The relationship between
ejaculation control, essence and energy
"Throughout our adult lives,
our sexual organs and hormones exert a profound
and decisive influence on our thought and behavior.
They literally 'drive' men and women into
each other's arms
in order to insure propagation of the species,
and this drive is so powerful and compelling that it completely
overrides the instinct for safety and personal survival.
When 'in love', both men and women will defy
and disregard social conventions in order to be together and 'make love'.
'Love', of course, is a Western euphemism
which, despite its negative connotation in the West,
is regarded as a natural sign of health and vitality in the East."
Hormones and Health
Chinese physicians pinpoint what they call the 'kidney
glands' (shen hsien) as the key regulators of sexual potency, especially in men. These
glands, which straddle the tops of the kidneys like hats, are called the 'suprarenal
glands' in Western parlance.
The suprarenal, also known as the adrenal cortex, produce a
variety of hormones of vital importance to various metabolic processes and biological
In both male and female organisms, adrenal hormones include
small but physiologically significant amounts of androgens (male hormones) and relatively
minute quantities of estrogens (female hormones).
These sex hormones, or Yin and Yang 'essences', regulate
the secretions of all other sex glands such as the ovaries, testes and prostate, and also
influence secretions from the pituitary, pineal and thyroid glands.
It is the balance, not quantity, of these microscopic
elements of Yin and Yang essence that counts.
Insufficient secretion of androgens in males, for example,
results in the loss of sexual drive and potency. Excessive androgen secretion in the
female can cause such masculizing effects as beard growth and breast shrinkage.
Thus, a primary goal of Taoist sexual regimens is the
enhancement of male and female hormone secretions in optimum balance.
Belatedly, Western science has also established intimate
links between sexual stimulation and hormone production, and between hormone production
In 1974, for example, the Max Planck Institute in Munich,
Germany, conducted tests on the physiological effects of mildly erotic films on healthy
males aged 21-34. After half an hour of viewing, 75 per cent of the subjects showed marked
increases in testosterone levels in their blood, thereby establishing a clear connection
between sexual excitement and hormone excretions.
Subsequent research revealed that men with high
testosterone levels, high sperm count and dense, viscous semen were completely immune to
many communicable diseases and were highly resistant to others, while those with low
testosterone and sperm count and thin, watery semen had only partial immunity to diseases.
It is also well known to Western medical science that women
have always enjoyed higher immunity and resistance to disease, recover more quickly from
illness, and live longer lives than men.
According to the Taoist view, the ravages of aging are
caused by the progressive depletion of hormone production and the dissipation of vital
Since essence is the 'root' of the Taoist Trinity, with
energy as the 'stem' and spirit as the 'blossom', the entire planet may be nourished
simply by cultivating the roots, which consist of blood bile, enzymes, hormones and other
forms of 'essence'.
Of all these elements of essence, hormones exert by far the
most profound and powerful physiological influences, even in the most minute quantities,
and, of all Taoist regimes, disciplined sexual intercourse provides the most direct
stimulation to vital hormone production and endocrine balance.
While sexual excitement remains one of the most effective
means of stimulation vital hormone production in both men and women, women have the
additional mechanisms of menstruation and pregnancy to promote production of sexual
hormones, even in the absence of sexual intercourse.
Men, on the other hand, have no such alternative mechanism,
and for them sexual intercourse remains the best way to stimulate hormone production. As a
person gets older, it stands to reason that sexual intercourse grows ever more important
as a form of preventative therapy against disease and aging.
When enhanced secretions from the male 'kidney-glands' are
preserved through properly disciplined intercourse without ejaculation, they enter the
bloodstream, travel throughout the body, and prevent hair loss, skin wrinkling, poor
muscle tone, arthritis, rheumatism, impotence and other disasters associated with aging.
For Taoists, the issue of sexual intercourse in old age is
not a moral or social one- it's a matter of life and health.
"Sweetie, please reread that again, it's
so important we understand this."
To keep things in perspective, lets again verify this
fundamental Taoist view point with some solid medical evidence from Western science.
A recent study conducted in America revealed that frequent
sexual intercourse considerably relieves the chronic pain of rheumatism in elderly couples
by stimulating secretion of cortisone in the adrenal cortex. According to the Taoist view,
the adrenal cortex is the gland most directly influenced by sexual excitement.
