In view of health preservation with TCM, Daoyin exercises, moxibustion, tuina, and so on are effective to dredge meridians and regulate qi and blood, and thus are conducive to disease prevention, health improvement, and life extension.
Daoyin is a set of exercises from ancient times. This painting was unearthed from the Han Tomb at Mawangdui, Changsha, Hunan Province, in 1973. The figures on it have different gestures and movements. There are also texts explaining the key points of the movements and their effects on the prevention and treatment of diseases.
Ba Duan Jin is a form of Qigong in ancient China consisting of eight sections. It is named so because of the elegance with classic simplicity in the movements and postures.
Tai Ji Quan, an exercise that closely coordinates consciousness, breath, physical being, and movements, is conducive to a healthy flow of qi and blood as well as a stronger body.
By imitating the movements of five kinds of animals, namely tiger, deer, bear, ape, and bird, one takes this exercise to relax muscles and bones, enhance the function of joints and regulate qi and blood.
There was an old saying in ancient times that in order to be healthy, moxibustion must often be used on Zusanli (ST 36). This moxibustion is also known as the”long life one”.
Shenzhu (GV 12) is an important point for health care and moxibustion in children. Its function is to activate yang, regulate qi, disperse wind and clear heat, cool the heart, calm the mind, and direct qi downward to stop cough.
At the Dragon Boat Festival (On the fifth day of the fifth month in the Chinese lunar calendar), it is a Chinese custom to hang wormwood, often made into the shape of a man or tiger, at the door or in the hall to drive away evils.
This treatment involves the use of herbal plaster to certain acupoints at each of the three stages of the Sanfu Period, a Chinese term meaning the hottest days in a year which are divided into three stages and usually last for 30 to 40 days from mid of July to the end of August. It is effective for patients with deficiency cold.
Continuously pinch and grasp the skin and muscles on both sides of the spine for stimulation of related internal organs, meridians and acupoints for the purpose of preventing and treating diseases.