Friday, January 13, 2017

The Five Tibetan Rites for Ant-Aging

Thousands of years ago, Tibetan monks in the Himalayas discovered the fountain of youth, vitality, and longevity: they condensed and modified more than twenty yoga exercises into five—now known as the Five Tibetan Rites. This innovative yogic system of exercises is instrumental in energizing the entire body system for rejuvenation and longevity.

The basic concept of the Five Tibetan Rites

According to ancient healers in the East, the body has seven principal energy centers, which control the seven endocrine glands. Recent medical research has attested to the fact that the aging process is hormone-regulated. Therefore, enhancing the seven endocrine glands and normalizing hormonal imbalances in the body through energizing postures and exercises may hold the key to lasting youth, health, and vitality.

However, to reap the full health benefits of the Tibetan Rites, it is important to practice them with a relaxed body and mind. In addition, a full natural and relaxed breath is essential.

The anti-aging health benefits of the Five Tibetan Rites

The Five Tibetan Rites are anti-aging. In essence, the Tibetan Rites are one of the best-kept secrets for improving overall physical and mental health. In addition to enhancing the endocrine glands to balance the body’s hormones, the Tibetan Rites relieve muscular tension and nervous stress, both of which are damaging to long-term health. Furthermore, the focus on relaxed respiration not only enlivens the senses but also harnesses vital life energy (known as qi) for self-transformation, which prepares the groundwork for any self-healing process.

The Tibetan Rites promote youthfulness in that they successfully eliminate double chins within a month or two. They also reduce midriff bulge and tighten the abdomen. In short, they provide a more youthful look.

The postures and exercises of the anti-aging Five Tibetan Rites

The Tibetan Rites are easy and enjoyable to practice. It takes less than 20 minutes to do the full 21 rotations of each of these rites.

The First Tibetan Rite 
  • Stand tall and erect.
  • Breathe naturally and slowly.
  •  Stretch out your arms sideways so that they are parallel to the floor.
  •  Now slowly spin your body around in a clockwise direction (3 to 21 repetitions).
  •  Stop if you feel dizzy.

The Second Tibetan Rite 
  • Lie flat with your back on the floor.
  • Fully extend your arms along your sides, with your palms against the floor, and your fingers closed together.
  • Breathe in slowly.
  • With chins tucked in, gently raised your head from the floor. Meanwhile, lift both of your legs, keeping your knees straight, into a vertical position from the floor.
  • Slightly tilt your legs a little back over your body towards your head, while keeping your knees straight.
  • Breathe out slowly.
  • Now, slowly lower your head and your legs, returning them to their original positions.

The Third Tibetan Rite
  • With your body erect, kneel on the floor, with your hands against your thighs.
  • Incline your head forward, with your chins tucked in against your chest.
  • Breathe in slowly.
  • Now, gently pull your head and neck backward, arching your spine. If necessary, press your hands against you thighs for support.
  • Breathe out slowly.
  • Return your body to the original position.

The Fourth Tibetan Rite 
  • Sit erect on the floor with your feet extended out in front of you (about 12 inches apart). Place your hands, palms against the floor, next to your buttocks.
  • Tuck your chin forward, and then drop your head backward as far as it can go.
  • Breathe in slowly.
  • Now, raise your whole body, with straight arms, and bent knees. Your trunk should be in a straight line with your upper legs, horizontal to the floor.
  • Hold your breath while you tense every muscle in your body.
  • Breathe out slowly as you return your body to the floor.
The Fifth Tibetan Rite

  • Place your hands on the floor (about 2 feet apart).
  • Stretch and extend your legs to the rear (about 2 feet apart)
  • Breathe in slowly.
  • Push your body up as far as possible, with your toes in a flexed position. Support your body with your hands and palms against the floor. Your arms should be straight and perpendicular to the floor, while your legs should be straight and parallel to the floor. Your whole body should be in a sagging position.
  • Breathe out slowly.
  • Now, pull your head backward as far as possible. Then bend your hips and bring your body up into an inverted “V” position, while bringing your chin forward, tucking it against your chest.

Stephen Lau

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Ginseng for Longevity

Always take good care of your health, if you wish to say, "Doctor, you're fired!" Medicine does not help you, but herbs may.

Ginseng is a natural anti-aging herb well recognized for its medicinal values. Given that ginseng has hormone-enhancing effect on the body, it can reverse male impotence. Research studies indicated that mice given ginseng reached puberty much faster than untreated mice.  In human, sexual health holds the key to  longevity health, and therefore ginseng is anti-aging.

Take ginseng regularly to retard aging. In addition to providing energy needed for old age, ginseng prevents disabling disorders, such as arthritis, and heart disease.

As one continues to age, the stiffness of joints and inflexibility of muscles may contribute to falling, which is the Number One killer among the elderly. The more one is afraid to fall, the more one is prone to falling because fear inhibits motion,  and immobility often leads to muscle atrophy, and thus creating the vicious circle of falling.

Use ginseng to give you sexual health and energy, as well as to prevent vulnerability and physical frailty. Ginseng may be the elixir of life because it not only acts like a hormone (hormone decline in human is responsible for aging), but also stimulates the body to produce its own hormones. As such, it is anti-aging.

