Longevity and Three Treasures 7/22/18
There are three primal energies in the body
that underlie all structure and function.
We call those the Three Treasures. They are; /Qi, Shen, and Jing.
QI is the energetic principle which is responsible for doing all of the work in the body. Functions such as moving the blood,
repair, warmth, digestion, elimination, etc.. Anything that would require energy to accomplish would be a function of Qi.
Shen is YOU the Spiritual Being which resides in the heart.
Jing is the Yin and Yang Jing of the Kidney
(see yin and yang in archives under Kidney)
When are are born we are imbued with just so much prenatal Jing. This comes from mom and dad. The color of your hair and eyes, our physical stature, our constitution and wherewithal. We only have a finite amount of prenatal Jing and as we spend it throughout our lives that is the aging process. So when it is gone it is gone...
Jing is also responsible for your bones, bone marrow and teeth. The brain is enclosed in bone so we say that it is a sea of marrow. Therefore; memory, cognition, and concentration are functions of Jing. The uro-genital system, reproductive system, the hormonal system and all of the endocrine glands are the function of the Kidney Yin and Yang Jing. So you can see that the Three Treasures are the primal energies of the entire body. If these are waning then you can swallow any thing you want and not get the desired effect you are looking for.
So in Superior Herbalism we nurture the Three Treasures.
If we get become ill and we try to treat the problem we are forging weapons after war has started. This is inferior herbalism. The whole idea is to stay strong and healthy in the first place so as to be robust enough to repel evasion, to repair effectively and quickly if need be. There are ways to nurture the Three Treasures and build postnatal Jing so as we go through life we are not always spending the prenatal Jing.
THIS SLOWS DOWN THE AGING PROCESS!