The Tai Chi Studio - The Balanced Path
Five Element Chi Kung
 
 
Five Element Chi Kung is a way of balancing the energy system within the body by working with the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
 
Each of the elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood) relates to a pair of organs in the body (one Yin, one Yang) and each element also relates to a particular season of the year.
 
The table below shows the basic relationships between the elements, the organs and the seasons.
 
 
 
Element
Yin Organ
Yang Organ
Season
Fire
Heart
Small Intestine
Summer
Earth
Spleen
Stomach
Late Summer
Metal
Lungs
Large Intestine
Autumn
Water
Kidneys
Bladder
Winter
Wood
Liver
Gall Bladder
Spring
 
Fire is also responsible for two further organs within Traditional Chinese Medicine – the Pericardium (protective sac around the heart) and the ‘Triple Heater’.
 
The above is a very simplified chart. Each element also has its own characteristics as well as a colour, sound, emotion, taste and direction associated with it. Each element also has a connection to a particular animal.
 
We look at the support and control cycle of the elements, seeing how an excess or deficiency in one element can cause imbalance in another. Therefore, by using static postures, moving forms and meditation we can bring our bodies into balance while at the same time reconnecting to nature which brings a natural harmony into our lives.
 
 
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