Medicine Room

On this page we consider the Medicine, strictly the Golden Elixir and the Medicine Room – in effect our own body.  When the Taoists spoke of the Golden Elixir, they referred to a learnt ability to nurture and develop health and wellness within our own physical body.  To work with our own bio-chemistry to fashion physical and mental health. Yes, they were far in advance of many peoples in making use of ‘biofeedback’. It starts in quietness…
… is pretty clear now that the early Taoists in China were explaining, as best they could, a newly-discovered method of preserving health and extending their lives.  This was couched in the language of the times – a kind of cultural accretion. 

Consider the opening lines to Chapter Sixteen to the Tao-te Ching :..

  1. Returning to the Root

        Entering utter stillness, I guard a deep sense of peace. All the ten-thousand things are created while I watch their rise and fall…

  All things flourish, each one returning to its root. Returning to the root they are at peace, this means they return to life; returning to life they are eternal.

This could be seen as philosophical….but it is not just:  as other chapters explain it describes an intimate, personal experience – cultivated through a technique of softening the breathing in and out through the nose and mouth.  They had discovered the psycho-somatic effects of deep relaxation, and autonomic self-regulation.  (Sometimes this was called ’embryonic breathing’). Literally they had learn, through deep Yoga, to control (viz.self-control) their own body bio-chemistry – to heal themselves and perpetuate life.  No mean feat.  My translation of the Tao-te Ching reveals it as a manual on qigong practice, i.e. the regulation of breath, mind and body, as a unity – as one vehicle, for life. 

As an example follow this link, to a new page giving Chapter Sixteen in its entirety, or find it through the drop-down Menu above.  Here on this site you will find an opportunity to download the whole of this work, The Book of the Way and Its Power (Tao-te Ching) as an e-book.

Here’s is one I put together earlier!

Babe’s Breathing – Instruction Booklet


An Old Taoist Stretch  Download the eBook below for £3.99. Payment secure through Paypal.  Contact me if you have questions. Thank you.



Preview this exercise on YouTube below, recorded on Chesil Beach, Dorset – an endumbragation of pebbles in Southern Britain. The earlier title of this kit-exercise was ‘The Old Man’s Breathing’ or tonggong: