Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tao of Love And Sex: Nourishing Sexuality Through Diet

NOURISHING SEXUALITY THROUGH DIET
Taoist culture recognizes the utility of certain foods for the maintenance of good health. Some of these belong to the category of tonics. These foods, as one might expect, stimulate the sexual functions.

Here are some foods that are recognized for their sexual properties. They are particularly useful in cases of sexual fatigue and frigidity:















































Food

Energy Action

Red dates

Tones
energy [qi]

Raspberry leaves

Tones the
blood

Wheat germ

Tones the
heart

Black soybeans

Activates
the blood and promotes the flow of fluids

Longan

Tones the
blood

Honey

Relieves
dryness through lubricating action (develops se-



cretions)

Licorice

Tones
energy (qi)

Black sesame

Relieves
dryness through humidifying action (develops se-



cretions)


SIMPLIFIED DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SEXUAL DEFICIENCIES
The Taoist dietary recommendations in the previous chapter on male sexuality are effective in treating female sexual problems as well. Foods for treating impotence in men can be used to treat frigidity in women. The following information completes the picture for women.

Deficiency of the kidneys
Indications: Joint pains; weakness in the legs; profuse urine; scanty menstrual flow; lack of sexual desire; infertility; slow, deep pulse; thin, light coating on the tongue. Traditional Taoist dietary recommendation: Warm the energy of the kidneys and that of the Conception Vessel with fennel decoction, dill, mutton.

Deficiency of blood
Indications: Pale or dull complexion; dry skin; weakness; abnormal menstruation; infertility; weak, thready pulse; whitish tongue.
Traditional Taoist dietary recommendation: Nourish the blood and humidify the kidneys with egg yolks, cuttlefish, nutmeg (in small quantities), raw oysters, spinach.

Deficiency and cold in the sexual organs (cold uterus)
Indications: Cold in the lower abdomen and lower back; lower abdominal pains; menstrual trouble; deep, slow pulse.
Traditional Taoist dietary recommendation: Soy milk, capers, cooked endives, frog legs, old red wine (Bordeaux), lamb, fresh goat's milk.

Deficiency of kidney yin and liver congestion
Indications: Inexplicable crying, irritability, hysteria, mood swings, yawning, irregular appetite, dry stools. Traditional Taoist dietary recommendation: Decongest the liver channel and humidify the kidneys with the following foods: pear peelings, asparagus, coconut milk, duck, mulberries, raw oysters, decoction of orange peels, and flowers and leaves of the mandarin orange tree.

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