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Good Loving for Healthy Living
Good Loving for Healthy Living
Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M.,
Did you know that love not only gives meaning to your life, it brings
health benefits? Human touch, long recognized as a powerful technique,
increases the production of endorphins, growth hormone, and DHEA, all of
which lengthen your life span and lower the negative impact of stress.
Studies have also found that patients who are regularly touched recover
faster than those who are not touched. So give that special someone a
hug or massage and feel both of your moods — and health — improve.
Centenarians are loved and cherished by their family members; studies
show that people that have happy family lives tend to have a longer life
span with fewer illnesses. A meaningful relationship with your family
does not come automatically, but investing in your relationships will
give you a life rich in love, respect, and a sense of belonging. Fill
your family with happiness based on trust, mutual help, love, peace,
listening, sharing, humility, honesty, and fairness.
So if love equals health, how do we manifest love? Share your time,
energy, and self with your loved ones. Look for ways to give back to
them and make them happy. For instance, you might cook a meal or do the
dishes as a pleasant surprise. Or you might send them a card, listing
all of their many special qualities. A gift does not need to be
elaborate or expensive, but it should show that you care and appreciate
them. As you give freely of your love, you will receive meaningful love
To treat a partner, you might prepare a sensual candle-lit dinner with a
little wine to warm up the yang energy. (Drink moderately.) Romance can
have a powerful effect on a person's emotions and can instantly arouse
As Chinese research indicates, correct sexual practices yield tremendous
physical and emotional benefits that include increased circulation,
balanced hormonal production, relaxation, greater vigor, and a good
mood. For greater satisfaction, it is important to gauge your partner's
mood, energy, and needs so that you may accommodate them. You will find
that healthy sexual intimacy is nature's fountain of youth.
Light Your Fire!
Foods you eat can affect your libido.
Warming and pungent, the following foods help motivate
the body's fire energy: garlic, onion, scallion, leek,
chives, ginger, cinnamon, fennel, cardamom, anise,
turmeric, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and horseradish.
To enhance your desire, cook up this time-tested recipe:
Make chicken broth by boiling chicken stock with
turmeric, cayenne pepper, onion, leek, chive, and
ginger. Eat at least one bowl daily.
Maoshing Ni, L.AC., D.O.M., PH.D., DIPL. C.H., DIPL. ABAAP
Dr. Maoshing Ni is a doctor of Chinese medicine,
bestselling author and an authority in anti-aging medicine. He runs an
acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice in Santa Monica, California,
called Tao of Wellness, where his patients have included physicians,
Fortune 500 CEOs and celebrities. He is co-founder and Chancellor of Yo
San University in Los Angeles, where he teaches the art and science of
Wellness Medicine. Dr. Mao, as he is known to his patients and readers
has lectured internationally and has been featured on radio and
television as well as on the pages of The New York Times, Los Angeles
Times, and many other publications. He is currently featured as an
expert on Yahoo Health, where he writes a blog about longevity. For more
information on his bestselling book,
Secrets of Longevity and his
Secrets of Self Healing and his other books, go to