Ten Common Methods for Health Preservation
1. Frequently comb your hair. According to ancient methods, rub your palms together until your palms feel warm, then use your ten fingers to "comb" your hair from the forehead to the back, passing through the top of the head, the back of the head, and down to the neck. Repeat this several times in the morning and evening. This method helps awaken the mind, calm the spirit, improve eyesight, and prevent headaches, tinnitus, and hair loss. Using a comb also has similar effects.
2. Frequently exercise your eyes. Start by closing your eyes for a while, then open your eyes forcefully, move your eyeballs, look up, down, left, right, clockwise in a circle, and then counterclockwise in a circle. Repeat this several times. This method improves blood circulation around the eyes and has certain effects on eye fatigue, myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia.
3. Frequently tap your teeth. Slightly close your mouth and tap your upper and lower teeth against each other. Don't exert too much force, but make sure there is a sound when tapping. You can do this as many times as you like. This method promotes the secretion of digestive enzymes and prevents tooth decay and toothbone degradation.
4. Frequently tilt your head back. Stand up, close your eyes, and lower your head. Then slowly raise your head, tilt it back, and then twist it to the left and right. The movements should be slow, not too fast, to avoid dizziness. This method improves blood and oxygen supply to the brain and relieves neck and shoulder muscle pain.
5. Frequently swallow saliva. Sun Simiao's "One Hundred Words of Nurturing Life" says, "In the morning, rinse with jade saliva." "Jade saliva" refers to saliva. After waking up in the morning, sit cross-legged or with your knees bent, close your mouth and eyes, press your tongue against the roof of your mouth, breathe slowly, and when there is saliva in your mouth, swallow it in two or three times. This method helps nourish vitality, strengthen internal organs.
6. Frequently drum your ears. Sun Simiao's "One Hundred Words of Nurturing Life" says, "Before going to bed, wake up the heavenly drum." It means that before going to bed at night, cover your ears with both palms, press down with your index fingers and hold them with your middle fingers, and then flick your index fingers onto the back of your head, producing a "thumping" sound in the ears. This method improves hearing and enhances memory.
7. Frequently knead your abdomen. Rub your palms together until your palms feel warm, then cross your palms and press them on your abdomen. Rub and knead around the navel, clockwise first and then counterclockwise. This method enhances intestinal peristalsis and improves gastrointestinal function.
8. Frequently wash your face. Here, "wash" means to rub your face with your palms. After warming your hands, place your palms on your face and rub up and down, inside and out, until your face feels warm. This method improves facial blood circulation, makes the complexion rosy and radiant, and reduces facial wrinkles.
9. Frequently sway your waist. Stand up, slowly turn your body to the left, tap your lower abdomen with your right hand, and tap the Mingmen acupoint on the lower back with your left hand. Then turn your body to the right, tap your lower abdomen with your left hand, and tap the Mingmen acupoint with your right hand. This method strengthens the kidneys, relieves fatigue in the waist, and improves kidney function.
10. Frequently rub your feet. Use your right hand to rub your left foot, and when it feels warm, use your right thumb to massage the Yongquan acupoint on your left leg. Then use your left hand to rub your right foot, and when it feels warm, use your left thumb to massage the Yongquan acupoint on your right foot. Apply pressure when massaging the acupoint, and it is better to feel a soreness. This method nourishes the kidneys, warms the body, and helps regulate sleeplessness.