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Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity: A Modern Practical Guide to the Ancient Way

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Written by a Westerner for the Western mind, here is the first book to explore in light of modern science the balanced and comprehensive system of health care used by Chinese physicians, martial artists, and meditators for over 5,000 years. andlt;BRandgt; Drawing on original Chinese sources and years of personal experience, the author introduces the philosophy of Tao and gives detailed, practical information on: andlt;BRandgt; andlt;UL TYPE=DISCandgt; andlt;LIandgt;diet and nutrition, including sample menus andlt;LIandgt;food combining, and detoxifying the body andlt;LIandgt;specific foods and juices as treatments for a wide range of diseases (including such modern Western concerns as hypertension, cancer, infertility, herpes, and AIDS) andlt;LIandgt;fasting and excretion andlt;LIandgt;breathing exercises andlt;LIandgt;physical exercises for long life, total relaxation, and general health andlt;LIandgt;acupuncture and massage techniques andlt;LIandgt;Taoist birth control andlt;LIandgt;sex therapy andlt;LIandgt;bedroom arts and techniques to ensure complete satisfaction for both partners (considered essential for good health and long life) andlt;LIandgt;herbal aphrodisiacs and other sexual aids andlt;LIandgt;meditation — turning essence into energy and energy into spirit andlt;/ULandgt; andlt;BRandgt; With many helpful charts and clear illustrations, andlt;Iandgt;The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevityandlt;/Iandgt; makes the ancient "Way" easily accessible to those seeking the latest in New Age health care.

Synopsis:

With a detailed introduction to the ancient philosophical, ethical, and religious Chinese practice of Taoism,andlt;Iandgt; The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity andlt;/Iandgt;is a unique, comprehensive, and practical self-help guide to live a balanced and positive Taoist lifestyle.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Written by a Westerner for the Western mind, andlt;Iandgt;The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity andlt;/Iandgt;is perfect for the modern reader interested in exploring the balanced and holistic health care system used by Chinese physicians, martial artists, and meditators for over 5,000 years.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Drawing on his extensive personal experience and research from original sources, author Daniel Reid covers all aspects of the healthy Taoist lifestyle, delivering concise information and instruction on diet and nutrition, fasting, breathing and exercise, sexual health, medicine, and meditation.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Featuring helpful charts and illustrations, andlt;Iandgt;The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevityandlt;/Iandgt; makes the ancient practice easier to understand and more applicable to a modern Western audience than ever before.

About the Author

Born and educated in the United States, with a master's degree in Chinese language and civilization, Daniel P. Reid now lives in Taiwan, where he has studied with numerous Taoist masters. He is the author of Chinese Herbal Medicine, which was hailed by The New York Times as "highly readable...a marvelous introduction to the field of Chinese medicine."

Table of Contents

Contents

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

The Tao

History of Taoism in China

'The Way and its Power'
The Parting of the Way
The Tao Today
Yin and Yang

Complements of Yin and Yang
The five elemental activities
The dynamic duo today
The Three Treasures

Jing: the essence of life
Chee: the energy of life
Shen: the spirit of life
The bridge of energy
APPENDIX: Cast of Taoist Characters

PART I

The Tao of Health

Chapter 1: DIET AND NUTRITION

Mother Nature's Menu
The Human Dietary Devolution
Trophology: The Science of Food Combining
Enzymes: The Culinary Spark of Life
Eating Right for Health and Longevity
Food as Medicine
Diet and Mental Health
APPENDIX I: Food Categories and Combination Chart
APPENDIX II: Sample Menus for One Week
APPENDIX III: Therapeutic Foods and Juices

Chapter 2: FASTING AND EXCRETION

The Colon: Sewer or Cesspool?
Fasting
Plumbing Your Colon with Water
The Seven-Day Fast and Colon-Cleansing Program
Mini-Fasts and Semi-Fasts
Excretion: 'Squatters Do It Better'

