Chinese longevity practices

Longevity practices - rituals and lifestyles aimed at gaining a long life or even immortality - have long been a part of Chinese religion. Even before the development of Taoism, several "hygiene schools" were teaching various techniques for achieving longevity. These practices later became a central part of religious Taoism, in which the pursuit of immortality and the Immortals is central.

Chinese rituals intended to achieve longevity include alchemy (magical medicines), breathing exercises, sexual techniques, special diets (usually excluding grain), exercises, and meditation.

More Information on Chinese Longevity Rituals

- The Golden Elixir: A Website on Chinese Alchemy
- The Alchemy Website

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TitleChinese longevity practices
UpdatedNovember 10, 2015
MLA Citation“Chinese longevity practices.” 10 Nov. 2015. Web. Accessed 29 Nov. 2015. <>