On the other hand, according to Western science, excessive
coitus inhibits adrenal functions in the male. Since 'coitus' includes ejaculation in
Western medical and sexual terminology, we see that the Taoist view that excessive
ejaculation ruins the 'kidney-glands' in men is essentially correct.
Absorbing Essence and
In both men and women , sexual secretions contain many
pure, potent, biochemically active substances: hormones, enzymes, proteins, vitamins and
When female secretions are released into the warm, moist
environment of the vagina during intercourse, they come into direct contact with the
sensitive, paper-thin skin of the man's blood engorged penis. Body heat opens wide the
pores of this stretched skin, and the rhythmic rubbing of vagina and penis caused
biochemically significant amounts of female 'essence' to be absorbed by the male.
In fact, less than a pinhead quantity of essential hormone
suffices to exert profound physiological effects upon the entire endocrine system once it
enter the bloodstream. In the sexually excited male, blood courses powerfully through the
penis and picks up whatever hormones are absorbed in the vagina by friction and osmosis.
Similarly, the spongy tissues of a woman's vagina absorb active elements from her own
secretions and from male semen after a man ejaculates inside.
Despite its obvious logic, most Western physicians still
deny that such mutual exchange of vital hormones takes place during sexual intercourse,
even though they fully acknowledge that 'germs' can be exchanged in this manner. If
syphilis, herpes and AIDS can be 'picked up' through contact of sexual organs of diseased
people, then why can't hormones and enzymes be exchanged in the same way in healthy
Look at it this way. If you crush several cloves of garlic
and place them on your thigh or abdomen or anywhere else on the body, cover them with a
warm, damp cloth and rub them against the skin, then your breath will soon smell of
Garlic oil, which like hormones is a highly concentrated
substance, enters the skin in microscopic quantities and is absorbed by the bloodstream,
which carries it to every part of the body, including the lungs. If a tiny drop of garlic
'essence' can permeate the skin, enter the bloodstream and cause 'garlic breath' far from
the point of entry, then a drop of sexual essence from male or female semen should be able
to do the same thing through the even thinner, moister, warmer surfaces of the vagina and
penis, especially if one uses Taoist techniques to prolong direct contact.
For women, frequent intercourse with orgasm is the most
efficient method of cultivating sexual essence and energy. For men, frequent intercourse
with infrequent ejaculation is the key technique for cultivating sexual essence and
Furthermore, retaining semen during intercourse enables a
man not only to preserve and reabsorb his own essence, it also enables him to prolong the
act sufficiently for his partner to reach full orgasm, thereby releasing her most potent
secretions for his benefit. In effect, he 'kills' two birds with one stone, preserving his
own essence while releasing and absorbing hers.
As noted earlier, a mans sexual responses are largely
limited to his penis (the four Attainments), whereas a woman's occur throughout her body
(Five signs, Ten Indications). The same goes for sexual secretions. A man's essence comes
mainly from his sexual organ, but a woman emits essence from all 'Three Peaks': tongue,
nipples and vagina. Men who practice Tao benefit from all three 'libations'.
In Secrets of the Jade Bedroom, Peng-Tze points out the
medicinal benefits of the 'upper libation', but her states clearly that only the saliva
secreted 'during intercourse' contains the magic elixir: "During intercourse, if a
man takes in a lot of the woman's saliva, it will purify his stomach like medicinal
As for the potent therapeutic value of the 'middle
libation' secreted from a woman's nipples, Western medical science has uncovered in the
last 15 years evidence that tends to confirm the traditional Taoist view.
It has been firmly established that mother's milk contains
powerful immunity factors secreted from certain glands in the breasts which protect
nursing infants from a wide range of degenerative diseases. It is logical to assume,
therefore, that the ducts that produce these immunity factors in a woman's breast may be
stimulated to secrete those factors by a combination of intense sexual excitement and
strong, prolonged sucking of the nipples during intercourse, and that these secretion form
the 'Great Libation of the Middle Peak'.
