China is a nation known for its longevity, and the ancient Chinese believed that there are five good habits that will help one enjoy longevity.
These practices are beneficial to the body and soul and can help one thoroughly relax. They can also improve the quality of sleep and enable one to work energetically.
It is said that calmly walking 10 to 20 minutes a day can bring the blood circulation to the surface of the body and thus help our skin maintain itself during sleep. Before sleep, avoid reading news and do not think about big issues once we lie down, because it is necessary to reduce the activity of the brain at this time. Doing so will enable a person to fall asleep rapidly.
Rubbing the feet
There are a number of Chinese sayings about the benefits of caring for the feet. “Washing your feet with hot water is much more effective than taking sleeping pills when you are ready for bed.”
“If you want to protect a tree, you should protect its roots; if you want to protect a person, you should protect his or her feet.”
Many Western medical scientists regard the feet as “the second heart of the human body” or “the pup of the heart”. They all praise the role of foot care.
Chinese medical science believes there are more than 60 acupuncture points on the feet that have strong ties with the internal organs.
If we use warm water 40-50 degree centigrade to wash our feet and rub the soles and toes of our feet, we can promote blood circulation, relax the muscles, and balance the yin and yang of the body.
This can also help heal wounds and maintain fitness for older people.
It is important to keep the bedroom air fresh, even on windy or cold days.
We can still open the windows for a while, especially before going to bed, as fresh air is helpful for sleeping well during the night.
Do not cover the head when sleeping.
Cleaning the teeth and body
It is more important for us to brush our teeth before going to bed than to brush in the morning, as this not only helps us clean away oral sediments, it also protects our teeth so we can sleep well during the night.
It is also very helpful to wash the face and clean the body before getting ready for bed. This will keep the skin clean and help us relax and sleep comfortably.
Brushing the hair
Ancient Chinese medical scientists identified many acupuncture points on the head.
Therefore, while brushing our hair, we can massage and stimulate the head to open those acupuncture points, relieve pain, and brighten the eyes.
It is said that rubbing the scalp with our hands until it is warm and rosy two times a day, in the morning and again at night, is beneficial.
Massaging the scalp can clear blood flow to the head, improve the thought and memory capacity of the brain, promote nutrition to the hair follicles, reduce hair loss, eliminate brain fatigue, and make it easier to fall asleep.
Source: The Epoch Times, June 21-27, 2013
~ Epoch Times Staff