Take ginseng regularly. In China, it is not uncommon for people to buy the best ginseng roots, put them in bottles soaked with brandy to be used in old age. If properly preserved, ginseng can retain its potency for many years.

Ginseng is readily available in drug and health food stores all over the United States. However, finding the right ginseng may be challenging.

However, you need to know how to buy your ginseng.  Be knowledgeable.

First of all, you need to determine the type of ginseng: American, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Then, you need to decide on the form of ginseng: root, tablet, powder, or tincture. Finally, you need to know what you are getting for the money you pay: the quality or the grade.

Asian ginseng is the classical ginseng, which is most effective as a restorative tonic for long-term health and wellness: it regulates blood pressure, enhances mental health, control diabetes, suppresses stress, and counteracts alcohol and drugs. Asian ginseng is anti-aging.

American ginseng balances the body metabolism and reduces stress. American ginseng does not have the reputation for revitalizing the body and enhancing overall health and wellness as the Asian counterpart does.

Korean ginseng is well regulated by the government, so the quality is comparable to that of Chinese ginseng. The best Korean ginseng is red ginseng.

Japanese ginseng is of average quality compared to that of Chinese and Korean ginseng.

When you buy ginseng, consider the age (the older the better; at least 4 years old), the color (good ginseng turns from white to reddish when steamed), the texture (good ginseng is hard and dense), the shape (good ginseng has the shape of a man: straight with intertwined rootlets or branches, not curled ones), and the taste (bitter with a tinge of sweetness).

Get top-quality ginseng to make  you live longer, if you just don’t die!

Stephen Lau

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Wisdom in Healing Cancer

Freedom from disease is important to living long. But nobody is immune from any disease or disorder. Therefore, it is important to have wisdom in healing in order to live a longer and healthier life.

Wisdom is the ability to interpret information in order to influence one's choices in actions that will ultimately transform the body and the mind. Wisdom in healing is therefore the use of right choices for right actions to facilitate the natural self-healing process innate in humans.

Wisdom has to do with the thinking mind, which makes life choices and decisions that may generate positive or negative energies that ultimately affect the healing and prognosis of a disease.

The Law of Attraction is about energy attraction: positive energies attracting positive energies, and the same for negative energies. This revolutionary concept has been exponentially popularized by the film "The Secret" as well as by the bestseller book and other related publications across the Internet.

Is the Law of Attraction a myth of the mind or a reality in real life? Can the Law of Attraction really help your healing from diseases and disorders?

To illustrate, when an individual is diagnosed with cancer, that individual often becomes obsessed with anxiety about its treatment options as well as the prognosis of the disease. Obsession with cancer may internalize it into self-doubt and even fear. If an individual is preoccupied with the thought that breast cancer runs in the family, that individual may have predominant thoughts of cancer. Movie star Angelina Jolie had mastectomy performed on her due to her fear of cancer. Even "positive" thoughts, such as "I am not going to get breast cancer like my mother, my grandmother, or my sister" will only attract negative energy into that individual's life, because the mind only sees the word "cancer" and the "cancer fear" and nothing else.

This 132-page book is about what to do when one is diagnosed with cancer. The author is neither a doctor nor an oncologist. He is simply showing the power of the mind not only in coping with the traumatic experience of cancer but also in overcoming the disease itself. In addition, he presents detailed information on what an individual must do on the cancer journey of cure and recovery. A cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. Rather, it is an opportunity for growth and development. Harness mind power to combat cancer.

Stephen Lau

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Can You Stop Your Aging?

Time is an equalizer of man: we all have only 24 hours a day, no more and no less. The passage of time is inevitable and eternal. With the passage of time, aging begins as early as from young adulthood (around age 20 to 40), and continues to old age until death. Aging occurs throughout an individual’s lifespan. Such a process is an accumulation of changes, which may be subtle or even drastic, that progressively lead to disease, degeneration, and, ultimately, death. Truly, you cannot die merely of old age; your ultimate demise is caused by advancing age itself, as well as by the diseases and degenerative conditions that accompany it. In brief, aging is a steady decline in health, which is instrumental in shortening lifespan; and the aging process is the duration during which such changes occur. 

Can the aging process be slowed down?

Yes and no. Theoretically, death may have been pre-programmed into your biological organisms as well as your body cells, and thus pre-determining your lifespan. That said, your body organisms and body cells may still have an indefinite lifespan through division, rejuvenation, and regeneration—if they are still healthy and functional. Again, theoretically, your genes mainly may have pre-determined the speed of your biological clock, but you can still slow down the speed of that biological clock—if you still have good health. The bottom line: nothing is set in stone.

So, what is good health? Is being healthy synonymous with absence of disease?

According to the United States Public Health Service, good health is “preventing premature death, and preventing disability, preserving a physical environment that supports human life, cultivating family and community support, enhancing each individual’s inherent abilities to respond and to act, and assuring that all Americans achieve and maintain a maximum level of functioning.” This statement probably sums up what you need to do in order to be younger and healthier for longer; it says everything about aging.

Over the past decades, preventive medicine has become an important component of the health care system in the United States due to the rising cost of medical care and insurance coverage.

Stephen Lau
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