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.
1. Stewed duck with Cordyceps (Chinese Caterpillar fungus)
Benefits: Cordyceps are considered a superior tonic that invigorates the kidneys and lungs and replenishes essence. When cooking with matured duck, it becomes a delicious dish itself. This recipe invigorates lung and kidney functions, and restores the essence. It is especially suitable for individuals with declined sexual function.
-a whole male matured duck (about 1kg)
-Cordyceps (10 pcs.)
-4 spoons rice wine
-a few slices of green onion and fresh ginger
-seasoning powder and salt
The whole duck is rinsed in warm water and drained. Place it in a large casserole. Put in the cordyceps, wine, green onion and ginger slices, add water until all the ingredients are covered. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to simmer for about two hours until the duck meat is tender. Mix the seasoning powder and salt to taste in the pot. Continue cooking for another 15 min.
Serve the duck meat and thick soup in the morning and evening, one small bowl each time. Individuals who have indigestion or stomach distention are not suitable to use this recipe.
Chinese caterpillar fungus is a rare health food that is widely known for both its tonic effect and remarkable market value.
However, insiders have revealed that at least half of the Chinese caterpillar fungus currently sold at local markets in Fuzhou, capital city of southeast China’s Fujian province are adulterated, according to website Fjsen.com on Wednesday.
The report says that local sellers often secretly attach small objects such as mud, crabsticks and prod on the caterpillar fungus to increase their weight when they are sold at a price of around 460 yuan (about 67 U.S. dollars) per gram at drug stores in the city.
“The mud attached on our products is not too much compared to other drug stores. Nowadays Chinese caterpillar fungus is more expensive than gold, so sellers try anything to increase their weight,” a local drugstore worker was quoted as saying.
The move may pose a potential threat to consumer health as the tonic could contain certain harmful “metallic ingredients” according to the report.
The report also says that almost all the caterpillar fungus sold in the city, ranging from a price of 30 yuan to more than 400 yuan per gram, are labeled as being “produced in Tibet or Qinghai”, which are known as the best producers of the tonic.
What’s worse, “herbal medicines that look similar to Chinese caterpillar fungus are wrongly sold at some drug stores as Chinese caterpillar fungus”, according to a drug owner surnamed Lin, who operates 10 chain stores in the city.
He says long-term consumption of these fake tonics not only brings no benefit to a person’s health, but is also likely to lead to dizziness, vomiting and palpitations.
Although capable of promoting immunity, stopping bleeding and clearing phlegm, the report also warns that Chinese Caterpillar Fungus is not suitable to all age groups, particularly Children. Cold sufferers should also avoid taking this tonic.
Sweet in flavour, neutral in nature, it is tropistic to the lung and kidney channels. Being sweet, neutral, moist and not very dry in property, and mild in action, it reinforce Qi and Yin mildly, invigorate Yang and supplement vital essence, and is used as an excellent tonic for tonifying the lung and kidney. It serves to treat chronic cough in the type of both lung-and kidney-deficiency, impotence due to consuption of kidney essence and weakness because of aging or chronic diseases.
Effects: supplementing the lung and kidney, stopping cough and relieving asthma.
1. For kidney-deficiency with impotence, lumbago and spermatorrhea, it can be taken alone in form of wine infusion or used together with other herbs for reinforcing the kidney and strengthening Yang.
2. For deficiency of both the lung and kidney manifested as chronic cough and asthma in deficiency type, it is often used with herbs for tonifying the lung and kidney, such as Radix Genseng, Semen Juglandis, Fructus Psoraleae, Radix Astragali seu Hedysari, etc; for phthisical cough in type of Yin-deficiency, night sweating and hemoptysis, it is used with herbs for nourishing Yin, moistening the lung, arresting cough and stopping bleeding, such as Rhizoma Anemarrhenae, Colla Corii Asinin, Radix Ophiopogonis, Rhizoma Bletillae, etc.
Dosage and Administration: 5-10g, used in bolus or compound powder.
This product is very valuable in China.
Caterpillars (long, fuzzy, segmented insects) are unable to pierce the skin with their bite. However, their hairs may become embedded in the skin or eyes, causing symptoms confined to the area of the penetration.
Some caterpillar hairs can be released into the air, where they can be inhaled causing respiratory irritation. Eating caterpillars may cause an upset stomach.
-Anaphylaxis (allergic reaction, rare)
-Shortness of breath
Gastrointestinal:-Vomiting, if caterpillar or caterpillar hairs are eaten
-Mouth and throat irritation
The objective is to remove irritating caterpillar hairs. On skin, apply adhesive tape (such as duct or masking tape) to the site, then pull off. Repeat as needed until all hairs are removed. Follow with calamine lotion, and apply ice to the affected area.
Eyes should be flushed immediately with plenty of water before seeking professional medical care. If respiratory symptoms develop following inhalation of caterpillar hairs, administer beta-agonist inhalers or antihistamines (if available), then seek professional medical care.
Before Calling Emergency
Before calling the emergency number determine the following:
-Patient’s age, weight, and condition
-Identity of the caterpillar, if possible
-Time of the incident
-Poison Control, or a local emergency number
The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can be called from anywhere in the United States. This national hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions.