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Home > Newsletters > February 2009 > Good Loving for Healthy Living

Good Loving for Healthy Living

Good Loving for Healthy LivingBy Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., ABAAHP, Ph.D.

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 in return.

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 sexual desires.

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.

Dr. 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 latest book, Secrets of Self Healing and his other books, go to

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