Wu Qin Xi - Five Animals Qi Gong - Il Gioco dei Cinque Animali - 五禽戏 气功 - M° G. Paterniti
Wu Qin Xi, Five Animals Qi Gong (classic form).
Residential Seminar "Taiji Summer Camp 2015",
Bibione (Venezia - Italy), 12-18 June 2015.
Master Giuseppe Paterniti Lupo.
The "Five Animal Play" (五禽戲, Wu Qin Xi) are a set of Qi Gong exercises developed during the Han dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD). Some claim the author of this Qi Gong sequence to be Huatuo.
The Five Animals in the exercises are the tiger, deer, bear, monkey and crane. According to TCM theory of Wu Xing (Five Elements), each animal has two exercises corresponding to the five yin (Zang) and five yang (Fu) internal organs. Regular practise of this Qi Gong is said to improve functioning of the Liver/Gall Bladder (Wood Element - Tiger), Kidneys/Bladder (Water Element - Deer), Spleen/Stomach (Earth Element - Bear), Heart/Small Intestine (Fire Element - Monkey) and Lung/Large Intestine (Metal Element - Crane) respectively.