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Six Word Chants and Five Elements Palm Qi Gong

By Jennifer Gao and Philip Lai
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The earliest existing document that describes a technique called the Six Word Chants is written by the famous Taoist and Chinese medical doctor Tao Hong Jing (456-536 AD). His book Yang Xing Sheng Ming Lu; Fu Qi Liao Bing Pian (Cultivation and Longevity—Cultivating Qi For Healing) mentions that there is one way to inhale while there are six ways to exhale. These six methods are now known as the Six Word Chants: Chui, Hu, Xi, He, Xu, and Si. It is believed that practice of the Six Word Chants has significant health benefits and can alleviate various health complaints. In ancient times, the six chants corresponded to different organs depending on the time era. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, each of the chants was associated with one of the five main organs in the body, an element, and also a part of the mouth, which reflects the condition of the organ. For example, the chant "He" is associated with the heart and with the tongue, which reflects the condition of the heart.

The Five Elements Palm Qi Gong is a powerful energy healing system that connects the body, mind and spirit. The exercises involve powerful yet simple movements that guide the body’s qi to open the five meridians (heart, liver, spleen, lung and kidney meridians), which correspond to the five elements. This can ease health complaints caused by deficiencies of the five organs. These exercises, along with the associated meditation and Six Word Chants, use the principles of body meridians and the five-element theory to help balance the body, mind and spirit. In addition, they are useful for reducing stress, treating sports injuries, controlling pain, managing headaches, alleviating allergies, and soothing irritated eyes. An assessment of the five organs and the ways in which the organs affect our health will be taught so that we can detect whether we are suffering from organ disharmony.