The Chinese Taoist value of health being related to movement and posture practice was introduced to the west in the late 1700s. Here is the first introduction to these practices by the Jesuit Cibot
The various postures of the Cong Fu, if correctly performed should cause a clearance of all those illnesses which arise from an embarrassed, retarded, or interrupted circulation. But consider, how many diseases are there which have a cause other than this? One may well ask whether, apart from fractures and wounds which injure the organization of the human frame, any such diseases exist.
From Cibot, Memories concernant L'Histoire, Les Sciences Les Arts De Chinois published in 1779, as translated into English by Professor Joseph Needham, Science and Civilization in China
Among the first depictions of Taoist yoga to appear in western print include these etchings of Taoist yogis. From a French 1779 publication, the illustrations include Taoist yogis practicing health and rejuvenation exercises still in use today. Left: a Taoist yogi massages his back to increase warmth and chi to the kidneys. Right: massaging acupuncture meridian channels on the foot.
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