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Cultivating life; Health preservation; Longevity and Chinese medicine; Nourishing life in China


Yang sheng is a core component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that puts paramount emphasis on prevention of illnesses. The Chinese words yang refers to nourishing, nurturing, nursing, taking care of, fostering, or promoting and sheng means life, birth, growth, vitality, and health. Putting together, yang sheng refers to nourishing life, fostering health and well-being, and pursuing longevity (Chen, 2011). According to the definition in a recent textbook “Life-Nurturing Science in TCM” published by the People’s Medical Publishing House, a major Chinese academic publisher in healthcare topics, yang shengis “the type of subjective and objective pro-health behaviors with which people take care of their life consciously through various means and methods, with reference to their understanding of the universal law of life and nature. It is also a health maintenance and...

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Ng, S.M., Wang, CW., Wan, A.H.Y. (2014). Chinese Medicine and Yang Sheng. In: Michalos, A.C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Dordrecht.

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