Well, it's finally here: Day 30. On this last day of Happy Endings, our topic is ejaculation. Fitting, isn't it? Before I get into that, I just wanted to cover a few things. First, I'd love to hear whether any of you have gleaned anything useful from this 30 day series of articles. If you have, what was it? Were there any topics in particular that you enjoyed/used/would like to know more about? If so, bring on the feedback! Secondly, I have just created a mailing list, and it would be in your best interests to sign up. Seriously. I promise I won't inundate you with boring, pointless information, or try to sell you anything. The reason for the mailing list is simply to provide a forum for anonymous questions, concerns, and comments about acupuncture...and also to keep you updated on the specials and events that Healing Point Therapeutics is currently hosting. I'm constantly offering new, very significant discounts to various groups of people who, in my opinion, need it the most. Sometimes I feel extra generous and decide to offer free treatments on random days, just to improve my karmic rating. If you don't visit my website daily, you could be missing out on experiencing acupuncture for little to no cost. So make sure to sign up, because we can't have that, can we?
And now...let's talk about semen. From the perspective of Chinese medicine, this particular substance holds more importance than you could imagine. In TCM, it is the fluid that contains the life force, the very essence of our being. We use the term "jing" to refer to this particular form of energy, which we all possess in varying amounts. The jing is what gives us our life and vitality. If it is poor quality, the result may be a child born into a host of lifelong health issues. We are born with only a limited quantity, and we can't make more-once it is used up, death comes. In a way, we can think of jing as the substance that creates our basic constitution: whether we are born healthy and meant to live a long life, or destined to die with less years and more illness, is predetermined by the quality and quantity of our jing.
Although we cannot make more jing, we can slow down the process of burning it up. If we build the supply of other energies available to us-energy attained through a healthy diet, exercise, acupuncture, and herbs-we can avoid dipping into our reserves. Think of jing as a savings account that is slowly being depleted each year. If you dip into the account regularly, it will be depleted more quickly ...but if you set aside another account and add money to it on a regular basis, the savings will last all the longer. Our goal is to save up enough energy through a healthy lifestyle, to avoid dipping into this savings account of life force.
So where does sex come into this equation? Well, according to Taoist theory, the semen actually holds jing within it, so each ejaculation leads to a tiny depletion of the jing bank account. Below, I have copied a highly depressing (to the males reading this, anyway) excerpt from "The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity":
"For men, masturbation represents an irretrievable and uncompensated loss of Yang semen-essence. While healthy males between the ages of 16 and 21 are veritable 'fountains of semen' for whom masturbation is relatively harmless, by the time they reach 25 or so, all the old shibboleths regarding male masturbation come true: weakness in thighs and knees, numbness in lumbar region, loss of vitality, depression, etc. By the time they reach 30, men should entirely give up this self-defeating habit and start conserving semen exclusively for intercourse with women. Men who continue masturbating habitually into their 30s, 40's and 50s rob themselves of the very essence and energy that fuel their lives and protect their health."
Wipe away your tears, male readers, for the theory of Taoism also provides a way around this issue, which I will cover in tomorrow's blog. I should add that the female orgasm does not lead to depletion of jing; in fact, in Taoist medicine it is encouraged as a healthy activity. Makes you wonder if this is the reason why women outlive men, doesn't it?