Chapter 3: BREATHING

The Science of Breathing
The Neti Nasal Douche
The Art of Breathing
Basic Breathing Exercises
Establishing a Regular Regimen
A Bonanza of Breathing Benefits

Chapter 4: EXERCISE

The Hard Way versus the Soft Way
The Martial Arts
Warming Up
Loosening and Stretching
Long-Life Exercises
Total Relaxation
A Sample Regimen

Chapter 5: TAOIST HEALING ARTS

The Tao of Health and Disease
The Five-fold Path to Natural Health Care
The New Medicine

PART II

The Tao of Sex

Chapter 6: THE TAO OF YIN AND YANG

The Nature of Man and Woman
The Way of Yin and Yang
Foreplay, the Four Attainments, the Five Signs, the Five Desires, the Ten
Indications and the Five Virtues
The Great Libation of the 'Three Peaks'
Semen Retention
Tao is a Two-Way Street
The Harmony of Yin and Yang
The Tao Comes Westward
Essence and Energy
Hormones and Health
Absorbing Essence and Storing Energy

Chapter 7: EJACULATION CONTROL

Regulating Ejaculation Frequency
Mastering the Methods of 'Contact without Leakage'
Learning How to 'Lock the Gate'
The Orgasmic Upward Draw for Women
Taoist Birth Control
Summary Remarks

Chapter 8: TAOIST BEDROOM ARTS

The Thrust of the Matter
Adopting Different Positions
Artful Accessories
Sex Therapy
The Legend of the Goat
Cupid's Cornucopia
Springtime in a Bottle

PART III

The Tao of Longevity

Chapter 9: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LONGEVITY

Some Enlightening Examples of Longevity
Comparative World Lifespans Today
Fundamental Factors in Longevity

Chapter 10: THE TAO OF NURTURING LIFE

Pollution and Purification
Cultivating the Three Treasures
External Elixir Approach
Internal Elixir Approach
The Highway to Health and Longevity

Chapter 11: 'SITTING STILL DOING NOTHING'

The Eight Stages of Internal Alchemy
Meditation for Health and Longevity
The Microcosmic Orbit
The Macrocosmic Orbit
Shen-hsien: The 'Cosmic Astronauts'
Opening the Central Channel
Death and Immortality

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671648114
Author:
Reid, Daniel P.
Author:
Reid
Publisher:
Fireside Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Health
Subject:
Alternative Therapies
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Taoism
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Healthy Living
Subject:
New Age
Subject:
Longevity
Subject:
Hygiene, sexual
Subject:
Hygiene, Taoist
Subject:
General Body, Mind and Spirit
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Alternative
Subject:
healthcare used in West; health care by Chinese; sex therapy; meditation; Taoist birth control; sample menus
Subject:
healthcare used in West; health care by Chinese; sex therapy; meditation; Taoist birth control; sample menus for weight loss; Taoism; alternative weight loss; alternative sex therapy; how to stay young; alternative healing
Subject:
Mental & Spiritual Healing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Fireside Books
Series Volume:
no. 89
Publication Date:
19890731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 b/w line drawings
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 20.09 oz

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"Synopsis" by , With a detailed introduction to the ancient philosophical, ethical, and religious Chinese practice of Taoism,andlt;Iandgt; The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity andlt;/Iandgt;is a unique, comprehensive, and practical self-help guide to live a balanced and positive Taoist lifestyle.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Written by a Westerner for the Western mind, andlt;Iandgt;The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity andlt;/Iandgt;is perfect for the modern reader interested in exploring the balanced and holistic health care system used by Chinese physicians, martial artists, and meditators for over 5,000 years.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Drawing on his extensive personal experience and research from original sources, author Daniel Reid covers all aspects of the healthy Taoist lifestyle, delivering concise information and instruction on diet and nutrition, fasting, breathing and exercise, sexual health, medicine, and meditation.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Featuring helpful charts and illustrations, andlt;Iandgt;The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevityandlt;/Iandgt; makes the ancient practice easier to understand and more applicable to a modern Western audience than ever before.
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