The golden ratio point (a.k.a. extreme and mean ratio, 0.61803398…) is a number often encountered when taking the ratios of distances in simple geometric figures such as the pentagon, pentagram, decagon and dodecahedron.
The human body is the world’s most outstanding work of art with many such points. Following around the body, you can find five great gold ratio points for health and longevity.
Chinese medicine experts pointed out that frequent massage of these five golden points can slow down the aging process and energize life against aging. From the perspective of Yang-Sheng (nurturing life), massage of the golden ratio points in human body is the most affordable and efficient way for longevity.
1. Baihui (GV20) – from forehead to the back of the head of .618 is Baihui point, in the center of the head. Baihui (GV20) is located at the top of human head, the highest point in human body, therefore each human meridian upward-flowing yang meets to form an intersection right here.
Method of Massage: sitting in a chair straight, use one palm massage Baihui point, clockwise and counterclockwise 50 circles each, 2-3 times a day. This can clear and smooth the meridians, enhance the yang qi in Du meridian.
Tapping method: apply hollow palm of right hand, gently tapping at the Baihui, 10 times each; this can keep your mood relaxed and comfortable, relieve worry and stress on nerves.
2. Yongquan (KI1) — from heel to toe 0.618 is Yongquan, on the soles of the feet.
In the Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic it said: “Kidneys channel out by Yongquan, and Yongquan is the sole of feet,” meaning that kidney qi is like a source of bobbing spring, coming from the bottom of feet, pouring irrigation throughout the whole body and through the limbs. So, Yongquan plays an important role in human health aspects.
Daily practice to push and rub Yongquan enables elderly to be energetic, enjoy physical enhancement, and enhance the immune system’s ability to prevent diseases.
Methods: take a natural position, supine or prone position, use your own feet as the alternating action of rubbing each other. You can also use the the corner of bedside or other equipment to rub yongquan. Alternatively, you may use your thumb to massage Yong-quan at any time.
3. Guanyuan (CV4)– 0.618 from feet to the head is Guanyuan, the point four fingers below navel.
Guanyuan is the raised point of the small intestine; intestinal Qi gathers at this point and then spreads to the skin and other parts of the body. Therefore, Guanyuan is the cortex or key place for life-nurturing, energy breathing, and gathering spirit. Chinese medicine believes Guanyuan has the function of cultivating original qi, consolidating foundation, and replenishing the lower warmer (lower energizer).
Pressing and rubbing Guanyuan can adjust endocrine. Reduce skin spots, or acne condition.
Note: don’t use excessive force, as long as you can feel locally soreness when rubbing. Heat this point with hot towel also has good results for dysmenorrhea caused by exposure to cold.
4. Yin-Tang (EX-HN3)– counting from the chin, located in the 0.618 of head is YINTANG, the midpoint between the two eyebrows.
YINTANG is one of the points on the Extraordinary Meridian. The TCM recognized main function is to clear the head, brighten the eyes, and open up the nose resuscitation.
Pulling YINTANG can effectively relieve dry nose so that an increase in nasal mucus keeps the nose moist, but also prevent epistaxis, rhinitis, the common cold, and other diseases.
Methods: apply buckling thumb and forefinger gently pulling YINTANG, plus, make gentle rubbing movement until it feels numb or swollen, usually pulling and rubbing for 2 minutes.
5. Tanzhong (RN17)— the middle part of the body, torso 0.618 up is the Tanzhong, right at the middle between the nipples.
Tanzhong is the gathering place of pericardium Qi; and it is also the cross points of Ren (CV), the feet tai-yin, feet shao-yin, hand tai-yang, hand Shao-yang meridians. It can help regulate qi, activate blood flow and channel meridians; open up chest qi, and stop coughing and asthma.
Modern medical research has also confirmed that stimulation of this point may help regulating nerve functions, effectively treat asthma, chest tightness, palpitations, irritability, and angina. Especially people with breast problems should rub this point frequently.
Pressing and rubbing 100 times, about 2 to 3 minutes. For things you cannot accept or if you worry too much, rubbing this point can scatter stuffiness, help you to feel particularly peaceful and comfortable.
When rubbing this point, please note: four fingers close together, then gently rubbing in a circle clockwise, or from top to bottom with fingers, but do not push from the bottom up!
Practice these golden ratio point massages every day, you will see the difference in your life soon.
Written by Kevin W Chen, Ph.D on Yang-Sheng