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Posted: January 25, 2008
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Caption: A Painting Representing Yin and Yang.
But on the heels of the conclusion of the Tang Dinasty (AD 618-907), TCM basically broke away from Taoism to become an independent branch. However, Taoism and TCM still shared similar philosophies and even the same literary classics.
Because a Taoist’s primary goal is to become immortal, Taoist culture is anchored in preserving health and extending longevity. The Taoist attitude towards life, diet and internal exercise means that practitioners enjoy long, healthy lives.
Under Taoist thought, people should replace all complicated emotions with serenity and temperance in order to stay healthy. Consequently the physical exercises performed are focused on breathing exercises and meditation. Moreover, it is important to balance a diet with foods of different colors and flavors (Fig.8).
Caption: Colors and Flavors in Chinese Food.