Without going outside his door, one understands all that
takes place under the sky; without looking out from his
window one sees the Tao of Heaven. The farther that one
goes out from himself the less he knows.
Tao Te Ching - Chapter 47
It has long been known that certain foods will increase
one's sexual appetite and/or prowess. James Bond's fondness for
oysters, (and other shell fish) for example is grounded in scientific
fact. There are many nutrients in shell fish that target the sexual
organs directly. Caution, of course, must be exercised by those
with allergies to shellfish.
Lotus seeds are a well known aphrodisiac for both
men and women, and particularly benefit the prostate gland.
Magnolia bark revitalizes the Uterus.
Pumpkin seeds, long known as a treatment for parasites,
also benefit and strengthen the Prostate.
Cucumbers are good for the sexual organs, as well
as serving as a cleanser for the whole body.
Ginseng, has so many healing and strengthening properties
it is called 'Panacea', in Chinese. Use caution with this herb
though, as it is so powerful, it must be mixed with other herbs
in a decoction for best effect. Taking Ginseng by itself is not
Lamb is known as the hottest of meats. It generates
'fire'. Diets rich in Lamb meat produce excitable people with
inordinately strong sexual desire.
Taoist sexual ideas are well represented in Traditional
Chinese Medicine and TCM herbologists have a full menu of herbs
and herbal decoctions for strengthening sexual desire and prowess
in men and women. Everything from bull penises (ground up and
taken in a decoction), to Rhinoceros horn, to the gall bladders
of the Black Bear, and certain snake skins are used for this purpose.
Note; since the Rhinoceros is an endangered species,
deer or elk horns are now substituted.
As well, the Black Bear population is being decimated
in North American and Canada, by poachers after this precious
organ, so I am not recommending this.
Vitamin E in doses of 400 - 800 milligrams, or larger
can stimulate the sexual glands. Vitamin E is also a powerful
anti-oxidant so it has the added benefit of cleansing the whole
On the whole, the Taoist approach to diet for sexual
reasons is the same as for health and healing reasons. Eat well.
Exercise often. A healthy and well nourished body is the most
capable of having satisfying sex, without the need for artificial
or herbal stimulants.
Whether one uses the Rectum for sex or not, in the
Taoist way, it is important to keep this part of the anatomy clean.
Taoists are fairly obsessive about cleanliness and guarding against
the transmission of germs. Since the Rectum is so close to the
genitals, particularly in women, the risk of infection is actually
In women, all kinds of vaginal and uterine problems
may be dealt with by regularly cleansing the rectum.
Daily cleansing of the Rectum, as one would brush
one's teeth is highly recommended. The Rectum should be odourless.
It must be tight. It must be clean with no traces at all of fecal
matter. It must be warm. It must be flexible.
When cleansing the rectum do not use commercially
available soaps or cleansers
as these contain harsh chemicals. The soft inner lining of the
Rectum, like the mouth, readily absorbs whatever is put into it.
Better to use herbal or natural cleansing agents. A folk remedy
is to insert a piece of lean beef into the rectum to train it,
clean it, and heal cuts and abrasions.
One of the 'secret' Taoist practices is called "Sun
Worship." In this exercise, one presents one's rectum to
the Sun. Sunlight has many good healng and energizing properties.
A variation on this exercise is to present the rectum to the Moon,
to promote and energize Yin. Women especially, are encouraged
to this practice at the beginning of their monthly menstrual cycle.
The 'Moon' exercise is thought to promote fertility among other
Oral sex is not usually recommended in Taoist sexual
practice, unless the mouth and the genitalia are cleansed thoroughly
to diminish the risk of transmitting germs. It is well known that
the human mouth has actually more germs and bacteria than animals.
Kissing on the lips, both above and below, seems like a very dirty
business to the Taoist mind, but one can do it if the above mentioned
precautions are taken.
While homosexuality is not condemned by Taoist principals,
gay men and women ought to take precautions. In the Taoist view,
the man is mostly Yang in nature, while the woman is mostly Yin.
For balance in the Universe, Yang and Yin belong together as each
needs the other for balance. Homosexual relationships are by definition
unbalanced as one of the components is already missing. According
to Taoist thinking, this creates a susceptibility to many diseases.
In male to male relationships, Yang fortifies and
energizes Yang, resulting in a supercharged sexual energy. This
encourages frequent ejaculation, very often promiscuity, and often
emotional and mental imbalances. It is no accident that highly
creative people, which are seen as extreme Yang individuals, tend
to be not only homosexual, but susceptible to all kinds of mental
and emotional disorders.
Female to Female relationships tend to result in
the opposite. Since women are mostly Yin, that is receiving, and
passive, an imbalance is created the other way. Without the Yang
of the male for balance, gay women eventually lose interest in
sex, courage and will may diminish, and again, they may become
susceptible to disease, as the Yang of the male is absent to fortify
the immune system. This by the way, also applies to heterosexual
women who abstain from sex. Again, Taoist thought does not judge,
but recommends that gay women be conscious of the need for more
Yang energy in their lives, as it recommends that gay men be conscious
of having more Yin in their lives.
While Taoism considers sexually transmitted disease
as proof, neither of sin, nor of punishment from some pissed off
Diety, it does consider them proof of abuse of the essential sacredness
of a natural part of being human. Typically, though, there is
no judgment attached to this observation. Disease is a learning
experience, and proof of being human.
Disease is indicative of an imbalance of Yin and
Yang, not only at the physical level, but at the emotional, mental
and spiritual levels as well. The Taoist response is to take whatever
steps are necessary to get back into balance, as often as not
taking a full body approach. Concentrating on one part of the
body at the expense of the rest of the body is more likely to
make things worse.
Of course, the Taoist approach is always preventative.
It is considered a waste of resources and energy to respond to
disease after the fact. It is always better to take preventative