The Regimen of the king of Traditional Chinese Medicine who lived upto 140


"Whenever eminent physicians treat an illness, they must quiet the spirit and settle the will, they must be free of wants and desires, and they must first develop a heart full of great compassion and empathy. They must pledge to devote themselves completely to relieving the suffering of all sentient beings.(凡大醫治病,必當安神定志,無欲無求,先發大慈惻隱之心。誓願普救含靈之苦。)" ----- By Sun Simiao (The king of Chinese Medicine)


Sun Simiao (simplified Chinese孙思邈traditional Chinese孫思邈; Born in 541;died in 682) was a famous traditional Chinese medicine doctor of the Sui and Tang dynasty. He was titled as China's King of Medicine (药王, Yaowang) for his significant contributions to Chinese medicine and tremendous care to his patients.

He lived up to 140 years old, back at that time, the average life expectancy of people was only 40 - 50 years old. The "three little" regimen that he proposed in his health care, that is, having "less in the mind, less food in the belly, less sleep in nature", is well worth our study and practice。

The first is "less in the mind." This is the top of the "three little". The premise of peace of mind is that there are few things in mind. There is little or no trouble with the matter of right and wrong, that is, heart and mind can calm down. Therefore, peacetime must be philosophical, indifferent to fame and fortune, be generous with others, reduce the stimulation of bad emotions...

The second is "less food in the belly." The ancients said: "If you want to be healthy, having ave a clear stomach and clear intestine is the key" To achieve this "double-clear," we must always eat less food. In particular, “Sweetness” and “Fatness” must be “remembered with mercy” and “eat only half full,” so that the stomach can be easily digested, and if you drink more tea, you will naturally have a clear stomach and intestine and disease-free.

The third is "less natural sleep". Sleep is a natural supplement. For the seniors, with the change of the physiological function, relative reduction in sleep is a normal law, and there is no need to bother. However, Sun Simiao said that "less nature sleep" is the ultimate realm of sleep, that is, in the process of natural sleep reduction, to ensure the quality of sleep is the key. It is a blessing for each of us if we can “naturally fall asleep and naturally wake up”.

   孙思邈是我国唐代杰出的医学家。他在养生中提出的“三少”养生法,即心中事少、腹中食少、自然睡少,是很值得我们学习和实践的。
  第一少为“心中事少”。这是“三少”之首。他指出“安心是药更无方”。安心的前提是心中事少。是非之事、烦忧之事少了或者没有了,即能神静心宁。因此,平时一定要善修情性,淡泊名利,宽以待人,减少不良情绪的刺激,做到心中事少而怡然自得,人之精、气、神得以呵护,养生之本就牢固了。
  第二少为“腹中食少”。古人讲:“欲求无病肠中清,欲得长生腹中清”。要做到这个“双清”,平时一定要食少。特别对“爽口物”和“肥腻厚味”,一定要“口下留情”、“食惟半饱”,这样才能让肠胃轻松裕如消化顺畅,加之多喝茶水,自然就能肠腹双清、内病不染了。
  第三少是“自然睡少”。睡眠是天然的补品。人到老年以后,随着生理机能的变化,睡眠相对减少是一个正常的规律,大可不必烦恼。但孙思邈说的“自然睡少”是睡眠的终极境界,即在自然减少睡眠的过程中,保证睡眠质量是关键。老年人的睡眠若能做到“自然入睡自然醒”,则是一种好福气。
  老年朋友,如能学好“三少”养生法,或许会如孙思邈一样活上百岁。

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