In ancient times the Yellow Emperor, Huang Di, was known to have been a child prodigy. As he grew he showed himself to be sincere, wise, honest, and compassionate. He became very learned and developed keen powers for observing nature. His people recognized him as a natural leader and chose him as their emperor.
During his reign, Huang Di discoursed on medicine, health, lifestyle, nutrition, and Taoist cosmology with his ministers Qi Bo, Lei Gong, and others. Their first discussion began with Huang Di inquiring, "I've heard that in the days of old everyone lived one hundred years without showing the usual signs of aging. Is this due to a change in the environment, or is it because people have lost the correct way of life?"
Qi Bo replied, "In the past, people practiced the Tao, the Way of Life. They understood the principle of balance, of yin and yang, as represented by the transformation of the energies of the universe. Thus, they formulated practices such as Dao-in, an exercise combining stretching, massaging, and breathing to promote energy flow, and meditation to help maintain and harmonize themselves with the universe. They ate a balanced diet at regular times, arose and retired at regular hours, avoided over stressing their bodies and minds, and refrained fro overindulgence of all kinds. They maintained well-being of body and mind; thus it is not surprising that they lived over one hundred years.
"These days, people have changed their way of life. They drink wine as though it were water, indulge excessively in destructive activities, drain their essence, and deplete their qi. They do not know the secret of conserving their energy and vitality. Seeking emotional excitement and momentary pleasures, people disregard the natural rhythm and order of the universe. They fail to regulate their lifestyle and diet, and sleep improperly. So, it is not surprising that they look old at fifty and die soon after."
"The accomplished ones of ancient times advised people to guard themselves against disease-causing factors. On the mental level, one should remain calm and avoid excessive desires and fantasies, recognizing and maintaining the natural purity and clarity of the mind. When internal energies are able to circulate smoothly and freely, and the energy of the mind is not scattered, but is focused and concentrated, illness and disease can be avoided."
"Previously, people led a calm and honest existence, detached from undue desire and ambition; they lived with an untainted conscience and without fear. They were active, but never depleted themselves. Because they lived simply, these individuals knew contentment, as reflected in their diet of basic but nourishing foods and attire that was appropriate to the season but never luxurious. Since they were happy with their position in life, they did not feel jealousy or greed. They had compassion for others and were helpful and honest, free from destructive habits. They remained unshakable and unswayed by temptations, and they were able to stay centered even when adversity arose. They treated others justly, regardless of their level of intelligence or social position."
--Huang Di, Neijing Suwen
The following is a reprint of an article by Diane Joswick, L.Ac., M.S.O.M. that I discovered on Acufinder. I have noticed that not many patients think to ask this question, but just in case you were curious...
Is Acupuncture Tax Deductible?
By: Diane Joswick, L.Ac., MSOM
Yes! So keep track of your treatments. The costs of acupuncture and prescribed herbal medicine are indeed deductible medical expenses.
What is a medical expense?
Acupuncture falls under the definition of a medical expense which is: "the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. They include the costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes."
What expenses can you include?
You can include the amount you pay for acupuncture for you, your spouse, children and dependents.
PRESCRIBED HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS:
Nutritional supplements, vitamins, Chinese herbal supplements and other natural medicines that are recommended by a medical practitioner as treatment for a specific medical condition diagnosed by a physician are tax deductible. In many states acupuncturists are considered primary care physicians and this applies to them.
TRANSPORTATION TO ACUPUNCTURE APPOINTMENT:
The standard mileage rate allowed for out-of-pocket expenses for a car when you use it for medical reasons is 14 cents a mile for 2004.
Bus, taxi, train and plane fares primarily for and essential to medical care are also included.
How much of the expenses are included?
You can deduct only the amount of your total medical and dental expenses for the year that is more than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.
Click here to see IRS information about medical tax deductions: More medical expense information
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