By Bob Flaws
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This is one of our perennially popular laypersonâ€™s books on Chinese medicine. It is a good basic introduction to Chinese medicine and a good introduction to Chinese health-preservation and longevity practices. It is the basis for Sounds Trueâ€™s six tape audio cassette set titled Chinese Secrets of Health & Longevity.
This book discusses the 14 secrets of longevity of the Qing Dynasty Emperor, Qian Long, who held one of the longest reigns of any monarch in Chinese history. Qian Long ruled for 60 years and only stepped down from the throne so as not to surpass his grandfather Kang Xiâ€™s 61 year reign. When understood properly, these 14 secrets cover all aspects of a healthy life. Now Western readers can share Qian Longâ€™s pragmatic and common sense wisdom on how to live a long and healthy life.
Topics covered include:
- A regular lifestyle
- A healthy, moderate diet
- Regular rest and exercise
- Choosing a healthy place to live
- Developing a healthy frame of mind
- Pacing oneâ€™s sexual activity
- Self-massage and stretching
- Special qi gong exercises
- Using Chinese tonic herbs
- Treating disease early and without side effects
Bob Flaws, “I wrote this book to try and bring some common sense to the Western arena of health and longevity. Every few months someone discovers a new diet or regimen that is supposed to be the panacea for everyoneâ€™s ills. However, Chinese medicine is the oldest, continuously professionally practiced, literate, secular medicine in the world today. The wisdom of Chinese medicine has been honed and tested by more than 100 generations of highly educated professional practitioners. What is called nourishing life or longevity practices have always been a very important aspect of Chinese medicine, and I wanted to present what I have found to be the core essence of those teachings and practices, without undue mysticism or naive romanticism.”
About the author:
Bob Flaws Dipl. Ac. Dipl. C.H., FNAAOM, is one of the most famous Western doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine. An internationally known author and lecturer of Chinese Medicine, Dr. Flaws has been practicing and teaching qi gong and Oriental longevity practices for 25 years. He has written this book based both on his research of the Chinese literature and his own clinical and personal experience.
Praise for Imperial Secrets of Health and Longevity -eBook
“This book reveals the fourteen secrets of longevity written by Qian Long, the fourth Manchu emperor, who reigned for sixty years. Qian Longâ€™s secrets are surprisingly simple. Many resemble the advise of our doctors, alternative health practitioners, parents, and grandparents. They are about restraint and moderation with a special Chinese twist.”
-Whole Earth Review, Spring, 1995, p. 84
“Flaws is an acupuncturist and doctor of traditional Chinese medicine who has come to believe that, while those disciplines are very effective remedially, the best thing he can do for his patients is to share the teachings of health preservation. The result is a fascinating book of common sense.”
-Laughing Bear Newsletter, February 1994, p. 1
“As a novice to the deeply personal world of Chinese medicine, I was inspired to see such a concise book… [Qian Longâ€™s] fourteen steps to longevity are adequately described in this volume of healthy living, together with good words of advice for those seeking guidance in these fast-paced times.”
-Magical Blend, Nov. 1994, p. 82
“[This] is a small book, but it has a far reach into the history and rich philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine. The book is meant for the reader who wants the essence of the philosophy, but just enough to understand the foundation of the practice. Right from the start, Bob Flaws tells us the secrets to health and longevity.”
-Colorado Libraries, Spring 1996, p. 47