Updated: Apr 15, 2018
The Chinese have one of the earliest writings on sex which is referred to as the "Chamber Skills". Its source can be traced back over 2,000 years ago. In 1974, excavations of the Mawangdui tomb discovered not only medical writings dating back to 168 BC, but also the earliest preserved sex monographs.
The main purpose of the monographs was to pursue longevity and health through sex. They contained a large amount of details on therapies and prescriptions for sexual dysfunction. Sex was an important life nourishing measure in Taoist practice too. In Taoism, a healthy and balanced sexual relationship mirrors the harmony of nature and contributes to one's longevity. Most of all, moderation is recommended; it is thought excessive sexual activity depletes yin in men and yang in women.
Strong libido relies on an abundance of kidney essence (jing) and smooth coordination of the organs. Total body health is essential for good sex to occur. Because kidney essence is made up of an acquired element from proper nutrition that is transformed and transported by normal spleen function, food therapies can also be used to enhance sexual function.
Additionally, qi-gong practice can help maintain a harmonious internal environment and normal organ function. Thus both of these activities may go a long way in the prevention of sexual dysfunction.
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