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Lifestyle advice may be given to the individual when required. In regards to diet, Sun Ssu-mo was a Taoist physician who believed in food as medicine, wrote in Precious Recipes, 1642,

“A truly good physician first finds out the cause of the illness, and having found that, he first tries to cure it by food. Only when food fails does he prescribe medication.”

This wise statement shows the significance of good food creating good health.

Specific exercises may also be encouraged or discouraged depending on the particular condition and the needs of the individual. Taichi, yoga or more intensive exercise may be recommended, though the Taoist’s often cited deep breathing as the most important element in their daily exercise regime.