Jun 12, 2011

Five-animal Play (Wu Qin Xi)

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Five-animal Play (Wu Qin Xi)
Inspired from the actions of different animals, the ancient Chinese invented "remedy dancing" to help maintain good health. The famous TCM physician, Hua Tuo (AD 141-208) claimed that: "the human body needs physical exercises but must not exert itself to the extreme. Motions promote digestion, absorption and blood circulate smoothly has to be well designed." He thus devised movements that mimicked the movements of five animals: the tiger, deer, bear, monkey and bird.

Practitioners of Five Animals Play Qigong live long healthy lives, in many cases up to 100 years or more. They retain their teeth, hair, good skin colour and eye sight. There are many records of long living Qigong practitioners in China, dating back thousands of years.

Wu Qin Xi is a qigong practice imitating animal movements and manners with disease prevention, medical treatment and vitality promotion as the major functions. Qin means beast and generally referred to animals in ancient times.

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