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425 pages
ISBN: 978-1-3999-1234-1

Live Well Live Long

Price: $29.95


Live Well Live Long: Teachings from the Chinese Nourishment of Life Tradition explores the wonderful Chinese tradition of nourishing life (yangsheng) and applies it to modern life. Continuously developed over more than 25 centuries, yangsheng serves as a workshop manual for the care of the human body, mind, and spirit. Its teachings can help us improve our health and lengthen our lives through cultivating the mind, emotions, diet, exercise, sleep, sexual behavior and much more. 

In addition to the traditional topics covered in yangsheng teachings, concern for social, global, and planetary health in the modern age demands the application of the wise principles of the yangsheng tradition to issues as varied as social justice, education, modern childbirth, climate change and environmental degradation, and agricultural sustainability. All of these topics are covered in this meticulously researched book.

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  • Table of Contents 
  • Preface 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Introduction 
  • What determines how long we live and how healthy we are? 
  • Yangsheng—nourishment of life 
  • Why we get ill 
  • Cultivating the mind and emotions 
  • Diethow to eat 
  • Dietwhat to eat 
  • Alcohol 
  • Tea 
  • Exercise 
  • Traditional Chinese exercise 
  • Sleep 
  • Affairs of the bedroom 
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care, breastfeeding 
  • Care of children 
  • Nature 
  • Music and dance 
  • Old age 
  • Death 
  • Appendices 
  • The Microbiota – our microbial friends 
  • Smoking 
  • Detoxing 
  • Chinese science 
  • A brief history of Chinese health exercise 
  • A final word: spirituality 
  • Glossary of key terms 
  • Further reading 
  • Index