The Tao of Health, Sex & Longevity | Book Review

The Tao of Health, Sex & Longevity | Book Review

I purchased the book The Tao of Health, Sex & Longevity, about 20 years ago when I was travelling in Australia, and from time to time I still refer to it to revise information regarding body & mind balancing techniques.

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This is the old book cover version and the copy that I have.

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Besides Ayurveda, I find Taoism also interesting as a self-guide to practise a natural and balanced lifestyle.


Taoism is a Chinese philosophy that highlights the importance of living in harmony with the universe and nature.

A Bestseller

The Tao of Health, Sex & Longevity by Daniel Reid, is a bestseller in which the author explains to the Western World, various basic aspects of health, sex and life expectancy, as practised in classical China for more than 5000 years.

The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity – The Introduction

The introduction talks about the history of Taoism in China and The Tao in China as it is practised today. It describes the Yin & Yang energy and how they complement each other. It includes information about the five elements of nature that unite men with the universe.

A further list and description of the Cast of Taoist Characters brings the historical personalities to life, whilst describing their roles and professions back then.

The Content

The content of the book is then divided into 3 more sections, titled Health, Sex & Longevity; each one of them having various chapters as listed below;

The Tao of Health

  • diet and nutrition
  • fasting
  • the art of breathing
  • exercise and healing.

The Tao of Sex

  • yin and yang forces
  • ejaculation control
  • and Taoist bedroom arts.

The Tao of Longevity

How You Can Make Good Use of The Book

The Tao of Health, Sex & Longevity

You can either read the book sequentially or go directly to the topic that interests you most. Since each chapter has a subheading, you can always proceed to the section you are interested in at the moment; some examples are; eating right for health and longevity, total relaxation exercises, Taoist birth control, sex therapy, and so on.

Most sections come with illustrations to make them easier to understand, some of the illustrations include; a yoga posture, breathing exercise, or a sex position.

When you have covered a few sections of the book you will realise that you can find information such as;

  • simple diet rules on what to eat and how to eat,
  • try some of the recommended recipes or home remedies,
  • learn how to deep breathe properly and many more.

There are many how-to methods that you can follow.

Most important of all is that you can learn and practice at your own pace, try things out and see what goes well and what not for you, and enjoy a good read as well.

My Recommendation

I do enjoy reading a few paragraphs every now and again, or when I´m after some information or simply have a short read before going to bed, and I am sure you will find the book useful besides being interesting and educational. I believe that every home should have a copy of this book.

The Tao of Health, Sex & Longevity is a non-fiction book, and it is for every person who is concerned about good health and is investigating the natural alternative and holistic way of healing and prevention.

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10 thoughts on “The Tao of Health, Sex & Longevity | Book Review

  1. Wow! Quite good to see such a great book as this being reviewed here. I must truly state that the way they have been explicitly explained here is massive and I love this. Getting to control ourselves especially basic area of our life like health, sex and even living long is great and the secret are inscribed into such a book as this. Wow! Thanks for sharing

  2. Oh well, I guess I will have to buy this book since you have personally recommended it yourself for us to read. I must say that the different aspects of the book as divided by the author are aspects of life that are really important. I am only going to read this because you said it is an interesting read and we’ll, right now, I don’t have a choice than to read books because of the lockdown. Thanks!

    1. Hi Riley, It is definitely a good read. Go ahead and grab a copy. It is quite interesting. I’m also on lockdown right now so keeping busy is a great idea. Cheers!

  3. Hello Marisa, I feel privileged to have come across this article and this review on this wonderful book should be appreciated a lot. These issues addressed in this book revolves around a man and unless you don’t pay attention to details, that’s only when you wouldn’t see much of its importance. The three sections of these books create a balance in a man’s life and unless all three are not lacking, one would live a very healthy life. One thing that caught my eye is the fasting and meditation. I wouldn’t hesitate to get a copy soon

    1. Hi, I’m happy the book has attracted your attention. I’m sure you like it if you get a copy and you won’t be disappointed. 

  4. I think the Chinese write some of the most interesting books in the world. I doubt I have read anything like it before I’m usually a novels person but I wonder what it would feel like to have a book that I can read and keep rereading for a lifetime, learning new techniques to help in everyday life in all aspects of health, sex and other items. I really appreciate the effort you put into this short yet interesting article, will grab a copy and I’m looking forward to enjoying reading this.

    1. Hi Donny, the author is actually American but he’s is quite an expert on Chinese culture and philosophy. Thank you for writing and hope you enjoy the book. 

  5. Hello there,With a detailed introduction to the ancient philosophical, ethical, and religious Chinese practice of Taoism, The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity is a unique, comprehensive, and practical self-help guide to live a balanced and positive Taoist lifestyle.thanks for sharing as a  lot of persons need to get this particular book.

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