Regarding the lower libation, it should be noted that
Taoist have always regarded cunnilingus as an excellent way to absorb this elixir,
although they advise against fellatio ('blowing the flute') owing to the risk of
That covers cultivation of sexual essence through
Now let's take a look at the energy situation. According to
Tao, a brief burst of explosive energy occurs when a man or woman reaches orgasm. Western
science has already established that, at the point of sexual orgasm, human brain wave
patterns alter radically, literally putting the person into an 'altered state of
consciousness'. Profound physiological and electrical changes occur throughout the system
during orgasm, and a burst of energy is indeed emitted. Partners may absorb one another's
burst of sexual energy at the moment of orgasm by following three basic guidelines:
- keep your head nuzzled under your partner's ear when he or
she ejaculates in order to avoid inhaling the 'muddy breath' exhaled at that moment. Owing
to the intense 'fire' that occurs in the lower abdomen during orgasm, this burst of breath
is regarded as a sort of waster product.
- Hug your partner very tightly and maintain maximum surface
contact between your skins. At orgasm, the entire body radiates energy from its surface
- Press and rub the public regions closely together. The
biggest burst of sexual energy during orgasm naturally occurs in the region of the 'Sea Of
Energy' (chee-hai), located below the navel.
Now let's take a look at the various
possibilities for exchanging essence and energy between Yin and Yang during intercourse.
If the man ejaculates before the woman
reaches orgasm, she gains the benefits of both his semen-essence and his energy, while he
loses both and gains neither of hers. If the couple ejaculates at the same moment, the
woman again gains the man's essence and energy, but the man gains only her burst of
energy, because he loses his erection before it has had a chance to absorb the essential
secretions of her orgasm.
If the man controls himself long enough for
the woman to reach orgasm then suppresses his own ejaculation, he absorbs both his own and
her essence as well as her energy, while she still derives the benefits of reabsorbing a
measure of her own sexual secretions. The fourth and final alternative is for the man to
permit himself and ejaculation (when his emission schedule calls for it) after his partner
has reached orgasm, but only after he has spent some time 'dragging the Yin essence in
through the Yang peak'. In this case, both partners absorb each other's sexual essence and
energy in a perfectly balanced coition.
For a man who has thoroughly mastered the
techniques of ejaculation control, there are additional steps he may take to facilitate
absorption of female secretions and to further stimulate re-absorption of his own
The first method is to 'thrust inward
fiercely but draw outward slowly, thereby dragging the Yin essence in through the skin of
the Yang peak'.
Swelling and contracting the penis deep
inside the vagina by deliberately flexing the muscles of the penile shaft is another
highly recommended technique for promoting absorption of Yin essence during intercourse.
After the woman has experienced one or more orgasms and is thoroughly satisfied, the man
should start thrusting again deeply and rhythmically. When the pressure to ejaculate
mounts, he should stop and 'return the semen' to his prostate, using methods introduced in
chapter 7-Ejaculation Control (HPS on line highly recommends that you purchase Dan Reids
book, The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity and learn these methods to promote your health
and sexual prowess). When his semen is back under control and his heart once again calm,
he may repeat this process again, three to five times.
The prolonged friction between Jade Gate and
Jade Stem facilitates absorption of Yin essence, while the excitement of repeatedly
approaching the brink of ejaculation greatly increases a man's own internal sexual
secretions. Such serial retention's also redirect the man's unexploded sexual energy
inward and upward. This can often be felt coursing up along the spine as 'goose bumps' or
as heat waves at various points in the body.
Men should not attempt this method of
'pumping up' extra essence and energy by repeatedly 'playing with the fire' of ejaculation
until they have first mastered semen retention and established their own ideal ejaculation
Otherwise, they risk the loss of even more
essence and energy than normal owing to enhanced secretions when a man is due for emission
because it primes the prostate with extra semen and thus increases the loss due to
ejaculation. It should be done only when semen is to be retained. The old adage 'practice
makes perfect' applies to this and all the other methods used in the Tao of Yin and Yang,
and these practices must be mastered step by step.
To borrow another adage, 'to the victor go
A sexually active man who is unwilling to
hone his sexual skills and correctly adjust his attitudes in preparation for the 'flowery
battlefield' of sexual intercourse will, sooner or later, deplete his sexual potency,
dissipate his vital energy, lose his immunity and foreshorten his life.
Such men become as expendable to the
species- and as useless to women- as drones driven from the beehive.
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