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Self-Care for the Body, Mind, and Spirit 

Self-Care for the Body, Mind, and Spirit
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Self-Care for the Body, Mind, and Spirit
Author(s):

Jingduan Yang

and Daniel A. Monti

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190210052.003.0018
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date: 18 October 2019

This chapter details the tradition of ancient Chinese medicine that puts self-care for disease prevention and health promotion first and advocates the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while keeping in mind sensitivities to the seasonal and environmental energies. It discusses the essential components of lifestyle, including sleep, diet, exercise, sex, meditation, and life cultivation, that address the health of the mind, body, and spirit. It emphasizes energetic circadian times of the day and seasons of the year in relation to the management of health. This book also uniquely introduces the ancient concept of Xiu Liang, or cultivating one’s life for health, and an example of its modern practice.

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