and Chiang Kai-shek (left). (Image: NTDTV)

Soong Mei-ling, a.k.a Madame Chiang Kai-shek, was the wife of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek who was also the leader of the Kuomintang in China in the 1930s.

She was a legendary figure in modern Chinese history. During the Second Sino-Japanese War she called on the Chinese people to fight against the Japanese invasion, and in 1942 conducted a speaking tour in the United States to gain support. She was the first Chinese national and the second woman to address both houses of the U.S. Congress.

She died at the age of 106. Her parents and most of her siblings died from cancer. She also received operations twice for breast cancer and once for ovarian malignancy at an old age, yet she survived them. A close look at her life reveals the following traits that may of contributed to her long life:

Eat less

Soong kept on a light diet, eating 5 times a day and only eating till she was half full. If she found out that she was overweight she would switch to a vegetarian diet until her body weight lowered.

Perform an enema everyday

Although medical professionals suggest that enemas should only be performed in severe cases, Soong performed one everyday.

Whole body massage

Song Mei-ling had a whole body massage everyday because she knew there were many acupuncture points on the back which help to maintain good health.

In the 1950s she moved from China to Taiwan and hired personal massage therapists until she moved to the United States in 1975. In her old age two nurses massaged her whole body alternately everyday before she went to sleep.

Belief in God

When told that she was an extraordinary capable woman, she smiled and quoted the Bible:

Her spiritual serenity might have had positive effects on her endocrine system.

Keep social

When Song was upset about something, she would find close friends to chat and get rid of her bad feelings. Steady emotions were helpful in supporting her respiratory and endocrine systems.

Quit smoking

Smoking damages one’s respiratory system and can bring many chronic diseases. Soong Mei-ling’s husband Chiang Kai-shek had advised her to quit smoking for many years, and she finally did quit after he died.

Enrich spiritual life through reading and painting

Reading had been Soong Meiling’s hobby for a long time, and she started to learn painting in the 1950s. The pursue of beauty in the world of art must have help her concentrate and forget the passing years.

Keep regular hours and enough sleep

Soong Meiling kept regular hours in her daily life and had about 10 hours’ sleep every day. She went to bed at 11 pm and got up after 9 in the morning.

Researched by Monica Song

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