Listen to Your Body: The Wisdom of the Dao

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Overview

"Listen to Your Body shows how you can promote health and natural well-being by modifying everyday actions to improve the flow of qi (the universal principle of energy). Breathing, eating, drinking, resting, washing, and many other small but vital actions - if carried out in the right way - can result in profound changes in body function." To give readers an understanding of the body's own natural medicine, the authors provide a clear explanation of the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with reference to qi and its flow through the body's meridians, the balance of yin and yang, and the body's energy centers. Readers will learn how to "tune in" to the signals the body transmits to warn of impending health problems; numerous case histories illustrate how this highly developed information system of the body works. Later chapters address the art of relaxation, bringing together the TCM approach to health with recent scientific studies. Finally the authors describe in detail how to apply the natural medicine of the body to daily life. they discuss illness prevention and provide specific guidance for the management of a range of health disorders. Exercises and simple routines are given, together with the basis for their therapeutic effect.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824824662
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Miracle of the Human Body
The Cosmos as a Living Organism 3
Yin and Yang: Nature's Energy Balance 11
The Meridians 15
The Flow of Qi in Nature 24
Harnessing Nature's Qi: The Three Dantian 27
Pt. 2 The Information System of the Body
The Natural Human Life Span 33
Recognizing the Signals Your Body Sends 36
Case Studies from a Specialist Clinic 42
Pt. 3 Learning to Trust the Wisdom of Your Body
Mind and Body in Harmony 69
Relaxed Mind, Relaxed Body 71
Ancient Medicine: A Hundred Generations of Study 75
The Art of Knowing Your Qi 79
Pt. 4 The Daily Care of Your Body
The Biorhythms of Yin and Yang 93
The Right Way to Start the Day 97
The Art of Breathing 99
The Rhythm of the Four Seasons 104
Water as Medicine 107
Washing Is a Skill! 114
How to Dress 120
Eating Wisely, Eating Well 124
Natural Body Functions 130
Medicinal Plants 132
Drinking Alcohol: Vice or Virtue? 136
Qi and Sex 139
Traveling with Ease 145
Keeping Your Home from Harm 149
Preparing for Sleep 151
Enjoy Aging with the Help of Your Qi 155
Postscript 159
Index 163
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