Many cultures and people around the world believe that the body has a finite amount of life source. Whether you call it energy, qi, or prana, this is the life source that supplies your mind and body with the necessary fuel from birth until death. Each person is born with a supply of life source, or jing as they call it in Chinese Medicine, but what exactly determines how much you are granted in this lifetime? What factors decrease it? Where does it come from and how do you get more it in order to live a long and healthy life?
Let's first take a look at what exactly Jing is. Jing is roughly translated into English as "essence". Along with qi and shen, it is considered one of the three treasures of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is similar to DNA in the sense that it is passed down through the genes of your parents and ancestors. It is housed in the Kidneys and nourishes every part of your body throughout your entire lifetime, inside and out. Since the Kidneys are the first organ to begin developing in a growing fetus, they become the home of your original essence. The strength of your original essence will determine the health of your body's physical and mental constitution. Think of it as the fire underneath a cooking pot, keeping the food warm and full of nutritious energy.
There are two types of Jing; prenatal and postnatal. Your prenatal Jing is the set amount you are born with that will never change; healthy genes will produce healthy offspring. The amount of Jing that both your parents had during the time of conception will help determine the health and strength of your own original essence. Old age or poor health of your parents during the time of conception is believed to diminish the offspring's Jing. Postnatal Jing is a combination of external lifestyle factors that promote longevity. Both are equally important.
Feel like you don't have much vital essence left?? Don't Panic! There are so many steps to take to decrease the amount of prenatal essence being used daily, and help encourage the production of postnatal essence.
WHAT HELPS PRESERVE JING?
Unfortunately there isn't much you can do about your Prenatal Jing. But there are many things you can do to help encourage proper Postnatal Jing production.
Proper diet: eat a plentiful amount of produce and plant based food products in their original form (less frozen, canned, and prepared foods). Add more seasonal and vibrant foods into your diet.
Adequate amount of sleep and rest (both mental and physical): go to bed before 11pm every night, and get your full 8 hours.
A strong immune system (keeping your body's first line of defense strong)
Consuming Chinese Herbs: Certain herbs like Ginseng can directly influence the strength of your Jing.
Adequate physical exercise (but not too much aerobics!)
Breathing fresh, healthy air
Taking deep and long breaths periodically throughout the day
Sexual temperance: Avoid having sex too often, during times when your health isn't the greatest (when you have a cold or illness), during inclement weather (hurricanes, blizzards etc), or while intoxicated.