What Is Testicle Breathing? | Technique and Health Benefits

Published: Oct 11, 2022 | Revised: Jan 22, 2024
Written by: Marce Ferreira

What Is Testicle Breathing? | Technique and Health Benefits

Testicle Breathing — also known as Scrotal Compression or Testicular Breathing — is a mindful Taoist breathing exercise that aims at moving and circulating stagnant sexual energy out of the testicles up the spinal column in order to nourish the nervous system, the brain, and internal organs.

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The technique is thought to be part of the ancient Taoist Sexual Practices being the male version of the Taoist Ovarian Breathing technique for women.

The Testicle Breathing exercise involves a deliberate contraction of the Chi Muscle (an ensemble of muscles that surround the anus, perineum, penis, testicles, and urethra), applied in combination with a specific breathing sequence, while simultaneously drawing and pushing Jing Chi Energy through the Dantian.

One of the ideas behind the need of doing this exercise is that we have a predominantly sedentary lifestyle and additionally wear tight underwear, both being factors that create tension and stasis of sexual Life Force Energy in the testicles, which can cause loss of vitality and a range of health problems.

Health Benefits of Testicular Breathing

Taoist Testicular Breathing is thought to have a range of health benefits, including:

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  • Energizes the testicles with fresh Qi Life Force;
  • Unblocks stagnant sexual energy and transforms it into higher forms of energy;
  • Increases testicular health and overall male sexual performance;
  • Stimulates blood flow to the penis, while supporting better erections and preventing Premature Ejaculation (PE) and Erectile Dysfunction (ED);
  • Diminishes testicular pains;
  • Alleviates sexual frustration, stress, and anxiety;
  • Supports controlling sexual energy;
  • Improves overall health and vitality;
  • Rejuvenates the prostate, kidneys, and other internal organs;
  • Complements Semen Retention practices.

How to Perform Testicle Breathing

Testicle Breathing is a technique that uses the mind, breathing exercises, and specific muscle contractions to move and circulate internal Life Energy across the body.

One first starts by freeing the testicles, that is, by removing any underwear or tight clothing. In any case, the testicles need to hang freely without any obstruction. The Testicle Breathing exercise is done preferably standing with slightly bent knees and the feet hip-width apart, but it can also be carried out while sitting on the edge of a chair.

Then breathe in and out through your nose while visualizing Life Energy flowing down into the testicles when inhaling, and up along the spine into the brain when exhaling.

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While inhaling you can simultaneously perform the Mula Bandha exercise (a type of Yogic Kegel Exercise), which brings the testicles in an upward direction (pulls them up). While exhaling you release the contraction of the pelvic floor muscles (the Mula Bandha), which then lowers the testicles.

The breathing cycle should be repeated about nine times, after which one inhales deeply and holds the breath while doing the so-called Taoist Big Draw, which entails drawing aroused sexual energy up the higher Dantian energy centers of the body and thereby transforming sexual energy into spiritual energy.

Afterwards one can repeat the set of nine several more times, typically three to six times. Testicle Breathing can be done at any time of the day. It’s thought that the best results of Testicular Breathing can be achieved if combined with structural Semen Retention practices.


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